Some Amazing facts you need to Know about Kitchen Faucets with Sprayer.
What do we need to look for while selecting one?
The Faucet is one of the most important features in the kitchen to perform a basic function.
While selecting kitchen faucets, Quality as well as aesthetics are important.
They should keep with the trends and have contemporary looks.
“Which is better – Single handle or a double handle faucet-?”
This is one of the first thoughts that would be running through your mind, when you decide to replace one or more of your faucets.
Single Handle Faucets
In a single-handle faucet the regulation of flow of water and temperature control are achieved by moving the handle up-down and right-left.
A single hole in the sink or counter-top is required to install this faucet.
As for aesthetics, there is a large range of attractive single-handle faucets to spruce up your kitchen.
These are really convenient to use but temperature control is not as easily done as with two handle faucet, especially over a period of time.
A lot of people never get to master the art of adjusting the Single handle, up-down and right-left, so as to achieve the desired flow rate and the right temperature of the water.
Once a single handle faucet starts to leak, it is essential that both the hot water and cold water valves located beneath the sink have to be shut off until the faucet is repaired or replaced.
Double Handle Faucets
These faucets have two handles or levers, one for hot water and the other for cold water. These are usually three holes installation types.
Individual handles for hot and cold allows for precise temperature adjustments.
There are plenty of choices available in this category too.
We have the added advantage of being able to use the faucet, even if one of the handles becomes faulty.
The possibility of getting accidental scalded with hot water is greatly reduced as both handles, hot and cold are well marked out.
Installing a double handle faucet is more complicated.
Since there two handle the chances of leaks occurring is doubled.
It is not convenient to adjust two handles when hand is either dirty or not free.
Finally, I feel that that single-handle faucets and Double-Handle Faucets come with their own pros and cons and it comes down to your preference and and the intended purpose of use.
Clearance to Backsplash
Be warned before buying a single or double handle that control the temperature by rotating back. You have it installed and it looks great. Then you turn it on…and find out that the handle hits your backsplash before it’s fully extended. Backsplash is the tiled wall that is behind the faucet that spills and splashes of water falls on.
So before buying and installing such a faucet check the product specifications to see if there is a minimum recommended clearance to backsplash.
Make sure the space between your backsplash and the handle (s) is sufficient for free and full movement or select a faucet whose handle(s) have only forward motion to operate.
Touchless and Touch to operate kitchen faucet
If your hands are dirty and you do not want the faucet to get dirty, then what kind of faucet is needed?
There are two types of faucets which can solve the problem
- Touchless Kitchen faucet
- Touch to operate kitchen faucet
Touchless Kitchen faucet
With a simple wave of hand or some objects like utensil, pan etc. around the strategically placed sensors the flow of water can be started or stopped.
There are two sensors, one on top of the faucet and one on the underside of the spout.
These are located in a manner that they not only provides reliable operation every time but prevents false activation when you’re working around the faucet area.
No direct contact with the faucet means the faucet is bacteria free and relatively cleaner. They are great for people with arthritic hands.
Children who rush in with dirty hands to wash will not soil the faucet.
These shut off automatically and help conserve water.
The regulation of temperature of the water and the flow of water has to be done manually using the single handle.
However, the lever can be it can be adjusted for a particular level of water flow and temperature before hand and operated as a touchless faucet.
This is a battery operated kitchen faucets which need to be replaced every two years.
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Touch to operate kitchen faucet
There is a range of touch- to- operate kitchen that work perfectly when it is just touched by elbow, hand, wrist or forearm.
The flow and temperature of water should be set by a single lever before hand. The faucet remains clean as direct contact of dirty hands are avoided.
The touch operation is possible because of sensors. To facilitate this operation the sensors require batteries. These batteries have to be changed periodically say once in two years
- The faucet remains clean as direct contact of dirty hands are avoided
- Low Battery Indicator – A LED light will notify you when it’s time to change the batteries, so you can always have a functional faucet.
- Long Lasting Batteries – This faucet uses 6 AA batteries at a time. However, a set of batteries will last for as long as two whole years.
- Touch kitchen faucets do require batteries to operate successfully. These battery packs need to be changed out over time, so you’ll always need to have some on hand if you want to use the touch-activated feature.
- It’s not surprising that people would be concerned about cleaning the faucet. If you turn on the water by touching the faucet, then how on earth are you supposed to clean it without the water switching off and on the whole time?
Actually this not a problem. In some touch faucets a touch that lasts milliseconds will activate the flow while a grip, push or prolonged contact will not. The touch faucet will only turn on or off it you touch it briefly.
While in other touch faucets there is a method to temporarily switch off the faucet
- Electricity makes Touch Faucets Dangerous – is a misconception as the total operating voltage is 9 Volts, which is not dangerous at all.
- Also, there’s no way to adjust for temperature or water flow through the touch technology — this has to be done manually. Since the faucet handle controls the water’s on and off switch as well as flow and temperature, adjusting to hot and cold without turning off the water completely can take some time to get used to.
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I personally prefer the Touchless type though is is priced higher than the Touch type.
There is no contact with the faucet except for the initial setting of flow of water and temperature. In the long run this keeps the faucet still looking new and of course bacteria free.
Faucets mounting styles
There are many sink designs and the faucets may not always be compatible.
Check how many mounting holes the existing sink has. Faucets come in one-hole, two-hole, three-hole or four-hole variety.
However, this should not pose a problem as you can use a faucet that comes with an escutcheon plate to cover up the extra sink holes.
This is a good option if you want a quick faucet replacement to the existing sink, but it may limit the options of style.
Counter-top Mounted Faucets
These are faucet mounts directly to the counter top and not to the sink.
Make sure that there is more than a finger’s width behind the faucet for cleaning.
This is a good option if the kitchen is slightly large.
However, you may find an accumulation of water, dirt and grime between the faucet and the wall.
This type of mounting means the area designated for the kitchen sink and faucet should be more.
Kitchen Faucets with Sprayer should have high arc
While filling large pots, one does not have to move the utensil to to the work area of the sink. The sprayer can be moved around.
High arcs faucets that are 8-10 inches above the sink with pull down sprayer facilitate this.
Spray and Spout
There types of spray available are shown below, Some of the Kitchen faucets have all 3 sprays while all 3 sprays may not be available on other Kitchen faucets.
The spout should swivel as close to the center of the sink as possible
Magnetic docking of the sprayer is preferred as opposed to docking which relies on a weight attached to the hose internally to cinch the sprayer.
Feel and Finish
The overall feel of a kitchen faucet is gauged by the overall mechanism for smooth motion when turning on and off. Operating smoothly especially over time is the hallmark of a quality.
Finish is an important aspect, it may be spot resistant steel, Vibrant steel finish, Chrome or bronze finish. Read more on finishes.
PVD (physical Vapor deposition) finishes ensures longevity especially in the environment of products used to overcome hard water, chlorination etc.
In the quest for the best, with water conservation in mind, the flow of water shall not be more than 2.5 gallons/min.
The sprayer can be pull out, pull down or coiled (commercial) type .
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The distance the water spout projects and the type of sink will determine whether the two will be compatible. Cleaning the counter is easy and the plumbing should be exactly done so that it is in the correct place over the sink.
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