1. Handle options.
A faucet handle should feel good to the touch. Whether luxurious or slickly machined, it should be easy to maneuver and the action should feel firm.
2. Solid-brass construction.
Brass is desired for its toughness under extreme temperatures and other adverse conditions. A quality brass fixture will generally outlast less-expensive faucets that are made with plastic internal components.
3. On the wall.
For a distinctive look that frees up your countertop, go for a wall-mounted faucet above your sink. Once commonly seen, it still looks terrific and helps avoid grimy buildup, which happens around the base of sink-mount faucets.
4. Easier how-to.
Installing a new faucet has become one of the simpler do-it-yourself projects, if you stick with mainstream brands. Often, the most difficult part is removing the old faucet. Once that's done, installation takes only a few minutes, a wrench, and some plumber's tape. Some models even have snap connectors that eliminate the need for tools or tape.
5. People's choice.
Bright and durable polished chrome has long been a favorite kitchen faucet finish.
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