Choosing The Best Faucet
Will you chose form or function?
Posted 08:43 November 05, 2019
Last Updated 10:21 January 05, 2020
Choosing appropriate faucets for your kitchen sink is as important as choosing the shape and size of the sink itself, maybe moreso. Faucets come in all shapes and sizes. Avoid a tiny faucet on a big, bold sink, and vice-versa. Be sure the faucet that you have chosen directs water into the center of the bowl. Also, make sure your new faucet matches the hole patterns for your sink.
Faucets come with a one or two handles. With one handle, you have the convenience of controlling water temperature and volume with just one hand. Two-handled faucets come in many more styles and designs. Look for a long-lasting, low maintenance finish that complements your decor.
The most important aspect when looking for a faucet is durability: how long it will last without dripping, breaking, or failing? Faucets should perform for a long time and be drip-free for life.
A faucet should have anti-scald features such as hot-limit safety stops, and pressure-balancing valves to protect users (especially children) from drastic temperature changes. Additionally, thermostatic valves will allow users to select a temperature via an easy-to-read dial.
You can purchase a faucet that requires one hole (a single-handle), or three holes (separate hot and cold handles). However, if you are planning on purchasing an accessory as well, such as a vegetable sprayer, hot water dispenser, or soap dispenser, each will require separate holes.
Faucets come with various features such as pull-out faucets, bar faucets, widespread faucets, and wall-mounted faucets. You can choose faucets based on functionality, size, finish, spigot, or handles.
When deciding between different types of kitchen faucets, consider design compatibility with other hardware in the room, as well as how you use your sink.
One easy way to identify the different types of kitchen faucets is by the material from which they are mad. Stainless steel and chrome are popular choices nowadays since they can be made with a high polish. They look sleek and contemporary. For more traditional styles there are nickel, brass and copper faucets.