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How to choose the right faucet for your kitchen as well as your budget

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Kitchen faucets come in a range of shapes, styles, and colors. They can also cost anywhere from twenty dollars to a couple thousand dollars. So how do you know which one is best for you? Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision:

  1. It must fit your sink. Not all faucets fit with every sink. If you are not planning on buying a new kitchen sink then you must choose a faucet that will work well with your current one. 
  2. Check the height. Faucets come in a variety of heights. It would be a huge disappointment to spend time replacing your faucet, only to find out that it's not tall enough to fill up or wash your pans.
  3. Pick a faucet that looks great with your current kitchen but keep future plans in mind as well. If you don't plan on doing any major kitchen remodels in the near future then choosing a faucet that works with your current kitchen style is obvious. However, if you plan on updating your kitchen in the next year or two, be sure to keep these plans in mind when searching for your new faucet.
  4. What to do if your on a tight budget. Faucets can range from as low as twenty dollars to a couple thousand dollars, so how do you know your getting the best bang for your buck? If your on a budget then you definitely want to forgo the fancy, more expensive faucets with all the bells and whistles, but is the cheapest one really the best option? Here is one rule of thumb that I use when replacing or adding anything to my home.
If I plan on using the item on a daily (or almost daily) basis, I would rather save up the money and get something that I know will last. On the other hand, if I don't plan on using it daily I will usually opt for a cheaper version.
While it may be tempting to grab that $20 faucet, it won't last long and may end up costing you more money in the long run. 
When my husband and I purchased our 1960 farm house a couple months ago, we knew that we would eventually like to renovate the entire kitchen. Unfortunately, an entire renovation is not in our budget at the moment. So we sat down and decided what areas of the kitchen we can live with for another year or two, and what needs to be replaced soon. The first thing that we decided had to go was our faucet. Not only was it old and outdated, but it also started leaking.
I've used KOHLER faucets in previous homes and love them, so they were our first choice in choosing a new faucet. While at Lowe's, we checked out the KOHLER Cardale Vibrant Stainless 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet and the KOHLER Elliston Polished Chrome 1-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet. Both of these faucets are ONLY available at Lowe's
The Cardale Kitchen Faucet features a temperature memory allowing the faucet to be turned on and off at any temperature setting. 2-function spray head with touch control, Sweep(TM) spray, and aerated stream settings. DockNetik(TM) which ensures a secure spray head fit. Kohler Scratch Shield (TM) finishes that resist corrosion and tarnishing, exceeding industry durability standards over two times. Left or right handle installation and 360° spout rotation. 10 1/2 in escutcheon plate and soap dispenser and a 1-piece, self-contained ceramic disc valve that allows both volume and temperature control. 
The Elliston Kitchen Faucet  also features the Kohler Scratch Shield (TM) finish. It also features a beautiful and sleek design that not only looks great with our current kitchen, but will also go well with our future renovation plans. Super simple to clean due to the MasterClean (TM) spray face that resists mineral buildup as well as ceramic disk valves that crush and remove line debris, and exceed industry longevity standards by over two times,ensuring durable performance for life. High temperature limit stop that allows you to preset a comfortable maximum temperature to eliminate scalding, and optimal height and reach that provides plenty of clearance beneath the spout.
After reviewing our own needs we decided that the KOHLER Elliston Pullout Kitchen Faucet from Lowe's had everything that we needed. I was a little worried about the height of the faucet because it looks a lot shorter than our current faucet. However, we measured it and the spout is only 3/4 of an inch lower. That's plenty enough room for us! I am also in love with the single handle. It's not something that I really thought about when looking for a new faucet but it is so much easier to adjust the water pressure and temperature with a single handle than it was trying to use two handles.
And of course, since I'm all about diy, we chose to install the faucet ourselves. I highly recommend installing your own faucet, even if your not very handy. Not only will it save you money, it's also super easy to do!!
Once you get home with your new faucet, the first thing you'll want to do is make sure that you have all the correct pieces and nothing is missing or broken. After you have double checked everything and made sure that you have the correct tools to do the job, it's just a matter of following the directions that come with the faucet.
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