When decorating a house, the appeal and functionality of the kitchen is one of the biggest decisions. We tend to be busier in the kitchen than in other rooms. As the most used function in a house, an ideal kitchen faucet suits the needs of the owner, and enhances the look, feel, and functionality of the kitchen. Therefore, before choosing your kitchen faucet, you may need to know the following tips.
1. Mounting Styles
Kitchen faucets and sink designs are various, but not always compatible. If you are using an existing sink, check how many mounting holes it has. New faucets come in one-, two-, three- or four-hole varieties.
When you are replacing a new faucet that requires fewer sink holes than you have, choose a faucet coming with an escutcheon plate (a deck plate at the base) to cover up the unneeded holes. This will adapt to many standard sinks.
This option will make the installation quicker, but limit the styles of faucets.
These faucets are directly installed on the countertop, not the sink. If installing an under-mount sink, you can mount the faucet directly on the countertop. When installing a deck-mounted faucet, make sure to allow more than a finger’s width behind the faucet for cleaning.
These faucets provide a seamless look that’s especially well suited to contemporary kitchens. However, they will also occupy more space on the countertop, so that sometimes you may find water, dirt, or grime between the faucet and the wall.
Take care while placing a wall-mounted faucet to make sure it will work together with your sink. The distance of the water spout will determine whether the faucet will be compatible with the sink.
Countertop cleanup will be more easily, but you’ll need to take extra care in colder climates (if installed on an outside wall) to insulate against freezing. Besides this, the plumber must get the spacing and location exactly right. If there is a wall stud in the way, it will need to be relocated so that the faucet and handles can be installed where you need them.
2. Handle Options
A single-handled faucet rotates directionally, usually providing the ability to regulate flow with an up-and-down motion and temperature with a side-to-side motion.
The temperature adjustment is less precise than with a two-handled faucet. However, besides the advantage of requiring only one hole in your countertop, these are really convenient when you have only one hand free. These faucets often feature high arching pro-style designs so that they can easily accommodate large pots and vessels in the sink.
These faucets usually require at least three holes for installation and can be more customizable because of the wide variety of handle options.
Two-handled faucets can adjust the water temperature and the flow rate more sensitively because they have hot and cold handles. However, you may spend more time cleaning and controlling also because of the two separate handles.
This hands-free option is activated by a sensor. Notice the handle at the side, which allows you to adjust the temperature and flow rate.
These faucets operate with a sensor that detects light contact (some are activated by motion) to open the valve. Therefore, they have the advantage of shutting off automatically to conserve water. However, these faucets require an occasional battery change for the sensor to work.
Do you have a kitchen that is contemporary or one that is reminiscent of a farmhouse kitchen?
Styles range from historically detailed to simple, clean lines, curves or 90-degree angles, etc. This will shift the look of your kitchen to express the style you prefer. Options are various, but before you’re ready to pick the style, your kitchen style should already be established, which will help narrow down the options.
Do you have some ideas about the style of your kitchen faucet? Or do you want to get more inspirations? Contact us now, OUBAO is glad to help you.
4. Price and Quality
Most of the faucets use ball, cartridge, or ceramic disk valves. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve, stainless steel, or solid brass base materials will be more durable and will cost more than one with plastic parts.
The weight is one good judgment of the quality, pick it up If you aren’t sure whether a fitting is a solid brass. It should feel heavier than other units. Solid brass bodies last longest and require the least care, especially with hard water corroding some metals. These faucets, as you may imagine, cost the most.
Don’t be greedy, because lower-priced faucets are often made with plastic parts that don’t hold up. When replacing an inexpensive faucet and hiring a plumber to install a replacement, the cost may quickly negate the savings.
Kitchen Faucets are various and apply to different scenarios. With 16 years of experience in sanitary ware manufacturing, OUBAO focuses on faucets and accessories OEM & ODM. If you need solutions or designs of kitchen faucets, welcome to contact us now.