Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kitchen Faucets Buying and Style Guide

Kohler and Designer Erin Valencich give advice on what to look for when choosing a kitchen faucet, including spout type, handles and finish.

When you plan a new kitchen you have a lot of things to think about. Appliance, countertops, cabinetry, but don't forget the Kitchen Faucet. It can make a big difference to the rooms look and function. First you need to make sure you match the right faucet to the right task at hand. For example, a lot of time in the kitchen is spent on clean up and that is where a faucet with a pull down spray works exceptionally well. Watch the video to see how easy it is to manuever. These days there is a kitchen faucet available for about every kitchen task imaginable. When you are cleaning and cooking with large pots vessels or vases then a kitchen faucet with extra height can come in really handy. Also, pot filler faucets are really convenient to have near your cook top because they eliminate the need to lug heavy pots of water around the kitchen.
Touchless filitration faucets are great for running the water when your hands are messy and they help germs from spreading throughout the kitchen.

If you are looking at the ultimate in faucet innovation then you really cant beat the new Kohler Karbon Faucet. It lets you direct the spray precisely where you want it and it folds up tight when you are not using it. What a totally cool look from Kohler. We believe Kohler Faucets are the ultimate choice for style and innovation.

Kitchen Faucet Size
When you are choosing a faucet, there a few things to think about. First, the size of your faucet should match the size of your sink. For example, you want to make sure the faucet spout has enough reach to cover the entire sink, especially if you have double basins.

If you are thinking about adding an ultra convenient entertainment sink, like maybe to your kitchen island, you will want to pair it with a more petite faucet.

Kitchen Faucet Handles
Next, you will want to think about how many handles you will want. Keep in mind that two lever type handles are best for anyone with mobility issues for their hands or fingers. If you always have your hands full in the kitchen, you may want to consider a single handle faucet. These are simple to operate with just one hand.

Kitchen Faucet Installation
You will also need to think about installation. Different type of faucets need (1) one to (3) three holes through the sink or counter. Other styles may be mounted through the wall. Some faucets come with a base or cover for unneeded holes. Be sure your sink and faucet work together.

Kitchen Faucet Style
One of the fun things about choosing a faucet is deciding what style you prefer. Luckily there is a design for every taste. From contemporary to traditional and everything in between. Another part of the style decision is choosing a faucet finish. Think of your sink, cabinet hardware and lighting for queues. Stainless Steel or brushed nickel faucets for example look great with a stainless steel sink. If you are looking for a warmer look, brushed bronze goes beautiful with wood. And of course there is classic chrome too.


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