Q: I especially enjoyed your recent article about new features available on standard-type plumbing fixtures. Since I’m planning to replace my kitchen faucet and I don’t like big changes, I would like to stay with a the basic two-handle faucet. Even though the trendy one-handle kitchen faucets seem to have all the bells and whistles, can you please inform me about new innovations available on traditional two-handle kitchen faucets?
A: I enjoyed your question because it allows us to point out that just because you’re looking for a basic-type plumbing fixture, it does not mean you have to sacrifice quality and styling.
Today’s higher-end two-handle kitchen faucets prove that point. Faucet finishes and materials in many cases are basically the same as used with fancier designs.
As far as what innovations to look for when purchasing a new two-handle kitchen faucet, first look inward. Features like engineered ceramic disk valves can give long-lasting reliable performance. Next, you may want to choose a model with interchangeable handles, sold separately. This can give you some great style options to match your kitchen decor.
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Along the lines of style, I also recommend getting a faucet with its own color-matched sidespray to keep things fashionably clean in your kitchen sink.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.