Kitchen faucets have so many options beyond metal finish these days. There are handles styles and retractable nozzle features that now need to be considered when it comes to determining how to update your kitchen or bathroom.
There are quite a few materials faucets are made out of these days. Aesthetically, they can be made to fairly similar. When it comes to quality, there are definitely certain materials that should be considered over others.
- Plastic – The least desirable option of faucet material. While this option is cheap and can look nice, the quality and durability is laughable in the long run.
- Die-cast zinc alloy – Another inexpensive option, the finish on these can easily wear off. This leads to corrosion, which can directly effect the user’s health.
- Brass and chrome plated – while these options are more durable than some other options, the material beneath the brass or chrome plating is likely die-cast zinc alloy, which will eventually corrode.
- Solid brass – The most durable, safe, and long-lasting faucet option. This material is highly recommended for areas with hard water and may never need replacing, though they are the priciest option of faucet materials.
- Electroplated chrome on brass – The best option for quality and price reduction. The finish lasts an incredibly long time, while the inner materials are safe no matter the outer finish.
- Single-handle – As the name implies, this faucet has one single handle that both turns on and adjusts water temperature.
- Dual-handle – This faucet handle type also follows suit in being true to its name. A Dual-handle faucet has two separate handles on either side of the actual faucet, one each for adjusting the hot and cold water.
- Motion detection – Like those commonly found in public restrooms these days, these faucets activate via motion of a hand or object being placed in front of a sensor. There is a separate handle near the base of the faucet that allows for water temperature adjustment.
This option is most common for kitchen sinks and allows the spout where the water comes out to disconnect from the neck of the faucet for spraying hard-to-reach corners.
- Pull-down – The spout pulls down allowing for more direct rinsing and washing.
- Pull-out – This allows the spout to pull straight out and then has additional room for movement as compared to a pull-down sprayer.
- Separate spray – The sprayer is actually separate from the main faucet and spout. This allows water flow to alternate between the sprayer and the spout as the trigger is pushed.
- Commercial style – This a longer, more flexible design overall. The neck of the faucet is not as solid, allowing for more movement and greater ability to spray more areas.
Outside of design and aesthetics, these functionalities should all be considered when choosing your new kitchen faucet. When it’s time to make this decision, contact the helpful folks at Gaumats International, LLC to help you through the process.