Last updated on August 12th, 2018 at 10:05 am
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a kitchen faucet, especially when there are so many styles to choose from. This dizzying array of styles can lead to some confusion when you’re making a purchase, or better yet multiple purchases. The good news is that each style has its distinct advantages to it that make it more desirable than others. Below is a list of styles that one can encounter when deciding on a kitchen faucet, in no particular order.
Of note in the list is the Motion Detection/Touchless styles which are still new to the market and considered the hot new item in town. For consumers that are more traditional, the oldie but still goodie is the two handle faucets, which will probably be around until the end of time. The two handle faucets are a system that has been around too long to be physically phased out, even with heavy marketing for the newer kitchen faucet styles. Whatever one you decide on make sure to enjoy it to the fullest extent.
1. Pull Out Faucets
A lot rarer than pull down faucets, pull out faucets are popular to put in kitchens that don’t have a lot of sink space. If you fill a lot of large pots and pans with water often and don’t have room to do it in the sink, then a pull out faucet will be beneficial since you can do it from the countertop. The spouts are also a lot shorter and not high arching, so that is less worry than getting a pull down faucet with full 360 swivel. There are no hose length advantages to having a pull out faucet vs. a pull down faucet.
2. Pull Down Faucets
Pull down is the most popular type, with its very distinct high arching look that makes any kitchen look majestic. The spray head also comes with more refined features for using, and if you have a big sink this is the preferred type. Just make sure you get a model that has 180 or full 360 degree movement, so in situations where even your large sink is overloaded it won’t get in the way. Hose malfunctions that are more relatable to pull out faucets are not present with pull down faucets and its superior ergonomics. If you’re doing a lot of shopping around you will find better designs with pull down faucets than any other kind, with some of the pricier versions being absolutely breathtaking. The only con is that if you have weak water pressure, this style may not be the best to get until the water pressure issue is sorted out.
3. Commercial/Fusion Style
Known more for being in restaurant kitchens than in residential ones, these faucets have become quite popular for a certain niche in the market. With the high pressure pull out sprayer and super high arc they can clean better than any other faucet on this list. Brand makers have caught on to the craze and created smaller residential versions that look great in the kitchen but don’t lack the power that consumers crave from the commercial version. What buyers get is a fully functioning kitchen water faucet with enough power to fight crime and then some. It is also safe to say that they are a bit more durable than other kitchen faucets due to the industrial design.
4. Separate Spray
This is almost as old a relic as the two handle faucet, but is still popular in many homes. The popularity of a separate sprayer comes from buyers that don’t want an all in one product where if one mechanism fails the entire kitchen faucet is out of order. There are also many who have rigged the sprayer to work independently of the faucet, a modification that makes it infinitely superior to any other kitchen faucet on this list in terms of efficiency and usability. Prices are dirt cheap for separate sprayers, and will continue to decline as modern kitchen faucets rise in price. Where it falters is in how the system works, as in it is based on older technology. This means that the same issues with sprayers losing their balance, hanging after years of use and other anomalies will be present on older models. These problems don’t plague pull out or pull down models that use magnets or superior weight locks to keep everything in place, regardless of use. So unless you plan on rigging up your sprayer to act independently of the faucet, pull out or pull down would be the way to go.
5. Motion Detection/Touchless
These battery operated masterpieces are new to the industry and are quite easy to get used to. Using hand movements or auto activating when a cup or pot is near, they don’t require touch at all. Design flaws have been worked on to the point where the system can be turned on and off at will without even pressing a button. This is useful in a house full of children that play with the water, or even when you have company and don’t want to make things difficult on them. This innovation will continue to grow as the prices drop for it, and since there are no extra steps required to install it, will continue to sell. Look for a big push for motion technology in the kitchen, and even integration with Wi-Fi products.
6. Two Handle Faucets
Last on the list is the oldie known as the two handle faucet, which clings to life based on history rather than function. There was a time when two handle faucets provided the best control when it came to temperature and water stream. But the reality is they are no longer kings, and the one lever system is now the way to go for superior control (given by Moen brand). Benefits of a one handle system mirror that of having a separate sprayer, being that if one of the handles break you can still use the other handle for water. Because of this and all of the houses it has been preinstalled in, you can expect two handle faucets to be around for a while.