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How To Select A Kitchen Faucet
We know a thing or two about shopping for faucets. Follow our expert tips to ensure you find something you will love.
Here's everything you need to know before replacing your kitchen faucet from measurements to making the purchase:
Before You Go:
- Consider who uses the kitchen faucet in the home. If kids or elderly family members regularly use the kitchen, you'll want a faucet that's easy to turn on and off. Nothing's simpler than a touch-activated model.
- Are you a serious cook? Are you an amateur chef with an arsenal of huge pots? If you are, look for a faucet with a high arc for washing big pots and pans.
- Look at the general depth of the sink. Faucets that are too big can splash water out of a shallow sink, so a bar-size sink needs a smaller faucet.
Have kiddos or someone with arthritis in the house? Consider a faucet with Touch20® technology. The water turns on and off with just a touch - perfect for little or achy hands.
- Check out the space around the sink. Is there a window or view of the family room you won't want to obstruct with a tall faucet?
- How many faucets are there? Is there, say, a filtered drinking water unit near the sink that you'll need to accommodate?
- Getting new countertops, too? Hold off on ordering them. Counters are custom-drilled to match your faucet holes, so you'll want to select your faucet first.
What To Measure:
- The thickness of the deck (that's plumbing-speak for the sink or countertop—whatever the faucet will attach to).
- The number of holes in the deck.
- The spacing (in inches) between each hole, measured from the approximate centre.
Things To Bring:
- A measuring tape.
#1 Thing to Remember:
Most faucets come in one-, two- and three-hole configurations. If you're eyeing a single-handle (read: one hole) faucet to replace a faucet with multiple holes, go for it! Use an extra hole for a built-in soap dispenser, or cover up the holes you don't need with a baseplate.
- Any materials you plan to match the faucet's finish with (such as cabinet hardware), and photos of the sink area.
Before You Buy:
- Match the faucet's finish to stainless steel or look for a finish that matches the cabinet hardware.
Most kitchen faucets are available in stainless steel, bronze and chrome.
- Find out whether a lifetime warranty covers the faucet.
Now you've got all the prep and know-how you need to select the perfect faucet for your needs, your home, and your budget!