Nowadays, kitchen faucets serve more than just basic functions in the kitchen.
With all the sizes, shapes, designs, and also finishes present in the market, they now become a part of setting the fashion of your kitchen.
Whether your kitchen has a classic country design or an ultra-modern architecture, there is a faucet available to exactly fit the atmosphere you wish to create.
Here are some considerations that you need to think about when choosing a new kitchen faucet.
First and foremost, choose a faucet that matches your sink’s faucet connection. Then, check how many mounting holes your kitchen sink or your countertop has. Make sure you choose a faucet that will be easy to operate when mounted in the sink.
Choose one that is just the right size relative to your sink.
There are a wide variety of sink faucet materials in the market. Whether it is brass or polished, made of stainless steel, copper, or chrome, the kitchen faucet material must be heavy-weight, durable, maintenance-free, proper to your kitchen theme, and should not corrode or even discolor.
Kitchen faucets that are made of brass are extremely resistant to unfavorable conditions, as chrome-plated ones are more affordable. It is essential that you go for the most durable – your faucet should be the one that lasts a very long time before dripping.
Therefore, try to choose the best quality and also fits your budget just best.
Handle and spout
The handle and the spout usually determine the style of kitchen faucets. Faucets can have single or two handles. Single handled faucets are quite convenient when it comes to controlling water temperature and volume.
Double-handled one, on the other hand, allows the precise flow and temperature adjustment as it has separate cold and hot controls. It can also be more stylish than the former. There are also three different spout styles to choose from.
There are those that have a pull-down or pull-out sprays, those that have side sprays and those that don’t. Imagine what you normally use kitchen faucets for and pick one based on your requirements.
There are even wall-mount faucets which require no deck holes, the pot filler faucets which can be mounted close to the stove, and also bar or entertainment kitchen faucets that can be affixed to other areas in your kitchen.
The fourth factor that you should determine is the spout height and reach. Standard arch faucets are usually 3-5 inches high and are best for smaller to average-sized sinks and for everyday usage.
High arching faucets are normally 6-8 or 10 inches high meant for washing pots and big sized kitchen items. Additionally, you should ensure that your spout extension is compatible with the sink measurement and the number of bowls or dishes you expect to wash.
Whatever the spout reach you choose is, make sure that it directs water right into the center of the bowl. If your sink is the double-bowl type, preferably one that can reach both areas.
Finally, find out what other additional accessories you will need in your kitchens such as water filters, the hot water dispensers, or even soap dispensers. You would want one or more extra holes in your sink for these accessories.
With all the kinds of faucets available, it can get very confusing and challenge to choose one that will suit your kitchen. You do not only pick based on aesthetics and your budget but more importantly, on your current and future requirements.