The past year has seen a surge in online shopping. Despite a pandemic to escalate this trend, online has become the go-to place to shop for nearly everything you need — from food to faucets.
Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or remodeling your bathroom, purchasing a faucet online means that it will show up at your door ready to install. All you have to do is click!
But purchasing a faucet online can be intimidating, especially if you’re not used to taking on plumbing projects in your home. Whether you’re looking for a kitchen faucet or a bathroom faucet, this guide will help you approach your faucet purchase with confidence.
And once it arrives on your doorstep, you can easily install it yourself with the right tools and a little time. Just like that, your kitchen or bathroom will receive an immediate upgrade.
When the time comes to purchase a faucet online, the more information you’re armed with, the easier the process will be. Asking the following questions will prepare you to choose the best faucet for your space.
What Type of Faucet Do You Have?
The first step in deciding what kitchen or bathroom faucet you will buy online is to determine the type of faucet you already have. There are four different types of valves for your home faucets. Washerless valve types — ball, cartridge and ceramic disc — are the most common in indoor faucets, while compression-type valve faucets are more likely to be lawn or garden faucets.
Ball faucets are single-handle and sit on a rounded base so they can swivel to control the water temperature and flow.
Cartridge faucets can be single-handle or two-handled and have fewer issues with leaking than ball faucets because they use fewer parts.
Ceramic disc faucets typically need fewer repairs throughout their life. And because they are cutting-edge technology, they can also come with added features like temperature limit stop.
There are pros and cons to each style, and you don’t necessarily need to choose the same type of faucet that you currently have when you purchase a new one online.
What Type of Faucet Will Your Space Support?
First, check to see how many holes there are in your sink. A sink with a single hole will support a single-handle faucet, whereas a sink with three holes gives you the option of a single-handle or two-handle faucet.
If you have a three-hole sink but choose a single-handle faucet, you can use a cover plate to conceal the unused holes. If you currently have a wide-spread faucet where the two handles are located far away from the spout, you will likely have to keep that design as it won’t support a single-handle faucet.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend? What Is Your Budget?
You want affordability without compromising function or style. Faucets typically range from $60.00 to $200.00 with some costing over $500.00 depending on style, finish and features, like touchless capability.
Pioneer offers an incredible range of affordable faucets with a high-end aesthetic that rival the more expensive manufacturers.
What Is the Spout Height and Reach?
Most faucet spouts will work in your kitchen or bathroom. But if you have a shelf or other obstruction above your sink, you need to measure to ensure the spout will fit underneath.
The other consideration is spout reach. You will want to measure the distance that you want the spout to cover. For instance, if you have multiple sink basins, you’ll want to measure how far the spout will need to be to reach each basin. You also want to make sure that the spout isn’t too short, which will result in splashing water behind the faucet when you wash your hands or frustration when that pot just won’t fit.
Choose the Number of Handles
Deciding how many handles you want on your faucet will go a long way towards narrowing your choices. Remember, if your sink has three holes, you can choose from a three-hole faucet or a single-hole faucet. But if you only have one hole, then you will have to choose a single-handle faucet.
Oftentimes, a single-handle faucet is more convenient because you can adjust flow and temperature with one handle. Two-handle faucets, however, have their own advantages, especially aesthetically as they provide symmetry to the sink.
Choose the Design
This is where things get fun: choosing the design.
The design of your kitchen faucet or bathroom faucet depends on a number of factors, including aesthetics, special features in the space, the style of the sink and durability needs. This is a personal preference, so take a look at the options and pick what looks best to you!
Choose a Faucet Finish
Understanding how to care for your faucet is the key to giving it a long life. And choosing a finish that looks beautiful and that you’re comfortable caring for will help to complete the look of your bathroom or kitchen.
Shop Online With Pioneer
Purchasing a faucet online doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. Following these simple steps and asking the right questions will make choosing a kitchen or bathroom faucet fun rather than stressful.
Shopping online with Pioneer means that you will be working with a company that cares about your project just as much as you do. With an industry-leading 10-year commercial installation warranty and a limited lifetime warranty for residential use, you can purchase your faucet online with confidence.