Understanding the Most Popular Kitchen Sink Faucets on the Market
Remodeling a kitchen is full of big decisions, from appliances to backsplash tile to lighting fixtures. Compared to these, picking out a faucet for your kitchen sink can seem like a small task. However, your new faucet is a major factor in both the functionality and style of your new kitchen and deserves careful consideration when making a selection.
To help make this decision a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular varieties of kitchen sink faucets on the market today.
Kitchen faucets are available in a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, brass, copper, bronze, and white/black finishes. The major consideration when choosing a material for you faucet is that it matches or compliments the other metallic hardware in your kitchen, including drawer pulls, oven knobs, and refrigerator handles.
You can find a specific style of faucet to match any kitchen. Whether your kitchen is a traditional farmhouse design or a high-tech modern design, with a little research you will surely be able to find the perfect faucet to tie the space together. When planning the design of your new kitchen, the faucet should be among the last decisions you make. This is because several of the more expensive decisions that should be made first (like countertops and cabinets) will determine what kind of faucet will fit nicely in the space.
Single handle faucets feature just one lever to control temperature and regulate the flow of water. This style of faucet handle is typically preferred in modern and contemporary style kitchens, where the minimalistic design shines through. The biggest downside to single handle faucet designs is that they offer less accurate temperature control than double-handled styles.
Double-handle faucets are the standard for most kitchen sinks. They typically require a minimum of three holes drilled into the countertop, as opposed to one hole for a single handle sink. The individual handles for hot and cold water allow for greater temperature control, and they allow for easier style adjustments whenever you’d like to swap out new handle hardware.
A hands-free faucet is the most modern and high-tech style of faucet handle. They are touch-activated, with a sensor that detects either light or motion – activating the flow of water. Although you can expect to pay a little more for a hands-free faucet, they can make life much easier for home cooks that use the kitchen sink frequently. They will also make cleanup much easier since no handles mean less hardware to keep clean.
With a sink-mounted faucet, the hardware is installed directly into the body of the sink. Depending on the style of sink basin that you choose, this type of mounting technique may be required, or it may be impossible.
A deck-mounted faucet is one that is installed into the countertop area above the sink basin. This is the most common method of faucet installation. Deck-mounted faucets create a seamless look that works well with kitchens of any style but can be a little more difficult to keep clean.
A wall-mounted faucet is installed in the wall or tile backsplash behind and above the sink basin. These installations can be a little more tricky and often require specialized hardware. However, the benefit of this method is that keeping your countertop clean will be a breeze.
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