6 Essential Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Faucet

June 05, 2024

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The quality of the faucet (tap) used in your kitchen says a whole lot about your kitchen. This is both in terms of functionality and even aesthetic appeal. Overall, some reasons why investing in the right kitchen faucet is of utmost importance include ensuring the following:

  • Optimal Control of Water Flow
  • Durability
  • Time-Saving
  • Ease of Use
  • Improved Hygiene
  • Safety
  • Eco-Friendly Practices - Especially with the use of water

These are just some reasons why quality faucets should be installed and utilized in kitchens. Read more here.

However, your chances of making the right choice are hinged on your knowledge of certain selection tips. This article discusses some of these tips, which is why you should follow through till the end.

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Guidelines for Choosing the Right Single-Hole Kitchen Faucet

Choosing the right single-hole kitchen faucet is down to your knowledge of several selection yardsticks. Some of your considerations while choosing should include the following:

1. Water Flow

Unfortunately, this consideration is often overlooked even though it is crucial. Ensure you avoid making this common mistake by opting for something that has a good water flow rate.

Ideally, you would be fine with something that has a flow rate of around 1.5-2.2 GPM (Gallons per Minute). Something around this range would guarantee water efficiency.

However, you are advised to improve your chances of achieving water efficiency by also opting for a kitchen faucet that also has an in-built aerator. For your information, this in-built feature ensures that you get a great deal of water pressure even with reduced water usage.

2. Finish

It is important to choose something that has a good finish. However, this can be quite subjective, which is why you should understand your preferences and make your choice based on them.

For your information, choosing something with the right finish is crucial for aesthetic reasons. This is how your choice is supposed to complement your kitchen’s decor.

However, it is not just about aesthetic impact as it is also about ease of maintenance. This is considering how some finishes offer more in this regard than others.

By the way, some finishes are quite common and preferred. For example, a modern stainless steel kitchen faucet for a sink with a single hole is high on the list of very common and highly preferred options. Other options include:

  • Brushed Gold
  • Brushed Brass
  • Chrome
  • Matte Black
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
Some things should influence your finish choice besides aesthetic impact and ease of maintenance (as pointed out above). Some of them include:
  •  Visibility of Water Spots & Fingerprints
  • Durability
  • Heat Resistance - if water will be made available
  • Durability
  •  Cost
Of course, some of the above-mentioned points are subsequently discussed. So, keep reading.

3. Height & Reach

Washing large-sized items can prove very difficult or even impossible if you do not get a faucet with the right height and reach. However, this does not imply getting something that is too high as there are negative consequences as well. For example, it could be the inability to fit under cabinets, if this is how your kitchen is designed.

Overall, it is down to your choice of the right kitchen faucet type and style. Fortunately, the next point sheds more light on making the right choice in terms of type and style.

4. Type & Style

Choosing the right option in terms of functionality is largely down to the type and style that you opt for. For the record, there are numerous options available but you have to choose something that would serve you well, especially as it concerns functionality. Some of the available options include:

  • Bridge
  • Touch
  • Beverage Filter
  • Commercial Style
  • Bar
  • Sensor
  • Pull-Down
  • Pull-Out
  • Pot Filler
  • Gooseneck
  • Swivel Spout
All of these options and several others have their peculiarities. Thoroughly understanding them increases your chances of choosing the right option. So, ensure that you do this to make an informed choice. You can read this article for more information on the above-listed options and a few others.

5. Installation

For starters, professional installation is strongly advised. It is a lot better than attempting to self-install this fixture, as things can go wrong in the process. This is possible because it is not your area of core competence.

However, even professional installation does not rule out the sense of getting something easy to install. Some of the reasons you should opt for this include the following:

  • Cost-Effectiveness - Installation fees are usually higher when it is hard-to-install
  • Flexibility - Can be easily repaired, replaced, or upgraded if/when the need arises
  • Convenience - Requires fewer tools and (generally) less hassle
  • Time-Saving - The installation can be done in no time. As a result, it can be quickly installed and downtime avoided
  • DIY Friendly - Although professional installation is advised, it is easier for novices to find their way around installing easy-to-install kitchen faucets

These are all reasons you should opt for easy-to-install kitchen faucets, among several others. By the way, easy-to-install options should not be misinterpreted as inferior quality fixtures, as some people often think.

6. Brand

You are advised to make your purchase from a source that sells several brands and varieties. This puts you in a good position to compare brands and make a very informed choice.

Your eventual choice should be a product from a reputable brand. As a result, you would do well to search for credible reviews about brands that manufacture these kitchen fixtures and their products.

This is all in the bid to get a top-quality kitchen faucet. Read about the importance of buying from the right brand.

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Choosing the right faucet can make your kitchen a delight. Hopefully this guideline helps you choose the perfect faucet that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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