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Modern Kitchen Faucet Buying GuideIt is psychologically proven that we all need a little change here and there every once in a while and a change in the house decoration is one of the most rewarding and easy ways to fulfill this need. After all, we spend many hours of our lives in our home and it is natural to get bored of the current setup we live in. Speaking of places we pass our times at home, the kitchen. Aah, the one room where the smell of freshly cooked meal and the bustling of the family readying the next meal is always one of our most pleasant experiences and memories.
Now, you need to make sure your kitchen is where all the juicy gossip is spread and not leaked. In fact, nothing in your kitchen should be leaking, period. Take your kitchen faucet for example. That annoying water drop noise coming from an old faucet is almost the symbol of all things old. But gladly there are so many beautiful and modern, not to mention new, faucets out there that you're bound to find something that perfectly fits your next great design idea for your kitchen.
If you have spent any time at all so far looking for that next gorgeous faucet, you have probably experienced the ocean of products that are out there. The purpose of this note is to provide you with a few pointers and tips that will hopefully help you narrow down the type of kitchen faucet that will best represent your taste in design and yes, fashion.
Your kitchen will have some major design points such as the color pallets of your floor, cabinets and larger appliances. You most likely have an island in your kitchen where the kitchen faucet and the sink are located. On the traditional side, you may have your faucet and sink tucked along a side wall. No matter, the kitchen faucet, with its many forms and finishes, is one of those details that can make or break your design.
Another important point is that you will always be interacting with the faucet and will need it to be easy to work with, dependable and durable. For example, when purchasing a kitchen faucet you will have the option to choose between a “bridge” faucet and a “single-hole” faucet. The bridge faucet has one knob for hot water and another separate knob for cold water. So you will have to drill two holes in your counter or sink to place the faucet. The bridge faucets are only recommended for designs seeking a very old-fashioned look for the kitchen. Here are a few reasons why you should stay away from them: 1. Requires extra drilling in your sink or counter. 2. You will have to put more effort adjusting the temperature due to two separate knobs. 3. More parts means more things that can go wrong such as those leaks we already talked about.
A single-hole faucet is the more recommended type. These faucets have only one handle to adjust the temperature and require only one hole to be drilled in your counter or sink. Their very small footprint provides a minimalistic and modern design and they are presented with a wide array of possibilities in form and function.
When choosing a single-hole faucet, pay attention to the following: 1. Height: Especially if you have a cabinet installed above your sink, make sure you have plenty of clearance on top. Also, you don't want your faucet to be so high that every time you wash the dishes you end up washing the whole floor as well. Water splashes leave stains and can potentially make your kitchen floor slippery which is a big no no. 2. Spout reach: Take into consideration the width of your sink when trying to figure out your spout reach. If you have a small sink you'd want your spout to be a bit shorter so that you can effectively use all of the area your small sink has to offer. In contrast if you have a larger sink you'd need a longer spout reach. Keep in mind you can use a faucet with a pull-out shower for your small or large sink. The pull-out shower is explained next. 3. Pull-Out Shower: Ok, so these we love. When a faucet has a pull-out shower it means the tip can be detached and pulled out so you can aim it in which ever direction you like. When done, you just let go of the tip and let gravity do its job through the counter weights which pull the hose back inside. This is especially useful for cleaning the sides of the sink when done washing the dishes for example. Or when you want to shower those red juicy tomatoes with cold water and get them ready for a nice salad. Or when someone has been naughty and now they will be out of your hair because you just got them wet with your secret weapon and they need to go change. Expect a water war afterwards although you'll most likely win. At the end, there are many ways that a pull out shower will be useful and there's no doubt you will find your use out of it time and time again. At MaestroBath we offer many kitchen faucets that feature such a tool with a stainless steel braided hose which provides for an extremely hygienic and tough pull out shower. 4. Single Mode Vs. Double Mode. A single modern kitchen faucet is one where the out flow style of the water cannot be controlled. In contrast, a double or dual mode faucet provides means to change the out flow style of the water. Most dual mode faucets provide a push button by which such a change can be achieved. The water flows out normally when the water is turned on and pushing the button will change the out flow to a shower type. Some faucets switch to shower type automatically when the pull-out shower is utilized.
As mentioned before, kitchen faucets may be seen as a core design point in the kitchen. This is why at MaestroBath, we work closely with faucet manufacturers in Italy to provide you genuine Italian-designed and manufactured products that are not only long lasting and precise in function, but are also beautifully and thoughtfully designed. We are excited to be one of the only brands which provides, through exclusive deals with these manufactures, such fine products for our clients globally. Located in beautiful Newport Beach, California, we are proud to present you our collection at www.maestrobath.com/kitchen
Lastly, we hope the tips and information above were helpful. Feel free to call us at 800-320-1120 or email your comments and recommendations to [email protected]
We wish you a beautiful kitchen,
Design Team at MaestroBath
MaestroBath Modern Kitchen FaucetsAt MaestroBath we believe every detail matters and pride ourselves in providing a brand which is focused on finely designed and intelligently crafted products. Our collection of kitchen faucets is no exception to this requirement. We understand that those who seek luxury pay attention to the smallest details, and as the provider of such modern and unique faucets we recognize the need to provide products that meet and exceed the standards and expectations of our clients’ kitchen needs. The Italian kitchen faucets provided by MaestroBath have been thoroughly tested for health and environmental purposes as well as functionality and endurance. Our most popular finishes include the polished and brushed chrome and nickel which provide for a low maintenance, highly hygienic and contemporary design. Simplicity and minimalism can be seen in the modern curves and the single-hole design of the MaestroBath kitchen faucet collection. A kitchen faucet must add to the design of your whole kitchen a subtle yet elegant addition. It must be a fine detail without leaving a large footprint. MaestroBath, therefore, presents such kitchen faucets which feature multiple shower modes with different degrees of freedom and pull-out shower heads. Single-hole design means fewer holes in your beautiful countertop or sink and smaller plumbing issues. Different types and styles of hot and cold water levers are also provided which add to the ergonomic design of the MaestroBath Kitchen Faucet Collection. Whether you are purchasing kitchen faucets for a newly constructed house or are interested in remodeling and renovating an existing kitchen, we invite you to view our collection of modern Italian kitchen faucets on our website and keep in mind there is absolutely no risk in ordering one or two just to see and feel the products. Please see our free shipping and full refund policy on our “terms and policies” page for more details.
Modern Kitchen Renovation IdeasEvery homeowner has his or her ideas about what a kitchen renovation entails. When some think of renovating their kitchen, they consider gutting the entire room and starting over from scratch. Others look at renovating as a way to freshen up their kitchen by making minor changes. Other than replacing appliances, there are key factors to focus upon during a kitchen renovation. These changes will take your dull, drab kitchen and turn it into the room that you’ve always dreamed about. For starters, consider the kitchen sink. One smart choice for your consideration is a stainless steel sink. This will allow your kitchen to feel luxurious, and at the same time it makes your kitchen sink easy to clean. As far as kitchen faucets are concerned, a wonderful option is the Bend Snake Brushed Nickel Faucet that you can find right here on this website. This bended brushed nickel kitchen faucet is the epitome of luxury, and it will match perfectly with your brand-new stainless steel kitchen sink. When lighting your kitchen, there are many wonderful options available at your fingertips. Some prefer more traditional lighting options, but if you really want to spark your creativity, then you should choose lighting with a little more color to tantalize the senses and please the visual palette. Many new kitchens will offer a bar area. Not only is it a great place to have a drink or eat a meal, but it’s also fun to sit down and watch all of the wonderful cooking action as it takes place. Barstools with seat cushions are a great choice for this area of the kitchen. Finally, your new sink wouldn’t be complete without a dish drain. The Ultra Modern Vessel Sink Drain is the perfect accompaniment to your new stainless steel sink and brushed nickel kitchen faucet.
Pull-Down Faucet vs Fixed Head Kitchen FaucetsAre you in need of a new kitchen faucet? There are a few things to consider before purchasing the faucet. You have to ask yourself, what your specific needs are for this faucet. Once you have thought about these needs you may want to first consider a pull-down faucet. You may not have any specific functions that are required and it may all be about the design of the faucet. In this case, depending on your style, you may want to only compare fixed head faucets. Last, is there a specific sink you are using this faucet for such as: the main kitchen sink, kitchen island sink, or butler pantry sink?
Let's start with the main kitchen faucet. There are many tasks that can be accomplished in the kitchen sink and there must be the perfect faucet to accompany it. Whether, you’re the culinary artist or the clean-up artist, both job functions require perfect tools to make the job easier and efficient. Here is where you would want to consider the very important question of if you would like a pull-out faucet vs a fixed head faucet.
If you are the culinary artist, you will most likely benefit best from a pull-out faucet. Shown in the picture below is the Viva Pro Mono in Chrome.
The Viva Pro Mono features a flexible high-arc silhouette for far-reaching cleaning, mono spray shower for thorough rinsing, and a contemporary side lever handle to control temperature and pressure. As you can see, it features an architectural design similar to "restaurant style", but much more chic in the contemporary style.
For the clean-up artist who may just need to clean a few dishes here and there and this person prefers dining out most of the time, so the fixed head may be best for functionality. Also, if you are particular about design and want a more refined look than the fixed head faucet may be your best option. Shown below is the Arm Joystick Luxury Italian Single-Hole Faucet with ultramodern state-of-the-art features.
This faucet draws inspiration from modern Italian architecture. This faucet has a fixed height to accommodate any style of kitchen sink. It's sleek and sexy arm joystick, is free flowing in its movement and easy to install and maintain. This fixed head faucet is primarily about looks and not so much about function.
When you decide on the other kitchen faucets for the butler pantry or kitchen island, ask yourself these same questions. Most likely, you will find that it's all about how one uses the space and how much space there is, that will be the determining factor. Or if you are all about a certain look then you will want a perfect piece of artwork to stylize your kitchen. In the end, we all want something that looks good and performs even better.