Faucet Guide 101
So, your looking for a new faucet and don't know where to start...
This post is all about the what, when, where, why, and how's of finding the perfect faucet. We have extensive experience in brand product lines and collections, level of quality vs. price, finishes, and more! Keep reading to help with the decision making. . . . . .
Check out this link to see an extensive list of reputable brands: https://www.platinumkitchensbaths.ca/brands
The major immediate difference between brands is the styles and looks they offer - along with the quality and price point of the products. Some brands are more expensive than others. That could be for a number of reasons. For example, the pricier brands could be using higher quality parts and cartridges. A faucet that is 100% made in China is going to fall under the more affordable price range; however, you'll notice after a year or two that you might have issues with the cartridges, finishes, and possibly more. For brands that only source partial components from China, it does not make their offering a low-end line. Still for a decent product, the pricing becomes a little more bearable to splurge on while still feeling confident in the purchase. Here is a starter kit list of 'better than average box store' brand names to browse in store and online:
Some brands that you will find all across the box stores like the Home Depot's and Lowes of the world will carry brands such as:
Other "no-name" brands
If you think your going to go to the box store and get a decent name faucet on a really good "deal" - that thought is probably too good to be true! Think again! Here are some quick price related tips to look out for when your looking for a "deal":
If a bathroom faucet is on sale for under $100 (CAD), it is guaranteed not to be a good faucet, with low quality parts, an off or non-reputable name, or just simply not the real deal!
If a kitchen faucet is on sale for under $200 (CAD), try and figure out why. Will the cartridge last you 1 year, or a lifetime? Is the faucet under 5 year warranty or lifetime? Unless it is a showroom model clearance item, make sure to go over all the variables. Good brands names will ALWAYS offer lifetime warranty on their cartridges! This is key!
Good-quality and decent bathroom faucets will typically run about $150 - $1000 and possibly more depending on your taste and budget!
Good-quality and decent kitchen faucets will typically run about $250 - $1000 and possibly more depending on your taste and budget!
Depending on the faucet finish you are looking for, your choice will dictate the price! Here is a guide to pricing in relation to finishes:
Chrome: The most price-savvy inexpensive finish you could pick! It is EXTREMELY popular, modern, sleek, and is literally readily available with almost every brand
Brushed Nickel: A price category above chrome, so you'll have to pay a little more to get this finish. This is still a standard finish so you shouldn't be waiting weeks or months for a brushed nickel faucet. This was the go-to popular pick around 7-10 years ago - and it is now mostly chosen for traditional style faucets.