They all deliver water, but kitchen faucets come in many shapes and sizes, designed to work hard and look good under some demanding circumstances. Faucets also come in a wide range of prices, but even moderately priced kitchen faucets can be stylish and efficient.
Modern faucets are the workhorses of the kitchen and, ideally, they are attractive, easy to operate, durable, and reliable. They also are at their best when they complement the decor of their surroundings, and maintain their good looks over a long lifespan.
When choosing a new or replacement faucet for your kitchen sink, in addition to looks, consider the following:
Just like faucets, sinks come in a variety of styles. Often the faucet holes are drilled directly into the counter material. Many sinks have pre-drilled holes to accommodate the faucet and required plumbing if the counter design does not cover the back sink ledge. Common configurations are single and triple-hole, but some have as many as five. Some faucets are available with optional plates or plugs to cover unused openings, but it is always best to select sinks and faucets that match if you are doing full kitchen remodel.
Many faucets are made of brass, but other base metals can be used. Finishes are applied or bonded to the base metal. One effective process actually bombards the metal with chemically charged atoms, producing a long-lasting, non-scratch surface known as PVD. Nickel and bronze finishes are popular today, although stainless steel and chrome finishes are perennial favorites. Some faucet finishes are just the natural metal surface and can be prone to scratches and others can be stained by hard water or cleaning agents. Just be sure you know what you are getting.
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