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If you want your kitchen to look great and provide every convenience that you want then you need to start by taking a look at modern kitchen faucets. As you will see in this guide, there are many different types of kitchen faucets. We will provide you with all of the important details that you need to make the correct purchase decision.
Modern kitchen taps make a kitchen really attractive. If you have a truly modern kitchen but your faucet looks old and tired then it is time to replace it. You need to consider a number of different things when choosing a modern kitchen sink faucet to ensure that you end up with the right type for your kitchen.
With so many trendy kitchen faucets available it is essential that you choose the right one for the job. This starts by thinking about how you will use your kitchen sink and your faucet. For example, if you tend to regularly wash large pots getting a modern bar faucet is probably not going to be the best solution.
Installing a modern bar faucet when you are going to wash oversized pots will only work if you mount it in the correct way and your kitchen sink is particularly deep. If your kitchen sink is on the shallow side then you will be better off investing in a curved neck, tall faucet or a modern kitchen faucet with sprayer.
Your intended use of the faucet will identify the number of handles that you require. The number of handles will dictate how many holes you will have to make in your kitchen counter top to accommodate your new modern kitchen faucet.
It really all comes down to the functionality that you want from your modern sink tap. Some of the most popular features that people look for with modern kitchen faucets include:
Each of these features has advantages and disadvantages. Another important consideration is how you want to mount your modern kitchen tap. Most faucets are designed to mount directly through your kitchen countertop, but there are other faucets that you can install on the wall above your kitchen sink.
A faucet can have one handle and require only one hole, it can have two levers and have a sprayer which requires two holes, there are double handle faucets that require three holes for installation and even those that require four holes in your kitchen countertop.
You really have a large choice when it comes to the types of kitchen faucets available. Let’s start this section by taking a look at the most common body types for modern kitchen taps. We have already discussed some of these but it is worth going into more detail here so you really understand what is available.
This is a popular choice. There is one handle or lever that you use to control the flow and the temperature of the water that you require. One of the major advantages of single handle faucets is that they usually take up less space than other types of faucets and they are easier to install.
When you are installing your single handle faucet you need to ensure that there is enough space for the lever to operate fully in both directions. You can purchase a spray nozzle separately with a single handle faucet. One of the disadvantages of single handle faucets is that adjusting for the right temperature is not as precise as other faucets.
Double handle faucets are the most common. There are separate handles for cold and hot water usually on either side of the faucet. Sometimes the handles are integrated with the base plate or you can purchase a modern kitchen faucet that requires the two handles to be mounted separately. You can get a separate sprayer for your double handed faucet.
The biggest advantages with two handled faucets are their ease of use and the ability to achieve more precise water temperature. When it comes to disadvantages, you will require the use of both hands to achieve the right water temperature and installation is often more involved than with a single handle faucet.
You can have a modern kitchen tap that has a pull out or pull down feature. Usually these faucets are single handle and the head of the tap is on a hose so that you can pull it out or pull it down. Most modern kitchen faucets with the pull out or pull down feature will include a counterweight for easy retraction of the spout and hose.
Some people find these pull out or pull down faucets useful for rinsing things and even cleaning their kitchen sinks. If you want to clean your sink using this type of faucet then choose one that has a long enough hose. These types of faucets will probably not work well with a small kitchen sink.
There are some modern kitchen faucets which are hands free. These can be very convenient to use. The best modern kitchen faucet that is hands free will include an activator in the front which makes it easier to locate and activate. Most hands free faucets will have the ability to switch to manual as well.
Often when you are preparing food in your kitchen your hands will be dirty and not having to touch the faucet is a good thing. You need to be careful when choosing a hands free faucet as some require you to tap for water flow, while others have the sensor installed at the back which does not make operation easy.
If you are limited for space or want to add another small sink in your kitchen then a modern bar faucet can be a good choice. They are convenient for activities such as cleaning and preparing vegetables and if you have more than one cook and a second sink then they can be very useful.
You can connect modern bar faucets to a hot water or cold water filtered dispenser directly. Think about the space that you have before going for a modern bar faucet. It may not be suitable for some of the kitchen activities that you have in mind.
You are likely to see a modern pot filler faucet in a commercial kitchen such as a restaurant. But these days they are becoming more popular in homes as well.
It is possible to mount a modern pot filler faucet on a counter top or a wall. You should find the arm of the faucet articulated so that you can easily fold it away.
Some would see a modern pot filler faucet as somewhat of an extravagance for a home. But if you do a lot of cooking and find carrying heavy pots of water to your stove inconvenient then they can be useful. You will have to connect your pot filler faucet to a water supply close to your stove of course.
We have others available too. There are many reputable brands when it comes to faucets such as ALFI and we recommend that you go for a high quality modern kitchen faucet that is durable and will last for a long time.
Most of the good quality modern kitchen taps will have a tough finish that will protect them. Some faucets use the physical vapor deposition (PVD) process that bombards the base metal of the faucet with charged metal atoms to produce a good chemical bond.
Different base metals for the faucet will produce different finishes. You will find that there are several different finishes available for modern kitchen faucets and these include:
If a faucet has been through the PVD process it will be very scratch resistant. Despite this, if you subject your faucet to really corrosive materials such as drain cleaners then you are likely to end up with staining.
The most popular finish with modern kitchen faucets is chrome. Chrome is usually very durable but if you are intent on scratching your faucet then scouring pad of the heavy duty variety will achieve this.
If you really don’t like the idea of scratches on your faucet then brushed stainless steel is likely to be a better choice. Any stains or scratches on these are less likely to be visible than they will with a modern chrome kitchen faucet. For a more rustic look you can choose a modern bronze kitchen faucet.
There are some other features that you might want to consider when deciding on a modern kitchen faucet. Some faucets have useful spray and steam selector buttons on the top of the spray head or even at the side. You can use these buttons to easily switch between steam and spray.
A side sprayer may be a convenient option for you. You will need an additional hole in your kitchen sink or countertop for this. If you like to have precise water temperature control but prefer a single handle faucet, there are some that will maintain a specific temperature when you turn off the water.
This is a good feature to have if you want to have the same temperature every time that you use your kitchen faucet. You need to check the specifications of any single handle faucet you are thinking about purchasing to see if this feature is available.
Some pull out and pull down faucets have a useful magnetic lock. When you move the nozzle of the faucet from its base you will be able to retract it most of the way but not to its locked position. The magnetic lock locks it in place and provides a secure connection.
From a style perspective you should consider the current (or planned) design of your kitchen. If your kitchen has a contemporary and sleek design then choosing a simple faucet that has clean lines will probably be the best option.
If you consider that you have a “chef’s kitchen” then you may want to choose a high arc style faucet that has a pull out or pull down feature. Perhaps your kitchen has a farmhouse design so a rustic look faucet would be best. Here you could go for a bronze, wall mounted, double handle faucet for example.
With the functionality side of things start by considering the kind of lifestyle that you have. If there are small children running around then a faucet that you can easily clean is a good choice. Durability is also an important factor here.
Would a hands free faucet help with accessibility? If you like the idea of a spray to help you wash your food and even clean your kitchen sink then go for a faucet that has a pull out spray feature.
Choosing the right modern kitchen faucet is very important. Your kitchen is a room that many people will see and an attractive faucet is a must. Having all of the features that you want is also something that you need to spend time thinking about. We would always recommend that you choose the highest quality faucet that you can.
At Sinks HQ we have a great deal of knowhow and experience with modern kitchen faucets. You can see our extensive range of modern kitchen faucets here. If you have any questions about choosing the right faucet for your kitchen then our experts will be happy to answer them. Just contact us here.