Bar Faucet Buying Guide
1. What is a bar faucet?
a. What are they made of?
b. Colors and themes
c. Faucet holes and handles
It’s where you socialize, prepare food, watch the evening news, look over the kids’ science homework and enjoy family time. Oh, and don’t forget about that whole eating meals thing, too. The kitchen has evolved into a social hub, study hall, family gathering place and one of your home’s most important entertaining rooms. At times, it seems activity around the kitchen faucet never ends.
The list of tasks we now perform in the kitchen boggles the mind. With today’s fast-paced lifestyle and demanding schedules, it’s the little extras that can make the difference between stress and comfort. That’s where a bar faucet can really help.
When you’re ready to look for this incredibly useful fixture, this is the article for you. What exactly is a bar faucet and how does it differ from your kitchen faucet? What kind of handle options are available? The answers are all here.
What is a bar faucet?
Accompanying bar sinks, bar faucets are designed specifically to perform the extra tasks your busy kitchen asks for. Traditionally, bar faucets are svelte and smaller than a standard kitchen faucet, simply because the bar sink is typically not as large as your kitchen sink. But that won’t keep your bar faucet from doing anything your kitchen faucet would do.
These fixtures typically have a bit more flair and decorative design elements than their kitchen faucet counterparts. Just a quick look through the selection on Build.com reveals more curves and stylish ingredients (a small selection of discount bar faucets is also available at here). Also, the spout is often higher in relation to the rest of the fixture, for an eye-catching appearance.
You need a bar faucet that’s as dependable and hard-working as you are, while at the same time is entertaining, functional and eye-catching. Curves, scalloped bases, handle options and various motifs all await.
What are they made of?
Most bar faucets featured on Build.com are made of brass, for its resistance to soft-water corrosion and hard-water calcification.
Colors and themes
Leading plumbing manufacturers like Kohler, Delta, Moen, Hansgrohe and Danze all have bar faucets of nearly every theme. From Victorian and modern to classic and functional, bar faucets run the thematic gamut, so you should be able to find one that fits your style.
Faucet holes and handles
Like traditional plumbing fixtures, bar faucets are available in a few different hole-centers and configurations. Single-hole faucet centers and centers of 3 to 6 inches are the most popular. Also available are hole-centers of 6 to 9 inches, 9 to 12 inches, 12 to 15 inches and 15 to 18 inches. The number of faucet holes varies, as well, with one-, two- and three-hole configurations.
As far as handles go, you can elect a bar faucet with one or two handles. Handle styles vary, as well, from levers to cross to knobs. Metal lever handles are far and away the most popular, but there are numerous other options to choose from, including:
· Acrylic knob
· Crystal lever
· Metal cross
· Metal knob
· Porcelain cross
· Porcelain lever
While more and more families are filling their homes with environmentally conscious fixtures, bar faucets are slowly making their way into the eco realm, as well. Nestled within the huge array of available bar faucets is a pair of eco-friendly fixtures from Moen that feature a 2-gallon per minute flow rate.
When you’re ready to put your new bar faucet to work, all it takes is a little know-how and a few materials. Installing a bar faucet is pretty much the same thing as putting in a standard kitchen faucet. Fortunately for you, we’ve already provided the instructions with our article on how to install a kitchen faucet.
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