Four Tips For Picking The Kitchen Faucet That's Right For You

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Your kitchen faucet is more than just an attractive fixture for your cooking and food preparation space, but it's a necessary part to keeping your kitchen clean and drains clear. Since you'll likely be living with your new kitchen faucet for years and years to come, it makes good sense to take a few minutes to evaluate just what is the best type of fixture for your household's living habits and your budget.

What to look for in a kitchen faucet

1. Choose the type of handle you want. Kitchen faucets are available with one handle, two handles (hot and cold), and no handles/hands-free models. Traditional, two-handled faucets are generally less expensive. One-handled faucets allow you to create the perfect temperature when one hand is occupied with a pan, a plant, some produce or even a baby. Hands-free faucets are the easiest to operate and use less water, but are also the most expensive.

2. Decide on a spray type. Another thing you'll need to decide on is what type of spray you want, if any, with your faucet. While a traditional downward spray is fine for most kitchen jobs, a pull-down spray or side spray can be useful for washing produce or rinsing dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.

3. Evaluate how high you want the faucet. Kitchen faucets come in a variety of heights and the one that will work best for you depends on how you plan to use the faucet. If you frequently fill large pots or other vessels with water, you'll want to consider a high faucet that makes it easy to get the pot under the water. However, a tall faucet may not be suitable for your kitchen if your sink is very low.

4. Check the number of existing holes. If you are replacing an existing faucet, it's important to take a look at the number of existing holes so you can make sure that your new fixture has a part to fit in each hole. For instance, you won't want to replace a fixture that has three holes (for the spigot, hot water tap, and cold water tap) with a single handle faucet.

There is more to choosing a kitchen faucet than just deciding whether you want a shiny stainless or a brushed nickel finish. To get the most from your new faucet, take some time to think about what type of handles, spray, and height will work best for your household. For assistance, talk to a plumber like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

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