Kitchen Design / October 9, 2018 / Jaycee Bolin.
When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, some rather mundane tasks need to do, and one of these is choosing a kitchen faucet. Yep, it’s not as exciting as picking out the granite or selecting the color scheme and accessories, but it is a necessary task and one that should not take lightly.
At first glance, one might think that they merely go into the hardware store, a point at a faucet and walk out with the job completed. It ’s not that easy! There are a ton of different choices and all kinds of different features one must consider. Below are some tips for navigating the treacherous waters of choosing a kitchen faucet:
What’s Your Price Range?
First, you must consider your budget and determine your price range. There are faucets in all prices, and you can overspend if you don’t give yourself a budget. A good range is the $200 – $300 range where you will be able to buy a decent faucet without breaking the bank.
How High Do You Want It?
Do you want to put that big steamer set under the faucet to fill it with water, right? Then you want a high arc faucet.
You will find many models with this feature and what you also want to look for is the range that it swivels. The particularly important if you have a double sink as you want the faucet to turn entirely to each side.
One Lever Or Two?
When you are cooking, your fingers are usually gunked up with food, and you want to turn the faucet on easily and quickly – that\'s where a one lever handle comes in handy. Instead of fiddling with two controls for the temperature and force of the water, one lever will do it all. You want this feature in your kitchen faucet!
The Convenience Of A Pull Down Sprayer
One of the most convenient features in newer faucets is that they have the sprayer built right into the valve itself instead of it being a separate hose on the side. You pull the plug down, and it unlatches the sprayer then pull the big tube right out and spray away.
Of course, this feature can also be problematic, so you want to be sure you get a faucet that docks appropriately and where the wand is easy to maneuver. Also be sure to pick one that retracts easy, so you don’t have to struggle with it to get it back in.
The Moen 7175 kitchen faucet is one to consider for this because they have done testing with real people and the tests have proven that the sprayer on this model is 40% easier to use than other faucets with a pull-down sprayer.
You’re Not Finished Until You Choose A Finish and Style
You want the style of the faucet to match the style of your kitchen, so if you have a modern kitchen, a sleek style will work best. If your kitchen is country, then you want a faucet shape that is in keeping with the state “look.” The same thing goes for the finish. Most faucets can be purchased in a variety of finishes from chrome, to stainless to polished bronze.