It is the little things that matter especially when it comes to our kitchen. The color scheme, the texture of the floor, or the choice of light, these little things that catches our eyes deserved more planning and attention. That includes choosing the right faucet for your kitchen.

Deciding which type or design can take a few extra works, but seeing the picture in your mind of that deck-mounted shiny brass bridge faucet and how it completes your vintage farm kitchen is definitely worth the effort.

To know which is the right faucet for you, know about the basic parts and different types of faucets that will best suit your kitchen.

Basic Parts of the Faucet

1. Neck is the bent tube that carries the water to the spout. There are 3 different types of this part:

  • Standard is a very basic and simple type with no elaborate features. 
  • Goose Neck is a round arc that resembles the long neck of a goose, hence the name. It is 8inches in height but you can find other variations if you are looking for shorter or higher options. 
  • Bridge is characterized by an elaborate handle connected by a parallel bar that looks like a bridge. It is ideal for vintage-inspired design in both kitchens and lavatories. 

2. Handle is the lever that opens the valve and controls the water flow out of the spout. You can have 2 options for this so you can weigh their pros and cons.

  • Single handle is more installation-friendly since you only need to drill a single hole. It is a common choice of people who likes simple yet practical. It’s just a plain no-fuzz job of turning the water on and off.
  • Dual-Handle is stylish and can easily bring elegance to your kitchen sink. It offers better control of water temperature. Plus, it’s always good leverage to have a spare. A mindset that you can apply to your kitchen faucet. If one breaks down you still have another one that is fully functional. However, dual-handle faucets are not the easiest to install since you have to drill more holes for this fancy type. 

3. Spout is the opening part of the faucet where the water comes out which comes in different distinctive designs. For example, a straight spout is a simple low-hanging design that provides a long reach output and is usually use in the toilet sink. A Gooseneck spout is an elegant arc shape for cleaning dirty deep pots. A shepherd’s Crook is a classic design that offers visual drama while filling deep pots for the soup. 

 

Types of Faucets

  • Pull Down Faucet is a type of faucet based on the spout that you can retract, rotate, and extend to thoroughly wash your ingredients, pans, pot, and sink. It comes in a variety of materials and finishes such as brass, chrome, and stainless steel. It comes with a handy spray head that can well be a weapon for defense if somebody frightened you while your back is turned doing the dishes. This is a cool feature that you won’t be able to find in Pull Out faucet. Clearance will also not be a problem even when your sink gets overloaded with large pots and pans because the Pull-Down faucet can rotate between the range of 190° to 360°. This ergonomic design makes it popular and among household owners and makes the right faucet for your kitchen.

 

  • Pull-Out Faucet is a type of faucet with a handle that can be detached and pulled out by an extendable hose. It may look like a regular faucet, unlike the Pull-Down that generally appears tall with a curve tube structure.  It is ideal for those who have a small sink since the handle can be pulled out and helped you maneuver with ease. It may be quite similar to the Pull-Down faucet, but the Pull-Out faucet has an extendable handle that usually comes with a built-in button that provides effortless adjustment of water flow. 

  • Motion Detection Faucet is relatively the latest innovation in the tapware industry. Using this type of faucet, you literally have the power in your hands.  A gesture or simple hand motion can active this faucet. Then there is water! The sensor will also activate and release water flow when you place a cup or a pot under the tap. However, this innovation comes with a price (literally as well!) because it can be quite expensive. It is often used in hospitals and bathrooms to help prevent the spread of germs since it does not require physical contact to make it work. So, if convenience and health benefits outweigh the cost, it still makes the right faucet for your kitchen.

  • Separate-Spray Faucet can be a Buy-One-Add-One marketing campaign that you oftentimes fall into. They do that because either the product doesn’t sell much or is getting outdated. Separate-Spray faucet, as the name implies, is an additional spray faucet that comes with the main faucet itself which gives you the alternative to switch between the main faucet and the spray depending on the type of task you need to do. But either Pull-Out or Pull-Down Faucets can do the same job in simple installation with no additional hole to drill. Still, the Separate Spray faucet can be traditionally charming. It’s aesthetically pleasing and suitable for either a single or dual sink.

  • The Pot-Filler Faucet is characterized by an extended arm bracket that can swing over a pot or container. This unique type is suitable for a busy household or commercial setup. Most Pot-Filler faucets are mounted in the wall and linked to the plumbing system. It offers the convenience of preparing meals and avoid carrying big heavy pots from the sink to the stove. You can simply swivel the arm and fill the pot that is already on the stove. This doesn’t only make it the right faucet for your kitchen but it also makes it the most favorite faucet of soup and pasta chefs. 

Installation Type 

Installing the faucet depends on your preferred design and practical location to achieve proper functionality. You can install the faucets in two ways and know about their pros and cons.

  • Deck Mounted or also called Countertop mounted. It is easier to install and does not require drillings in the wall. It is also the most common type of installation for a faucet and provides easy access to the pipes if repair is needed since they are only hidden under the sink inside a cabinet.

  • Wall Mounted gives you a clean and less crowded space on your countertop. It requires proper installation with consideration on the tiling and the right depth of the faucet into the wall.