Table of Contents
- 1 What To Look For When Buying A Kitchen Faucet
- 2 How Will Your Kitchen Faucet be Used?
- 3 Faucet Coverage Area
- 4 Faucet Height
- 5 Faucet Sink Sprayer
- 6 Faucet Water Force
- 7 Faucet Valving
- 8 Faucet Construction
- 9 Faucet Finish
- 10 Faucet Efficiency
- 11 Do You Like To Cook? You’ll Love This Kitchen Faucet
- 12 Final Thoughts
What To Look For When Buying A Kitchen Faucet
Today we’d like to share with you some tips for choosing the right kitchen faucet. We want you to know what to look for when buying a kitchen faucet because there are so many different models and options to choose from when choosing your kitchen faucet.
The kitchen faucet is no doubt the workhorse of the kitchen, it handles everything from rinsing dishes to the occasionally acting as a temporary bathing station for babies.
It aids in food preparation for the home chef, provides clean drinking water and aids in overall cleanliness.
Faucet fashion and style isn’t something to be taken lightly since the average kitchen faucet tends to last about 10 years.
It is important to take some time and consider all options when choosing your kitchen faucet because the right faucet can make all the difference in your kitchen.
Listed below are some considerations to keep in mind:
How Will Your Kitchen Faucet be Used?
Will you use it mostly for washing dishes, pots, and pans, water to make coffee or just to rinse?
Faucet Coverage Area
Will the faucet you choose be long enough so that it can flow directly into the drain or do you need a shorter faucet that provides better access to pots and pans?
How tall do you need your kitchen faucet to be relative to the depth of your sink? The sink depth to your faucet’s height ratio should allow for enough height for your most common uses and needs.
Select a style that swivels as close to the center of your sink as possible.
Faucet Sink Sprayer
What flexibility to you need for the sprayer, mounted, hand-held or hose? This will depend greatly on your family’s cooking style as to which spray best accommodates you.
Spray features allow you to have a steady jet or spray which is helpful to toggle between when cleaning or filling a pot with water.
Spray features on a faucet can be pull-out, pull-down or if the faucet is a professional model on a coil.
All three styles give you the flexibility to direct water where you want it in the sink. The main differences are faucet height and style.
Faucet Water Force
How much water force do you need? Do you need it to be strong enough to clean pots and pans, dishes or just the sink? Single lever faucets like those sold by Blanco can help you control water volume and temperature safely.
If you need to turn the water on quickly single lever faucets are the way to go.
Select a faucet that has ceramic disc values, these are made of materials that are near diamond in hardness. They will last a lifetime, never wear out and actually gets better with each use.
Be sure to look for a faucet with all metal construction. The kitchen is a really busy area and you want to make sure you have a faucet that will hold up to daily use and abuse.
Pick a finish that is either chrome or physical vapor deposition (PVD). Finishes such as nickel or stainless steel. These are more durable finishes and hold up well to daily use and cleaning.
If you have a colored sink you may want to select a faucet to match. You can also match your faucet to cabinet hardware or appliances for more of an integrated look.
The color and style of your faucet should tie into the rest of your kitchen’s design whether it’s traditional or contemporary.
If saving water and conserving energy is important to you look for faucets with the WaterSense logo it as the gallons per minute (GPM) flow are much lower than regular faucets.
Do You Like To Cook? You’ll Love This Kitchen Faucet
When replacing a faucet it’s important to know how many holes are in the existing countertop. If there are three holes it’s best to install a faucet with a side spray feature and a matching soap dispenser.
Kitchen faucets should be durable and stylish enough to meet the demands of the modern kitchen. Because faucets are the jewelry of your kitchen you want it to have the right combination of beauty and performance.
The right kitchen faucet will give you a lifetime of trouble-free use and make any kitchen task that much easier.