A Brushed Nickel Kitchen Faucet is the choice of many homeowners for a number of reasons. Not only is the addition of this type of faucet an easy and affordable way to considerably improve the look of your kitchen, it maintains its appearance far longer than many other finishes. Also known as satin nickel, brushed nickel resembles brushed aluminum and brushed stainless steel, yet has fewer drawbacks. In addition, it is very easy to keep clean and the polishing requirements are minimal.
A brushed nickel kitchen faucet is duller than other finishes and does not reflect light as it shines less. The color tone also has less blue than others which many prefer. Brushed nickel will not tarnish and, although the finish can wear away over a long period of time, many manufacturers coat the faucet with lacquer to prevent this. Constant cleaning is not required of this type of faucet as fingerprints, stains, and smudges do not easily appear. Also, this finish is very resistant to scratches.
Brushed nickel kitchen faucets come in many styles and designs. You may choose a single handle, double handles or cross-shaped handles. Many choose to go with the single handle design as it allows you to keep one hand free for other activities while adjusting the water temperature. Others prefer the double handle style as this gives you more control over the temperature of the water. Cross-shaped handles are often just a matter of personal preference. With any faucet, you may have the option of a soap dispenser and/or a water sprayer.
Types of Brushed Nickel Kitchen Faucets
Swan or gooseneck types ooze with arresting appeal. A minimalist kitchen with a strikingly tall water spout commands attention. The curved, mobile body shows flexibility while transitioning between two sinks, which some kitchens have as normal. The smooth, lightly sanded finish ironically gives off a gleam of glamour. With properly matched knobs on one or both sides at the base area, it becomes a kitchen ensemble that exudes simple but eye-catching artwork. Although once in a while you might see one of these mounted on the bathroom sink, a brushed nickel kitchen faucet is a lot more common.
The classic single handle faucet design remains a common favorite, with the handle sitting on top of the main water outlet. Among the many choices, a brushed nickel kitchen faucet is great if you prefer something just a bit different than the usual chrome or stainless steel, but don’t want to have a different color altogether. The handles come in many forms as well, from a simple single handle to a cross design, you will definitely find them in millions of homes across the globe.
Another choice is to get a faucet that looks old fashioned. Most of them are made out of either bronze or brass, but brushed nickel kitchen faucets with an old fashioned look exist as well. They look a bit like they would fit very well in an old school kitchen sink, but the reality is that they never go out of style since there are always people looking for an old fashioned look.
Prices of Brushed Nickel Faucets
As far as prices go, the amount you pay will largely be affected by the brand that makes the faucet. The more exclusive the brand, the higher the price will usually be. Some of the large, well-known brands like Moen, Price Pfister, and Danze will carry models that range from very affordable and basic to luxurious and expensive. If you just like the brushed nickel look and want a basic model, you shouldn’t have to pay more than $100 for a kitchen faucet and $70 for a bathroom faucet. At the other end of the spectrum, prices soar well into the hundreds of dollars for faucets with new features from name-brand companies. For example, check out the brushed nickel single handle kitchen faucet with sprayer from Elkay featured in the products above. It can cost you more than $500.
Top 5 Picks For A Brushed Nickel Kitchen Faucet
Today a brushed nickel kitchen faucet is more popular than ever and is only preceded by chrome faucets in popularity. The reason is that this type of finish is easier to keep clean. Since it doesn’t show fingerprints or smudge marks as easily as other high polish finishes. From modern and contemporary to classics and antique there is a style of a brushed nickel kitchen faucet to match your kitchen’s theme. There are however some faucets that seem to catch the eye. And have proven themselves to be solid choices for someone looking to update the kitchen faucet.
Premier Brushed Nickel Single Handel Kitchen Faucet
#1 on the list is a very sturdy brushed nickel single handle kitchen faucet with sprayer by Premier. The spout is 12″ high and will allow you to move large pots and vessels underneath to fill and the two-hole mounting makes it easy to install for the DYI’er.
Up next is The ultra-modern Kolher K-10430-BN. The first thing that will notice about this brushed nickel kitchen faucet with pull out is the absence of handles on the faucet itself giving it a sleek look to the entire assembly. The remote control valve allows you to control the temperature as well as the volume of water. And you can set the control to “remember” the water temperature. Like the Premier above this faucet is simple to install and comes with very easy to follow instructions.
Kolher Pull Out
#3 is another Kolher Faucet. This is a single handle that goes great in a contemporary kitchen. And has the functionality of both the sport and sprayer all in one at the touch of a button. If you like a pullout kitchen faucet this one is a durable pull out so you can cover the entire sink area. And the memory control valve allows you to turn the faucet on and off at the same temperature.
Kohler Classic Vinnata
Up next is a classic faucet with modern functionality. This Kohler faucet is featured in many kitchen magazines for it’s contemporary, sleek look. Another great looking finish that works well with this classic design is oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet in a traditional decor. Like the other Kolher faucets, the spout water pressure can be changed with the push of the button. The arch of the spout is 10″ to allow large pots to fit underneath easily.
Danze Single Handle Sprayer
This single-handle traditional kitchen faucet that truly looks like an antique but it has a lot of modern function. This Danze single hole faucet has a two function pull out spray/ stream spout ( The sprayer has a 24′ reach) and blends nicely with wooden kitchen decors.
A brushed nickel kitchen faucet is among the ones chosen because they have been positively reviewed and have had a deep reduction in the list price. But they are a fraction of the different styles of faucets available in this finish.
Whichever brushed nickel kitchen faucet you do ultimately select, ensure it melds with the overall look of your kitchen. Although brushed nickel goes well with contemporary and traditional decors the style of the faucet itself must match also. Be sure to coordinate everything. And ensure all of your fixtures have the same finish for a room to be proud of.
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