How to Pick the Right Faucet

Oct 15th 2018

Your bathroom and kitchen faucets are some of the most used appliances in your home. When you invest in one, make sure it is well considered and not bought in haste. There are several things to watch out for beyond its appearance and design. Functionality, single or separate hot and cold valves, craftsmanship, engineering and ease of use are some other factors that you need to keep in mind. There are countless options available these days. Which one should you go for? Choosing one can be tricky. Below are a few things to consider before you leap ahead.

Go Beyond Looks

The beauty of a high-quality faucet is not limited to its looks. While choosing one for your home, don’t be blinded by the design alone. Look for convenience, durability, manufacturing details and the brand.

Avoid Cheap Options

It may be tempting for you to get a faucet for less but there’s a good possibility that you will get lower quality too. Try to fix a moderate budget that hovers between $65 to $100 for the faucet. A higher budget may ensure extra features that may serve you well for a long time.

Check Spout Height and Reach

Look out for the spout height and reach. The design must fit your kitchen’s needs. A tall spout may not fit a sink with a shelf over it while a short spout may not reach all bowls in a wide three-bowl sink. Make sure the spray has a regulated flow or the sink edges may collect water during increased water pressure. Pull-down sprayers are proven to be more reliable and drip-free than side sprayers that have a spray handle mounted in the sink.

Ceramic Valves

Get a faucet with ceramic valves for a drip-free faucet. Costs for both are about the same. Look for long-term toughness, good shine and a durable metal coating that will not chip, stain or wear easily.

Well-Matched, Durable Finish

Faucets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colours and finishes. Choose one that matches with the rest of your kitchen fittings such as your cabinet hardware and towel bars. A faucet with a bronze finish or satin nickel for instance will not look appealing with chrome towel bars, however attractive it may look on its own. Mismatched kitchen fittings will bring down the aesthetic value of your kitchen. Bronze faucets have an epoxy coating on the surface that is tough but chips and scratches more easily than metal. Chrome is the most durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for residential and public use.

Faucet Handle Configuration

Before you choose a faucet, see what works better for you: single-handle or double-handle. Some prefer symmetrical double-handle faucets but others find single-handle faucets more convenient because temperature adjustment is easier. Single-handle run cold and hot water from a single lever. In most cases, these are preferred because they look more sleek and modern.

York Taps, Bathroom Vanities, Showers and Kitchen, Toronto

If you are unsure about the right faucet for your home or office, consult our professionals at York Taps to help you choose the right one. Visit our showroom in Richmond Hill, Ontario to view our wide range of products and get friendly, helpful service. If you know what you’re looking for, you can also order by phone or send us an email.