Kitchen Faucets: The Different Styles, Sizes and Materials

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When buying a kitchen faucet there are a number of considerations to take into account. The primary point to remember is the compatibility of the faucet to the design and decor of the sink and wider kitchen interior. If you’ve already ordered the sink or have an existing one in place, then this will be of particular importance. One will also need to be aware of other hardware fixtures in the room of a similar nature and that are nearby.

The material of a kitchen faucet will be of particular importance when it comes to the feel and look of the tap. In most homes, faucets are found in chrome or stainless steel which are rather neutral materials and fit in with just about any surrounding decor scheme. There are alternatives however and these include brass, nickel and copper which provide a more antiquated look. Chrome and steel are easy to keep well shined and bring a contemporary ambiance whilst the latter three are good for more classical and old-worldly styles.

When it comes to the functionality of a kitchen faucet, there are two varieties on offer. These are compression faucets and mixing faucets. The compression type has two handles, one hot and the other cold, that allow water flow through washers. The mixing type is composed of a single knob, handle or lever which controls both the temperature and the pressure of the water. The mixing faucet is generally more popular and long lasting but for a more traditional look and feel, the compression faucet is a better option.

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The design of the faucet’s spigot is an important consideration. The most graceful is aptly known as the ‘gooseneck’ and features a long curving spigot rather like the neck of a goose or swan. These are perfect for washing large bakeware and cookware which can be difficult to fit under more regular taps. There are also pull-out sprayers which you may have seen on Youtube videos of people washing their pups and pet monkeys in their sinks. There are also good for use with larger items such as pitchers and pans. Then there’s the regular, functional and smaller traditional faucet which is ubiquitous to homes across the nation.

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