Kitchen Faucets vs Kitchen Systems: Which is Better?

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home or you are a professional who is looking to meet some specific demands for a client, you may consider the option to install a full kitchen system. A kitchen system provides a new look for the entire space and gives it added functionality at the same time. Think of it as an entire overhaul.

Sometimes, the best thing for an existing kitchen is to improve the aesthetics of the kitchen faucet. The faucet is the focal point of the kitchen. Most chores that happen in this space occur around the sink. Over time, it can begin to look worn out from all that use.

By upgrading the faucet, the remainder of the kitchen looks like it received an upgrade at the same time.

Which option is better? It all comes down to cost and need.

Kitchen Systems are in the Thousands… Faucets Are in the Hundreds

Even DIY experts can find that a kitchen system installation will cost more than $1,000 to complete. For some kitchens, there isn’t any choice. Damaged countertops, old cabinetry, and worn-out caulking are all indications that a complete kitchen system is the best way to go. You could install a nice faucet in such a kitchen, but the damage from other components could reduce the expected lifespan of the product.

For a kitchen that was built or remodeled in the last 10 years, there is a good chance that it can still perform well. Some repairs and maintenance may need to be completed, but the system as a whole is still modern enough to be useful and functional enough to remain. That provides an opportunity to improve the look of the kitchen with a new kitchen faucet.

The average homeowner is willing to pay $100-$300 to replace or upgrade an existing kitchen faucet. 

How to Find the Best Kitchen Faucet

If a kitchen faucet makes more sense than an entire kitchen system, then it is important to match the look of the faucet to the space it will occupy. An incorrect faucet style can make a big mess in the kitchen.

Small spaces benefit from wall-mount faucets, prep faucets, or bar faucets. These designs eliminate clutter while meeting low-flow requirements that may be required.

Pull-down and commercial-style kitchen faucets work best in sinks that have a deep basin. They have a good reach, but tend to cause splashing in shallow basin sinks.

A sink with a shallow basin works best with a traditional single-handle faucet or a pull-out faucet design. If the sink has a dual basin, then a two-handle traditional faucet may be the best option. A single-handle design with a side spray, soap dispenser, or both is another option that can be considered.

Then take the finish into account. Chrome tends to be the most affordable and works with everything. Earth tones benefit from brass, copper, or bronze. Stainless steel is a good modern look to think about as well.

The affordability of a kitchen faucet makes it an excellent upgrade opportunity. Kitchen systems make more sense with a complete overhaul of the space is required. Keep that in mind and you’ll be able to create an excellent proposal.

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