Kitchen Faucets Buying Guide
Just like buying any other product you need to do a little research before buying the kitchen faucet. Before you start looking for the best kitchen faucet for your dream kitchen you might need to know some key things that you should keep in mind. Let me explain to you about them.
Faucet holes in the sink
If you are planning to buy a new model faucet please don’t forget to note down how many faucet holes are already present in the sink. If you are just replacing the old faucet then make sure to check if the faucet has a mounting plate. If the mounting plate is present then it might have covered a few drilling holes so check once. After finding the total mounting holes available now choose the faucet according to it.
Before choosing the best faucet you should know the types of faucets that are available. Faucets can be mainly classified based on the below types:
Based On the Holes
Holes in the faucets help with the installation. Based on the number of holes the faucets are largely classified into three types.
1) Single-Hole Faucets
Single-hole faucets can be chosen if you require your faucet to occupy less space. It is very simple in design and has only one water adjustment knob. It also has an optional pull out sprayer. It is optional if you don’t want it then you can have an attached sprayer also. Good for budget shoppers.
2) Three-Hole Faucets
Single-Hole Faucets have single handles and single sprayers. Herewith three-hole faucets have two handles and a sprayer on the side. In the list of faucets, their three-hole faucets are in the top charts.
They sell like a hot cake. Most people prefer these because of their attractive appearance. Also because they are budget-friendly.
3) Four-Hole Faucets
These four-hole faucets mostly catch the eye of the people you look for luxury and royalty in the faucets. There will be a total of four holes in the mount. The two holes go for two water handles and the third hole goes for the sprayer.
Some people use the third hole for dispensers and the fourth hole for any other add-ons. This costs a bit higher than the other two counterparts but it has a majestic and royal look.
Based On the Handles
1) Single Handle Faucets
If you need to have your sink with a simple minimalist design then you can opt for single-handle faucets. They have one handle for water control with a sprayer. It’s easy to use and also budget-friendly faucet.
2) Double Handled Faucets
Double handled faucets are the best if you are looking for the latest stylish design that also has the ability to control the water flow very precisely. It has two handles and a sprayer with them. If budget is not a constraint for you then you can choose them without a second thought.
Important Idea: If you need to use a single handle faucet in a sink with three mounting holes then you need to choose the single handle faucet that comes with a deck plate that can be used to close the other holes that aren’t required.
Based On the Mount
Top mount faucets
When the faucet is attached from the bottom of the counter and the screws are also attached from the bottom then it is Top mount faucets.
Bottom mount faucets
When the faucet is attached from the top of the counter and the screws are also attached from the top then it is the Bottom mount faucets.
When it comes to the sprayers they are of three different types.
1) Side sprayers
These are the default and low-cost sprayers that are included with old model faucets. Side sprayers are placed on any one side of the mount depends on the convenience of the owner.
2) Pull down sprayers
Pull-down sprayers are present in the faucets that have a lengthy arc. The arc is fully occupied just by the hose of the sprayer. You can pull down the sprayer and direct the water to reach any part of the utensil.
3) Pull out sprayers
These types of sprayers are the most convenient ones than all their counterparts. They can be operated with only one hand. The very ease of use. But the budget is high. If budget is not the concern then you can happily opt for this one. Extraordinary look with a simple design.
Types of Faucet Valves
This might look like a deep technical feature but it is good to understand about it. Valves play a major role in regulating the flow of water in the faucet. They can be classified into four types.
1) Compression Valves
These types of valves are used in old model faucets. They used to turn 360 degrees and contains knob handles and a turn screw.
2) Disk Valves
Faucets that are with disk valve uses the up-down motion to control the water flow. If you move the handle left to right then you can control the hot water and cold water mix in the flow. One important thing with the disk valve is that you can just replace the valve in case of any error. You don’t need to replace the entire faucet setup.
3) Ball Valves
Ball valve faucets have a single handle that can regulate the water flow. Rotating the handle will let you control the flow of water.
4) Cartridge Valves
Cartridge valves are mostly the faucets that have blade handles. You only need to turn the handle 90 degrees to make the cartridge valve faucet work.
Things to Do Before Start Looking For a Faucet
1. Note down the size of the water lines. You can find them in the water valve or you can simply measure them yourself. Without you knowing the right size required you can’t choose the correct faucet.
2. The default flex line size for new faucets is 3/8 inches. Make sure you have the same 3/8 inch shut off valves to avoid installation problems.
3. Make sure the shut-off valve works as intended.
4. Make sure the faucet design and finish go hand-in-glove with the other designs in the kitchen. Else it will look different and create awkwardness.