Esque®

Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with ShieldSpray® Technology

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9181-BL-DST is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 21.
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  • 1 or 3-hole installation
  • Delta MagnaTite Docking holds spray wand firmly in place
  • ShieldSpray Technology powers off the mess without making a mess
Finish: Matte Black
List Price*: $499.80
Base Parts
9181-BL-DST
List Price*: $499.80
Configurable Parts
The Esque® Kitchen Collection’s refined curves and cosmopolitan contours give it a clean, poised look that accentuates the fresh modernity of a contemporary kitchen or complements the tranquility of a transitional space. Delta® MagnaTite® Docking uses a powerful integrated magnet to pull your faucet spray wand precisely into place and hold it there so it stays docked when not in use. Delta® ShieldSpray® Technology cleans with laser-like precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet powers away stubborn messes while an innovative shield of water contains splatter and clears off the mess, so you can spend less time soaking, scrubbing and shirt swapping. Delta® faucets with DIAMOND™ Seal Technology perform like new for life with a patented design which reduces leak points, is less hassle to install and lasts twice as long as the industry standard*. You can install with confidence, knowing that Delta faucets are backed by our Lifetime Limited Warranty. *Industry standard is based on ASME A112.18.1 of 500,000 cycles.
  • MagnaTite® Docking uses a powerful integrated magnet to snap your faucet spray wand precisely into place and hold it there so it stays docked when not in use and doesn’t droop over time
  • ShieldSpray® Technology powers off the mess without making a mess
  • Concentrated stream cuts through messes and innovative water shield reduces splatter
  • DIAMOND Seal Technology is less hassle to install and helps your faucet perform like new for life, reducing leak points and lasting twice as long as the industry standard
  • Everything you need is together in one convenient box, including integrated InnoFlex® PEX supply lines
  • Fits 1 or 3-hole installations with optional available escutcheon
  • Optional escutcheon available for purchase separately
  • ADA Compliant
  • High-arc pull-down swivels 360degrees

Installation Information


1 or 3-hole 8" installation


  • Escutcheon: Optional Escutcheon Available
  • Flow Rate: 1.80 gpm @ 60 psi, 6.8 L/min @ 414 kPa
  • Spout Height: 15-3/4"
  • Spout Length: 9-3/16"
  • Deck to Outlet: 9"
  • Fittings Type: 3/8" compression fittings
  • Deck Thickness: 3.5"
  • Supply Lines: Included InnoFlex® Pex-C Supply Lines
  • Valve Type: DIAMOND Seal Valve
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delta 9181-DST We love the sleek style of this delta faucet as it goes well with the modern decor in our home. We purchased the faucet in black which has the same curved lines as the black light fixtures above our kitchen island. We like the fact that the nozzle can be detached and easily brought back in position when finished with that option. We ordered two of these faucets, one for the kitchen sink and smaller version for our wet bar that are both in the same area of our home. Beautiful!!
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great faucet! This faucet is easy to use. Pull down magnetic hold. Have larger sink faucet that is almost identical. When on sale you can’t go wrong!
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique settings. I bought this 3 weeks ago. I love it's versatility over our double stainless steel sink. Our old one had to have 7 more inches of hose pulled out to reach the same places.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect choice for either contemporary or traditional kitchens The Delta Esque faucet can fit easily into a kitchen design from traditional to contemporary. It’s sleek lines and beautiful finishes can add flair to your kitchen. It is a well made and dependable faucet that we specify constantly in our clients’ homes. I would highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and saves time my previous Faucet took a lot longer to clean my dishes. I like the Delta 9181 because it cleaned my dishes quicker, better and minimizes the splashing I had around my sink on the counter. It’s easy to use and also like the way it looks
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this faucet! From the bronze color to the functionality, this faucet is awesome! Having three types of water flow is great and it delivers every time.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We’ll see Replaced another Delta faucet and learned that it was warranted for life and we could have received a replacement. Builder didn’t tell us when we bought. Only issue so far is that it’s height and our standard 18” sink creates splashes.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kitchen faucet Very disappointed in this faucet have had it only 4 months and getting it changed out completely had plumber check it and clean it out still had a problem it worked for a month then low flow not recommended
Date published: 2018-05-03
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Does the Esque come with “Touch-Clean”?

Asked by: KathyB
Hi, KathyB! Thank you for your question. The Delta 9181-BL-DST faucet does not feature a touch clean face on the sprayer assembly. To clean, we recommend to remove the sprayer from the hose and soak the sprayer in a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water mix for an hour or even overnight. Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: Delta Faucet
Date published: 2019-01-31

What is the difference between Euromotion Diamond and Diamond?

Asked by: Shell
Hi, Shell, Thank you for your question. The Euromotion Diamond Seal Technology cartridge gives a different range of motion than a regular Diamond Seal Technology cartridge. The Euromotion DST cartridge give the handle the motion of out, forward and back. Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: Rosanna
Date published: 2018-05-19

I'm planning to buy this kind of faucet for my house my question is can I use this in our country which is in the Philippines . Thank you!!!

Asked by: Maribel
Hi, Maribel! Thank you for your question and your interest in Delta faucets. For international inquiries, we do encourage you to contact our Delta International Department. Their email address is intlservices@deltafaucet.com. Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: Rosanna
Date published: 2017-09-20

Does this faucet have brass fittings?

Asked by: milliams
Thank you for your question Milliams. Model 9181-AR-DST utilizes InnoFlex® Pex-C Supply Lines with 3/8" compression fittings. If needed, RP63263 Adapters can be purchased separately to allow you to convert the 3/8" compression fittings to 1/2" 20 UN or 1/2" 14 NPSM. Best regards, Edward
Answered by: DeltaFaucet234
Date published: 2018-05-19

Will this faucet work with a granite countertop which is 1 1/8 " thick

Asked by: ronald johns
Hi, Ronald Johns! Thank you for your question. The 9181-DST has a maximum deck thickness of 3 1/2". Here is a link to the technical specifications sheet for this faucet: https://media.deltafaucet.com/SpecSheet/DSP-K-9181-DST%20Rev%20C.pdf Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: DeltaFaucet11
Date published: 2018-05-25

CAN THE 9181DST BE USED IN OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS?

Asked by: JIM
Thank you for your question, Jim! Unfortunately none of our kitchen sink faucets are specifically designed to be installed outdoors. They are not designed to withstand extreme cold weather conditions (freezing) or direct sunlight from the sun in the summer months. If you do decide to install one of our faucets outdoors, then please remember that our warranty only covers manufactures defects. Damage incurred to the faucet by the extreme weather conditions are not covered by our warranty program. Please write back if you have any questions or need further assistance. Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2017-12-12

Will this unit operate without leaking at 80 PSI?

Asked by: Larry
Hi Larry, Thank you for your question. This unit has been tested for use with 80 PSI. Best regards, Jon
Answered by: DeltaFaucet3
Date published: 2018-05-19

I bought the 9181-DST faucet and according to your website it is supposed to have “shield spray technology “. I must have missed something somewhere as mine seems only to have a spray and stream setting. How do I enable the shield?

Asked by: Jeff
Hi, Jeff! Thank you for your question. The Esque faucet 9181-DST didn't always have ShieldSpray Technology. If the faucet was manufactured before October 21, 2017, it will not have the ShieldSpray Technology. You can purchase the sprayer assembly that includes ShieldSpray Technology. The sprayer assembly is RP90840. Here is a link to the part: https://www.deltafaucet.com/parts-product-detail?modelNumber=RP90840 If the faucet was manufactured after October 21, 2017, it should include the ShieldSpray Technology. There is an extra button on the sprayer assembly that will engage this spray. The manufacture's date should be labeled on the faucet's box or the tag labeled with the model number on the supply line under the sink, on the faucet. For more assistance with this, please contact our Delta Customer Service line at (800)345-3358. We are available Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm, CST and Saturday, 8am-5pm, CST. You may also email at customerservice@deltafaucet.com. Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: DeltaFaucet11
Date published: 2018-04-18
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