Choosing the Right Kitchen Faucets

by Rachel Laurendeau on June 22, 2012

I remember when we started looking for kitchen and bathroom fixtures for our home not too long ago. We spent upwards of two hours in the first showroom and I left feeling more confused and undecided than I had felt going in. Choosing fixtures can be overwhelming with all of the choices that are available today, that’s why it’s important to do your home improvement homework before any work starts.

Styles
You want your kitchen to be functional and beautiful so the first thing you’ll want to think about during the design phase is the style of your kitchen. Is it/will it be traditional, contemporary, shaker, arts and crafts, high-tech? Considering only fixtures that suit your particular style will help you to start limiting your options.

As I mentioned a moment ago, fixture styles and shapes are endless and this blog post is not, so I won’t go into all of the types of faucets. However, I will say that you should think about the functionality of the faucet and recommend that you try to find a pullout faucet with a retractable hose and sprayer. This is definitely one of those cases where you get what you pay for; the mechanisms in hoses and sprayers must be of good quality if you don’t want them to give you grief down the road.

Trends
Although being aware of trends is helpful, don’t let trends sway your decision too much. You are the one who will have to live with this kitchen style for years to come, so be sure you love it.

Currently, one of the most popular trends in kitchen remodeling is to use multiple kitchen faucets to add convenience and functionality to the room. In addition to the main sink and faucet, pot fillers, island faucets and bar or convenience faucets are becoming much more commonplace.

Commonly found in restaurants, but making their way into residential kitchens, pot fillers are located near your stove to provide you with a convenient way to fill a pot without having to carry it from the sink.

Island faucets and sinks, sometimes called prep sinks, usually act as a second sink and are mainly used for cleaning produce, washing hands and chilling wine. They help reduce traffic and congestion around the main sink in a busy kitchen. If you plan on doing most of your prep and cutting at this sink, why not ask your plumbers to install the garbage compactor here instead of at the main sink?

In larger kitchens with secondary countertops or bar areas in adjacent rooms, small bar faucets and sinks, also referred to as a convenience sinks or a beverage centers, are typically used for entertaining purposes. Their name says it all.

Green Tip:
When choosing your kitchen faucet, why not ask about low-flow faucet options that can help you save water, energy and money? Most kitchen faucets run 8.3L/minute down the drain but some low-flow models can use 6.8L/minute or less. If your faucet isn’t available in a low-flow model, you can install faucet aerators for just a few dollars.

For more information on installing the right fixtures for your kitchen, talk to your local plumber or home improvement experts.

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