Important Things to Look for in a Kitchen Faucet Review

Kitchen FaucetIt is easy for someone who writes kitchen faucet reviews to claim that a certain brand of kitchen faucet is a great buy for reasons like cost-efficiency, durability and being a bestseller, but for regular consumers who know less about kitchen accessories and their installation requirements, simply believing in these types of reviews might lead to years of inconvenience and water wastage.

Not all households have the same kitchen faucet requirements. Not everyone also has the same budget to spend hundreds of dollars on high-end brands that scream luxury and flexible functionality. Do not believe in kitchen faucet reviews right away unless you know the qualities and standards you need.

Here are the important things you need to look for in kitchen faucet reviews, so that you can say that they cover all the important aspects.

Brand: Bestseller vs. Unknown

It is proper to start with brand to narrow down your choices from the beginning. Brand does not automatically decide quality, but it does give assurance. The bestselling ones that range from low- to high-end brands include Delta, Grohe, Kohler, Kraus, Lightinthebox, Moen, Pfister and Premier.

If the reviewer surreptitiously promotes an unknown brand really hard, validate it by checking online market places. There is a chance that the promotion is only for an affiliate marketing program.

Type: Pull Out vs. Pull Down vs. Standard

There are three basic types of kitchen faucet in the market: pull out, pull down and standard. With the exception of standard faucet, one is not outright better than the other, but the type will greatly depend on your needs.

Both pull out and pull down have extendable hoses that stretch from 10 to 25 inches when pulled (30 to 68 inches all-in-all covering the hose connected to the pipe). Ten to 15 inches is perfect for small to medium sinks while 16 inches and up is more convenient for bigger and dual sinks. Needless to say, longer ones tend to be more expensive, sometimes reaching $500 a piece (especially for those with motionsense technology).

Pull out has a more leveled hose that can be pulled from all directions. On the other hand, a pull down has an arched nozzle, so the hose is only ideally pulled downwards (which is how people use it anyway).

Meanwhile, a standard faucet is a faucet that does not extend (nor move at times). Nonetheless, this type is far cheaper than the two.

Rotation and Swiveling Capacity

An idle faucet has limited use, and usually, it gives inconvenience more than convenience. If you have a big or dual sink, a rotation/swiveling capacity of 180 to 360 degrees is highly recommended because it allows you to cover all sides of the sink. There are also faucets with 90-degree rotation capacity but they are only best used in small to medium sinks.

Material: Stainless Steel vs. Durable Brass

Most faucets and their hoses are made of stainless steel, but they also tend to be more expensive than those made from durable brass. There are also faucets made of durable brass in stainless steel finish. Which one lasts longer? That is arguably the stainless steel, but the finish also contributes to the quality.

Most faucets have single- to triple-coated chrome finish, the latter being a better option. There is also PVD brushed nickel finish that is usually more expensive but looks more stylish.

Nonetheless, as much as possible, choose a faucet with a disc valve made of ceramic as it is less prone to leakage.