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Choosing the best faucet for you
Choosing your faucet can lead to asking several questions at the beginning of the purchase process. Where to start? Should we prioritize aesthetics over functionality? What are the important characteristics to take into account? Sometimes, it becomes difficult to navigate among the multiple choices of fixtures available on the market.
Whether it is washing dishes, using the food grinder, washing your hands or filling a pot to boil water, you constantly turn the tap on and off. Faucets are undoubtedly one of the most used appliances in your home and that is why choosing a durable and user-friendly faucet is a real investment.
We have created this guide to help you better identify your selection criteria.
1. Styles and finishes to match
What could be better than harmonizing the color of your faucet with your decor? First of all, try to determine the style that suits you best: classic, industrial, contemporary, vintage, etc. Whether you prefer a stainless steel kitchen faucet, a chrome, matte black, brushed or polished nickel finish, a bronze or even a gold finish faucet, know that there truly is something for everyone. BARIL offers you water accessories with impeccable finishes and a lifetime warranty.
2. Dimensions of the faucet
Before you decide on a specific model, you will need to make sure that the kitchen faucet is compatible with your sink or countertop. If you are keeping your current sink and it has more than one hole, you will need to cover excess holes with caps or accessories such as a water filter or soap dispenser.
It is also important to look at the height of the faucet in order to leave sufficient clearance between the faucet and the underside of the kitchen cabinets. For example, a high arc faucet is more suitable for an island installation or in front of a window. You should also consider the reach of the faucet, that is to say that the water stream falls in a way that makes it easy to use and is proportional to the size of your sink.
BARIL bathroom collections are available for all types of installation and configurations: wall-mounted, single-control, two handles, for vessel sinks, with a cover plate, freestanding, etc.
BARIL faucets are designed to be easy to install and compatible with all standard kitchen and bathroom sinks.
3. Quality parts and components
When shopping, pay special attention to the different components and the quality of the valve mechanism. Quality components minimize any potential risk of leakage or malfunction. The three main components to check are:
Forget plastic cartridges and opt for a ceramic disc cartridge instead. This type of cartridge works with two ceramic discs that glide on each other to control the flow of water. Ceramic being a very solid material, it resists cracking and withstands extreme temperatures. As the discs are perfectly polished, the seal between the two remains tight. This technology eliminates wear on rubber seals and increases cartridge life.
The aerator controls the flow rate, introducing air into the water stream to produce a larger white stream that is soft to the touch and does not splash. BARIL faucet aerators do much more: they also control the linearity and diameter of the stream, reduce splashing by aerating the stream and eliminating side jets, save water and reduce energy costs. All this, in addition to reducing lime build-up.
Water supply lines
Polyamide / PEX supply lines, a material that does not corrode or react to chemicals. In addition to being corrosion resistant, connecting them directly to the brass valve body will reduce the risk of leaks compared to connections through a copper pipe extension. This installation also ensures fewer connections, allowing easier installation with fewer points to tighten. In short, look for good leak-proof and kink-resistant hoses like those offered by BARIL.
4. The warranty
The best faucets are made to last a lifetime and designed to stand the test of time and fashion. So, in the end, remember to choose a faucet style that you will not get tired of too quickly, because you may have it for a lifetime!