How to Buy Best Kitchen Faucets

Shades Brushed Nickel Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pullout Sprayer 2

The kitchen is the most integral part of the house. A beautiful Kitchen enhances the ambiance of your house. Kitchen Faucets offer a great mix of style and innovation to meet every household demand. Kitchen faucets are available in different styles and functionalities e.g. the different mounting options, handle options, material finishes and more features with new technology. We get confused with which one to select from the endless choices that are available. Knowing some of the basic information about the Kitchen faucets will help you to select the most suitable one for your kitchen.

Before making a selection, here are few things which are good to know.

1. Mounting Style

We have two major category in mounting styles. Deck mounted faucets and Wall mounted faucets.

1.1 Deck Mounted Faucets
Akron Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer 1

A Faucet mounted to the counter-top and not to the sink is Deck Mounted Faucet. If you have an under mount sink, you can easily mount it on the counter-top. It is very popular for its stylish look. Traditional Faucets with hot and cold handle requires three holes for taps & spout and a fourth for a sprayer. Soap Dispensers and integrated sprayers are few extra requirements requiring more holes.

Why you should buy this:

Deck Mounted Faucet is common and it is much suited for contemporary style kitchen for its stunning look. It comes in various styles and functionalities which can ease your Kitchen tasks.

Pros: Deck-mounted faucets are easy to install.

Cons: It occupies space in the countertop and makes the cleaning difficult.

1.2 Wall Mounted Faucets: 

A faucet mounted on the wall above the sink is wall mounted faucet. This type of faucet is very common in Kitchen Faucet. Lever and the stem are attached to the wall and it has no connection with the kitchen sink as they get fixed. This type of Faucet requires water supply right above the sink.

Why you should buy this:

Wall Mounted Faucet is very simple and elegant to use. This type of faucet does not get dirty as it is mounted above the sink which will result in fewer water spots.

Wall Mounted Kitchen Faucet

Pros: Wall Mounted faucet is best for No hole sink. It is very comfortable to clean at the back of the sink.

Cons: Wall and the water supply lines must be compatible. This has a simple look and may not match with contemporary style kitchen.

2. Handle Option

2.1 Single Handle Faucets:
Saguache Antique Brass Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet 1

A single handle faucet is a typical model yet it is very simple and neat. While buying single handle faucet you have to check the distance to the window edge or back splash as it can interrupt the handle rotation.

Why you should buy this:

It is easy and convenient to use. These Single handle Faucets comes in High arch designs which make a filling and cleaning the large pots and containers easier.

 

Pros: Easy to install as it requires one hole on the counter top and takes minimal space compared to double handle faucets.

Cons: It may not have the option of setting the precise temperature change like the double handle faucets.

2.2 Double Handle Faucets:

This traditional setup has a separate Hot and Cold water handle to the left and right of the Faucet. One handle for temperature control and the other one for the water flow adjustment. Double handle faucet comes with baseplate or without the baseplate. A base plate or deck plate (also known as Escutcheons) is useful to cover up the extra holes in your existing sink.

Why you should buy this:

Wide range of styling options are available which gives the customized look and add beauty to your kitchen.

Double Handle Kitchen Faucet Example

Pros: It allows to set the temperature more precise than the single handle faucet.

Cons: The installation is slightly complicated as it usually requires minimum two holes. It is not convenient to adjust two knobs when your hands are dirty.

2.3 Hands-Free Faucets:
Handsfree Faucet

Hands-Free Faucets operate with motion sensors or light sensors which open the valve and activate the water. It can shut off automatically and conserve water when not in use.

Why you should buy this:

Water is activated by motion/light sensor, if your hands are dirty or full, you don’t have to touch the fixture for it to work.

Pros: Convenient to use. Automatic On/Off with motion sensor for great hygiene.

Cons: Cannot adjust the flow of water or the temperature. You may have to periodically change the battery for the sensor to work.

2.4 Pot Filler Faucets:

Pot Filler Faucets are ideal to fill the cooking pots with water. This Faucet is usually placed above the stove and have articulated arms which can be folded against the wall when not in use. These are commonly used in Restaurant Kitchen. Lately, it is also used in the home kitchen because of its attractive uses and benefits.

Why you should buy this:

Easy to use while eliminating the need to carry the heavy pot from the sink to the stove.

Canton Single Handle Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet with 360 Degree Rotation 1

Pros: Saves time while cooking. It also reduces the physical stress and strain.

Cons: There must be a water connection in the wall behind the stove.

2.5 Bar Faucets:
Bar Faucet

Bar Sink and Bar Faucet are installed as secondary Kitchen Faucet. It can free up space to the main sink. It has become common in houses to have a bar faucet for its amazing features. It can connect to instant hot water dispenser or to a filtered cold water dispenser.

Why you should buy this:

It can free up space to the main sink and you can wash or chop your vegetable or meat right over there.

Pros: Comes handy while making a cup of coffee. You can instantly get hot water or prepare fresh juice with instant filtered drinking cold water.

Cons: It might take up extra space in the kitchen. Nothing much right !!

3. Additional Features

3.1 Pull Out and Pull Down Sprayer:

In pull out/pull down sprayer faucet, the faucet head (Spout) pulls out or pulls down while the counterweight helps the hose and the spout to retract seamlessly. A faucet with a great sprayer/steamer is required to complete your regular tasks with ease and convenience.

The difference between pull out and pull down sprayer is that the pull-down sprayer pulls the head straight down into the sink, whereas the pullout sprayer pulls the head towards you.

Jemez Chrome Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer 1
3.2 LED light:
Tettegouche Chrome Finish LED Hot & Cold Water Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer

LED light faucets gives an eye catching wow factor to your kitchen with high tech style. It comes with build in temperature sensor.

Led light feature in the faucet is a treat to eyes and offers a contemporary look to your kitchen.

Different varieties are available from constant watercolor flow and  the automatic change in water color with the temperature changes. 

 

4. Material Finish

There are a number of Material finishes are available to suit the different style of Kitchen. You can choose your desired material finish according to your kitchen style like contemporary, transitional or traditional Kitchen.

Examples of few popular Material Finish:

Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Polished Nickel, Polished Brass, Pewter, Copper, Spot Resist Stainless, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Mediterranean Bronze, Matte Black, Wrought Iron, Glacier, Ivory etc.The material finish offers many advantages like corrosion resistance, rust resistance, stain resistance and scratch resistance etc.

PVD:

Physical Vapor Deposition uses a state-of-the-art process that molecularly bonds the finish to the faucet. Products with a PVD finish are unlikely to corrode, discolor, scratched or blemished. Many companies combine colors, giving the faucet body one color and accenting with another. Powder-coated colors are electrostatically applied and baked on, providing a durable finish that might last as long as the life of the faucet.

Conclusion

What is important is to choose the best faucet according to your kitchen style. The kitchen is the place where most of the time is spent. Think about how you use your kitchen on a daily basis from breakfast to dinner and from the snacks to entertaining guest with your favorite dishes. With all this in mind, you will be able to choose the right combination of features to make your Kitchen task quicker and easier.

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