Teach an Old Faucet New Tricks

Teach an Old Faucet New Tricks

blog-image American Standard’s new faucets with Beale WaterFill technology allow users to set a dial to indicate how much water they need, from one-half cup to five cups, and it automatically measures it out.

Trends don’t just happen in fashion – they pertain to faucets, too. Technological innovations, different types of finishes and styles that define simplicity are some of the trends you’ll encounter if you buy a new kitchen faucet this year.

Trend 1: Innovative and Inspired

Smart technology is integrated into every part of the kitchen, and faucets are no exception. Hands-free and motion-sensor technologies continue to be features that consumers look for when buying a faucet. Think about when you’re making chicken for dinner – you touch the raw meat with your bare hands, then turn on the faucet to wash up. Now the handles are infected with the chicken’s bacteria, which is potentially harmful. If, on the other hand, your faucet has touch technology (as in Delta Faucet’s Touch 20 or Grohe’s Minta Touch), just a light tap of your wrist or elbow will turn the faucet on (and off), keeping the handles free from germs. Same goes for Moen’s Touchless Faucet with Motion Sense – all you need is to wave near the faucet and – presto! – it turns on, and another wave turns it off.

Pull-down faucets are also continuing to be hot. Much loved for their convenience, pull-downs like Pfister’s Ashfield have the capacity to let water either stream or spray when you pull the high-arc, detachable unit off the base.

A brand-new entry in the tech category will have you throwing away your measuring cups – you won’t need them if you install an American Standard faucet with Beale WaterFill technology. You set the faucet’s dial to indicate how much water you want, from one-half cup to five cups, and the faucet delivers your water –and not one drop over.

Trend 2: Warming Up

Finishes are less about being sleek and shiny and more about being soft and luxe. “Warm finishes such as brushed golds and bronze tones have become popular,” says Angie Gardeck, of New Perspective Design, in Algonquin, Illinois, along with rose gold and copper. They match cabinet handles and other design elements and complement the popular grays found on kitchen walls and cabinet doors.

Trend 3: Minimal Is the Message

Modern faucets with clean lines are what everyone’s asking for, says Lori Weatherly, an interior designer in New York City. Traditional styles will never go away but homeowners seeking to streamline their lives and surround themselves with simplicity are choosing sleek looks.

Choosing the Right One

Trendy or not, whatever faucet you get should be right for your particular needs, so consider both function and style, Gardeck says. “A single-lever faucet is easy to operate and control the water’s temperature,” she says, “but a widespread two-handled faucet is much prettier aesthetically.” Quality is important, Weatherly says. “What are the materials and are they built to last? What is the warranty? How available are parts?”

A Stress-free Installation Tip

If you’re considering installing a faucet on your own with a YouTube how-to video as your guide, think again. “It’s not an easy thing to install,” Gardeck says. “Better to defer to a licensed plumber.”

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