Your kitchen faucet is as much about style as it is about function. Your faucet forms an integral part of your kitchen, and it’s something that you must choose carefully especially since it’s something that you’ll use and see every single day. Durability, price, design, and function are all things to consider when making your choice, and it can be daunting to know what to get with so many styles out there. Here are some of our best professional tips for choosing kitchen faucets and things to think about when making your decision.
Two-handle or single lever?
One of the first things to think about is whether you want a two-handle kitchen faucet or a single lever. This is a key part of the configuration of faucets and deciding this will help you to narrow down your selection. This is all down to preference, as two-handle faucets provide a more traditional look, whereas single levers can be a bit more convenient as you can quickly get the right temperature using just one hand. Single-lever faucets allow you to regulate how much water comes out as well as the temperature, whereas two-handle faucets have one handle each for hot and cold water. Two-handle faucets take up a little more space and require two holes, while single lever faucets require only one hole and take up less space.
Kitchen faucet style
The style of kitchen faucet you choose will depend largely on your kitchen. Things to consider include the handle shape, size and finish (some are simple, others are more intricate), and things like the height of the faucet and how far down it sits into the sink. Consider as well how deep your sink will be, as this may determine how far the faucet extends into the sink as you’ll want to be able to fill and wash pots and pans with ease. The faucet finish is also something to think about, as you’ll have a choice of chrome, nickel, bronze, brass, stainless steel, and a selection of others. Shiny finishes show up water marks and dirt much more, whereas matte finishes show up less.
Another key thing to think about is any special features that you’d like to have. Many people nowadays are opting for pull-off kitchen faucets, which is when you have a pull-out hose that extends out of the faucet which makes it easier to wash the dishes and clean the sink. You can also opt to have a “spray” feature with this type of hose. Other considerations include variable flow-heads, which allow you to conserve water, and technical features such as touch-sensitive faucets which help to prevent the spread of germs.
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