When shopping for a new faucet, it's best to consider function first and form second. The good news is that there are enough choices available that ensure that you can choose both these qualities.
1. Check the Fitting Cutouts
Unless you are planning to replace the entire sink, you must make sure that any new faucet will match the cutouts that are already present on the sink from the old assembly. Some faucets, for example, only utilize a single hole because the handles and faucet are in an all-in-one assembly. Others may have three holes — one for the faucet and one each for the hot and cold tap.
2. Consider Reach and Height
How tall do you need the faucet? If you have a kitchen shallow sink and plan to fill big pots, then a tall faucet is a better option. Lower faucets are typically preferred in the bathroom, though, to prevent splashes when washing the hands. You may also need to pay attention to the reach of the faucet. You don't want water dribbling down the back of the sink, as this can make it harder to reach the water or fill a pan with water.
3. Choose Your Sprayer
Of the features on a faucet, the sink spray attachment is probably the most popular. There are two main options when it comes to a sprayer — one integrated with the faucet head or a separate sprayer attachment on the base. The integrated option provides a sleek look and ease of use, while the base option may provide greater reach and more mobility of the hose.
4. Pick a Finish
The key to the right finish is to balance design desired with longevity and care. Opt for an all-metal exterior, as this is the most durable and easiest to maintain. Chrome and satin finishes clean up easily, but brushed nickel is attractive although it needs a bit more maintenance to prevent grime buildup. Avoid faucets with surface coatings, such as epoxy bronzed faucets, if you are concerned about scratches on the finish.
5. Go With Ceramic
For the best longevity and the fewest chances of a leak, consider what type of valves are in the faucet. Standard valve hardware is made of nylon or rubber valves and washers. You can upgrade to ceramic valves, which will last for many more years than the alternative. This means fewer chances of a leak and less need for repairs.
Contact a faucet dealer or plumbing supply store to get started.