In a typical household, as we spend a large amount of time in the kitchen,it is paramount that the kitchen is equipped with strong and efficient hardware, along with classic design that adds character to the décor.
Kitchen faucets come in a variety of shapes and sizes with a host of features that have never existed before.
They come with tough finishes that have made corroded, leaking and dripping faucets a thing of the past.
Choosing a faucet for your home can be an overwhelming task with the vast number of options available.
The following factors must be considered while choosing a kitchen sink faucet.
1. The number of mounting holes in the sink – Most sinks come with mounting holes pre-drilled for accessories like faucets and soap dispensers. Hence, you’ll have to:
- Buy a faucet with matching holes, or
- Get a base plate to cover extra holes, or
- Replace your sink
However, it is not recommended that you buy a faucet that requires drilling of extra holes as this is inconvenient and messy.
2. Spout dimensions – A faucet can have a gooseneck spout or a straight spout.
- A straight spout faucet is inexpensive and compact, but it might be needed to move around to fit a big pot.
- Gooseneck spout can have high clearances, but can cause splashing
Select a spout with a range of motion sufficient to reach the entire sink. Also a comparable size with the sink is recommended.
3. Installation and Repair – It is recommended to buy a sink and faucet together because the faucet can be installed on the sink or in the countertop before the installation of the sink. Long water-supply hoses can also fit into the lower sink cabinet easily.
4. Finishing – It is advisable to buy a stain resistant finishing on your faucets to ensure long-term usage while maintaining the look of the faucet. PVD finishes, Chrome and Brushed stainless are popular choices for stain and scratch resistance.
There are several faucet types on the market. A few of them are:
1. Single Handle Faucets – Here the temperature adjustments are done with one lever only. They are simple and easy to use and take up less space. However, the temperature control might not be as accurate. Check the distance of the faucet head with the back wall or window ledge. The rotation of the handle might hit the wall or ledge.
2. Two Handle Faucets – In these faucets, there are 2 levers on either side for hot and cold water regulation and the sprayer might be separate. Because of the two handles, temperature control might be more accurate, however, it is also difficult to install and use.
3. Pull Out and Pull down Faucets – The spout pulls out or pulls down from the single handle faucet head on a hose. The counterweight causes the spout to retract smoothly. The pull out spout are very useful to reach corners of the sink and washing. However, it might be a redundant feature if the sink is small.
4. Hands Free Faucets – They have an activator in front of the faucet and can be deactivated to manual mode by sliding a panel to cover the sensor. It is extremely convenient as water flow is regulated by a movement sensor and can be activated when your hands are messy or dirty. If the activator is hidden, the activation process can be frustrating.
5. Pot Filler Faucets – They are mounted to a deck or wall with articulated arms that can be neatly folded when not in use. They are fitted next to the stove and are primarily used in restaurants and large kitchens. It is easy to use as pots can be filled when needed, but the fixture can be difficult to set up as it must be connected to a water source near the stove. Use this for serious cooking needs only.
6. Bar Faucets – Large kitchens require a secondary smaller sink that can free up the main sink for prep making like washing vegetables. This is useful if there are more than one cooks in the kitchen. Bar faucets are smaller in size and made for these sinks and sometimes match in style with the main sink. It is usually connected directly to a hot or cold water dispenser. This might take up additional space though, so consider your requirements before buying the bar faucet.