Walk into the kitchen and bathroom section of any home improvement store, and you are faced with a wall of shiny new faucets. It could be 60 feet long, 15 feet high, and lined with new kitchen and bathroom faucets of all shapes, styles and designs. Where do you begin to select the right faucet for your home?
“Buying a new faucet is not like going out to buy new shoes or clothes or something you need to replace on a regular basis,” says Brittany Raposo, Spectrum Brands marketing coordinator for Pfister Faucets in Canada. “Purchasing a new faucet is an investment in your home. It’s not something you are likely used to buying, and many consumers may be intimidated by the prospect.”
When it is time to buy a new faucet, whether for your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or home bar, here are a few guidelines to get you started:
- Know your budget — As with any other product, there is a broad range in faucets, from basic models to innovative and technologically advanced sets. Even on the inexpensive end of the spectrum, you can find faucets that are functional and stylish. If you have the budget, look for the convenience of a hands-free faucet that turns on and off at the wave of your hand.
- Know your faucet types — Do you need a spray handle? Two handle or a single lever? Some faucets have built-in deckplates, and some have removable ones. With a single-lever faucet, the deckplate can be removed for a sink with a single hole, or used to cover up extra holes in an existing sink. Knowing the faucet type you need beforehand can help focus your choice.
- Know your style — A faucet can have a transformative effect on a room. It is a focal point, and perhaps the most commonly used fixture in that room. If your kitchen is rustic in style, an ultra-modern faucet may not work best. There are faucets in many designs and finishes to complement any style.
- Know your capabilities — There was a time when installing a faucet was a complex job that likely required the help of a costly professional. Today’s faucets are relatively easy to install with the right tools and a little bit of patience. Look for a faucet that you can install yourself to save some money.
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