Each kitchen faucet style has its distinct advantages.
Below is a list of the various faucet styles to consider when deciding on a kitchen faucet.
PULL OUT FAUCETS
Pull out faucets are popular to put in kitchens with limited sink space.
If you use large pots and pans filled with water, and don’t have room to fill them in the sink, then a pull out faucet will be a great choice. This way you can fill them from the countertop. The spouts are much shorter and not high arching. And keep in mind that there are no hose length advantages to having a pull out faucet vs. a pull down faucet.
PULL DOWN FAUCETS
The pull down faucet is the most popular type.
It’s very distinct high arching look makes any kitchen look majestic. The faucet spray head also comes with far more refined features. If you have a big sink, this is the preferred faucet.
Make sure you get a faucet model that has 180 or full 360 degree movement. This way, when your large sink is overloaded it won’t get in the way. Hose malfunctions that are more relatable to pull out faucets are not present with pull down faucets and its superior ergonomics.
If you’re doing a lot of shopping around, you’ll find far better designs with pull down faucets than any other kind. The only drawback is that if you have weak water pressure, this style may not be the best to get until the water pressure issue is sorted out.
SEPERATE SPRAY FAUCETS
This is almost as old a relic as the two handle faucet, but is still popular. The popularity of a separate sprayer comes from buyers that don’t want an all in one product where if one mechanism fails the entire kitchen faucet is out of order.
There are also many who have rigged the sprayer to work independently of the faucet, a modification that makes it infinitely superior to any other kitchen faucet on this list in terms of efficiency and usability. Prices are cheaper for separate sprayers, and will continue to decline as modern kitchen faucets rise in price. Where it falters is in how the system works, as in it is based on older technology.
This means that the same issues with sprayers losing their balance, hanging after years of use and other anomalies will be present on older models. These problems don’t plague pull out or pull down models that use magnets or superior weight locks to keep everything in place, regardless of use. So unless you plan on rigging up your sprayer to act independently of the faucet, pull out or pull down would be the way to go.
COMMERCIAL FUSION FAUCETS
Known more for being in restaurant kitchens than in residential ones, these faucets have become quite popular for a certain niche in the market.
With the high pressure pull out sprayer and super high arc they can clean better than any other faucet. Manufacturers have created smaller residential versions that look great in the kitchen and don’t lack the power that consumers crave from the commercial version.
What you’ll get is a fully functioning kitchen water faucet with enough power to handle whatever you need. They’re also more durable than other kitchen faucets due to the industrial design.
MOTION DETECTION/TOUCHLESS FAUCETS
These battery operated faucets are newer to the industry and are quite easy to get used to.
Using hand movements or auto activating when a cup or pot is near, they don’t require touch at all. Design flaws have been worked on to the point where the system can be turned on and off at will without even pressing a button. This is useful in a house full of children that play with the water, or even when you have company and don’t want to make things difficult on them.
TWO HANDLE FAUCETS
Last on the list is the oldie known as the two handle faucet, which clings to life based on history rather than function.
There was a time when two handle faucets provided the best control when it came to temperature and water stream. Yet the reality is they are no longer kings, and the one lever system is now the way to go for superior control.
Benefits of a one handle system mirror that of having a separate sprayer, being that if one of the handles break you can still use the other handle for water. Because of this and all of the houses it has been preinstalled in, you can expect two handle faucets to be around for a while.
Hopefully you learned quite a bit about types of kitchen faucets.
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