Kitchen faucets have become an integral functioning piece of the kitchen design. Gone are the days of buying a faucet to just get water from, as your kitchen faucet has now become the focal point of the kitchen design. With so many styles, finishes and different shapes to choose from, many people design their kitchen around the faucet. From country to contemporary, and everything in between, you will surely find the perfect match for your kitchen design.
Follow these pointers when choosing your next kitchen faucet:
If you are involved in a kitchen remodel you will want to make sure you match the faucet to your existing connection unless you are going to have the plumbing reworked.
Many people will change the sink at the time they pick there faucet, but if you are not you need to make sure you match the faucet to the existing holes.
Make sure you pick a faucet that easy to operate, is functional and flows with the overall design of the kitchen.
With the kitchen faucet it is very important you pick the right size to match your type of sink and also to pick the place for your faucet; kitchen, bathroom or basement. ( note: you will want to make sure the neck of the faucet is high enough if you will be washing a lot of large pots and pans.)
Pick a finish that will withstand the environment the faucet will be subjected to. You now have many to choose from such as, copper, brass, chrome, stainless and then many plated variety’s like brushed nickel. Some faucets are considered more of a heavy duty faucet and some are designed to be maintenance free, you need to make sure yours match the need and environment. An example would be a brass faucet, it will be heavy and durable but have specific instructions for its care with cleaning and maintenance, and then you have types like a chrome plated faucet that will be more affordable, but also have a more delicate finish that will not handle certain environment’s very well.
You need to consider the volume of use for your faucet, for instance an affordable chrome plated faucet could easily last as long as an expensive solid brass model if it is put in a lightly used kitchen environment. Considering this before hand will save you time and money in the long run.
Next you want to decide on a single handle, double handle or electric faucet as each one has its strengths and weaknesses. If you find your are a multi task person that does many things in the kitchen at one time, the single handle faucet is your friend, allowing you to operate the faucet with one hand while picking up a hot frying pan with the other.
Faucets can have single or double handles. The single handle are also easier to operate with a simple tug to the left or right for your hot or cold water. While the two handle models give you a more precise control of water and temperature. The newer modern electric faucets can be the best of both worlds since they allow you to preset the temperature at setup and can be operated with a swipe f the hand in front of the sensor.
You will want to consider how you need the water to come out of the faucet as you have three basic choices, fixed position, pull down nozzle or side spray nozzle. By considering the type of everyday use before hand can save you a lot of headaches later. Just consider how you have used your kitchen in the past and you should be fine with your choice. You also now have a choice of specialty type faucets such as; wall mounted, bar faucets and the pot filler faucets that you have installed right near your stove.
Put thought into the height of you faucet spout to allow for the your large pots and pans to be cleaned by hand. There are the standard size in the range of three to five inches, designed for everyday use and a smaller type sink. Then you have the larger models fitting the range of six to eight and sometimes ten inches that are excellent for large pots and pans. One common error that consumers make is the new faucet spout is not centered to the sink, so make sure that the dimension of the faucet it matched to the dimensions of your sink. An example would be the two bin sinks usually have a faucet spout that swivel’s left to right allowing the water to flow in either sink.
The final consideration when picking the faucet is to decide on the extra features such as, soap dispenser or a water filtration system. Each extra accessory will require a hole for installation, although recycling a sink is a money saver it may limit you in your selection of faucets. With so many options and angles to look at, if you take the time to follow these steps you will find you are very happy with your decision in the end.
Make sure to not let looks and money decide your faucet, but allow the thought process to occur that will let you see the true use of your new faucet.