Once you’ve figured out which type of faucet is best for your kitchen, here’s how to focus on the perfect model.
✔️ Shape: Although it’s mostly about style, the shape of the spout also affects usability. The cheapest faucets have straight spouts that don’t leave much room for large pots. Domed faucets have greater clearance, although you’ll have to trade that against a possible increase in splashing. The size and configuration of your sink can be a helpful guide; The faucet should be proportionate and able to reach most of the sink, especially if it doesn’t have a shower head.
✔️ spraying: Pull-out spray faucets have become a popular alternative to standalone body sprays because they save space and many users find it more convenient to hose down dishes or clean the sink. Our experts like faucets with finger-friendly knobs that make it easy to switch from spray to spray. They also say you should look for a pull-out sprayer with a magnetic latch that pulls the nozzle back into its dock and keeps it there securely.
✔️ Finished: Our experts have noticed in recent years that the surfaces of faucets have become much more durable. As a result, choosing a finish mostly comes down to style preference. “Stainless steel remains the go-to choice because homeowners love how it blends seamlessly with their appliances,” says Danielson. Polished chrome is nice if you want a little pop, but like stainless steel, it shows fingerprints and smudges. More subdued finishes like brushed nickel and brass have a duller shine that makes them more resistant to fingerprints and water stains. Matte black is a trendy finish that adds a unique element to the kitchen, especially when paired with black appliances.
✔️ Construction: Faucets have become more reliable in recent years, but there are still some weak products. Solid brass construction and ceramic discs instead of washers are two signs of a quality faucet. “The heavier the better,” adds Danielson. “A faucet made from solid internal materials like brass is more robust, reliable, and will stand up to everyday use than one made from inferior plastic components.” The most durable finishes are applied through a process called physical vapor deposition, which makes them stain and scratch resistant.
✔️ flow rate: Measured in gallons per minute (GPM), this indicates how water efficient a faucet is. The legal maximum flow rate is 2.2 GPM. To receive the EPA’s WaterSense label, the flow rate must be less than 1.5 GPM. That 30 percent increase in efficiency equates to thousands of gallons over the course of a year. Build quality also affects efficiency, since a dripping faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons per year, according to the EPA.