The surface chrome plating process of a good faucet is very particular, and it usually takes a few steps to complete. To distinguish the quality of the faucet depends on its brightness, the smoother the surface, the brighter the better the quality.
When the faucet is turned, there is no excessive gap between the faucet and the switch, and it is easy to open and not slip. Inferior faucets not only have large gaps, but also have a large sense of resistance.
The material of the faucet is the most difficult to distinguish. The good faucet is the overall cast copper, which makes the sound dull. If the sound is very brittle, it must be stainless steel, and the quality will be worse.
If you really can’t tell, you can choose a regular brand. Generally, regular products have the brand logo of the manufacturer, while some informal products or some quality products are often only pasted with some paper labels, or even without any marks. Be sure to pay attention when purchasing.
Before picking out a faucet, here are a few terms and concepts that will help you make an informed decision!
All faucets have some form of connections or inlets to draw water from your facility’s plumbing. Most faucets have two inlets, and you determine whether a faucet is compatible with your water lines by looking at the “centers,” or the distance from the center of one inlet to the center of the other. The centers on your faucet must:
Some models (like pantry or pot filler faucets) will have a single inlet instead of two. Additionally, some hand sink faucets will have flexible connectors and supply lines to accommodate a variety of situations.
This is dependent on whether the faucet mounts on top of the sink deck (deck mounted), or through the wall / sink backsplash (wall mounted). If you want to mount your faucet using the pre-cut holes on a sink backsplash, a backsplash mounted faucet is ideal. The faucet you choose will depend on how your facility’s water lines are set up.
The spout and nozzle deliver the water into the sink basin or wherever it is being used. A faucet’s spout can be either movable (also called swing or swivel) or fixed, and there are a variety of different shapes and styles for different applications.
Several different spout options are shown below.
You will want to make sure that the faucet also fits within the sink. Take the length of your prospective faucet, figure out the dimensions and mounting location on your sink, and do the math.
If the faucet isn’t movable, you just need to make sure it fits in the sink bowl.
If the faucet is movable, will it stay within the sink compartments across its entire radius as it moves? The diagrams below show a few possible scenarios you want to avoid with swing faucets.