Esque®

Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® and ShieldSpray® Technologies

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9181T-BL-DST is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 32.
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  • 1 or 3-hole installation
  • Featuring Delta Touch2O Technology: touch it on, touch it off
  • ShieldSpray Technology powers off the mess without making a mess
Finish: Matte Black
List Price*: $727.80
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9181T-BL-DST
List Price*: $727.80
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. Touch it on. Touch it off. Whether you have two full hands or 10 messy fingers, Delta® Touch2O® Technology helps keep your faucet clean, even when your hands aren’t. A simple touch anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm activates the flow of water at the temperature where your handle is set. The Delta TempSense™ LED light changes color to alert you to the water’s temperature and eliminate any possible surprises or discomfort. 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. Electronic parts are backed by our 5-year electronic parts warranty. *Industry standard is based on ASME A112.18.1 of 500,000 cycles.
  • With Touch2O® Technology a simple touch anywhere on the spout or handle will start and stop the flow of water
  • Helps keep your faucet cleaner, because washing the mess off your hands shouldn’t involve making a mess of your faucet
  • LED light signals blue when touch mode is active and flash red when batteries are running low
  • Automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes helps conserve water
  • Integrated TempSense LED light shows water temperature, changing from blue to magenta to red as temperature increases
  • Battery operated (6 AA included) for up to 2 year battery life or 6 C (not included) for up to 5 year battery life
  • Intuitive Touch2O® Technology can sense the difference between a touch and a grab, reducing the chances of false activation
  • Optional A/C adapter EP73954 may be ordered separately
  • 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: 16-3/16"
  • Spout Length: 9-3/16"
  • Deck to Outlet: 9-1/2"
  • Fittings Type: 3/8" compression fittings
  • Deck Thickness: 3"
  • Supply Lines: Included InnoFlex® Pex-C Supply Lines
  • Valve Type: Electronic with Euromotion DIAMOND Valve
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with the faucet. The look is great - looks fabulous in our new kitchen
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love the touch-on touch-off!!! I absolutely Love, love the touch-on touch-off!!! It's so handy when you're cooking and your hands are not clean! It's so elegant looking also!
Date published: 2018-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect faucet we are very happy with the touch on,,touch off feature. no more touching the handle with germy hands
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Esque delta faucet Beatiful and functional faucet.We had older version in an old house and decided to purchase newer again .Very helpfull that you do not have to open faucet manually with dirty hands!
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome faucet I had this faucet installed 2 months ago and worked perfect. About 2 weeks ago, the temp indicator light started only showing red, even when water was lukewarm or cold (hence 4 stars). But it’s still a quality faucet and the sensor works great.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Delta Touchless/Shied Spray was easy to install (sink was out), looks nice and works great.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! Third kitchen faucet in 5 years. First Delta though, and so far it's performing flawlessly. We are already spoiled by the touch control, and what water shield, though takes a little getting used to, works incredibly well. Faucet came with the wrong aerator tool, which Delta promptly replaced based only on an email - great service! You can really feel the quality in this faucet, and I hope for many years of reliable use.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love my new faucet! The Touch technology is amazing, have worked without any issues & is very accurate.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love everything about thus faucet I have had my new faucet for 2 weeks I absolutely love all of it features
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touch technology and spray shield work great Happy with both faucets. Wish we could have got in spotshield stainless instead of artic stainless.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features! I've had this faucet for a week and love it! The touch feature works very well. This faucet has robust flow which I like (can be adjusted with the handle if needed). My only concern is that it will not easily operate manually in the event of battery or electronic failure. My plumber did not install the check valves (said I didn't need them). I called Delta to ask about this and learned they ARE needed. I could not have had a better customer service experience! My call was answered promptly, the fellow was very nice, explained the need for the check valves and sent new ones at no charge!
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Batteries die fast and drips Extremely disappointed. The batteries die fast - 6AA and it drips when the faucet is off. Also, it’s hard to wash dishes on the same side as the handle because you touch it while washing dishes. The pressure is not very good either.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DEAD AFTER JUST 3 1/2 MONTHS BOUGHT HOME. REMODELED AND HAD TO PAY OVER $300.00 TO HAVE THIS PROFESSIONAL INSTALLED. NEED LAST TO SAY...YESTERDAY THERE WAS NO HOT WATER AND I WAS BOILING WATER ON THE STOVE. I CAN RECEIVE COLD WATER PERFECT BUT NO HOT. I CHANGED THE BATTERIES (the red and blue indicators still did not work) AND THE PLUG IS WORKING FINE UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK. I AM VERY, VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I AM BOILING WATER IN A HALF OF A MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE...THAT's EMBARRASSING! GLAD THAT EVERYONE HAS GONE HOME AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 9113T-AR-DST - six week lifespan? Lasted only a few weeks before dying today. Purchased this faucet directly from Amazon in April. Had plumber Installed third week of April and loved it. However as of today, its completely non functional. Tried troubleshooting, replaced batteries, checked wires, ground, water line etc. Just simply stopped this evening. Faucet is completely dead - no water in either touch or manual mode. Led doesn't work, just briefly blinks and can hear the solenoid click, when I disconnect and reconnect battery pack. No water in kitchen sink now so thats a problem I have to get fixed asap especially with the holiday weekend. Really disappointed because it worked well and I thought i would have this faucet for at least 5 years not just over 5 weeks! Very, very surprised as the reviews looked good and have had delta products over the years.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like the touch and the sleek model of Esque however I bought this product as my sister has one for a few years now and I liked the Esque model, very sleek for my transitional kitchen. I did a lot of research on touch and touchless faucets. However, I have only had it for two months and the hot (red) and cold (blue) light does not seem to be working. The red turns on but the blue does not.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Job well done This Delta product was so nice and works so well my wife has me replacing the sinks and countertops!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Home Cooks Dream Faucet I had been looking at Faucets to complete my kitchen remodel and was so happy when I was chosen to review this Delta Faucet Esque in Venetian Bronze ( from Home Testers Club ) which goes perfectly in my kitchen. It's sleek style and simplicity are absolutely gorgeous .It was so simple to install for a DIY'r like us. It's features like the h2o touch is amazing and works perfectly, especially if you love to cook , like I do . The blue light informs you if the water is cold and goes into a red color when it is hot. I also love that the faucet pulls down and switches from a sprayer to a stream with ease. This faucet is a home cooks dream , and there is a style to fit any kitchen . It looked so good when I received it, that I also bought a new sink to go with it.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Faucet This faucet is amazing. I love the sprayer in the handle, so convenient. I also like the led lights indicating the water temp so I don't stick my hand under water that is too hot. I was afraid my cats would jump up on the sink (as they are prone to doing) and keep turning on the water by brushing by it but that hasn't happened.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. It was easy to install. It looks great & works well. I love being able to just touch the faucet to get the water on when my hands are a mess.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful faucet Love the touch control faucet. Find myself finding excuses to turn on the faucet. Love showing it off to friends. So easy to use, especially if your hands are full.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT FAUCET THE FAUCET IS AMAZING. MAKE SURE YOU TIGHTEN THE FAUCET COMPLETELY DOWN OR ELSE THE TOUCH SENSOR IS INTERMITTENT. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS THE FAUCET WILL TURN OFF WHEN I PUT THE PULL DOWN PART BACK UP (BECAUSE I END UP TOUCHING THE SPOUT TO MAKE SURE I PUT THAT PART BACK IN SECURELY) THE LED LIGHT IS PRETTY COOL SO YOU CAN SEE HOW HOT THE WATER IS WITHOUT "TESTING" IT. AND THE OVERALL LOOK OF IT IS REALLY SLICK.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stylish and Functional I love this faucet. It is so classy looking. I love the finish and I really like that it is smudge-proof. It is stylish and sleek. I like that this has the sensor, so I do not have to touch anything when I have things on my hands. I like that I do not have to worry about the transfer of bacteria because I just wave my hand in front and I have water. This was actually really easy to install since we already had the plumbing hooked up from our previous faucet. If you are looking for something that is functionable and stylish-this is the faucet for you.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful faucet Awesome best faucet ever I would recommend this to anyone I love the fact that it was very easy to use
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Tech Faucet The latest technology that is included with this faucet is unbelievable. To see it is to believe it. Convenient and helpful. Pull down the spout end of the high curving faucet and you can fill an 8 quart pot with ease. Turn it on with a touch and the same holds true for turning it off. It installs easily, for someone who has a little experience with plumbing. The faucet I have is in a black with bronxe accents , very attractive.
Date published: 2017-04-03
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Replacement for 61602 - 4 holes

Will the Esque single handle pull down kitchen faucet 9181T-BL-DST with 10" Allora escutcheon plus the matching electronic soap dispenser fit as a replacement for a 61602 four hole faucet - 4 inches between holes with 12 inches from first hole to last hole Can you recommend a Delta or Brizo kitchen faucet replacement for Brizo 61602-GB170 (discontinued) black faucet with soap dispenser Thank you
Asked by: Mildred
Hi Mildred, Thank you for your question. The 9181T-BL-DST will work with a 3-hole 8" installation with the soap dispenser in the 4th hole. Please click the link below to view our selection of kitchen faucets in Black. We do not current have a widespread model in Black. https://www.deltafaucet.com/kitchen/sink-faucets?facetFinish=matteblack Best regards, Jon
Answered by: DeltaFaucet3
Date published: 2017-04-04

Instead of using the battery pack that lies on the cabinet floor, can you buy the 9 volt power cord accessory and plug into the wall instead?

Asked by: Ingrid
Hi, Ingrid! Thank you for your question. The 9181T-BL-DST faucet can be used with an A/C adapter. The part number for the A/C power supply is EP73954. Her is a link to the part: https://www.deltafaucet.com/parts-product-detail?modelNumber=EP73954 Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: DeltaFaucet11
Date published: 2018-05-26

Can the handle be moved to other side?

Asked by: Mary
Hello Mary, Thank you for your question. The handle of the Delta Esque Pull-Down Kitchen 9181T-BL-DST faucet can be install on the left side, instead of the right side of the faucet. However, the LED light indicator is keyed to the spout so it would be facing the back. Also, the temperature adjustment will be opposite of the standard operation for single handle faucets. Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2018-03-26

Does this faucet (Esque 9181T-BL-DST) come with a warranty? And if so does the warranty only apply if the faucet is purchases thru Delta.com?

Asked by: Ingrid
Hi, Ingrid! Thank you for your question. To better assist you with this inquiry, 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: 2018-05-25

Does everything one needs to install the faucet come with it (minus tools) or do I need to purchase other parts?

Asked by: michelle77
Hello Michelle77, Thank you for your question. Yes, the Delta Esque Pull-Down Kitchen 9181-BL-DST is a complete faucet, you may just need a pipe wrench, bucket, silicone and an Allen wrench to help with the installation. https://media.deltafaucet.com/MandI/92590%20Rev%20A.pdf Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2018-04-26

What is the base plate suggested for this faucet?

Asked by: michelle77
Hello Michelle77, Thank you for your question. The RP47274BL is the listed optional escutcheon plate for the Delta Esque Kitchen Pull-Down 9181T-BL-DST faucet. Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2018-05-01

which soap despensers can be used wiyh 9181T-AR-DST

Asked by: frank
Hi, Frank! Thank you for your question. There are a few soap dispensers that can be used with the Delta 9181T-AR-DST faucet. Here is a link to the soap dispensers available in our Arctic Stainless finish: https://www.deltafaucet.com/kitchen/accessories/soap-dispensers?facetFinish=arcticstainless Best Regards, Rosanna
Answered by: DeltaFaucet11
Date published: 2018-10-16

When using faucet in spray or shield spray mode, will the faucet automatically fall back into stream mode when turned off then back on without having to touch the function switch button on pull down spout?

Asked by: Wesley
Thank you for your question Wesley. The Shield Spray feature is only active while holding the button, however the spray or stream function will stay in that selected mode until manually changed. Best regards, Edward
Answered by: DeltaFaucet234
Date published: 2018-04-11
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