Finish and Material. Kitchen faucets were made in chrome finishes for years. Today, however, different other finishing materials are used for the same. This includes bronze, nickel and stainless steel finishes for unique and impressive appearances. When choosing the finish, consider the durability. For instance PVD finishes are resistant to corrosion and scratching and offer surfaces that clean as good as new for many years. The inner construction is usually of brass metal. There are tubular and cast brass options with the cast being thicker and stronger, but both are equally good. The valves and how they are coated can determine their functionality, especially when handling hot and cold controls. Therefore, water temperature is also an important factor when you go shopping.
There are two main types of cartridge faucets: one and two handle faucets. A single handle faucet operates in an up/down motion to adjust water volume and left/right motion to adjust the temperature. From outside, a double handle cartridge faucet is identical to a compression washer faucet. You can tell the difference by noting how the handle feels when used. A compression faucet requires you to tighten down the washer in order to close water flow while a cartridge faucet requires smooth and consistent action to close water flow. When you move the faucet for just ½ turn you are able to move the handle from on to off position.
Number of Holes. This factor not only applies to the modern kitchen faucet that you intend to get for your kitchen sink. For any faucet that you want to buy for your kitchen, you will have to find out the number of holes in your sink or countertop first to avoid purchasing the wrong type. If your countertop has three holes, make sure that you buy the right kind with three holes installation or you might have to think of a way to cover the other holes.
The Kohler K-10433-VS kitchen faucet has a stainless finish and the spout is about 6 inches heigh. The spout also comes out 10 inches over the sink for easy cleaning of larger pots. The best feature of this faucet is that it has an auto stop on the hot water line. This feature removes the possibility of scolding hot water coming from the faucet. It has a pull out spray head with two controls with a memory that knows what spray was used last. Most customers were impressed and pleased with their purchase of this faucet.
Single handle: A single handle faucet is able to offer easy and quick temperature adjustments and water flow using one hand, which is highly beneficial if you are using the other hand elsewhere. A faucet of this type is likely to require one or more sink holes, and this is likely to depend on the style and layout of the sink. Also, many of these faucets are likely to feature a side spray system.
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