Tips on Choosing a New Faucet
By: Samantha Green
With so many styles, materials, finishes and prices, choosing the right faucet for your bathroom or kitchen sink can be a bit overwhelming. You’ve perfected your Pinterest mood board and now it’s time to go to the hardware store. Before you make a decision, it’s important to consider all your options to find what will work best for you and your sink.
TIP: Before choosing your new faucet for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, make sure it will fit the hole openings in your sink. Bring a picture with you to the store and take measurements beforehand.
Wall mount faucets
The name explains it all. These types of faucets work wonderful with vessel-type or freestanding sinks that require a longer spout.
Widespread mounts include three individual parts- the spout and two handles, which are usually placed around 8 inches apart from each other.
Center-set faucets fit three-hole sinks with either a single handle or two attached handles.
Single hole faucets
A single hole faucet combines the spout and handle into one unit. It is also the most commonly used and typically most inexpensive. The simplicity of a single hole faucet makes it an ideal choice for kitchens or smaller bathrooms.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to mix finishes! It can be tempting to keep all the finishes of your cabinets, door handles and towel rods the same, but multiple finishes can add depth and dimension to your powder room.
Possibly one of the most popular choices for kitchens due to its durability, price and maintenance. Chrome is a sleek, shiny material that works well with most contemporary-style kitchens.
Nickel stands up to water spots and scratches and adds a more toned down, brushed appeal.
A bronze faucet finish may be a little on the pricier side, but it makes up for that with its easy to clean and durable nature. Bronze also adds a more vintage look to any kitchen or bathroom and has become more popular in recent years.
Stainless steel remains the most popular finish in the kitchen but looks great in the bathroom as well. Works well with almost any style.
TIP: Look for a faucet that’s proportional to your sink. A large sink can look odd with a small spout and vice versa.
Two handle faucet
If you enjoy having the option to control how hot or cold the water is then this is the style for you. Perfect for a more traditional look.
The touchless style helps make life easier and cleaner in the kitchen. Most up to date in terms of technology and are just plain cool.
A separate spray option is another good choice for the kitchen. Makes rinsing dishes a breeze.
Pull down faucet
Pairs great with a deep, wide sink. Unlike its separate spray counterpart, the pull down faucet combines the two into one.
Pull out faucet
Generally comes with one handle so you are able to control the water temperature with one hand. Very similar to the pull down faucet.
Choosing a kitchen and bathroom spout with an eco-friendly (WaterSense) aerator could be the difference between your household using 10,000 gallons of water per year to 6,600 gallons a year. The WaterSense label is an official certification promoted by the EPA. It ensures that your aerator meets EPA criteria and can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more from the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute without sacrificing pressure.
A low-flow aerator is an inexpensive, small but mighty way to save anywhere from 2 to 16 gallons of water per day. If water conservation is a priority, look for the WaterSense label when you’re searching for your next home faucet.