derbyan. faucet design. February 22nd , 2018.
One of the first things to know before shopping for a faucet is your hole configuration. Most sinks come with holes drilled to receive the faucet and sometimes accessories such as a sprayer, soap dispenser, hot beverage or filtered water faucet. One hole sinks are for single-control faucets, three hole are for single-control faucets with a sprayer and/or accessories and four holes are for single-control or two-handle sinks with various accessories. If you have an under-mount or apron front sink the holes are drilled into the countertop behind the sink.
It can be cheap because it is very basic but still good-looking and reliable. In this case, there is no problem. But beware of too low-priced faucets that offer you a ton of advanced features like pull-out spray wand, fingertip operation of the handle or even touch sensitivity. If your faith is strong enough, such can serve you well for some time, but I fear to make a guess how long or short it can be.
Cartridge Faucet - this washerless faucet is identified by the narrow metal or plastic cartridge inside the faucet body; and it is available in both single and double handled cartridge designs. Cartridge faucets have a hollow cartridge insert that lifts and rotates to control the flow and temperature of water. Dripping at the spout occurs when the cartridge seals wear out. Leaks at the base are caused by worn o-rings.
The faucets with detachable spray wands have become extremely popular during the last decades. But there is always some doubt whether the pull-out wand will have a snug enough fit into its dock. If the wand does not sit very well, the faucet loses a lot. It can be beautifully designed, but if the spray head does not sit where it should, the whole faucet will look cheap and inferior. That is why the leading manufacturers of kitchen faucets have done their best to secure the wand firmly in its place.