Kitchen Faucet Choices Reviews
The world offers so much more today than ever before. This is especially true for of all things - the simple kitchen faucet. Or at least for what you thought was once a simple kitchen faucet. Yes, they now have single handle faucets and pull out sprayers verses the olden days of the separate sprayer and the separate hot and cold handles. Did you know they now have faucets with touch pads!? Yes! Amazing the technology. If you are like me and have no desire for a "smart" kitchen faucet, check out the ingenious and artistic designs. These faucets mimic nature more beautifully than nature herself and yet are fully functional. Not interested in technology and beauty, then check out the faucets for strength. Carbon fiber faucets are now available in the marketplace.
American Choices biggest concern when searching for a kitchen faucet is quite frankly none of the items we discussed. American Choices is concern about the jobs that maintained or created here in America. The good news is there are a number of options - both foreign and domestic. The domestic faucets can be frugal or expensive. Two of the largest global faucet manufacturers reside in my home states - Illinois and Wisconsin. Elkay is headquartered out of Oakbrook, Illinois with significant operations in my family's hometown of Savanna, Illinois. Elkay's luxury brand is called Phylich which is pronounced "feel rich". Kohler is of course headquartered out of Kohler, Wisconsin. Rohl is centered around Irvine, California and Texas with some outsourcing from Europe and New Zealnd.
Journey with us as we explore a number of great kitchen faucets.
Remember the one tool that is used the most besides the refrigerator is the faucet. It is critical for food preparation and cleansing and sanitizing. For those who don't know, cleaning is not the same as sanitizing.
Schematic of a Typical Kitchen Faucet
Faucet Tap Spigot - What Is It?
Here in the United States, we call the "water tap" a "faucet". It can also be commonly called simply a "tap" or a "spigot". Essentially it is a valve that releases water - most commonly household water. In the United States, tap often is used to mean a "beer tap" or as a verb for a cut in connection rather than a water tap.
Ceramic Disc Faucets
Ceramic disc faucets are almost maintenance free. They don't wear out because they are not plastic and are harder to scratch. The good news is IF they do wear and they do start to drip, the replacement is under $25. Ceramic valves are more durable over the long run in a broader variety of water conditions than any other variety of valve on the market. Remember water can be hard, can have some sentiment in it especially if you do not have a whole house filter.
Seven Things to Look For in a Kitchen Faucet
- Single Handle Hot/Cold
- Pull Out Spray
- Hands Free
- Touch Screen
- Brass/Carbon Fiber
- Ceramic Valves/Discs
- Antique Brass
- Single Hole, Deck Mount
- Multiple Hole, Deck Mount
7. Headquarters of the Manufacturer
- Rohl - Texas and New Zealand with outsourcing from Europe and New Zealand
- Grohe - Germany
- Elkay - Oakbrook, Illinois
- Kohler - Kohler, Wisconsin
- Sino Faucet - China
Elkay Kitchen Faucets
Elkay was the original inventor of the "bubbler" or drinking fountain as we know it today. Perhaps most important to the history of water, Elkay was the first to develop the filter that removes lead from our drinking water. Elkay continues to be an innovator in its field and launched its innovated drinking fountain called EZH20 that fills bottles faster and easier with a modification on their drinking fountains. That is right - no need to replace, just add to. With Elkay you are sanitizing your water with UV at point of use - clean, filtered water that is lead free and now it sanitizing with light via UV.
Elkay Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
The LK7220CR Elkay Arezzo Single Lever Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet shown here in chrome is one of the best in the world. From quality construction to overall height of close to 9", this faucet will quickly become your workhorse of food preparation.
- Arezzo Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
- Top Spray Type: Pull Out
- Deck mount installation
- Finish: Chrome
- Handle Qty: 1
- Handle Type: Lever Handle
- Overall Height: 8-5/8"
- Spout Height: 5-15/16"
- Spout Reach: 8-1/2"
- Single Hole installation
- Construction Type: Brass
- Valve Type: Ceramic Disc Valve
- Connection: 3/8" OD Flex 1/2" Male IPS Adp
- Flow Rate: 2.5 gpm
- Dual spray
- Maximum countertop thickness: 1-1/2"
- lkay LKGT1041CR Deck Mounted Gourmet Pull Out Kitchen Faucet, Chrome
Elkay LKGT1041CR Deck Mounted Gourmet Pull Out Kitchen Faucet, Chrome Features:
• Mounting Type: Deck
• Spray Type: Pull Out
• Finish: Chrome
• Handle Qty: 1
• Handle Type: Lever Handle
• Spout Type: Integral Spout
• Overall Height: 12 3/4"
• Deck Clearance: 8 3/4"
• Spout Reach: 11"
• Holes Drilling(s): 1
• Material: Brass
• Valve Type: Ceramic Disc
• Valve Connection: 3/8" Compression Hose Assembly
• Flow Rate: 2.2 gpm
• Code Compliance: ADA, IAPMO
Product Details and Features
- Manufacturer and Model: Elkay LKGT1041CR
- Color: Chrome
- UPC: 094902469188
- Material: Brass
- Oversize: No
This faucet by sinofaucet is simply stunning. The price is phenomenal. Offering an outstanding value at $44.980. - Sino Faucet Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet Chrome - $44.90
Read the product specs for yourself below:
●Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet Chrome YJ-1018
●With versatile 360-degree swivel spout
●Drip-free operation ceramic cartridge
●Smooth single handle adjustable temperature and flow rate limitation
●Single-hole, deck mounted installation
●Water pressure tested for industry standard
●Standard size 1/2 "plumbing inlet connections
●With two 50CM flexible hoses,all mounting hardware are included
Rohl - Texas and Irvine California
The Rohl faucet is stylist and sophisticated. It is no wonder this American company has its roots in Europe.Today, many faucets are sourced from Europe and New Zealand.
Rohl is well known in the industry for its high end luxury faucets.
Hi Tech Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen
Smart Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen
This faucet is literally smart complete with a touch pad to take you to become comfortable with the Jetsons. Welcome to the new world of kitchen faucets. What can a smart faucet do other than deliver water? It can advise about water quality, water pressure and of course water temperature. Today this smart faucet can notify you of damage. Someday, I envision it will also advise you much needed change to the point of use carbon filter.
Grohe was the first "fancy" faucet I ever saw and today remains a staple in high end homes here in the Midwestern United States.
Grohe Kitchen Faucet
Brizo Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet
Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet is Designed After a Swan
This faucet was purposefully designed after the neck of the graceful swan. What good is a swan like appearance other than beautiful? This faucet is smart, it expects your hands to be full, dirty and very busy so it responds with a simple touch. Very smart, very sensible, very stylist - but of course, very swan-like.
Kohler Articulating Kitchen Faucet
This faucet is pure genius. A folding faucet that can go where you need it! Look at the limitless possibilities.
Kohler Articulating Kitchen Faucet
How to Choose the Kitchen Faucet You Need
Beyond The Kitchen Faucet - Counter Tops Too!
Links to Great Information About Faucets
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Link to Great Value Faucets
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Kitchen Faucet with Glass Countertop in an Island
All of these faucets are a delight, visually and functionally. Once you have made a fully informed choice, your next stop I know will be the counter tops. Try thinking out of the box and do consider glass over granite. Glass has some amazing designs and colors and has proven to be very durable. Add in a LED light under the glass and now even your counter top is multitasking.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Ken Kline