How to choose the right faucet

Our faucets are probably the hardest-working tool in our kitchens and bathrooms. Here are tips on what to look for when choosing one:

Material. Faucets are typically made from metals, such as brass and stainless steel. Less expensive models are usually made with a zinc alloy. In terms of quality, solid brass leads the pack.

Faucet arc. This is the distance between the top of the sink and the base of the spout. If you wash dishes by hand, then you want ensure you’ll have enough room to clean those pots and pans. 

One handle or two? Choosing between a one-handle or two-handled faucet really comes down to personal preference. Single-handle faucets have the edge on convenience, especially in busy kitchens. They can be turned on or off with a finger or by nudging it with an elbow.


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