The variety of shapes and designs in kitchen faucets today is remarkable. Even if you don’t have a great deal of money to put into remodeling, a unique faucet is a quick and easy way to make a noticeable change and can really affect the tenor of the room.
When looking through all of the kitchen faucets available, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, dripless kitchen faucets are always a good idea, especially if you spend a lot of time in or near the kitchen. Of course, if you’re planning on moving or remodeling in five years and that fantastic Romanesque kitchen faucet with the marble handle is guaranteed to last that long, then it doesn’t matter that it isn’t dripless.
If you have small children it is also a good idea to look at kitchen faucets that have scald protection. This prevents the handle from being pushed past a certain temperature and keeps those little hands burn free.
Another thing to think about when looking at kitchen faucets is whether they include a pull out spray nozzle. If you’ve never had this feature, you may not realize how convenient it is.
For high-traffic sinks it is a good idea to look at kitchen faucets with a long lasting, low maintenance finish such as chrome or brass. These finishes are available polished or satin and easy to clean with ammonia or window cleaner.
Kitchen faucets come in all shapes and sizes, so you also need to make sure that the one you select will fit the faucet holes in your sink. If you’re also buying a new sink you will need to settle on one or the other first and then select from those that fit. (See repairing kitchen faucets)
A basic rule when selecting kitchen faucets is to make sure that the spout reaches the center of the sink basin. This helps to ensure that the faucet isn’t either too large or too small for the sink. Also, many people find that an immobile spout is terribly inconvenient. That great old-fashioned static goose neck faucet with the fancy ceramic base suddenly doesn’t seem like such a great purchase when you can’t fit the soup pot in the sink.
The variety of styles available in kitchen faucets leaves a lot of room for individual flair. When redecorating your kitchen, don’t overlook the impact a new, stylish faucet can have.