Faucets That Function
Modern faucets deliver high style without sacrificing function. Here are the features to shop for when selecting your kitchen's most fashionable fixture.
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Side or Overhead Sprayers
Schlesser says the "get what you pay for" rule for faucets also applies to the side sprayer: "It takes a lot of abuse, so it needs to be a product of fine engineering."
One of the newest features to the sink area is overhead, pull-down sprayers for pre-rinsing before a trip to the dishwasher. Inspired by restaurant equipment, these sprayers (some are separate while others are attached to the faucet), are larger and have a higher-pressure spray than traditional side sprayers, says Dave Bloom, sales director for George Morlan Plumbing in Portland, Oregon. This professional gear is perfect for cooks who love to entertain (and use a lot of dishes and pots). Several manufacturers have designs for the home, but you can also find industrial-grade sprayers in restaurant equipment stores. Though restaurant equipment is more affordable, these sprayers can be heavy and require more space above and around the sink.
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