The kitchen is the “command center” of your home and likely the most used room in the house. In fact, it has been researched, that for every hour spent in the family room – 5 hours are spent in the kitchen (cooking, helping with homework, washing dishes, talking on the phone, etc.). So, it is not surprising that choosing a kitchen faucet is an important choice to consider. The first thing to consider is your daily routine and how the kitchen faucet is used. For instance, a kitchen sink is used for a variety of tasks such as rinsing fruit, filling pots, or just pouring a glass of water. Having the right faucet will make everything you do in the kitchen much easier.
The kitchen faucet selection process may seem overwhelming, but below is a breakdown of the types of faucets available to help you be educated when making the best selection to fit your needs. You can choose from a cheap kitchen faucet or a more expensive one. Here are some things to consider:
There are several variations of configurations to mount a kitchen faucet. If you are adding a new faucet to an existing sink, you are limited to the existing hole/s. However, you will have free choice if starting from scratch.
Single hole faucets have a handle that is mounted directly on the body of the faucet. This type of design is sleek, simple, and attractive.
Multi-hole faucets have a separate handle and usually require three (3) holes but can accommodate up to sic (6) holes to use for a variety of accessories such as a soap dispenser, side sprayer, filtered drinking faucet, and or a dispenser specific for hot water.
Sink mount faucets are mounted directly into the sink and most commonly found in “drop-in” sinks.
Deck mount faucets are mounted onto the counter and commonly paired with an “under mount” sink.
Wall mounts are mounted on the wall, not the counter or sink. This type of mount is commonly paired with an “apron-front” sink.
This term refers to the distance that the faucet extends over the sink. This is an important consideration because the spout should be able to adequately reach past the sink walls.
It is important to measure the difference between faucet hole and the back wall because you want to make that there is ample space for the faucet to move freely without anything making contact with the wall (backsplash).
This is usually not much of an issue due to the fact that cabinets built right above a kitchen sink is rare; but it is important to consider height because installing a high faucet with a shallow sink will result in splashing beyond the sink bowl.
Single lever: this is a popular hand due to the fact that it can be turned on with a forearm if your hands are full and/or greasy meaning that the kitchen will stay cleaner and more sanitary.
Dual lever: will allow for a more precise temperature setting an is commonly less costly
Hands-free: bypass the handle all together and opt for a hands-free touch sensitive spout.
Faucet style options are endless as you can find a style to fit everyone’s taste and décor.
Traditional: These faucets are classic and feature curves and detail.
Contemporary: are minimal and do not have additional details.
Rustic: These faucet styles are inspired by old time farmhouses and usually sort a distressed finish.
Industrial: are visually interesting as some may have details such as handles that are shaped as mini wheels.
Transitional: This style is a cross between contemporary and traditional.
At one time, nickel and chrome were the only finish options; but today the finish options are vast including bronze, gold, copper, black and white, and even a color of your personal choice. Finishes can also be weathered, brushed, matte, oil-rubbed, and/or two-toned. Additionally, a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) type of finish is more costly; however, it will prevent corrosion and tarnish. The final finish that you choose for your kitchen faucet should work well with the total color scheme of the entire kitchen including the countertops and cabinets.
Although the physical and functionality ability are very important features to your kitchen faucet, the inner components are just as important. Brass is durable, heavy and a recommended choice.