When purchasing fixtures for your bathrooms or kitchen, you might be wondering how to go about deciding what’s best for you. Faucets can be a bit tricky when it comes to the mass amount of styles, materials, finishes, and most importantly, prices. You want it to look good and match the style of the room, but also ensure you aren’t compromising convenience and long-term usage. Below are some things to keep in mind and consider when buying a new faucet.
- Valves – Know your valves! This part of your faucet controls the water flow. There are four types of valves to be aware of, cartridge, compression, ball, and ceramic. We recommend ceramic, as these valves are the most reliable and will keep the faucet from dripping or breaking for a long time.
- Finish – Like stated above, you want the finish to look good and go with the space it’s in. Choosing a finish that matches the other hardware in the room will keep things looking clean and put together. Choosing a brushed, satin, or stainless finish can often provide a cleaner appearance as they hide water spots and blemishes better than bright finishes. For a more price-friendly option that’s still super durable and easy to clean, go with chrome.
- Holes & handles – Keep in mind that your new faucet will require to have the same number of holes as the old one, including handles and the spout. Having a single handle is more convenient than two for the simple fact that it’s easier to adjustment temperature and it’s one less handle to keep clean.
- Replaceable parts – Choose a faucet that has replaceable internal parts so you aren’t left with replacing the entire faucet is there is some sort of break.
- Spout height – Faucets that have a high arch are trendy options for kitchen sinks today, but keep in mind how your kitchen is designed before choosing this style. Having low cabinets and shelves, or a shallow/small sink are all things to consider when choosing the perfect faucet for you.