The kitchen faucet is a busy part of your home. From washing hands to scrubbing vegetables to cleaning dishes and so much more, your faucet gets used more than many other features of your home. With such a heavy workload demand, It’s important that your kitchen faucet works for you in the right way. And don’t forget — it also needs to look nice!
Think about these features when selecting the perfect kitchen faucet for your home.
Single lever faucets are good for controlling both the temperature and water volume. Turning the water on or off quickly is a cinch, and you can adjust the flow and temperature for your current needs. They’re also a more updated look for a kitchen.
Two-handled faucets offer a classic look and make it easy to control water temperature and flow.
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Hands-free faucets provide extreme convenience, especially when your hands are covered in flour or chicken grease and you don’t want to spread the mess.
A spray feature on your faucet is convenient for more things than we can list here. It helps you to control where you want water in your sink, allowing you to reach hard-to-reach angles, move the faucet for a little one who can’t quite reach to wash hands, fill a pot, and so much more.
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Many spray features offer two controls — one provides a steady jet or a spray. This is helpful as you switch between needs at the kitchen sink.
You can get a spray feature as part of the faucet or have one installed to the side of the faucet. If the spray feature is part of the faucet, you can choose from a pull-out, coil, or pull-down option.
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You can really let your faucet make a statement and boldly demonstrate the style of your kitchen. Consider it like jewelry in the kitchen — the right style will enhance the whole look of the space.
Choose a finish that works well with other appliances, features, and hardware in your kitchen. Fortunately, there are several options, from stainless steel, polished chrome, polished nickel, wrought iron, and more. Do you have a traditional kitchen? Modern? Farmhouse? Make sure to choose a style that ties into the rest of your kitchen.
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It doesn’t matter how much you love a certain look if it won’t fit in your kitchen’s space. Make sure you first measure window sills or kitchen cabinets to ensure the height of your chosen faucet won’t interfere with what’s already there.
The Nuts and Bolts
Not every faucet can fit every sink. You need to know how many holes you already have in your countertop. If you have three holes, you can install a faucet, an accompanying spray feature, and even a soap dispenser.
Want to go from three holes to a single-handle faucet? A deck plate at the base of the faucet covers the extra holes while giving you a seamless look.
You’ll need to choose a faucet with a spout that reaches close to the center of your sink. It won’t do you much good if the faucet barely extends into your sink.
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Consider adding a filtration faucet next to your sink to give you cold, filtered drinking water in a convenient place. Or how about a pot filler faucet above the stove? Lotion or soap dispensers to keep extra products off your counters? Make sure you take some time to consider extra features that may save you time, add convenience, or make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable.
This article was originally published on New Life Bath & Kitchen’s blog.