Choosing A Kitchen Faucet

When it comes to choosing a kitchen faucet for your home, there are a number of decisions to be made. Between the color, material, and style, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the options. We’re breaking down everything you need to know before choosing your new kitchen faucet.

 

Faucet Brands

There are many brands to choose from when it comes to choosing a kitchen faucet. Let’s review some of the most popular faucet brands and what makes them a fan favorite.

 

Delta is a fairly upscale brand, with prices on the higher end. They pioneered some of the newest trends with their Touch20 technology: touch sensors. Their products are packed with additional features like magnetic docking and ShieldSpray, an anti-splash spray mode.

 

GROHE has beautifully designed faucets, and is a great choice for the environmentally friendly household. They boast CEC compliant and CALGreen products which save water, benefiting the environment and your wallet. GROHE is a German company that lists sustainability, quality, and design as their brand values.

 

Kohler is one of the more expensive brands, because their faucets are top of the line. Kohler offers modern and innovative products, but are more known for their standard of quality. If they fall within your budget, they’re a classic choice with bold and elegant designs.

 

Kraus provides highly functional faucets and good customer service for affordable prices. The style of their products, like the coil spring neck, are best for a commercial kitchen where a high volume of dishes are done.

 

Moen is a very innovative brand on par with Delta. They are a popular choice for modern, sleek kitchens. Their popular MotionSense technology provides a completely hands-free experience. Other technology from Moen includes Sip (faucets with filtered drinking water) and fingerprint resistant finishes. Their biggest claim to fame is that founder Al Moen invented the washerless faucet after being scalded with hot water from a washer faucet.

 

Faucet Types

 

Compression

This is a washer faucet, which is the original type of faucet and completely different from the other three types. Because it’s the oldest type of faucet, it’s unfortunately more prone to leaks and repairs. It’s distinguishable by its two handles, which separately control the hot and cold water. They work by compressing a washer in order to stop the flow of water.

 

 

Ball

This is a slightly older and very common type of faucet. Ball faucets have one handle, moving over a round ball. The ball contains grooves that line up with the hot and cold water inlets. This setup also allows the pressure of the water to be controlled through the ball. One downside of these faucets is that because of all the small components involved in the design, it has a higher tendency to leak than other types.

 

Cartridge (Single or Double)

Cartridge faucets are very popular, and are a versatile option because they work with one or two handles. A cartridge sits inside of the faucet and has channels that direct water flow and temperature. They are very easy to maintain because a worn-out cartridge can be removed and replaced.

 

Ceramic Disc

This is the newest type of faucet. Like a ball faucet it works with a single handle, but it’s sitting on a wide cylindrical body instead of a rounded cap. Hot and cold water is mixed inside the faucet, and ceramic discs at the base go up and down to control pressure. This is the most modern and leak-proof option available, but comes with a higher price tag.

 

Faucet Styles

The style of your kitchen faucet is actually very important to its functionality. These are the four main types of faucets to choose from.

chrome stationary faucet

Stationary: The faucet is one piece and does not move.

 

Pull Out: The spray segment of the faucet can be pulled out, towards you.

 

Pull Down: The spray segment of the faucet can be pulled down, towards the sink.

 

Coil Spring Neck: The faucet itself can be moved in any direction, which is best for commercial kitchens with a high volume of use.

 

Faucet Colors

 

four faucets in different finishes

When it comes to the look color of your kitchen faucet, there are a number of different finishes to choose from. The most common finish is usually chrome, but polished nickel, brass, and the colors pictured above are all possible choices. Black has become an increasingly popular color because of its matte finish and the contrast it gives against a white sink or tile.

Faucet pictured: https://www.deltafaucet.com/kitchen/product/9182T-BL-DST.html

 

Faucet Controls

You can either have two separate dials for hot and cold, or one handle for both. There isn’t a huge difference. One benefit to a single handle is that it only requires one hand. A benefit of having two dials is that, ideally, you can more accurately control the temperature. As single handle technology progresses, however, this is barely still the case.

Touch or touchless faucets are great options if you want the capability to turn your faucet on and off without using the handle. This is useful to keep your faucet cleaner, dryer, and germ-free.

forearm touching kitchen faucet

 

No matter which faucet you choose, be sure to consider the function, maintenance needs, and aesthetic that would work best with your kitchen and lifestyle. If you need help with installation, don’t hesitate to reach out to DI Repairs, open 24/7 for your plumbing and maintenance needs.