Sinks & Faucets

A sink with swirling art feature

Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies has released a list of top sink manufacturers. After analyzing available research from various investigative organizations this list was compiled. The following top sink manufacturers have been given high marks for style, cleanability, size, and cost effectiveness. 

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A fancy blue faucet

Kitchen Remodeling for Dummies has released a list of top kitchen faucet manufacturers. After analyzing available research from various investigative organizations this list was compiled. The following top kitchen faucet manufacturers have been given high marks for water pressure, beauty, valve assembly, and spout productivity. 

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A wet sink

Checking Out Those Warranties!

In my twenty-plus years of home ownership, I’ve never replaced a faucet under the manufacturer’s warranty. I’ve always replaced faucets because we were ready for a cosmetic change in the kitchen, and not because they were worn out. A quality, brand name faucet should give you years of trouble-free service. Nonetheless, you could have a problem that falls under a warranty. Many of the major manufacturers feature a limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the faucet. (A limited lifetime warranty usually only covers the cost of replacement parts. But, hey, it’s better than nothing, right?) Less expensive or off-brand faucets will have a warranty, but it will probably only be good for one year. So, send in the warranty registration card to make sure you’re covered should you ever have a problem.

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A kitchen sink with soap dispenser

Soap dispenser, anyone?

A lot of families want and enjoy the convenience of a built-in (or under-cabinet) soap dispenser because it keeps an ample supply of soap on hand, without having a separate soap container or bar of soap cluttering up the sink. These soap dispensers, which are installed under the sink with a line running to the dispenser next to the faucet, sell for around $25 to $30 and are displayed in most home centers near the kitchen faucets.

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A faucet with round spout

Spouting off

You’ve chosen the faucet setup, the number of handles, and even the color. But there’s one more thing to consider- the spout. The spout is that long curved tube that the water actually comes out of.

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A cartoon water filter pouring purified water

Filtered water versus conditioned water: What’s the difference?

Too many people think that if you have a water softener your water is filtered and has had all of the contaminants removed. Wrong, wrong, wrong! The easiest way to explain the difference between these two types of treated water is to remember that filtered water goes in you and conditioned water goes on you. To make your home’s water as contaminant free as possible, filter either through a filtering faucet or a separate water filtering system.

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Sink with drinking water faucet

A separate drinking water faucet

Many homeowners now have water-purifying equipment for their water supply, which means a dedicated drinking water faucet (tap) at the sink. So instead of filtering water in the faucet (as you do with a filtering faucet) you filter the water before it comes out and have a separate faucet dedicated to dispensing that water. Sometimes the tap is installed in the “extra” hole in the sink normally used for the pullout spray hose or soap dispenser. If, however, you’ve filled up the sink’s factory-drilled holes and you want a drinking water tap, you’ll need to either drill an additional hole in the sink or drill a hole in the countertop right next to the sink. Most filtering units mount under the cabinet and don’t take up much room.

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A traditional chrome kitchen faucet

What’s new in faucet colors and finishes

Cruise down the faucet aisle of your local home center and you’ll see mostly good old chrome finished faucets on display. Why? Because chrome is still the most popular finish, even if it does look like the one in the kitchen of the house you grew up in. Besides being traditional, it works well color-wise with just about any sink color. And it’s pretty easy to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp rag and dry it off. Look a little closer, however, and you’ll see colors and finish combinations that your parents could never imagine. Today’s faucet colors range from white to biscuit to bronze to black. And some elegant brass-finish faucets come with a lifetime warranty. 

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A classy ink, faucet, and sprayer set up

Is two better than one? Deciding on a faucet handle design

Faucets come in two handle setups or designs: A single, lever-style or a two-handled version. Both do the same thing — allow you to turn the water on and off and control the flow as it’s running. So, if they do the same thing, how can there be such a divided camp of people when it comes to design? Let’s look at what makes each one unique to help you decide which design is right for you.

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A kitchen sink faucet and sprayer

Considering the faucet and sprayer setup

Until recently, everyone’s faucet setup was basically the same: A faucet was positioned in the middle of the sink’s back lip with a separate pullout spray hose positioned on the right. Although many people still want and like the traditional faucet and sprayer setup, you have some other options. For example, some of the newer sink designs have the faucet position slightly offset, giving your sink an attractive yet different appearance and design element.

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