Kitchen Faucets 101
Your Kitchen is Your Command Center
Prepping for spaghetti night. Bathing the baby. Watering the plants. It should come as no surprise that you spend more active time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. And from selecting a finish to starting installation, there are plenty of things for you to consider when choosing your next kitchen faucet.
Think About What Goes on in Your Sink
When it comes to taking care of business in the kitchen, you need a faucet that’s built to handle everything you throw at it. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, spout height, and sprayers — can help you create a space that works your way.
Touchless Kitchen Faucets with MotionSense™ feature touchless activation, allowing you to easily turn water on and off with the wave of a hand.
Keep Everything in Reach
Whether you’re rinsing down the corners of your sink or cleaning fresh veggies from the garden, a faucet with the right sprayer helps make quick work of your kitchen tasks.
Get Smart About Arcs
Have you ever shimmied a large pasta pot under a low spout or had your window view interrupted by a high spout? if so, then you understand how important it is to have a faucet that’s just the right height.
Our New Kitchen Faucet and Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Faucet
Choosing a faucet can be tricky.
It may seem like a strictly functional piece of hardware in your kitchen, but the truth is that your faucet is often a major focal point to the space.
Usually sinks and stoves are the focal points in a kitchen. And a beautifully designed faucet not only complements a newly designed kitchen, but can also be the perfect finishing touch to a DIY-renovated-on-a-budget kitchen makeover as well.
Faucets and hood fans are kind of like the lipstick and mascara of the kitchen. They can perfectly complement a beautiful space (or face), or they can mask and distract from spaces (and faces!) that might be a little less then perfect, if you know what I mean.
Truth be told, I had a hard time selecting a faucet for our new kitchen. And I did a lot of research before making my final decision. Here are the key factors to consider for choosing the right faucet for your kitchen….
Think about your the general style of your kitchen as well as the style of the sink that you have selected. Pairing a cast iron farmhouse sink with a super modern faucet may not work together unless you are going for a very edgy or eclectic look. Similarly, a strongly modern stainless sink would not suit a traditional bridge style faucet.
Faucets generally come in three main finishes: chrome, nickel (or other brushed metal), or bronze. Consider the nearby cabinet hardware, as well as lighting and other metal finishes in the space. It doesn’t all have to match exactly, but choose a faucet whose finish works well with the other finishes in the space. Because I chose chrome and nickel finishes throughout the space in the cabinet hardware and lighting, I selected a chrome faucet to complement these finishes.
Faucets with a high arc are very on trend these days… but you need to consider the amount of space you have above your sink. If you have low cabinets or shelves above the sink, you may not wish the arc to be too high. Another thing to consider is the size of your sink…. a large sink may require you to select a faucet with a larger reach. The farmhouse sink that we selected is quite wide and deep, so choosing a faucet that had a spray option that would reach all the corners of the sink easily was critical.
A sprayer on a faucet is an amazing tool… a good sprayer can remove all kinds of gunk and mess for you, and it also can help to keep your sink cleaner. Often faucets with a separate side spray are not as convenient or effective as a sprayer that is built into the faucet itself. Some faucets, such as the one we chose, even have a little button on the faucet head to turn the spray on and off making this feature super convenient and easy to use.
TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT KITCHEN FAUCET
A big faucet for the big jobs
The main sink of the kitchen is often used for the “heavy lifting” of kitchen duties — washing dishes, cleaning large pots/pans and much more. We suggest putting a faucet at that sink that also serves as a statement piece. Maybe it’s a commercial-grade oversized faucet such as the Danze Parma Pre-Rinse Faucet or a tall pull-down faucet. Whatever your preference, take this opportunity to set the style of the room, which is just as important as the functionality this piece will bring to those big jobs.
Bring water to the stovetop
Pot fillers have grown in popularity in recent years and there’s no question why. For relatively little effort during a renovation (run a single cold water source to behind the stovetop area), you have the added convenience of a wall-mounted pot filler. Perfect for adding water to boiling pots, a dirty pan and other purposes, these beautiful faucets making cooking that much easier and fun.
Maximize the island
More and more homeowners are adding a second sink to the kitchen by placing one within the island. For at-home chefs, this is a great way to stay connected to guests while prepping food, washing vegetables and simply keeping the kitchen duties moving. Danze offers one of the only deck-mounted pot fillers on the market — perfect for island applications. If a pot filler isn’t for you, choose a small to medium-scale faucet (maybe a pull-out or bridge faucet with side spray) that helps maximize this important area of the room’s footprint.
Create a convenient bar
As homeowners choose to entertain more and more at home, a secondary (or convenience) bar area adjacent to or right within the kitchen has become a popular choice during renovations. Stylish, yet modest faucets are often chosen for these sinks to stay within scale of the area, yet provide the convenience and functionality that is required once guests arrive.
There’s no doubt renovating a kitchen can be a big task. However, if planning and care goes into elements like pairing the faucets with the right jobs at hand and maximizing the space to give it a beautiful décor, the day-to-day tasks may become a bit smaller.
Ways of choosing the best kitchen faucet
Your kitchen is always an important place that everyone must concentrate on. This is because everyone spends more time in their kitchen than any other place although no one notices that. Due to that, everyone would want to make their kitchen is a better place. For your kitchen to be your joy, there are so many factors that you should consider before selecting your kitchen faucet. Choosing is not easy at all and this is why you should be extra vigilant when choosing your best kitchen faucet.
Most of the time, people choose their best kitchen faucets depending on the looks of the faucet. This might deceive you because not everything that glitters is gold. When choosing your kitchen faucet, make sure that you select one that is durable enough. After you have known that it is long lasting, you can now go ahead on selecting the looks.
Spending is also what you should consider when selecting your kitchen faucet. By this I mean, you can spend enough for a faucet that is worth spending but you should not spend in excess. You might spend low on your kitchen faucet but it’s possible that the faucet will be of low quality. Spending more will be a plus on you getting extra features more than just durability and reliability.
Tips For Choosing a Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen faucets are used and abused. Not only do they need to function properly, but they also need to look great! Read on for some tips on how to select the best one for your lifestyle and your home…
While the kitchen sink is also an important part of your kitchen, the faucet can really add style to the room. But, there are so many styles, colors and configurations on the market today, how do you choose which one is best for you?
First, think about the faucet you have now and those you have lived with in the past. What did you like about them, and what did you hate about them? This simple exercise will help you narrow your search right away. Before you focus on style, however, take a look at the function of your faucet.
I have found that while some homeowners swear by a one-handled, lever faucet, other folks would rather have a two-handled version. Today, you can even find faucets that require only motion or a touch to turn them on or off. Choose the option that works best for you and the way you use your kitchen. A one-handled faucet is easier to adjust, while a two-handled faucet sometimes offers more style options. Consider the number of holes the faucet will require in your countertop, as well. A one-handled faucet only requires one hole in the sink or countertop (and only one item to clean around!).