How to Choose the Right Faucet

Most of us would think of faucets as a simple plumbing fixture that would allow us to wash our hands and dishes. However, did you know that there is more to choosing the right faucet than merely its looks? In fact, one of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to buy a faucet only because it looks good. There are other things to consider like dependability, convenience, and other features. Take a look at the following.

The Price

As with anything in our homes, a budget must be set aside for the faucet that we want to buy. So how much is too much? In general, a bath faucet should be about $65 at the most while a kitchen faucet can go as high as $100. It is true that you will be able to find faucets for much less, but, quality-wise you can never tell. Remember that you will always get what you pay for; and with these prices, the features, style, and reliability would be above average.

Tough Finish

Looking at the finish of the faucet is not only for its durability, but also an attempt to match it with the overall theme of the room. Mismatching is always bad because it can destroy the appeal you are trying to build. Choose faucets with finishes that match the towel bars, cabinets, and other installations in the room. Durability-wise, bronze, chrome, and sating nickel are some of the better choices.

In comparison, chrome would be the most durable and easiest to maintain. It is also comparatively tougher than others. Nickel is characterized by its dull shine. It is also durable but can retail water spots and fingerprint requiring more efforts to clean. Bronze finishes feature a brownish tone with surface coating, which like nickel can also be susceptible to chipping or scratching.

The Spout

What is so special about the spout? For one, they come in varying reach and height so you need to choose one that best fits your needs. For example, tall spouts would not be ideal for a sink with a shelf above it. If you have a wider sink, make sure that the reach extends near to both ends at the very least. Faucets with a short reach can cause water to slop behind the spout making cleaning tiresome.

How many holes do you have?

When buying a faucet you also need to consider the number of holes in your sink. Majority of sinks have three holes; for the hot, cold, and another under the spout. Single-handle faucets can feature a cover plate allowing you to cover extra holes. The number of holes also helps you decide whether you can shift from a single-handle faucet to a two-handled one. Faucets with a mounted sprayer will leave one hole empty, which you can use for a soap dispenser instead.

Number of Handles

More traditional bathrooms are designed for two-handle faucets which possess stylish symmetry. However, in terms of practicality, single-handle faucets are more convenient to use with adjustment in water temperature easier to do.


Are you thinking of getting a faucet with a sprayer? Side sprayers, or those with the handle mounted in the sink, are prone to leaks and dribbles. Faucet-mounted sprayers although a bit more expensive can also give you the same problem. According to plumbing experts, pull-down types of sprayers are the most reliable choice.

The Valves

Faucet mechanisms include a valve that helps to control the flow of water. When this component gives out, drips begin to appear. Many valves will allow faucets to operate virtually drip-free for a number of years, but if you want real durability and reliability, choose faucets with a ceramic valve; the cost is almost the same anyway.

After you have chosen the right faucet for you, make sure that it is professionally installed to maximize your benefits. Call Scott English Plumbing today for all your plumbing inspection and installation needs!