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Choosing the Right Kitchen Faucet

The faucet is a major focal point in the kitchen. Choosing the right faucet can be a tricky business. Most people select their faucet based on its appearance. Aesthetics are important, but functionality is vital.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Faucet

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Here are a few things to consider when selecting a faucet for your kitchen:

  • Holes – Sinks come with holes to accommodate your faucet. Consider the number of holes in the sink when choosing a faucet. If you opt for a single stem faucet but have a sink with multiple holes, you will have to get a faucet with a bridge to cover the unwanted openings. You should also check the placement of the holes in the sink to make sure that they will properly accommodate your faucet.
  • Style – The style of the faucet should conform to the general look of your kitchen. You won’t want a modern faucet to go with your cast iron farmhouse sink; it will simply not match.
  • Finish – Faucets typically come in three finishes: bronze, chrome, or nickel. In choosing the finish of your faucet, consider the finish of the cabinet hardware next to your sink. You should also make sure that it complements the lighting fixtures in your kitchen. You don’t have to find the perfect match, but your finishes should complement each other. For example, if you have chrome or nickel in your cabinet’s hardware, a bronze faucet will look out of place.
  • Height and reach of the spout – The trend in faucets today is to have a high arc, which works well if you have enough space above your sink. If you have shelves or cabinets over your sink, however, find another option. You should also consider the size of your sink. You will need a faucet with a large reach if you have an expansive sink.
  • Sprayer options – Sprayers are helpful in removing debris from your sink. Some faucets have separate side sprays, but they are less convenient than the built-in sprays. Choose a faucet with a little button on the head to turn the spray on and off for greater convenience.
  • Number of handles – Many faucets come with two handles to control the water flow and temperature. However, faucets with a single handle are more convenient when working in the kitchen.
  • Price – Do not skimp and buy a cheap faucet; you usually get what you pay for. Even if you only spend a little on your faucet, you might end up replacing it a few times in the period that a high-quality faucet would have lasted. Plan to spend about $100 to $300 for a dependable faucet, and check the online reviews before buying.

There are many things to consider when choosing the right faucet for your kitchen. Research your purchase thoroughly before making your final choice.