Given how busy the kitchen sink actually is, replacing an outdated or worn faucet with a new model can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up a tired kitchen. You can even choose a touchless model that makes it easier to clean dirty hands without having to clean your faucet, too.
Before you get overwhelmed by all of the choices available, it can be helpful to spend a little time understanding the options and features with which you’ll be faced. Combining a little education with an understanding of your needs and preferences can make this kitchen fix up a less frustrating experience.
If you’re not planning on replacing the kitchen sink, you need to make sure that you limit your options to those models that will fit in your existing space (most notably, the number of holes your existing faucet requires). While it may be possible to plug or cover extra holes, creating new ones is definitely going to amp up the nature of this project.
A model with a longer neck can be a great option if your sink is on the shallower side. A long arched neck can essentially increase the depth of your sink and make pot filling and cleaning easier.
Faucets are available in so many different finishes that you’re sure to find one that matches your sink and works with the rest of your kitchen. When considering finishes, you need to decide how important it is to have a model that resists spotting. For instance, if you have really hard water, you don’t want a finish that will stain easily. Fingerprint resistance might be an important factor, too, if you have a very busy kitchen with lots of greasy or dirty fingers.
In addition to the traditional one- or two-handled models, today’s faucets are available in touch-on models that allow you to turn the faucet on or off by touching anywhere on the faucet. This allows you to use a wrist or forearm to turn on the water, keeping the faucet cleaner and minimizing the number of germs and bacteria left behind. Taking this concept one step further are faucets with sensors that allow you to turn the water on and off without touching anything at all. These models are great for small children who might not be tall enough to reach on/off handles at the back of the sink.
If you prefer a faucet-mounted water filter, make sure you only consider models that will accommodate your existing filter unless you’re prepared to buy a new one or find a different way to filter your water.
Living in an area where water conservation is a big concern, or even a necessity, means that you should look at the most efficient models available. While finding the most efficient model may be a necessity for some, we would all do well do try to lessen our water usage whenever we reasonably can. This is especially true for the many of us on municipal water systems, where saving water can mean saving money.
If you have a busier-than-average kitchen or have a family that tends to be rough on fixtures, you might want to look for models that are rated or reviewed as the most durable. Finding a new faucet once can be headache enough. Having to replace it too soon because it wasn’t sturdy enough to stand up to your family just doubles that pain.
Once you have an idea of your needs and preferences, don’t forget to establish a budget for yourself. There was a time when the only budget-friendly faucets all looked and functioned like budget-friendly faucets. Now, though, there are definitely enough models out there that you should be able to find the one that fits your kitchen whether your budget is under $100 or over $300.
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