Esque®

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

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9181T-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: Chrome
List Price*: $632.85
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9181T-DST
List Price*: $632.85
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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 Great touch for water features Just installed this faucet and am very pleased with it's operation. Never thought touch flow would be so handy!
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have this faucet for over a year now. I purchased it with sinks etc. from Build.com. I have changed the batteries three time so far. The water doesn’t come with enough force. I feel the batteries should last longer. I think for the price, the product should perform lot better than what I am experiencing.
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice looking but hard to keep clean Like the looks and function of the faucet. Got the arctic stainless and it's hard to keep clean. Looks water spotted even after wiping it .
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this faucet. Now I understand why it pays to get a quality product. Works flawless and looks amazing.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and functional! I’ve only had this faucet for a week and I absolutely love it. Great features and a beautiful addition to my kitchen. I love the spray shield and the light sensor. Love, love, love!
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delta rocks! This faucet is Delta at their best. I have it in the oiled bronze. Beatuiful, functional. Everything I wanted. The touch feature makes working with messy hands a whole lot easier.
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute State of the Art faucet!!! Best faucet imaginable - from the water temperature light to the shield spray option. Touch free is so convenient as well as the ability to disarm that function - by simply moving the handle. Another great feature is the black matte finish doesn't show fingerprints!
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Touch sensor!! We have had this for 3 weeks so far. Really love the touch sensor to not have to touch the handle every time to turn water on and off. The convenience of touch to turn on the water is easy to get used to. Only minor concern so far is the finish on this arctic stainless does hold some water spots or show dirty water spots from splashing.
Date published: 2018-10-25
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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

How is the aerator cleaned on this model. Thank you.

Asked by: Ohio
Hello Ohio, Thank you for your question. The aerator of the Delta Esque Touch2O Kitchen Pull-Down 9181T-DST faucet can be removed, using the provided wrench. It can be cleaned or soaked in a 50/50 of vinegar and water solution. Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2018-04-23

Is this model lead-free?

Asked by: Teesti
Thank you for your question, Teesti! Model 9181T-DST is fully compliant with Lead legislation and all DST models will utilize Pex connections and so water will at no time come in contact with metal. Please contact us directly if you have questions or need further assistance. Best regards, Edward
Answered by: DeltaFaucet234
Date published: 2019-03-16

What is the hose length of this faucet?

Can you tell me what is the maxiumum length of the pull-out hose?
Asked by: Sabrina
Hi Sabrina, Thank you for your question! The hose is 54". It will provide about 22" of usable length from the end of the spout. Best regards, Jon
Answered by: DeltaFaucet3
Date published: 2018-03-26

Does the Model 9181T-AR-DST have SpotShield? Does 72055T-AR have SpotShield? Are the following features compatible? In other words, can they be on the same item? ShieldSpray and Touch clean Thank you. 

Asked by: TLRBrinkman
Hello TLRBrinkman, Thank you for your inquiry! The Delta Esque Touch2O Pull-Down Kitchen 9181T-AR-DST faucet and the Transitional Electronic Soap Dispenser 72055T-AR are not designed with the SpotShield finish feature. Please see the below link for the SpotShield (SP) and ShieldSpray available faucets. I hope this helps! https://www.deltafaucet.com/search-results?searchTerm=ShieldSpray Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Delta Faucet
Date published: 2018-08-22

Can a cat turn the water on and off if he touches this faucet.

Asked by: Nala
Hello Nala, Thank you for your inquiry! Should your Delta Esque Touch20 Technology Kitchen Pull-Down 9181T-DST faucet become activated accidentally (cat, dog, children, etc), the automatic shut-off feature will stop the flow of water after four minutes on kitchens and one minute on lavatories if the water is left running with no activity. https://www.deltafaucet.com/design-innovation/innovations/kitchen/touch2o-technology Best regards, Tanya
Answered by: Tanya
Date published: 2018-03-19

I have a Delta ESQUE and it doesn't work. I replaced the batteries twice - new batteries with no luck. The touch control does not work only very very low (drip) flow but the light works. What is wrong & What part do I need to replace and how do I do it?

Asked by: Michael
Hello, Thank you for your question. I apologize for the issue with the Delta faucet. I will need a little more information. You should receive a email from me shortly. Please refer to the email for further assistance. Best regards, Brandis
Answered by: DeltaFaucet7
Date published: 2019-04-25

Replace water heater and when water main was turned back on the water volume from the faucet has decreased, however volume in the all other faucets & appliances is normal. Is there an adjustment to correct this?

Asked by: Dane
Thank you for your question, Dane! When the water main was turned back on, debris in the pipes most likely ended up in this faucet, especially if it was the first used or closest to the water heater. First, try removing the aerator to check for debris. The wand can also be removed as it also has a debris screen. If the flow is still decreased, you will need to shut off the supplies below the counter, remove the handle, bonnet nut and cartridge. Check the bottom of the cartridge for debris as well. A flush may also be needed. For further assistance, please contact us directly at 1-800-345-3358 Monday-Friday: 8a.m.-8p.m. EST and Saturday: 9a.m.-6p.m. EST or via email at customerservice@deltafaucet.com and reference case 07736719. Best regards, Edward
Answered by: Delta Faucet
Date published: 2018-10-21
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