Before purchasing this seemingly expensive kitchen faucet, I did a little research. What got me was the review I read on Amazon that said something to the effect of "It is the Hummer of kitchen faucets". While not a Hummer owner myself, I was sold.
The 980T-SSSD-DST with Touch2O technology is an amazing upgrade for that old hunk of metal you call a faucet. Having this in your kitchen changes you. After operating with this faucet in our home for a few months, we find ourselves amusingly puzzled when attempting to operate non-touch faucets at a friend or family-members home.
On the flip side, its always a little amusing to my wife and I when a house guest turns the faucet handle into the off position instead of just tapping any part of it (to turn if off).
One of my initial concerns was that of battery life. The 980T from Delta runs off of 4 AA batteries and some reviews noted that they had a very short lifespan (2 weeks??). So far, I am happy to say that we have had our faucet in place for 4 months and its still kicking on the same set of batteries it started with.
Some of the marketing jargon you read will tell you that this faucet's touch technology may reduce the spread of germs or be a cleaner solution. I'm not sure about all that and I highly doubt it. That doesn't mean that we don't truly enjoy it. Spreading germs or not, this faucet feels right.
The pull-down handle works great. It has a magnetic-snap action that makes it feel durable and responsive. It has two modes, spray and stream. Both of them have good pressure.
After ~6 months of using the Delta 980-SSSD-DST faucet, I must say its been one of the best purchases we've made this year. Why buy it? Because your life is missing the instant-on gratification that this Delta faucet delivers.
We purchased at: Menards for around $320