Choosing The Best Kitchen Sink & Faucet

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink & Faucet

Choosing the right kitchen sink and faucet can be overwhelming.

You’ll have several decisions to make about faucet mounts, handle options, materials, finishes, styles and more.

If you’re replacing parts it will be simpler.  But if you’re remodeling, or building new, the process will be more complex.

Save time and money by considering these questions…

Which Faucet Mounting Style?

Your faucet mount options include sink-mounted, deck-mounted and wall-mounted.

They all require from 1 to 4 holes to mount.  That means replacements projects are simpler than new installations because you already have the correct number of holes.

For example, single-piece faucets require 1 hole for the combined handle and spout.  Double-piece, which separates the handles from the faucet, requires 3 holes.  A spray hose requires another hole.

Sink-mounted faucets attach directly to the sink.  This style is tidier because it takes up less counter space.  That also makes cleaning easier.

Deck-mounted faucets are mounted into the countertop instead of the sink or wall.  You’ll like this if you want a contemporary look and don’t mind sacrificing counter space.  Be sure you leave room between the faucet and wall for cleaning.

Wall-mounted faucets mount above the sink.  Be sure your faucet’s water will reach the sink.  This is especially important to check with double sinks.  Also check for studs in the wall before mounting.  They might need to be moved first.  And think about how you’ll insulate the pipes if it’s installed in an outer wall in cold climates.

If you’re replacing parts look to see how many holes your current mounting has.  Then buy the appropriate mounting style.  If you’re changing styles, you might end up with too many holes.  An “escutcheon plate” (often sold with new faucets) solves this easily by covering the extra holes.

Handle Choices

Single handles let you regulate water flow and temperature by adjusting the handle up and down and left and right.  This option’s easy to use and takes up less space in the sink area.  It also requires only one counter top hole.

Double handles divide hot and cold into separate handles.  And each controls its pressure separately.  This allows for more accurate control.  It also enables you to turn off water pressure to only one handle at a time in case of leaks.

Hands-free options are more modern.  You’ll activate water by moving your hand in front of a sensor.  They’ll turn off automatically.  Once on, adjust pressure and temperature with a handle.  These are perfect for homes with the elderly, children and people with arthritis.

Which Finish?

Style should be secondary to performance.  But when you reach this point consider the look you want.  Is it modern?  Traditional?

Think about how you’ll use the sink.  For example, enamel coating looks great but will show scratches.

Popular materials and finishes include brass, nickel, bronze, chrome, enamel-coated cast iron, and stainless steel in white and black.

Composite sinks are a popular option.  These can be made of materials like polyester and acrylic.  They’re inexpensive and give you many colors to choose from.

For help choosing the kitchen sink and faucet of your dreams call McDonald PHAC.  We’ll help you with every step, from early choices all the way through installation.  You’ll save time and money and be happy with your results.

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