The Essential Elements of Choosing a New Faucet
Choosing a beautiful and functional faucet can be difficult because there are so many different styles, finishes, and features on the market. This guide will help you to determine the right combination of faucet features to best suit your home.
Size of the Sink
You may already have your eye on a faucet that will complement your kitchen design, but looks aren’t everything. There are a few factors to consider before you choose the style and finish. First is the size of your sink. Unless you plan on buying a new one, you’ll need to consider the number of mounting holes in the existing sink. Drilling new holes into your current sink can be a major headache. Faucets with a pull-down sprayer will leave an empty hole from the previous conventional sprayer, but a cover plate can remedy that, or you could fill the hole by installing a soap dispenser.
Height and Spout
Look at the reach and spout height of the faucet. If you have a shelf above the sink, measure how much clearance you have to make sure the faucet won’t be too tall. A spout with a short reach will not be useful if you have a three-bowl sink. A short spout and a shallow sink may not give enough clearance to wash large pots and pans.
Pull-Down or Conventional Sprayer
Sprayers are an essential tool for cleaning the sink basin as well as offering more direct power to clean the nitty gritty and hard to reach spots on dishes and kitchen utensils. A pull-down sprayer mounted directly to the faucet is convenient and easy to use. Conventional sprayers mounted next to the faucet tend to drip, and you have to pull out the hose and retract it each time you use it.
The trend is for single-handle faucets — mostly because of their ease of use. With two-handle faucets, it takes a bit of tinkering to get the water to come out at your desired temperature, but the water temperature is easier to control with a single-handle faucet. Single-handle faucets have a side-mounted handle or a top-mounted handle. Again, consider the holes required before making your selection.
I’ve covered the basics for selecting a faucet, but like with any other household feature, certain components can make our lives a little easier. For example, if you’re the chef of the house and enjoy food prep, when your hands are full of ingredients or sticky with bread dough, you won’t have to pause to clean your hands again before turning on the water if you have a touch-free faucet. By the way, look for touch-free faucets with front-activated sensors because they’re better at detecting motion than taps with sensors located elsewhere.
Finishes and Styles
Finally! The fun part begins: choosing a style and finish. Will it be chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, or brushed nickel? With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which finish and style will suit your kitchen design. Experiment with a variety of different faucets in Shadow Port Signature Room by SMEG offer beautiful faucet options to choose from. Simply select a similar countertop to your own to help you decide. Or maybe a new faucet will inspire you to replace your old countertops for a fresh new look!
Your kitchen faucet has two important roles to fill: style and function. It’s more fun to choose a faucet based on the “wow” factor it bestows, but if you want to avoid buyer’s remorse, consider the duties it needs to perform before making your purchase.
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