Kitchen Faucet Buyers Guide 2015
The kitchen is the centerpiece of the home, a place where the family and guests gather. Your kitchen reflects your personality and the faucet should be a part of that.
If you just walk into a home improvement store and look at all the choices, it may seem like you need a professional opinion. Just take it one step at a time and consider your options and in no time, you will be the professional.
Nobody wants to make endless trips to and from the hardware store to complete a project. The way to avoid this problem is to get all of the information that you will need for the job before getting started.
The first question to answer is: Are you going to keep the old sink and just replace the faucet? If the faucet is the only part being replaced, then check to see how many holes the sink has.
Of course it is going to go easily for you if the new fixture matches up identically to the one that has been removed. If your new faucet is smaller and takes up less holes than the original, don't worry. This can be covered up with a baseplate and no extra work is needed.
Make sure that you do not get a faucet that will need more holes than the sink has. Trying to drill new holes is probably just going to ruin the sink, and then you will have to replace that as well.
You are also going to have to decide how many handles you want on the new faucet. It is going to be easier to install a one handle faucet. There are fewer parts, they take up fewer holes and some offer a pull-out sprayer that is part of the spout.
Two handle faucets have separate handles for hot and cold water, usually with a sprayer as a separate piece. If there are advantages to a two handle faucet, they would be that the cost is generally a bit lower and the user has a bit more control over the ratio of hot and cold water.
You will need to think about the size and shape of the faucet spout. Consider the sink that you will be attaching the faucet too and take some measurements.
The swing of the spout will need to reach most of the sink, you will really need to be careful about this if you have a double basin sink.
A straight spout is an inexpensive and generic choice, but it could be a problem if you have big pots and pans. A high arc curved faucet will usually accommodate larger pots.
There are going to be a lot of different options if you are looking into the best kitchen faucets. If you are willing to drop a little bit more money, the top of the line faucets are completely customizable.
You will be sure to find something to fit your taste no matter what look or function you are looking for. Finish: The finish of the faucet is going to be one of the biggest factors impacting the appearance. You have to think about how it is going to go along with the rest of your color scheme.
Think about the cabinets, the countertops, backsplash, flooring, etc. The days of choosing between a chrome finish and a bronze finish are over. A wide variety of finishes are available for some models, including:
- Brushed Chrome
- Polished Nickel
- Spot Resist Stainless
- Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- Mediterranean Bronze
- Matte Black
- Wrought Iron
Of course there are going to be different choices for every faucet. This is another reason to look around in advance and make sure that the finish you want is going to be available with the faucet style that you are looking for.
Worst case scenario, a supplier will probably be able to make a custom order for you to get you the perfect look for your kitchen faucet.
At this point you will already know the size of spout that you need for your kitchen faucet. The aesthetics come into play more when determining what shape spout will create the optimal look. Straight spouts and goose-neck or curved spouts are not only about utility, but also looks.
Just keep in mind that if the sink is too shallow, a curved spout may splash water over the edges. Also note that pull out spouts will not be available on faucets with the traditional, straight spout.
Pullout Spout or Traditional
There are a lot of advantages to having a pullout spout rather than the traditional stationary spout. When you can pull the spout out of the faucet, you can move the stream of water wherever you want it to go
Two different kinds are on the market, although they offer basically the same utility. Pull down faucets have heads that pull straight down into the sink basin to give you a longer reach. If you have a very deep sink, this is going to be a useful thing to have.
Remember that you will not always be washing big pots and you may want to bring the water closer to the thing that you are washing or filling. Pull out faucets are a little bit different. They have heads that you can pull straight out instead of down.
This is helpful for reaching things on the side of the sink. If you will be filling a large pot with water, you may not want to strain to lift it back out of the basin, so this is a nice feature. Both types can be helpful with rinsing fruits and vegetables, cleaning out the sink or even washing hair.
Just keep in mind that the hose should be long enough to reach the whole sink basin.
Spray/Stream Selector Button
If you end up going with a faucet with a pull out spout, there is a good chance that it will also have a spray/stream selector button. These spouts come equipped with a button or buttons to control the flow of the water.
If you are interested in this feature, try a few of them out and see what design is the most comfortable for your hand. See if you can use the button while doing another task such as washing the dishes.
The way that a kitchen faucet mounts will let you know whether or not you can use it the way that you are intending. If you need to cover up some extra holes in the sink, deck plate mounting is the way to go.
Deck plate mounting also gives you a nice clean look, even if you have nothing to cover up it is a great way to go if you want everything to match. Non deck plate mounting looks nice when it is paired up with the right sink and background.
Don't buy this type of equipment if you have extra holes in the sink, there will not be any pieces to cover up those holes and you will probably have to rethink your project. Wall mounting is a less common installation.
From the standpoint of appearance, you will probably not like this as much. It tends to have the look of a shower more than a kitchen faucet and you are probably going to need a professional to handle the installation if you choose to go with wall mounting.
Keep an eye out for the extra features that are available with kitchen faucets. You will probably only see these on the premium models, but if there is a feature that you feel is a must have it can be found.
If you like to have filtered water, there are some faucets that will come with a separate spout for dispensing water through a filtration system. If you do a lot of cooking, it may be worth looking into a pot filler faucet.
These usually mount over the stove rather than on the sink, but if you have a professional installer at the house they can likely put this in for you as well.
There are also faucets that allow temperature setting. If you hate searching for the perfect temperature every time you turn the water on, these faucets will save you time and aggravation.
If you are looking at faucets with pull down spouts, some will offer a trigger for releasing water rather than a constant stream. This is a nice water saver if you do a lot of dishes in your sink.
Of course, the best kitchen faucets will come at a premium price as well, but for handy, tech savvy consumers some money can be saved by buying online and do it yourself installation.
Whatever look and details you are searching for, there is a perfect kitchen faucet out there for you.
A bit of research will arm you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.