A Kitchen Faucet for a Gift


I am organizing a cooking competition to be held at our center. Well, this is not our first one. For the last four years, we have been holding one. The winner takes home assorted items such as knife set, cooktop or anything that we may agree on. This time around, I am planning on giving the winner something unique, a kitchen faucet. Fancy that!

I want to have the faucet ready by the time of the competition. Thus, I am in the market looking for one. However, I am amazed at the many choices available in the market. It looks as if there is a new faucet, with a new design coming into the market everyday. I thought a faucet is just that, a faucet. However, now I know better. There are so many options now, including luxurious faucets.

Choosing the best kitchen faucets today should be a straightforward thing, but things are rarely what they seem. There are so many things to consider when buying something. Faucets are not all equal. Some are costlier and some are cheaper.

Some faucets look like something that you would find in a lifestyle or a home improvement magazine, and yet some are so ordinary. What I mean to say is that when you get to the market, the array of faucets available is quite mind-boggling. You do not know what to buy especially if it is your first time. In this short article, I will show you the most important considerations.

The faucet flow rate

Faucets come in different ratings for the flow. The lower the better. For example, a 1.5 gallons per minute faucet will save more water than a 2.0 gallons per minute one. The power of the spray between the two will be different, so by buying a low flow rate faucet, you will be doing yourself a big favor. However, it is better to buy a kitchen faucet that has a bigger flow rate so that you can blast dirt and grime from the utensils that you will be cleaning. Thus, you may want to buy one with 1.80GPM, rather than one with 1.50GPM.

Luxurious faucets for the kitchen or even the bathroom may come with higher flow rates. But then, this is why they are referred to as luxurious.

The height of the faucet

Sometimes, you want to use the faucet to fill a large pot. That is why the faucet should be high enough to leave enough space so that a pot can fit. You can also go for a faucet that can rotate 360 degrees, all around. Such a faucet makes work quite easy in the kitchen as you can just rotate the head away from when you need to use the sink for another function.

Other things that you may want to consider when buying a kitchen faucet include the finishing. You do not want a faucet that sustains scratches every time you hit something against it. You may also consider the price. You don’t want to pay several hundreds of dollars for a single kitchen faucet. Buy what you can afford.

After doing some search, here are two kitchen faucets that I am planning to buy without hesitation:

Kohler K596CP

Kohler K596CP

Kohler is well known in the faucets business. Year after year, they have produced consistent quality with their products. As you will see with the Kohler K595CP, it is built to last many years on end, has a flow rate of 1.8 gallons per minute, has a high arc design that leaves enough space underneath to clean your utensils.

Pros

  • Nice finishing that complements the décor of your kitchen
  • Can rotate 360 degrees
  • Covered by a limited lifetime warranty
  • Pause button is very effective

Cons

  • It is costly

Kraus KPF 1602

Kraus KPF 1602

I found this one when I was looking for copper sink reviews, as I wanted to replace a sink at home. Kraus products are well known though, so it should not come as any surprise to find that their faucets are top rated. Also note that the KPF 1602 is a premier kitchen faucet and therefore the cost is up there. However, it is one of those faucets that you install and literary forget where you bought it because it is so effective.

The faucet can stretch to a length of 8.5 inches. With a flow rate of 1.8GPM, you can also see that you have enough wash power without wasting water.

Pros

  • The finishing is rust-resistant
  • Swivel spout can turn 360 degrees
  • Looks good in any kitchen
  • Has lifetime limited warranty

Cons

  • Sprays outwards a bit getting your hands wet