Tips on how to choose Kitchen Faucets

There are so many factors to consider when choosing the right kitchen faucet. Faucets are of different types. Deck-mount faucets are installed on the countertop, sink-mount faucets are installed on the sink while wall-mount faucets are installed on the wall above the sink and hang over it.Deck-mount faucets take up space on the countertop and may also cause dirt, grime and water to be collected between the faucet and the wall. In case of wall mount faucets installed in cold climates, steps should be taken to insulate against freezing. Moreover, the spacing and location of the faucet on the wall must be exactly correct. Faucet mechanisms are of different types including ball valve, ceramic disc, compression valve and cartridge.

These different types of faucets require different number of mounting holes for installation including one, two, three and four holes designs. Faucets with integrated handle and spout require a single hole for installation while conventional faucets with separate taps for hot and cold water require three holes for installation. Hence, consider the number of holes on your sink before buying the kitchen faucet or you’ll have to drill additional holes on the sink.  Also for installing a kitchen faucet you need to consider whether its bottom-mount and top-mount. Bottom-mount kitchen faucets need to be screwed through the top of the faucet piece while top-mount kitchen faucets need to be screwed through the bottom of the faucet piece.

Faucets may have a single handle which is used to change the temperature of water and regulate the water flow as the handle is moved in a side-to-side and up-and-down motion respectively or separate taps for hot and cold water for mixing them. However, changing temperature of water with one handle is less precise as compared to a two handle faucet. Moreover, you can also install a sprayer along the side of the faucet or select a pull-down faucet for your kitchen. You can also select a touch faucet or touchless faucet, with touch and motion sensors respectively, for added functionality and ease. These faucets are great for maintaining a clean, spotless faucet, conserving water and useful when your hands are full. Some faucets also offer the option of selecting a stream or spray of water according to your needs. Additionally, you can also choose to install a soap dispenser or sprayer with your kitchen faucet. Faucets also have different features including faucet filters for accessing filtered tap water and hot water dispensers.

Kitchen faucets are also available in different designs with arcs of varying lengths.  High arc faucets are useful when filling large pots and pans. Faucets are also available in different finishes including Chrome, Bronze and Stainless Steel. Choose the finish according to your kitchen theme and cabinet. Kitchen faucets are fashioned from a variety of different materials including chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black and stainless steel. Faucets made up of stainless steel or brass with ceramic disc valves are quite durable but are more expensive than the ones with plastic counter parts.

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