If you are in need to buy faucets for your kitchen or bathroom, here are some of the mechanisms
which can help in gaining some know how about their selection.
Crane axle boxes with rubber seals are the most affordable option. They are easily repaired and, with timely replacement of gaskets, last up to 10-15 years. But they open and close longer – you need to make several turns of the valve. During this time, a lot of water will flow, which will increase your costs.
Faucets with ceramic discs are the best choice for shower tapware if you are looking for an inexpensive model that will save water. They close half-turn, but wear out faster – after 2-3 years, streaks appear.
Lever ball valves are cheap and easy to operate – the lever moves left and right and up and down with minimal resistance. But after 2-3 years they have to be completely changed – the cost of repair is comparable to the price of a new product.
Lever faucets with ceramic cartridges are the most popular option. They are expensive – 3-30 thousand rubles – but the price is justified by a long service life – up to 25 years with annual cleaning and lubrication.
Thermostatic cartridges maintain the set water temperature at any flow rate. This is the only answer to the question of which faucet to choose in order to get the most comfortable conditions for bathing, washing dishes and hygiene procedures. They cost more than other models – from 10-12 thousand rubles, and work correctly only with a stable pressure.
To understand which faucet to choose for the kitchen or bathroom, you need to pay attention to its height. It is selected according to the height of the sink or sink:
- Low models (up to 15 cm) – for built-in sinks and designer sinks with a flat bowl
- Medium (up to 25 cm) are combined with bowls up to 18–20 cm deep
- High (more than 25 cm) fit deep desktop sinks
The length of the spout must match the dimensions of the plumbing. There are no special restrictions in the bath; in the sink, it should be at least 5–7 cm from the edge so that water does not spill out.
The shape of the spout is selected in accordance with the design of the room. But the angle of rotation needs to pay more attention. Fixed models are stronger, but they cannot be directed in the other direction. Faucets with 30-60° swivel allow you to divert the water flow to another sink compartment. And with a 120-180° turn, you can point it into a sink or bathtub.
The most affordable types of bathroom and kitchen faucets are made of silumin, a lightweight and durable aluminum alloy. They are cheap, from 500 to 2500 rubles, but serve only 3-4 years. Outside, the material absorbs dirt, and from the inside it is covered with sediment, which reduces pressure.
Brass faucets are the most popular. They do not rust, are easy to clean and do not clog from the inside. But over time, brass becomes cloudy, losing its attractive appearance.
Premium faucets are made from bronze. Such models combine all the advantages of brass with strength and reliability. In addition, over time, they become covered with a noble patina and become similar to antique items. The only “but” is the high price, from 10 thousand to hundreds of thousands of rubles.
Ceramic faucets are light, strong and durable, but are sensitive to impact and difficult to repair.
To know how to choose a mixer, you need to clarify the type of coating:
- Nickel looks beautiful – the matte silver surface scatters reflected light, creating a glare that is pleasing to the eye. But it is expensive and can cause allergies
- Sparkling chrome is the most popular option. It is strong, durable, cheaper and completely safe for health
- Enamel allows you to give the mixer any color and even cover it with a pattern. But over time, it cracks and crumbles.