Pull Down Faucet Buying Guide
Kitchen faucets are not complicated fixtures. You simply mount it to your sink and connect it to the water line. However, there are some things to look for in the faucet itself. Plus, you also need to make sure that the faucet fits your sink.
A pull down faucet is generally higher than a standard faucet. In fact, this extra height is one of the reasons that many homeowners prefer a pull down faucet.
This also means you need to be aware of the clearance of the faucet and the distance to the backsplash. This is especially true if you have a fairly small sink. If you have a large sink, such as an island sink, then you don’t really have to worry about the height.
Anyway, just make sure you know the height of your sink and the distance to the backsplash if you have a smaller sink.
The hardware for a pull down hose is located underneath your sink, so you do need a fairly large cabinet to fit all of that hardware. With that in mind, there are two things you should consider in regards to cabinet space:
- Have enough cabinet space for the hose to reside under the cabinet.
- Have enough cabinet space for other supplies in your cabinet because it’s not very convenient if the hose takes up the entire cabinet.
Modes of Spraying
Pull down faucets actually have a few different spraying modes. The top end faucets will usually have a high pressure spraying mode, a wide spraying mode, and an average pressure mode. Lower end faucets will normally just have a high pressure spraying mode, which is the most frequently used spray mode.
Sure, not everyone needs all the different spraying mode, but options do exist if you know where to look.
There are two main types of docking when it comes to pull down faucets:
A drooping faucet and a docking faucet.
A drooping faucet is the type that does not retract into a dock on the edge of the sink. Instead, it hangs above the sink. This means that you can use it without having to pull it away. Personally, I prefer this type of faucet because it’s much more convenient to use.
However, lots of people do not like the drooping faucet for one reason or another. Many of them view them as ugly because this type of pull down faucet is often found in commercial kitchens.
The docking mechanism, in my opinion, mostly comes down to personal preference. If you have the room, then I recommend a drooping faucet. On the other hand, if you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), then you should probably use a standard docking faucet.