Hello, homeowners! Hope everyone is enjoying their year thus far, despite this crazily chaotic weather we're having. Even right now, as I type this, it's a brilliant 71 degrees, yet overcast, with the threat of heavy rainfall and a twenty degree drop by the morrow. Nevertheless, the show must go on!
Today, I'd like to discuss an often overlooked aspect of your cooking space -- the kitchen faucet. What you may not know, friends, are the several different options you have to choose from when deciding on your faucet. We're going to discuss this by diving into three aspects of a faucet: The handle, the arcs, and finally, the sprayer. Let's dig in.
Kitchen Faucet Handles
When it comes to kitchen faucet handles, there are a couple you can choose from. As stressed later in this section, it really all comes down to preference and which functionality best suits you and your cooking habits. Here, let me explain:
The single-handle kitchen faucet provides a fresh, cutting-edge appearance. With the ability to control the hot and cold temperatures with one lever, its efficiency is bar-none.
If the single handle gives off a fresh look, the extra handle exudes a classic one. When it comes to a comparison of the single or dual, it's majorly defined by preference.
The two-handled approach is designed for those of us who don't want to fuss with controlling temperature and water pressure/flow together. To each his own.
Kitchen Faucet Arcs
It's a pretty simple question to ask yourself: Do you want a High Arc or a Low Arc? When it comes to this particular option, your eventual choice will be decided on visibility, but also, how functional you are in your kitchen. I'll explain.
High Arc Kitchen Faucet
In my opinion, this is the most appealing option. At least aesthetically. There's something about the high arch of your kitchen faucet that makes the area look exuberant, exciting. But there's a drawback, as well. If the faucet is too high, it may be blocking an otherwise stunning view of a gorgeously elaborate backsplash or a window that wishes to bring in natural lighting.
The last thing you want is for an aspect of your kitchen design to be taking away from another, especially when it comes to appearance.
Low Arc Kitchen Faucet
If you do just so happen to have a window above your kitchen faucet or a beautiful backsplash, you can always elect to have a Low Arc Faucet. This way, there are no obstacles in sight and you can visibly show off these attributes without delay or distraction.
BUT...like the aforementioned option, there's a drawback. If you consider yourself a foodie, a word which here means "a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet," then this may not be your best option. When you're constantly cleaning pots & pans, room is a requirement. Scrubbing and cooking dishes is a cumbersome task as is without your wrists banging into your way-too-low faucet. So, how-low-can-you-go, is a question you should raise while shopping. You've been warned 😉
Kitchen Faucet Sprayers
I think it's safe to say that no one likes cleaning dishes. It's just one of those constants in life, much like laundry or taxes, that's quite simply a pain in the butt. But, thankfully, there are some kitchen accessories that make the task a bit easier. One of these helpful gadgets is your kitchen faucet sprayer.
Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
This type of kitchen faucet gets its name from its design. Whether it's fastened to a High Arc or Low Arc faucet, the detachment "pulls down," allowing for maximum reach and flexibility. May not seem like much of an improvement, but I can assure you it is.
Once you've washed dishes with any of these sprayers in this category, you'll grimace at a fixed faucet. Literally, you'll throw in the dish towel and call it quits, cursing yourself for not getting one.
Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
Personally, this is my favorite. Very similar to its cousin "the pull down," this type extends towards you instead of downward. I prefer this version only because I believe it provides more range. As one who is constantly cleaning pots & pans (but not necessarily a foodie), this kitchen faucet is extremely handy.
Plus, it seems there's a longer hose on this type, which is convenient when you need to fill larger pots, and you can do this away from the sink.
Side Sprayer Kitchen Faucet
Although this option requires an extra sink hole, it's reach along with still being able to use the main faucet is well worth it.
It's the perfect asset to your modern sink. Excellent for cleaning and keeping these tidy around your sink basin. Which, if your anything like my father, having a dirty is pet peeve #39.
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