kitchen faucet finishes

Man WorkingWe are confused when we come across various kitchen faucet finishes while selecting a kitchen faucet. In this post I have tried to give a little insight into some of the finishes. Hope it helps in your choice of selection.

Stainless steel

It is an alloy that consists of chromium and some nickel alloys.
Advantages:
It is a widely used material for its versatility and strength. This shiny look of faucets is liked by many.
Disadvantages:
Water spots and fingerprints are easily formed, but i
t can easily be cleaned and maintained.

Brushed steel

It is a friction finishing process on Stainless steel. This process makes the finish dull and non-reflective.
Advantages:
The dull mat finished faucets are liked by some people.
Disadvantages:
Water spots and fingerprints are easily formed
, but it can easily be cleaned and maintained.

Chrome

It is a plating process on steel and other materials. Chrome finished faucets are very popular for its shiny looks.
Advantages:
It’s considered as an inexpensive finish. It’s easy to clean, maintain and is durable. Matching fixtures can be easily obtained.
Disadvantages:
Water spots and fingerprints are easily formed.

Polished nickel

Want to make a shift from the usual chrome plated shiny look, then you could have a polished nickel finish. It is slightly darker than chrome.
Advantages:
Easy to clean and is durable finish, but it can easily be cleaned.
Disadvantages:
It is more expensive than chrome finish. Matching fixtures are are not easily obtained

Oil-rubbed bronze

Unlike the modern, contemporary, traditional look of the shiny materials discussed above Oil-rubbed bronze gives an aesthetic look because of its dull matte finish.

Advantages:
Water spots or fingerprints are not easily formed. It is also durable and easy to clean. Matching fixtures can be easily obtained.
Disadvantages:
More expensive than other finishes, such as chrome and brushed nickel.

Venetian bronze

This is similar to oil bronze in characteristics. This is lighter in color than oil rubbed bronze as it given a powder coated finish.
Advantages:
Water spots or fingerprints are not easily formed. It is also durable and easy to clean.
Disadvantages:
It is slightly m
ore expensive than even oil rubbed bronze because of the manufacturing process to give it the required look.

Brushed nickel

Brushed nickel gives a soft metallic look to faucets.
Advantages:
This finish lasting longer than chrome finish and oil-rubbed bronze is a proof of its durability. It’s easy to clean, maintain and is durable. Matching fixtures can be easily obtained. Water spots or fingerprints are not easily formed.
Disadvantages:
If you are looking for a faucet with a finish that is strikingly noticeable then this finish is not the one for you.
A final note Brushed nickel tends to be pricier than chrome but, does not cost as much as oil-rubbed bronze.
 

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    3 thoughts on “kitchen faucet finishes

    1. This will serve as an excellent guide for people who are clueless on the various types of kitchen faucets. I have always wondered why various faucets are made from different materials, and this article has helped me to understand this.

      I hope you could do a review on various kitchen faucet brands. I would love to know more about the best faucet manufacturers in the business, as it may help me make a better decision when shopping for faucets in the near future.

      Great article!

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