When remodeling a kitchen, you expect choosing big items like your counters and cabinets to take time. But the little things like faucets? You might be surprised by how many options there really are. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of kitchen faucets out there, but with the tips below, choosing the perfect one will be easier than you think.
1. Look at the mid-priced end and up
Walk past the cheapest faucets in the aisle. Unless you absolutely cannot afford anything else, the cheapest few options tend to be a poor choice since they probably don't come with a warranty and are made with cheaper materials. You're better off paying a few dollars more for a faucet that will last you five to ten years. You don't have to go with a top-of-the-line faucet if it's not in your budget but at least go mid-range.
2. Choose a single handle
Double-handled faucets, which have one handle for hot and one for cold, are outdated and basically obsolete. It's hard to operate two separate handles when your hands are dirty and you're busy in the kitchen. One-handled faucets are a much better choice for most people. If you're willing to spend a little more, you can even get a faucet that's touch-activated. You tap the top and it turns on. Tape it again, and it turns off. This is so helpful when you have dirty hands since you can tap with your wrist or even your elbow.
3. Pick the finish that matches the rest of your kitchen
If you're torn between nickel, brushed bronze, and all the other faucet finishes out there, here's a way to make it easy. Choose the same finish you chose for your cabinet hardware. This will create a nice, cohesive look and will simplify your decision-making.
4. Look for ceramic valves
As long as you buy a mid-range or higher faucet, most faucet parts will be perfectly fine, and you don't have to concern yourself with the details too much. But do pay attention to the type of valves the faucet has. Buy one with ceramic valves. They last a lot longer without leading to drips. Rubber and metal valves tend to get leaky much faster.
Hopefully, this guide will help you choose the perfect kitchen faucet without so much hassle.
Contact a local faucet and other hardware supplier to get more tips.