The heart of the home is often thought of as the kitchen. This is the place where friends and family often gather to share a quick chat, enjoy a well cooked and beautifully served meal, or relax with a cool drink after a hot day out in the sun. Creative and luscious dishes are created here, for family as well as for entertaining. The kitchen is not only utilitarian, but also a place where many lifelong memories are made. So, when it was time for me to consider purchasing my first faucet for my new town home, I made sure I did the research and was aware of the options available to me. I wanted something that was not only functional in nature, but also a faucet that represented my personal aesthetic.
The very first thought I had, in regards to actually going out and shopping for a kitchen faucet, was the function. What was it that I needed, exactly? As I had a lot of houseplants, I needed a faucet that would work with filling watering cans, or be able to spritz off a few plants that I brought to the sink. Not only that, I loved to cook large pots of soup. I personally find soup a ‘thinning’ food, so I make a lot of it. The pot I use is large, so I’d need a faucet that would have good clearance. So there I had the function: A sprayer for the plants, and high clearance for washing and filling my large pots.
Therefore, arc of the faucet is of paramount importance. For this decision, it’s really think of how you use your kitchen sink. How many times, if ever, have you wished for greater clearance for pots and pans, or perhaps even when straining a large bowl of pasta? If clearance is importance, then you’d need a faucet with a high arc. High arc faucets usually rise above a sink plane about eight to ten inches. However, no matter how much you’d like to have a high arc faucet, it’s just not possible due to overhead cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets are too low, then you would be restricted to a low arc faucet choice. Mid or Low arc faucets typically are three to eight inches above the sink plane.
Another aspect to consider in your hunt for the perfect kitchen faucet, is the sink configuration. The sink configuration refers to how many holes are available in your sink for handles and sprayers. Some sinks have one hole, others two, three or four. You don’t want to fall in love with a faucet that has a sprayer, if you only have a sink with a one hole configuration.
Another consideration is the type of mounting. A faucet that has a deck mount is one that is mounted on the sink surface. The wall mount, or pot filler is mounted on the wall. Wall mount faucets will have dual joints and shut off valves. The wall mount is an especially attractive faucet for those who see cooking not as a necessity but as a hobby. The sink configuration works with the design of the faucet, in regards to how many handles or sprayers that are available.
For example, the one handled faucet is more than enough for their needs. With the one handle faucet, the handle is placed either on the side of the faucet or in front of the faucet. This one handle serves both hot and cold water. The two handled faucet is the traditional design, with the separate handles allowing for ease in adjusting flow and temperature.
For those who really want a modern look, the handless faucet provides this. Handle less faucets operate via motion sensors. For some, this means no more dripping due to worn out washers.
Once I had the specs figured out the fun of choosing my faucet began. I could now relax and browse the internet from my kitchen, looking at designs from various faucet manufacturers, while picturing how it would affect my kitchen decor of soft whites, greens and yellows. Design is really incredibly important when it comes to reflecting your personal aesthetic in the kitchen. I regarded my entire kitchen design, including the colors of the walls and curtains, as this would reflect the type of finish I would choose. As I learned, there are many more finishes to choose from, than the old stainless steel stand-by. Many faucet manufacturers offer a great variety of surface finishes. These finishes may include, but are not limited to: Chrome, wrought iron, bronze, black, stainless steel, and white.
As a result, I chose a high arc kitchen faucet with a bronze finish and two standard handles with sprayer. This choice suited my needs and the design is really elegant, with the bronze finish nicely complementing my overall kitchen design of greens and yellows. Thus, going through all the proper steps, research and writing down what I needed before heading out to the store, proved the absolute best way to accomplish the task of finding the perfect kitchen faucet, as I not only knew what I wanted, but could speak with knowledge to the salesperson. This way, I could obtain the proper faucet for my needs, at the best price available.