Kitchen faucets are one of the things we use most in our home.
From cooking and cleaning, to washing dishes or just getting a glass of water, the kitchen faucet is put to use countless times each and every day.
When it comes to replacing a faucet, or installing one in a new home, there are many factors you should consider before making your final decision.
While the faucets available today range in size, shape, color and design, looks alone are not enough to determine what the best faucet will be for you.
This article will address some of the basic considerations to keep in mind when making that all-important decision.
Choosing the right mounting
Long gone are the days when a faucet was just a faucet.
These days the choices available can be almost overwhelming. The first decision to make is whether or not to purchase a faucet that is directly mounted to your sink.
If you are replacing a faucet, and you wish to keep your existing sink, then this is probably the right choice for you.
Installation will be quick and easy, and no modifications will be necessary.
There are, however, other mounting options.
Counter-mounted faucets are placed directly into the counter, behind the sink or next to the sink, depending on space.
This is a good choice if you have plenty of counter space as you can get a larger area sink. However, there will be an increase of buildup along the wall from water, grime and other residue.
Finally, wall mounted faucets are another option.
These faucets project directly from the wall using no counter space, while still freeing up sink space.
Another advantage to wall mounting is that there is no residue buildup at the base of the faucet.
This is more recommended for internal wall sinks, as external wall sinks will need extra care in colder climates during harsh winter temperatures.
This option will also require a more labor-intensive installation.
Choosing the right shape
The styles and designs of today’s faucets make them as much a part of the décor of a kitchen as any piece of art hung on the wall. Still, when choosing a faucet you must remember that it is meant to serve a function.
When choosing the shape of the faucet itself, ask yourself if the shape of the faucet will fit with the tasks your faucet performs.
If you cook a lot of pasta, will a pasta pot fit under the faucet easily?
Does the faucet protrude far enough to rinse vegetables well?
Will your coffee pot be happy with the new faucet, or will you have a pretty faucet that is hard to use?
Always pick function first.
Choosing the right finish
Lastly, after choosing the right mounting and the right shape, it’s time to choose the finish.
The varieties of finish for faucets today can make this decision one of the most challenging.
While every finish will have its merit, again, you need to choose function first.
Make sure that the finish can weather the abuse you are going to put that faucet through. Softer metals, such as brass, may not be the best choice if you do a lot of cooking and have a tendency to knock the faucet with your cookware.
At the same time, make sure you choose a finish that compliments the style of the rest of your kitchen.
What looks pretty in the showroom may stick out like a sore thumb when you bring it home.
Choosing a new faucet should be a fun task, but it should not be taken lightly.
Always remember to consider function first when making your choice.
After all, you want a faucet that will serve its purpose well, not just a pretty ornament that looks better than it works.