Best Faucet Buying Guide – Consumer Reports

The graphic below highlights single-handed pull-out taps, a very popular style that combines the spray head and spout for convenience and flexibility. However, our findings also apply to other faucet styles. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a new faucet.

Match the faucet to the number of mounting holes
Most sinks come with pre-drilled mounting holes for taps and accessories such as side sprays or soap dispensers. If you keep your original sink you will need to adapt what you have or get a base plate to cover extra holes. The baseplate sold with your new faucet can be used to cover holes in your countertop. However, don’t buy a faucet that requires more sink holes than your sink. Drilling additional holes in an existing sink or countertop is not a good idea.

Discontinuing styles and shapes
Straight taps are compact and often inexpensive. However, you may need to move the faucet to fit a large saucepan underneath. Gooseneck models have higher clearances but may cause splashes if your sink is shallow. Whichever style you choose, make sure the faucet head swings enough to reach the entire sink, especially if you have a wide or double sink. Also keep the faucet proportional; A large sink can look strange with a small faucet.

Installation and repair
Replacing a faucet and sink at the same time is easier because the faucet can be built into the sink or countertop before the sink is inserted. Fittings that can be tightened with a screwdriver also optimize the installation. Long water supply hoses allow you to lower the connections in the sink cabinet where the tools are easier to use. While most faucets are guaranteed not to leak, the manufacturer only gives you the replacement part – it’s up to you to install it.

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