The 10 Best Kitchen Faucets
Special Features Of A Quality Kitchen Faucet
For many new homeowners and renovators, by the time they've exhausted their energies selecting flooring materials and bathroom tiles, choosing a kitchen faucet is an afterthought, but it shouldn't be. You may not appreciate a great faucet until you've struggled with a bad one, and then, you'll pick up on the features that make a quality kitchen faucet.
A leaky faucet can be incredibly costly, sometimes wasting 180 showers worth of water per year. Ceramic disc technology can fend against these leaks. As for the times you want your water to run, you probably don't want it to run brown which is why you should get a faucet made from rustproof stainless steel.
People who wash a lot of dishes by hand need a faucet that has a spray nozzle and hose, which are much more effective at removing grime and grease than a regular stream of water. You should make sure the hose has a magnetic self-docking system so you don't accidentally leave it extended. Faucets with extra high necks are also very useful in kitchen sinks since they leave room below for large pots or piles of dishes.
Some faucets spit out water at unpredictable speeds and inconsistent pressure, causing you to constantly turn them up or down to get a good stream. Faucets with plastic lined hybrid waterways allow for a constant and smooth water flow. Since kitchen faucets can attract a lot of bacteria, it's a good idea to get a nozzle that's made with silicone, which is extremely hygienic.
How To Choose The Best Style For Your Kitchen
There is no right or wrong style of faucet, it just depends on your needs. People who like total control over the pressure and temperature of their water will prefer a two handle faucet, with one handle managing the hot water and one managing the cold. This also offers a very classic look. Some people want as little clutter as possible around their faucet and prefer a one handle model, in which the temperature and pressure are all controlled by just one lever.
While mostly found in commercial buildings, hands-free faucets have been shown to greatly reduce the spread of germs. Most research on the matter pertains to bathroom sinks, but it easily transfers to the kitchen where germs hide everywhere.
As previously mentioned, faucets with tall spouts can be good for running enormous pots under. However, people with low hanging windows or blinds might need a faucet with a low arc. If you have a window sill that juts out over your sink, measure the distance between the surface around your faucet and the bottom of that window sill to make sure your spout will fit.
One should also take personal style into account. Those looking to create an antique aesthetic might like an oil rubbed bronze finish, while the more modern designer could like a chrome finish. People who are creating a bright, uplifting look often like a glacier or ivory finish. For an industrial style kitchen, brushed chrome or wrought iron is best. The handles also affect the aesthetic. In one handle faucets, a top-mounted lever looks more vintage than a side-mounted one.
The History Of Faucets
Faucets have a long history. As early as the 1700s the Ancient Romans were plumbing pioneers, and they used faucets to fill their public baths, cisterns, and some private baths. One handle faucets are a more modern invention since the first models always had two handles. A man named Al Moen is responsible for introducing the single handle faucet in 1937. Moen was inspired when he burnt himself in the hot water of the old two handle bathtub. His faucet was the first to combine temperature and volume control in one operation.
In 1945, Landis Perry invented the ball valve faucet. A ball valve depends on a little ball placed inside of a cup-shaped opening. When pressure is applied to the ball, the valve opens or closes. The ball valve uses a previous invention — the Quaturn cartridge. This allows a person to stop or start the flow of water by simply turning a valve a quarter of a turn, rather than several rotations.
Later, the company Wolverine Brass would improve upon faucets by adding ceramic discs. These facilitate water control and are more durable than rubber ones. In 1954, Alex Manoogian’s washerless ball valve faucet hit the market. It was called the Delta Faucet, and by 1959 it had sold over one million units in the United States. People also have the Delta name to thank for the simple DIY installation faucets we often see today, and they introduced the first hands-free faucets for residential use.