A Step-by-Step Guide for Buying the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

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This article is to assist you in finding the ideal kitchen faucet that best fits your kitchen in a step-by-step manner. 

Whether you are having a lousy pizza day or cooking a good meal, your kitchen sink will always be in use. A kitchen faucet to your kitchen is like a bathroom for your daily needs. Without it, the whole kitchen looks like it’s missing an arm. The perfect kitchen faucet will add the final touch to your kitchen renovation, and give your kitchen an exceptional grandiosity. It holds a major part of the functionality of your kitchen. Any damage to your kitchen faucet is equivalent to a toothache. One has to repair it in order to get relief from the toothache.

Now, what qualities should an ideal kitchen faucet have? In my opinion, an

ideal kitchen faucet will have a premium look and feel to it, have excellent durability and fulfill all the desired requirements of the user to provide a satisfactory user experience. In this article, we structured five fundamental questions to be the judge of your ideal kitchen faucet.

 

1. Do you have a vision of the end result?

For any project to work out, there should be a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like. In the millennial era, a faucet can add so much value to your kitchen. Along with the ability to smoothly alter between the hot and cold water supply, modern kitchen faucets can also have a filtration system, a side sprayer for convenience with some electronic features as an additional touch.

The designs and the operating system also vary significantly, which requires you to know the function of your sink beforehand. This article will give you an overview of everything so that at the end, you know exactly how you want the faucet to look like. Do you want a white kitchen faucet with a pull-down sprayer? Keep reading to find out.

 

2.Have you estimated the size of the faucet that would be ideal for your kitchen? 

Installing a faucet in the space that is already allocated for it in your kitchen is easier than buying one first and later reconstructing your kitchen to fit it. Therefore, it is time to bring out your measuring tape and assess your kitchen.

Your first goal is to compare the sizes of the utensils you will wash with the width and depth of your sink.  The faucet should have a moderately high nozzle which will enable you to do the task without breaking a sweat, as well as the installation should be low enough to avoid excessive splashing of water on the countertop.

Your next goal is determining the type of faucet best suited for your needs. For a deck-mounted faucet, you have to measure the space available behind the sink to be able to install it.

For a wall-mounted faucet, you have to measure the space between the wall and the inner edge of the sink, as the nozzle has to reach the center of the sink. Once you have finished measuring it, compare your sink measurements with the size of the faucet available in the market.

Some additional measurements are the diameter of the pre-drilled holes and the distance between the centers of each hole, along with the width of the sink and the space between the wall and sink edge. This will help you position the faucet accurately and also operate the faucet levers without any difficulty.

3. Which valve would be the best? 

Valve is the control center of the kitchen faucet. It maintains the water flow and the alteration between the hot and cold water lines. The lever of the faucet is controlled by the valve, which controls the pressure of water coming out of the spout. Different types of valves have different levels of capabilities and utility for a kitchen faucet. The four most common valves are ball valves, disk valves, cartridge valves, and compression valves.

Ball valves are one with a minimalist look. It has a single lever to control both the water flow and the temperature by rotating or pivoting. Disk and cartridge valves are the ones more commonly used today.

They are somewhat similar and have more functionalities and the valves can be replaced when damaged without replacing the whole faucet. Compression valves are the most outdated, with traditional knob handles. If the valves break, the whole faucet needs to be replaced.

The valve material determines the durability and functionality of the faucet. Ceramic valves are the best recommendation for this since it is well known for its dependable service. 

4. How many pre-drilled faucet holes do you have in your kitchen?

Now let’s talk about the pre-drilled faucet holes I keep referring to. Drop-in, under-mount, or farmhouse-designed sinks tend to have pre-drilled holes for faucet installation into the deck. The faucet can take from one to four of those holes if available, or if the user is going for the minimalist look, necessities like soap dispensers can also be installed.

For simple renovation, one can go for single-hole faucets with a pull-down or a side sprayer, people looking for that extra flair can opt for two-handle faucets or bridge faucets that have three and four-hole layouts respectively.

5. Which finish and style are you looking for?

Lastly, let’s finish off by discussing the finishes and styles that are available in the market today. Modern faucets are resistant to oils which tend to stick to the faucet through our touching. This makes modern faucets easier to clean and more hygienic. When it comes to metal finishes, we opt for choosing something which will complement the kitchen gear, however, let’s look at the characteristics each metal has to offer.

One can never go wrong with stainless steel when it comes to a good balance between durability and the minimalist look. The next in line is copper that tends to add that premium touch to your kitchen. The more you use it, the better it looks.

However, the metal which people tend to go for is chrome because of its huge availability in the market along with its excellent durability and the ability to adapt to any hardware used.

At the end of the day, no matter whether you bought an expensive faucet or got something that was a great value for money, everyday household tools need to be maintained regularly, they should be cleaned and greased for smooth operation. Otherwise, they get rusty and lose their functionality quickly. So make sure to clean your kitchen faucet after washing the dishes. That’s all on kitchen faucets. Leave feedback here if this article was of any help to you.

 

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