By: Robert Finch
If you are considering buying a new faucet for your kitchen, then you might already be starting to feel overwhelmed by the huge array of options available to you and you might be wondering about some of the terms you’ve seen thrown around.
The wealth of options and information can often put buyers off fully researching purchase decisions and ultimately means they end up with a product that isn’t perfect for them.
As we spend so much time in the kitchen in our homes, choosing the right faucet is an important decision, not just in terms of usability, but also in terms of how the faucet completes the look of our kitchens.
To take the pain out of dredging through a million and one articles to find out about each option, we’ve put together this handy buyer’s guide which will talk you through all of the decision in one place and hopefully lead to you purchasing the faucet that’s just right for you and your family.
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way first.
Wall or Deck Mounted?
The first decision to make here is whether you want a deck mounted faucet or a wall mounted faucet. This will largely depend on where your current faucet is mounted and/or whether or not you are willing to change where your faucet is mounted.
One, Two or Three Hole Installation?
Faucets are generally available for one, two and three hole installation systems. It’s important that you know which installation system your sink uses to make sure the faucet you choose will fit.
Simply have a look where your current faucet is and see how many holes you have.
You then have the option to shop within the installation range that suits you, or if you have a multi hole installation system, you can also choose a single hole installation faucet and install a plate to cover the remaining holes and give you a clean finish.
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The look of your faucet is important. How it looks against your kitchen décor will make a huge difference to room, and more and more people are choosing quirky faucets that represent their personalities.
There are a huge range of designs available to suit every taste.
The first thing to consider is the overall style of the faucet.
Do you have a traditional, farmhouse kitchen that would look amazing with an antique look faucet?
Do you have an ultra modern kitchen full of gadgets and want an almost futuristic design on your faucet?
Do you fall somewhere in between where you want something sleek and functional?
Remember that due to the height, the faucet is often the first thing your eyes are drawn to when you enter the kitchen, and choosing one that you love the look of is important.
Again, this decision comes down to a combination of your personal taste and which finish would best match your kitchen décor.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the options and how each of them will look:
Chrome – Perhaps the most popular option, a chrome finish will give you a high shine, silver coloured finish that will match all decors. This is a good choice if you regularly change the look of your kitchen and want something that will fit with any colour scheme.
Brushed Chrome – Similar to the above choice, brushed chrome has a more matte finish.
Polished Nickel – A high shine finish in a nickel colour, this choice is perfect for bringing a mix of traditional and modern to your kitchen.
Spot Resistant Steel – A good choice if water marks are your pet hate and you don’t want to spend hours polishing your faucet. Simply rub down with a damp cloth and the finish will prevent lasting water marks.
Oil Rubbed Bronze – A high gloss, bronze coloured finish that’s perfect for antique look faucets.
Mediterranean Bronze – As above with a matte finish.
Matte Black – This black coloured, matte finish is perfect for anyone who wants something a bit different but still wants the flexibility of being able to change the kitchen décor without having to worry about it matching the faucet.
Wrought Iron – A great choice for a more traditional feel while still keeping up with current trends.
Glacier – This white finish is ideal if your sink isn’t a metal finish and it’s hugely popular at the moment.
Ivory – A great choice if you want a light coloured finish, but are afraid that white will make your kitchen look too clinical. Great to add a touch of subtle colour.
As faucet designers put more and more innovations into practice, the range of features available is quite astounding. Have a read through some of the nifty features available and decide which of them are the most important to you to help narrow down your faucet search.
Start by thinking how you use your faucet. Things like filling large pots can have an effect on your decision regarding height, and things like heavy duty washing up can have an effect on your choice of spray.
One Handle, Two Handle or Hands Free?
A one handle faucet, where one handle controls flow and temperature give a more modern look to your faucet. A two handle system will give you a more traditional look.
For a real change, why not opt for hands free? This system works on a motion sensor that will spring into life when it sense something beneath the spout.
There are two options here: a high arc or a low arc.
A high arc is ideal if you often fill and/or wash large pots and it is becoming a chore trying to fit them in around a faucet spout. High arc faucets generally stand eight to ten inches high.
A low arc is ideal if you have cabinets above your faucet, or a great view you don’t want to obscure. Low arc faucets generally stand three to eight inches high.
An important feature that helps to keep your sink clean and your faucet flexible, the sprayer comes in three options: pull down, pull out or side spray.
The pull down spray pulls down, giving the spray extra reach.
The pull out spray uses a streamlined design which is a great space saver and is easy to use.
The side spray is the most powerful option that’s perfect for cleaning tough items like oven trays etc. It will also give you maximum reach, but it does require its own installation hole which means you’ll need multi hole installation and plenty of space.
Extra Features to Consider
There are many extra features to go alongside your new faucet:
Prep Faucet – These are smaller faucets that are usually installed in a secondary sink or prep area for ease of movement.
Wall Mounted Pot Fillers – Generally located above or beside your stove, these faucets mean you don’t have to carry heavy pots to your stove.
Filtration faucets – Usually located beside your main faucet, these specialist faucets provide ice cold, filtered water for drinking.
Soap and Lotion Dispensers – Ideal if you have a multi hole installation system and only want a one hole faucet. Use the extra holes to install handy soap and lotion dispensers for a tidy finish.
Major Faucet Brands
These are the major brands in the kitchen faucet industry. They're known for their superior quality and customer service.
- Delta Kitchen Faucets
- Moen Kitchen Faucets
- Kraus Kitchen Faucets
- Hansgrohe Kitchen Faucets
- Grohe Kitchen Faucets
- Danze Kitchen Faucets
- Kohler Kitchen Faucets
You will find faucets in almost budget range. Once you have decided on the look and features you want your faucet to have, take a look through the options and see the range of prices.
You will be certain to find options within your price range. Remember, a lot of the cheaper models will have all of the same features as the more expensive ones. Try to base your decision on quality rather than brand name.
For long term savings, choose a more durable option that will stand the test of time. Try to find something at the higher end of your budget for longevity, but don’t be tempted to go above your budget unless you afford to.
We hope this guide has made the options available a bit clearer and allowed you to see, at a glance, which faucets will be the best match for you and your kitchen.