Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide

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People buy new kitchen faucets for many reasons ranging from it not working the way it should to just wanting to update the look of their kitchen. Sometimes it could be to increase ease-of-use or add more features to the faucet. No matter the reason, there are many considerations to think about before settling on the right one for you.

Functionality

When someone is searching for a new faucet, he or she must have a clear idea of what he or she is looking for the faucet as well as its abilities. For example, some manufacturers make kitchen faucets that have a built-in sprayer, so you do not have a separate sprayer taking up space on your kitchen counter. You can also decide whether you want single knobs, double knobs, or if you want to go without knobs by opting for a touch sensor.

A homeowner can also choose whether to mount the faucet on the sink, countertop, or the back splash. There are many choices to pick from when it comes to how the faucet works. One major department to look for is what the inner workings of the faucet is made of. Less pricey faucets most often use plastic mechanics while higher end ones sport ceramic or stainless steel. Ceramic and stainless steel mechanics increase the lifespan of the faucet as well as keep leaks from occurring.

Aesthetic

Most people who are remodeling their kitchen not only want the faucet in his or her sink to be functional, but also appealing to the eyes.  If you maintain the same brand of sink and faucet, the finish and design should be identical.  Many finishes are available on the market today from chrome, nickel, and brass to bronze and stainless steel.

You can tie in the finish of the sink with other aspects of the kitchen by installing similar finished items such as drawer and cabinet knobs. Getting the wrong style of faucet to go with the homeowners sink can off put the entire scheme that he or she was going for.

Finding the right faucet for your kitchen may seem like a tedious task. Fortunately, a little information on what is available on the market and how to go about the selection process, should help you narrow down the options. Most hardware stores even offer display models for you to get a look and feel of the different options before making a decision. If you are still having trouble deciding, don't be afraid to consult with a plumber (like those at All About Plumbing) for his/her opinion on what type of faucets would work best with the current plumbing setup of your kitchen.

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