Faucets traditionally were designed with only two handles, one for hot and one for cold. In 1937, a college student by the name of Al Moen in Seattle, Washington, designed the first single handled faucet. His first design was rejected, therefore Moen created a cylindrical faucet design which gave users a better control over the temperatures of the cold and hot water. The Moen Company is the grandfather of faucet design. By 1945 the first single handled, perfect temperature faucet was patented and began selling quickly.
Faucet designs and delivery systems have become innovative marvels in every kitchen in America and throughout the world. To begin with, their finishes now include nickel and bronze with a physical vapor deposition or PVD. PVD finishes do not scratch, corrode or stain. Chrome and brushed stainless are popular finishes which are very durable.
Would you like a single handle or a double handed faucet? Single handle facuets are simple to install and use because they can be affixed in different directions. A sprayer for a single faucet can be part of the faucet spout or it can affixed to the faucet base. A two handle faucet has a handle like its original design for hot and cold water, plus the handles are a part of the baseplate and the sprayer can be separate.
Modern day faucets have different spout styles: “straight” and “gooseneck” for examples. Straight spout faucets are more on the high end of faucet designs. Gooseneck faucet models are higher in elevation which may cause splashing if you are in a hurry and your sink is more shallow. A “pullout” spout is a model where the spout pulls out of a single handle faucet head on a hose, plus it has a counteweight design for a quick retraction. When it comes to sprayers, this technology has also advanced with finger ready buttons on the side of the spray head, including different spray settings for spray and stream.
Faucets are also customized to match your kitchen accessories and design plan. A chic, smart feature is the stainless steel sink with a bend snake brushed nickel faucet. A kitchen faucet is at its best with an overall design that brings attention to everyone who enters, yet is a subtle, elegant addition to the kitchen. In addition to the Moen family of fine kitchen appliances and equipment, another name that has been around since the early 1800’s is Kohler. Both Moen and Kohler have grown into a multifaceted global brand that engineers long lasting and beautiful kitchen faucets and other top of the line gracious living products.
Other features that are found on the best kitchen faucets includes the “touchless” models. The touchless faucets have one ergonomically designed handle. Its motion-sense technology is what makes it so popular, with just a slight wave of the hand, the faucet will come alive. When you place anything underneath the faucet mouth, it turns on, plus the touchless models are available in a “pull-down” feature. In addition to Kohler and Moen brands, other top of the brand name line for the best kitchen faucets, include the following:
- Kraus and more.
What are other feautres that help to make a faucet one of the best kitchen faucets on the market:
- a consistent, quiet flow of water,
- faucet functionality, which involves a higher arch to fit things under it, good PSI for sanitation, and a wide swiveling feature.
When you need a faucet that can hold up under constant use, yes, aesthetics are great, but look for faucets that have a solid metal foundation, i.e., brass, copper, or stainless steel.