If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, you might be considering a new faucet for the kitchen sink. An attractive and functional new faucet can cost as little as around $100, so upgrading this fixture can be a budget-friendly way to spruce up your entire kitchen.
When considering what type of faucet to buy, think about how many holes your current faucet requires. Unless you want to drill additional holes or find a way to fill in and disguise a hole you no longer need, you’ll want to find a new model that matches the plumbing needs of your current one.
If your sinks aren’t super deep, you might like a faucet with a long neck. These models look rather elegant and can make it easier to fill large pots, unless, of course, your kitchen upgrade also includes installation of a handy pot filler near the stove top. Faucets with elongated necks are also great for folks who use a faucet-mounted filter. These filters can be kind of bulky, so having the extra clearance can make them seem less inconvenient. Just be sure that any new faucet you buy will work with your existing filter or that you budget for a new filter, too.
If you strive to be as environmentally conscious as you can, or if you live in an area where water conservation is important (or even mandated), make sure you look for the most water-efficient model that meets your needs. Typically, water-saving faucets employ an aerator that adds air to the water stream. They also might have a restrictor of some kind that limits the pressure of water coming out of the faucet. It’ll take a little longer to fill a sink or pot, but these models can help you use less water for things like hand washing and rinsing dishes. If your kitchen sink is far enough away from your water heater that you know you waste a ton of water waiting for it to get hot, you might consider looking into a tankless point-of-service heater for the kitchen sink. You’ll get hot water instantly, which saves water and time.
When it comes to functionality, there are many more reasonably-priced options available today than ever. Once upon a time, only homeowners who had money to burn could afford really nice faucets. Today, though, you’re sure to find something that matches your style at a price you can afford. One increasingly popular style is the hands-free faucet. These models use motion sensors to turn the water off and on. If you do a lot of cooking and often find yourself with messy hands, these completely touchless faucets are awesome for washing your hands without having to worry about cleaning the faucet, too. They can also be great for smaller kids who have a hard time reaching the faucet handles, especially because kids quite often have messy hands. Even when they weren’t doing anything that should result in messy hands. Touchless models are also great at helping to stop the spread of germs. We all know that proper handwashing is the best way to keep from spreading germs, but if we don’t disinfect the faucet handles after we wash our germy hands, are we really doing as much good as we think we are?
Another great option for washing dirty hands is a faucet that allows you to use your wrist or forearm to turn on the water. Again, this keeps the faucet handles clean, which is a great thing. These types of faucets can also be good for smaller children because they can turn on the water by reaching a hand up to the neck of the faucet (just be sure to keep the soap handy enough for them to reach).
As far as finishes go, you’ll be able to find shiny or matte in every metallic finish you can imagine. If you have hard water, you might want to look for a finish that resists staining. If you opt for a traditional non-hands-free model, you might also consider one that resists fingerprints and/or is easy to clean (not too many nooks and crannies on the handles).
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