Advantages of a pull-out kitchen faucet
A pull-out kitchen faucet has several benefits. For starters, it can make filling up various size pots and pans easier. The longer ergonomic handle can reach around to the farther corners of your sink, and even go beyond the sink to fill up everything from buckets to fish tanks.
Most pull-out kitchen faucets have various water modes such as spray or stream mode. They are also made of different materials such as stainless steel or brass, and feature various finishes including brushed nickel and chrome. These modernized faucets coordinate well with all types of traditional and contemporary kitchen designs. They will instantly upgrade your countertop and give you the look and overall function that you’ve always wanted out of your kitchen sink.
Kitchen faucet features to consider
It takes time to choose the right pull-out kitchen faucet for your home. That’s because there are several different features for you to consider before you make your purchase. Here are some of the most important factors consumers should think about before they decide on which pull-out faucet is the best option for them.
Materials and finish
Pull-out kitchen faucets come in a variety of styles to suit every type of décor. Most faucets feature a stainless-steel or chrome finish. However, there are some models available in brushed nickel, white, black, copper, bronze or brass finishes as well, like the KOHLER 10433 Forte. There are also many different styles available with some faucets that have a highly modernized look while others feature old world styles and antique bronze patina.
When you are shopping around for a pull-out faucet, you should look for models that have anti-scalding technology. This allows the hot water valves to open partially to help moderate the water temperature. All the faucets on our list come with high-quality ceramic disks.
Before you buy any new kitchen faucet, you need to make sure it is compatible with your water supply lines and your existing water shutoff valves. If your current valves are 1/2 inches, and your new flex lines are 3/8 inches, then you will need to switch your shut off valves to a 3/8 inches.
Water flow options
Most pull-out kitchen faucets have two water flow options, which are stream and spray. There are also some faucets that feature a third flow option that is similar to a shower head. The spray water flow is ideal for basic everyday use while the stream option offers a more powerful force of water. This is ideal for clearing away stuck on food from dishes.
When you are looking for a new faucet to install, you should think about the number of sink hole cutouts are needed. This is between one and three holes. The better choice here would be a faucet that comes with various installation options, like the Moen kitchen faucet. The cutouts are used for installation. Self-docking, magnetic-docking, or spring-loaded systems effectively retract hoses and allow you to secure the sprayer to the spout.
The dimensions are another important factor that you should take into consideration when buying a new kitchen faucet, as you want to buy a faucet that will fit your current set up. There are faucets available for all types of kitchen sinks, even those that are small and compact for a motor home or RV, like the Dura Faucet.
You will need to know the dimensions of your kitchen sink before you buy a new pull-out kitchen faucet.
Many pull-out kitchen faucets come with a limited warranty from the manufacturer. These warranties can last anywhere between one to five years or longer. As with all warranties, there are certain conditions that will apply to each one.
The Peppermint faucet, for example, comes with a 10-year warranty. Most quality faucets come with a lifetime warranty, like the Moen or the Kohler ones.
There are several more features that customers find interesting about these pull-out kitchen faucets. Many appreciate the ergonomic design that makes them easier to hold and handle. Others like the toggle buttons that allow you to go from one water mode to the next with ease. Additional features that are available with these faucets include LED temperature indicators, touchless operation, and magnetic docking. Overall, these faucets are designed to make everyday tasks in the kitchen much easier and allow users to get as much use as possible out of their kitchen sinks.
Kitchen faucet installation
There are so many different kitchen faucet styles and designs out there. But they are not always compatible with your current set up. Whether you are simply replacing your older faucet, or redesigning your entire kitchen, you should be aware of the dimensions, valves, and the number of mounting holes available. This will make the installation process much easier.
Here are a few useful tips to help with the installation of your new pull-out kitchen faucet.
Measure for size and reach
It’s imperative that you check for every aspect of the measurements of your faucet before you buy. You will need to check the size based on its overall functionality, and also so that your faucet looks balanced in proportion with your sink. You don’t want the faucet to appear out of place with your sink basin. A larger and more elaborate faucet will definitely overpower the look of a small traditional kitchen sink.
You still need to check the height with a pull-out faucet
The height of your faucet usually need to accommodate for the pots and other containers you will fill or clean regularly. But with a pull-out kitchen faucet, this is not a problem. Nevertheless, you still need to ensure that your faucet will fit, especially if you currently have a window ledge or shelf above your sink that could hinder a tall faucet.
Cleaning and care tips
The best materials used for kitchen faucets and sinks include chrome and stainless steel. Mainly because they are so easy to clean and care for. Here are a few useful tips on how to clean and care for your new kitchen faucet.
- Never use an aggressive cleaning product to clean your faucet. The harsh ingredients such as chlorine bleach and hydrochloric acid can cause damage to the finish.
- Never spray the kitchen faucet directly with the cleaning agent. You also should never mix cleaning products together. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions in terms of exposure time and the amount you should use.
- To effectively remove limescale, use a cleaner that is citric acid-based. Apply the cleaning agent to a soft cotton cloth. Wipe the faucet with it and then leave the cleaning agent in place for a specific amount of time before removing it and cleaning with water.
- Afterward, rub the faucet using a dry, lint-free cloth. This should help remove all residue so that you can enjoy your shiny beautiful faucet once again.
Pull-out kitchen faucets can range in price from $50 up to $1,200 or more. However, most faucets are priced between $200 and $600. The price of the faucet depends on the features offered and the quality of the materials used to make it.