1. Think about how you intend to use your faucet:
The first step in choosing a kitchen faucet is to think about how you and your family use the faucet and what features you need. Having the perfect looking design that matches your décor won’t be any use if you realize down the road that it doesn’t function how you need it to. If you often wash your dishes in the sink, you may want a faucet with a sprayer and more water pressure. If you often cook with large pots, you’ll want a faucet that sits higher so that you don’t have to struggle to get the pots underneath the faucet.
2. Determine what kind of faucet can fit in your existing sink:
Buying a faucet to place in an already existing sink means you have to determine what faucet will fit into that sink’s mounting system. You can buy plates to cover extra holes, but if there are too few, you’ll have to drill new ones. You’ll also need to measure the distance between the holes to be sure the faucet you want will fit properly. There are also wall-mounted kitchen faucets, though you will likely need to have a plumber extend your pipes to reach the desired location and this can add significantly to the cost of your project.
3. Set a price range you’d like to find a faucet in:
Not everyone wants or needs a top of the line, high price tag faucet that’s going to last a lifetime. If you know you aren’t living somewhere long, are just renovating to add appeal to buyers, want to redecorate often, or are just on a tight budget, you’ll want to adjust your price range accordingly. If you know you’re going to be living in your home for years, you should account for the quality of materials and the brand to ensure you don’t run into problems and have to buy a new faucet down the road.
4. Research the quality and materials that you want for your sink:
The material and type of valves used in a faucet are also important factors in dictating how long the faucet is going to last and whether or not you might end up with leaks. Ceramic and brass valves are going to last longer with less leakage and the simpler the construction of the valves, the easier they are to replace if you do run into issues. Faucets with ceramic disc valves are the longest lasting and least prone to leaks, but also have the highest price tags. Faucets with cartridge valves are a more cost effective option and usually come in brass or plastic and can be used in single or double handled faucets. Cartridge valves are also inexpensive and easy to replace if the faucet does start leaking. Ball valves are not as easy to replace and can only be used in single handled faucets and compression valves are the least reliable and least expensive type of valve in a faucet.
5. Determine the style of faucet that will fit with your kitchen and other fixtures:
Not every stylish and up to date faucet is going to fit in with your current kitchen décor and your other fixtures. Think about the finish of your sink and the other fixtures and appliances in your kitchen before deciding on the finish you’re looking for in a faucet. An industrial faucet with a dark finish is certainly a modern and beautiful look, but it might not look great with a stainless steel sink and appliances. Especially if you’re trying to improve the look of your kitchen for potential buyers, having a consistent style throughout the room is an important factor to consider.