Kohler K-596-VS Review – Simplice Kitchen Faucet

Ranked as one of the best kitchen faucets, the Kohler K-596 Simplice has a lot to offer. It features a sleek, elegant design and comes with all the features to enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen. The faucet is designed with some of the best Kohler technologies, bringing a lot of value and versatility. So let’s dive into our Kohler K-596-VS review to learn more in detail the value of this kitchen faucet.

Our Review


The K-596 Simplice has one of the most appealing designs in the entire collection of Kohler’s kitchen faucets. It features sleek and smooth lines that give off elegance and grace.

Its styling is universal, so it would look just as amazing in a traditional kitchen, as in a modern one. It can become a beautiful centerpiece of your kitchen but can also just as well become a complementary element of the interior.

There are three beautiful finishes that you can choose from in order for the faucet to match your kitchen decor. You can choose either polished chrome for a high-gloss look, matte black for a more striking appearance or vibrant stainless for a warmer tone. So just choose one that would look best in your kitchen.

All of the finishes are created using the PVD method, which bonds the finish and faucet at a molecular level. This creates a durable surface that is corrosion, tarnish and scratch resistant.

High Arc Spout

The Kohler Simplice is designed with an impressively high arc that rises up 16-5/8 inches tall. This gives you enough space under the faucet, so you can comfortably fill large pots or clean your oversized cookware.

The gooseneck spout also swivels 360 degrees. You can rotate in any direction you need. For example, if you have a double-basin kitchen sink, you can easily rotate the faucet from one basin to the other. Also, if you mount the faucet on a kitchen island sink, you can access the faucet from whatever direction you approach it.

Pull-Down Spray Head

The Kohler K-596-VS Simplice is a pull-down type of kitchen faucet. This means that it is built with a detachable spray head that you can extend down into the sink and perform any up-close washing or rinsing tasks.

The spray head is also multi-functional. For filling pots and pans, you can use the regular stream mode. If you need more forceful water pressure for rinsing off the mess on your cookware, switch to the spray mode. And if you need to make a quick stop of the water flow between tasks, just press the pause button. You’ll find these ergonomic buttons on the spray wand.

The spray head face features angled nozzles, so when you switch to the spray function, it creates a wide, powerful blade of water. This is the Sweep spray technology, which is designed to make your dishes and sink cleaning easier and faster.

Kohler also uses ProMotion technology for this pull-down design. It connects the spray wand to the faucet with a light, nylon hose and includes a ball joint, the combination of which gives the spray head a full range of motion, so you can easily maneuver it to perform a variety of cleanup tasks.

DockNetik Technology

Within the spout, the faucet features an integrated powerful magnet. When the spray wand is not in use, this magnet keeps it secured in place. It also helps to smoothly retract the wand back into the spout after you finish using it. The advantage of using a magnetic docking system is that it doesn’t break or wear out over time.

Ceramic Disc Valves

Kohler takes care of the durability of this Simplice faucet with the integrated ceramic disc valves. These valves meet the industry standards of high quality. They are generally guaranteed not to wear out. They won’t last forever, of course, but they are a lot more durable than rubber washers.


With this Kohler Simplice kitchen faucet, you won’t have to worry about the mineral buildup on the faucet. If you’ll see any of it collecting on your faucet’s spray face, just wipe it down and it will easily come off. So to maintain your faucet clean, wipe it down with a soft cloth from time to time. This will keep the shiny luster of your faucet and will eliminate the problem of the mineral deposits interfering with the water flow.


If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you’ll probably be able to handle the installation process on your own. It’s pretty straightforward if you just follow the provided instructions. Moreover, you also get the flexible supply lines and the installation ring included in the product’s package. All this simplifies the process.

Both 1 and 3 hole installation is possible. We prefer the 1-hole installation look, as it creates a cleaner sink area with less clutter. However, you might already have 3 pre-drilled holes. For this case, Kohler provides an escutcheon.


All Kohler kitchen faucets are covered with a limited lifetime warranty. It includes any defects in material or workmanship if the faucet is used for normal residential use. If you’ll be installing this Simplice faucet for commercial use, the warranty period is only 1 year.

The warranty is valid as long as the original purchaser owns the home. It doesn’t transfer to a new owner. It also doesn’t cover any damage caused by misuse or abuse of the faucet.

Kohler K-596-VS Simplice Pros And Cons


  • Universal design.
  • High quality finishes.
  • Durable metal body.
  • High arc spout with a 360-degree swivel.
  • Sufficient sink clearance.
  • Ergonomic pull-down spray head.
  • 3 functions.
  • Durable ceramic valve.
  • Easy to keep clean.
  • Easy installation.
  • ADA compliant.
  • Meets CEC and CALGreen requirements for efficient water use.


  • Some users have reported leaks with this faucet. It can be the result of poor installation or faulty parts. However, since Kohler offers the limited lifetime warranty and a great customer service, if you do experience this issue, you can usually get a replacement.
  • Another complaint some users have mentioned is that the sweep spray feature creates too much splash. However, this feature might just take some time getting used to and then you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of being able to quickly rinse off any mess on the dishes or the sink.

Bottom Line

The Kohler K-596-VS Simplice is a user-friendly kitchen faucet that combines ergonomic features, durable construction and a timeless, ergonomic design. And it offers all that at a competitive price. Overall, as you can see from this Kohler K-596-VS review, the product provides a lot of value. But in the end, it’s up to your preferences and needs.

Fakrul Islam

I am a plumber and faucet reviewer by heart. I have been in the business for over 2 years and I have seen about every type of faucet on the market. I started this blog as a way to share my knowledge and help people make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a faucet for their homes.