If you’re in the market for buying a new kitchen faucet you need to ensure it will by dependable and durable. This post will help you decide what you need and how to select a faucet that will last a long time as well as serve you well. I have found that the best kitchen faucets have plenty of clearance for filling large pots and pans. They have spouts that are curved or in the form of an arc. This makes it easy for not only large pots and pans but buckets and other containers. Some come with one handle and some come with two handles.
A durable and stylish kitchen faucet blends together function and aesthetics. The well-made faucet makes life a lot easier. Excellent valve mechanism and more durable finishes boost longevity and looks.
We’ll look at six points to keep in mind in choosing the right faucet for you:
The two handle designs allows you to regulate the temperature more accurately. Having independent control for the hot and cold water makes adjusting the temperature.
The single handle faucets also known as post-mount, generally operates from a side mounted lever or a top mounted knob. Most single-handle faucets have a pullout spouts. The cross-shaped design and large wing levers are the more popular designs. However, most faucets have different handles that can be mounted to a faucet body for a customized design. The contemporary sprayers are designed t suit various applications in the kitchen. This is largely because most manufactures have incorporated unique design features into their products over the years. So, you can never go wrong with these types of faucets.
If the style of the faucet is important, start your selection with the type of finish. The most affordable finish for a faucet is a chrome finish. The chrome finish has a long warranty on scratches. The more colorful enamel coatings are more susceptible to scratches and chipping. Add 25 to 40 % more to the price of coated faucets. A PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish is better than the usual plated finishes add to the cost. The PVD finish is done by vaporizing metal and glazing it with scratch-resistant and non-tarnishing finish. Look at brushed chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel for a rustic appeal. The brushed finish and satin finish cleverly hides the scratches.
There are more to spouts besides the straight faucet. There are high-arching goose-like spouts, great for filling large pots. A pull-down faucet can get you anywhere in the sink with three bowls. You can go from a spray mode to a stream mode with ease. There are also restaurant-type modes for when you need a longer hose. For those of you who have windows or cabinets that restrict the height of the arc, then you should opt for the low arc models. These are best for someone who don’t want their window view or kitchen space to be compromised by a faucet design.
There are four kinds of faucets to choose from:
The compression valve: The compression valve faucet uses rubber washers. The compression valve type of faucet will eventually leak but they are very easy to repair.
The ball valve: The ball valve controls the flow and temperature of the water by using a steel ball. The ball valves are washer less and easy to maintain because of this. Replacing a ball valve is really inexpensive and easy to get done.
The ceramic disk: The ceramic disk if virtually a maintenance free water faucet. It is guaranteed not to ware out but is obviously much more expensive than the ball valve or compression valve.
The Cartridge faucet: Much like the ceramic disk, the cartridge faucet usually does not need any maintenance. Like the ceramic disk, it has a higher price tag.
No matter what faucet you’re considering to buy, always check the warranty and the finish. You may want to buy a cartridge faucet to get purified water. Several filters are placed under the sink while others are fitted inside the spout. To set the maximum water temperature, and anti-scald faucet can be used. Some higher end faucets have infrared sensors that are also available. They save on water and allows for cleaner faucet handles. This feature negates the use of physical effort to engage the various parts and components. This greatly expedites their utilization.
In general, you don’t need to hand over your hard-earned money to pay for a good quality faucet. Most faucets have the same basic and sometimes even the same finish across several price ranges.
A faucet is an essential appliance in the kitchen. Selecting the right kitchen faucet is very cumbersome, complex, and time-consuming. It is therefore ideally delegated to a suitable expert supplier who is familiar with the entire process, the ever-changing technology. So it’s up to the respective individual to conduct a thorough market survey and your own wants and desires before deciding what type or style of kitchen faucet to buy!
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