Let’ talk about the most important section of the house. The kitchen. The place, where the food and nutritional activities happen. Where lovely dishes get prepared and where nutritional needs of the family are met. Three times a day , for the whole week , month and the entire 365 days. The good old kitchen.
Kitchen has always been the most important section of the house, regardless of whichever part of the world you belong to.
And Do you know,in kitchen what is the most important section?
It is the kitchen sink and the facuet attached to it. This is the bit the connect the kitchen from the water supplies. It provides water for the food and the associated tasks. And of course, for washing.
We are gong to start from the Faucets , then move on to the sink.
Let’s have a look at some history first. This picture below depicts a classic set of faucets.
If you remember seeing them in your home. CONGRATULATIONS.
I envy your long life and I am going to ask some health tips from you later on.
These types of Faucets belong to WW1 era. A few decades before that such faucets for commoners were a luxury anyway. By 1940’s , the faucets moved on to the next stage and those hard to twist knobs and raw pipes got replaced by something sleeker. Pretty in line with the Post WWII efforts to revive all sorts of industries , superior designs and the concept of extending your ‘self’ in the ‘objects’ found a pretty decent traction.
So the good old industrial looking faucets that would expose those plumbing lines ,got evolved into something sleeker.
As it can be seen, one for the hot and one for the cold. They kept working for a few decades pretty well in bathrooms and kitchens.
Interestingly, In UK ,most houses still use the similar system and have not fully accepted the mixers like North America and the rest of the world.
There is a reason for that. I won’t talk about that in detail and to quench your curiosity, please feel free to check this article out.
Well, this is end of Professor Ron’s history lesson today. Let’s move on the modern times now.
These days, faucets are coming in various shapes and sizes and just like everything else out there, they have certainly evolved vastly too. Voice commanded kitchen faucets anyone? Yes, they exist as well. Not my favorite ones for now, but I can see a trend there. IoT , Internet of things, the connected home, the voice commands and what not. Personally, speaking, I feel bit skeptical about voice activated home products for privacy reasons though.
So coming back to the Kitchen Faucets again. There are several types of faucets out there. The ones I recommend for my valued clients are the pull down type kitchen faucets. These faucets are not only convenient but they are practical too. At the same time, they look good as well.
You may have a look at this review of some top faucets below.
This video would further show some nice designs from Kohler.
Some of these are manufactured in US, however, most of these faucets are built oversees. I personally would prefer products that are made in America, however, sometimes, when keeping costs reduced are important then its absolutely alright to skip locally manufactured good too. Obviously, its your personal preference.
Sinks on the other hand, I prefer locally made ones, because I did not see much difference in price and even if its there, its just negligible.
Let me present a few types of faucets first. I won’t explain in detail here all the pros and cons and various brands because for that you can check the link I have posted above.
What are the main types of Kitchen Faucets?
One of the main type of faucets that we often see in the hardware stores is the pull-down faucet. This faucet has a somewhat of a long neck and detachable spray head. They are not totally fixed and easy to use when it comes to spraying water. Another type of kitchen faucet, similar to the above is pull-out faucet. It has similar functionality as the pull-down, however it has smaller spout. That make them pretty useful for smaller sinks and kitchen with smaller space. Both of these feature the extended hose which provides some additional reach.
Furthermore, these can be classified into single or double handles as well. Lately, there is an increased demand in the touchless or sensor based facuets too which is a good idea ,considering the hygiene and convenience.
Along with the types of faucets, another aspect upon which it could be classified further is the stem or the cartridge. There are two types of cartridges single control and the double control. The single allows one stream of water which is cold. Personally, I don’t recommend single stream of water because there is always a need to get hot water. Thus the dual control , as known as mixer is the answer that allows two streams of water.
Depending on the usage and the personal preference, there are concentrated and spray streams are available. Concentrated as the name suggests, gives a concentrated pressure of water at one point, while the spray give a wider angle of water spray. Both have their own usages.
A fellow architect has provided an interesting mix of faucet reviews on his blog. 10 kitchen faucets have been presented. It also includes the ones with the touch function as well. I suggest you to have a look at the blog and find out further about brands.
Conclusively, Kitchen Faucets are the essential component of the most important section of the house , the kitchen. It is one of items that gets changed after just a few years and amongst the first ones during kitchen makeover. My suggestion is to take your time and research well, among the various brands, types and classifications available in the market.
The next blog would be on the topic of kitchen design ideas, followed by the oven and stove.