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Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide

Kitchen Faucet Buying GuideLooking at the kitchen faucets in the market today, issues of leaking fixtures may become something of the past. That is because most faucets have got high-quality valves, and the finishes are tough. Besides that, you do not have to pay a lot to get them. Some faucets have a lifetime warranty if you are the original buyer. Such warranties cover finishes and defects.

 

There are different faucet types such as single handle pullout faucets, pull-down faucets and so many more. The finishes are also very many. Therefore, here is what you need to consider when purchasing a kitchen faucet.

 

Number of Holes

Most kitchen sinks already have holes to accommodate the faucet. If you are not replacing your sink, then you need to get a faucet that matches the holes (number and size) or cover the extra holes with a brass plate. These plates could come with the fixture and can also cover counter top holes if that is where the faucet it to be installed. However, it is not good to drill extra holes in an already installed sink or countertop. We also have a post about garbage disposals.

 

Style of spout

There are two spout styles; straight and gooseneck spouts. A straight spout faucet is compact and usually inexpensive. However, you may have to move it whenever you need to put a big pan beneath it. A gooseneck spout faucet has a lot of clearance compared to the straight spout. However, if your sink is shallow, it may cause splashing. Whatever spout-type you choose, make sure that the faucet head can swing well enough to reach every sink corner. That is more so when you have a wide sink or double sink. You also need to remember proportionality because a small pan is odd looking when it has got a big faucet.

 

Number of Handles

How many handles are you looking at when considering a kitchen faucet? A single handle faucet is easier to install and use. The handle may be fitted to the side or attached to the valve. You may also have a sprayer as part of the faucet spout or faucet deck. A 2 handle faucet has got handles for cold and hot water. These handles could either be part of the valve’s base-plate or separate. The sprayer is always separate for this faucet type.

 

Installing and Repairing

When buying a faucet, you need to find out how easy it is to install or repair. Besides that you need to ensure that you get a fixture that has got long inlet hoses. That is because, with such a tube, you can make connections far below the sink and it is easy to use tools on it during repairs.

 

Finish

There are many fixture finishes on the market today. The latest being PVD (physical vapor deposition). That is where the faucet’s exterior is full of charged metal atoms that chemically bond to the fixture surface. There is also bronze, chrome, brass, gold, and nickel. You need to get a faucet whose finish is rust free, and corrosion free. Chrome is a typical finish, and it is durable though intensive scouring scratches it. Stainless steel is another finish that is durable and it is more resistant to stains and scratches than Chrome. Bronze is also another finish used on faucets however when combined with PVD, it has incredible resistance to corrosion, rust, and stains. Read more about best kitchen faucets on faucet mag.

 

Here are the major kitchen faucet types and their characteristics:

 

  1. Single Handle Faucet

Kitchen Faucet Buying GuideYou have to move the handle to one side for cold water and to another for hot water and then place it in the mix for a mixture. In the kitchen, a fixture that has got a spout on its hose that one can pull out from the fixture head is preferable.

 

Pros

They are very easy to use and install. Besides that, they need little space when compared to two handles faucets.

 

Cons

It is not easy to get precise temperature adjustments

 

  1. Two Handle Faucet

Kitchen Faucet Buying GuideIt has got separate handles for cold and hot water. One is to the left while the other is to the right.

 

Pros

It allows for precise temperature adjustment

 

Cons

It is not easy to install

 

The faucet is the heart of the kitchen; make sure that you get one that serves all your needs.

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