If you’re having a new kitchen fitted at the moment or thinking about doing it, your journey will have, or will soon, encountered the crossroad of tap and faucet options. Whilst you will no doubt be looking for a design that is not garish but carries a stylish and modern feel, the materials used may not have been on the list of things to look into. They should be. The different finishes available cover anything from brushed chrome and nickel to powder-coated enamel and gold plating.
Good for function, good for design
Generally both brass and chrome finished faucets have a layer of brushed nickel underneath which acts as a mechanism to protect against tarnishing and corrosion. Of all the options available, brushed nickel kitchen faucets are favored for their durability and flexibility in design conformity to any style of kitchen. Enamel finishes can even be added to certain parts like the tap handles to put a different slant on the overall appearance.
The key aspects
The Culinaire faucet range (from the American Standard Collection) specializes in double handled, mounted styles which look particularly chic in blackened bronze. The option of porcelain handles makes these ideal for daily use. As most faucets are made from strong durable brass, they are durable, reliable, and thanks to a clever ceramic disc valve system, remain drip free for many years.
Both the Basil and Cayenne collections from the same source have adapted the fingertip control joystick to great use and all their models are at a very high client satisfaction standard. The temperature control features along with the function button put these styles very high in popularity amongst many households these days. Adding the swivel spout feature keeps functionality at optimum levels.
A cheaper option
When budget is as much a factor as quality, there is no need to lose out on the latter. The Danze Company produces faucets which are known for their high quality and ease of function for daily use. Their budget products are innovative in material use and design but most importantly they still use the brushed nickel to ensure reliability and longevity. Their ranges include optional functions such as a single-lever handle or multiple settings for water flow. Some models will also come with soap holding or dispensing add-ons which are attractive as well as convenient.
Overall, whatever style of faucet or budget applied, the base is the first factor to consider and will lead to any new kitchen fitting being a long term attachment and not needing attention for a long time to come. That applies for the antique and rustic styles as much as the modern versions. Even traditional fittings need to have strong durability and whilst originally made versions naturally will, modern adaptations may focus too much on appearance at the cost of quality. Always check the manufacturer’s specifications for full details.
This article on brushed nickel kitchen faucets was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.