September 13, 2012 3:30 am
Here is a selection of kitchen faucets that can fit any budget, as well as a tip sheet to help consumers pick what’s right for them.
1. Bare bones, pure functionality, no-frills kitchen faucets can cost less than a hundred bucks, and if the existing faucet is in particularly bad shape, even a very plain-jane fixture can dramatically improve the appearance of the kitchen. For example, a simple, sleek Cascada kitchen faucet from Ruvati is a great choice, because it’s inexpensive (only $90!) and minimal, but also stylish. It’s no out-of-date, old-fashioned faucet; it’s lovely and unobtrusive, perfectly suited for a modern kitchen.
2. When kitchen faucets start getting expensive is when one either wants some more design to it, or more integrated functionality, though oddly enough, it’s the former that will often cost you more. Herbeau kitchen faucets are famous for their authentic artisan designs, made from the same casts and using traditional methods and materials used for more than a hundred years in the Provence region of France. For a French country kitchen, one can’t get much more authentic than the Herbeau’s Valence faucet, but it’ll also put the project in a much bigger budget bracket.
3. There are a lot of brands out there making kitchen faucets, and many designs one falls in love with can be found from another brand for a very different price. For example, the Af-430 Kitchen Faucet from Artisan has a similar French countryside inspirations and design, but will set one back about a third what the one from Herbeau would.
4. Where things start to get a little tricky is when looking for the most technologically up-to-date faucets out there. For example, the Touch2o faucets from Delta. They can be turned on and off with just a touch of any bit of bare skin, reducing the potential for cross contamination, no matter how dirty the hands happen to be. No other brand has anything like it yet, so if one wants the tech, there isn’t always a whole lot of room to shop around. Thankfully, though, at least the Touch2o faucets are pretty reasonably priced, and also come with integrated pull-down spray nozzles for added functionality.
5. Standard pull-out kitchen faucets, too, are starting to become ubiquitous in the market, and when shopping less well-known brands like AmeriSink, they can be a whole lot less expensive. The Amerisink Kitchen Faucets are simple, stylish, and with a slightly modern bent, but they’ll cost about half of what a similar faucet from a bigger designer brand would cost.
6. If looking for a faucet that’s unique, high-end designer pieces like the industrial-inspired, fully-articulated Karbon faucet from Kohler is something to look for. It doesn’t add any functionality that some of the simpler flexible neck or pull down faucets would, but it’ll certainly be a unique looking fixture.
With so many faucets to choose from, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to pick the right one:
-Set a budget
-Know the style
-Define the functionality needed
-Know the dimensions requirements
-Shop less expensive brands
Published with permission from RISMedia.