Faucets aren’t frequent purchases, so it’s a good idea to make sure you know exactly what you want and need before you buy. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine even that. Here are some tips to help you narrow your search for a new faucet.
Faucet Dimension Considerations
Faucet Holes & Installation
If you are replacing an existing sink faucet, you will need to match your new faucet to the number of holes and dimensions of your current sink / counter top. If your options are too limited, you can always drill new holes in the appropriate places if you possess the required tools and skill. Make sure you get the final dimensions so that you don’t buy a new faucet that doesn’t fit!
How far would you like your new faucet to extend forwards? How high would you like the spout to be? These are two very important questions you need to answer – they provide a basis for convenience and help determine which styles you should look at when it comes to browsing. Before going shopping, decide upon a range of spout heights and lengths that you are willing to consider.
If your faucet is situated close to the wall, you’ll have to be extra careful on the types of handles you consider. If you get a lever handle that can’t open all the way because it hits the wall, you’ll have to head back to the store or order another model type. Always measure the distance from faucet to wall so that you don’t accidently buy a faucet that is impossible to use, or inconvenient to turn on.
Helpful Faucet Features to Consider
Hose & Sprayer
Faucets with hose and sprayer functionality are extremely helpful in a kitchen setting. If you haven’t had one before, consider getting one this time around. They come highly recommended.
Filtering mechanisms take different shapes, sizes, and even placements, but they all do the same thing: make your water more drinkable. Surprisingly, the difference in taste can be huge. Be warned – if you get a faucet with a filtering mechanism, you may not ever want to go back.
You’ve probably seen these in public restrooms before. Motion-activated faucets still allow for temperature control (often set manually), but make it so that you don’t have to touch anything in order to get water flowing.
Almost as good as motion-activated faucets, touch-activated faucets require nothing more than a finger. No knobs to turn. Who would have thought they’d find a touchscreen on a faucet? As always, temperature control is still available, usually through a manually set knob.
After determining dimension and feature requirements, there’s one last thing to do. Take a picture of your sink area and use it to help determine which new faucet is the best-looking replacement. If you follow these tips and considerations, you should be able to narrow your faucet options down to a just a few. The decision is yours to make!