It needs to be well-made and of top-notch quality, if not it would only last you a couple of months. If you opt to buy any faucet that you can get your hands on, you stand the risk of spending money fixing it or replacing it repeatedly. Here is what to look for before you splash the cash for a kitchen faucet.
Of all the fixtures and appliances the kitchen faucet is probably the one we use the most. According to faucet manufacturer KWC, the average family uses the kitchen faucet more than 40 times a day. Whether it's hand washing, rinsing off dishes, filling a pasta pot or washing vegetables, the kitchen faucet gets a real workout every day. So when it's time to buy a new faucet you need to know how to choose one that will do it's job and will keep doing it for years to come. But, not to worry, this guide should take much of the fear and loathing out of selecting a new faucet.
There are generally two types of kitchen faucets in use today. Single-handle faucets are centersets where hot and cold are controlled by one lever or knob that's often part of the spout. The most common type of kitchen faucet is the widespread kitchen faucet. This type of faucet requires three separate holes and consists of the hot-water valve, the cold-water valve and the spout all being mounted separately.
First and foremost, you need to know the many different styles available: single handled faucets, dual/two handled faucets, pullout spray style (with single or dual handled faucets), wall mounted faucets, and bar sink faucets. Single handled units are quick and easy to operate since it only has one lever. On the other hand, dual handled consist of a hot water valve and a cold water valve. These two types can also come with a pullout spray, which can be used for cleaning the sink or washing vegetables.
Time for chemistry class. Faucet exteriors are assaulted with charged metal atoms. These particles bond chemically to the surface of the base metal by a procedure called physical vapor deposition, or PVD. The issue is that different metals have an effect on assorted finishes. Even nickel and bronze. The evaluation team discovered that faucets with PVD finishes stood strong despite their honest attempts to scratch and mar them. PVD finishes are not 100% bullet proof however and heavy-duty corrosives (i.e. drain cleaner) can lightly discolor them.
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