How to pick kitchen faucet

HOW TO BUY THE BEST KITCHEN FAUCET FOR YOUR HOME

We're not denying it: there are a lot of cool kitchen faucets in the world. But the reality is, not only are there a lot of cool-looking spigots, but there are a lot of options, in general. From our vantage point (and probably yours too), there are an overwhelming amount of options. Especially when one doesn't really know what these options mean in its day-to-day application. Fundamentally, the kitchen faucet plays one of the largest roles in your home. You, most likely, use the kitchen faucet on a daily basis. And in that, every person uses their faucet differently. Not all faucets are created equal, and not all people wear the same uniform. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. So, when you're picking out your new kitchen faucet, you must first look at what you need in a sink set-up before jumping off the retail ledge. 

Well...there are a lot of things one might consider. So start to narrow down what you do or do not like about your current sink set-up, and that will help pave the way in answering what you will want in the future. 

So, let's start with the varying features and work our way up from there.

THINGS TO CONSIDER EARLY ON: 

1. Do you have low hanging cabinets or a window that might restrict a faucet? Then that industrial-style faucet of your dreams may have to wait for the full kitchen remodel, as its functionality won't serve the current space best. Have no fear, as there are some spectacular faucets with lower arcs. 

2. Do you often fill and/or clean large pots? If so, you may need to think about investing in a new faucet with a higher arc to make things easier.

3. How many holes are in your sink or counter? If you have two or three and are looking to switch things up with a single-handled faucet, you might consider a deck plate to hide the other cuts. 

 

4. Do you need more than one faucet set-up? There are "extras", i.e. smaller faucets for bar + prep, pot fillers, and filtration. If you find yourself daydreaming of any or all of the above, check the yes box here.  

5. What style is your home? Because we can't have a faux-pas of combatting styles in your kitchen or ours. 

 

TRADITIONAL

TRANSITIONAL

MODERN

6. And what about finishes? Again, this tends to fall under a design style choice that follows from a traditional, transitional or modern home. The most common finishes are (bear in mind, finishes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer):

  • CHROME (BRUSHED OR POLISHED)
  • POLISHED NICKEL
  • MEDITERRANEAN BRONZE
  • STAINLESS STEEL


FAUCET HANDLES

 ONE-HANDLED FAUCETS

Pro's:

  1. Sleek, updated look
  2. Only one sinkhole required

Con's: 

  1. Less control over water temperature
  2. Less control over water pressure/flow

 

TWO-HANDLED FAUCETS

Pro's:

  1. Easier control over water temperature
  2. Maximum Less control over water pressure/flow

Con's: 

  1. More dated, design wise
  2. Requires three cuts for holes in your countertop

HANDS-FREE FAUCETS

 

Pro's:

  1. Sleek, updated look
  2. Only one sinkhole required

Con's: 

  1. Less control over water temperature
  2. Less control over water pressure/flow

 

FAUCET SPRAYERS

"Whether you're rinsing down the corners of your sink or cleaning fresh veggies from the garden, a faucet with the right sprayer helps make quick work of your kitchen tasks." -Moen Faucets

PULLDOWN SPRAYERS

PULLOUT SPRAYERS

 SIDESPRAYERS

The pro's and con's of a certain type of spraying mechanism is hard to pin down --- as it varies from individual. However, here at the showroom, clients find that the pull-down, all-in-one type of faucet tends to work the best for them. Although the side sprayer tends to work nicely for traditional tastes. And, the pull-out faucet works its way into more square off, modern designs. 

For more information on faucets or any other design inquiry, visit Divine Design Center online at divinedesigncenter.com or inside our showroom at 2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109. Call us at (617) 443-0700.

Contributor Bio

Mariette Barsoum and her company Divine Design Center have offered developers luxury, European cabinetry at cost-effective rates since 2004.

Subsequently, Divine Design Center, a woman, minority-owned business, has provided Boston’s multiplying developments with premium quality kitchens, wardrobes, and bathrooms suitable for expanding buyer’s demands that permeate the metropolitan area.

Apart from their 8,000 square foot modern + transitional European showroom which showcases the before mentioned, Divine is heralded for their:

•         Top quality product with global name recognition

•         Value engineering

•         Developer-only pricing through exclusive partnerships

           with our European manufacturing partners

•         Detailed plans

•         Local, competent support

•         Timeliness

•         Strict adherence to budget

•         Reliable deliveries

•         High-end design services at no additional cost with

           Boston’s top design team

•         3D photorealistic rendering to pre-sell units

•         Financing to qualified developers

Increase the value of your units under development via Divine’s modern, European manufacturers. Garner the pre-sale of your project’s units well before completion with cabinetry that exudes seamless design and beautiful finishes. Our quality, cost-effective cabinets + Boston’s top design team emanate the best solution for your development’s needs.

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