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Maybe I'm weird but I get excited seeing a great new kitchen faucet design. The source of that enthusiasm is a combination of things involving style, function, features, and reliability.
Faucets come in a huge variety of styles and materials. Some are crane-necked, others 90 degree. Some offer a Victorian look, others Swedish modern - and everything in between. Some haven't changed in 40 years, so if you like that look that's an option, too.
Handle styles cover the gamut, as well. Some would look right at home in the chateau at Versailles with shiny brass or gold plating. Two-handle designs of the sort common for generations still look as good as ever. Still others seem like they started life in a spaceship.
The hundreds of models also offer a range of features.
Spray wands have been around forever now, but the specific type has evolved. Some are still the ordinary in-sink type you saw your grandmother use. Many now come integrated into the faucet neck itself. That latter come in two importantly different styles, as well: pull-down versus pull-out.
The names are accurate. A pull-down is set into a curved neck that terminates in a nozzle aimed at the bottom of the sink. You literally pull down the wand to use it. The pull-out sits in a neck that points toward you, hence you have to pull it out for use. There are pros and cons to each and it may come down to personal taste, but the point is it's great to have a choice.
Even buttons to start the spray come in different types. Some require you to hold down the button to continue the flow. Others click on and stay on until you turn them off. Here again personal taste rules the day.
No matter which design you prefer - antique, old-fashioned, modern, or any other - internal parts and construction have advanced tremendously. A Victorian or 18th century French model might look like it belongs in a home of centuries ago but inside it's completely contemporary.
Ceramic parts make handles work smoothly; lime build-up that can cause a leak or uneven movement is a thing of the past. Ditto for valves, some of which have diamond coatings to ensure they also last forever. Machine tolerances are computer controlled for excellent fit and quality.
Interior and exterior coatings - stainless steel, nickle alloys, bronze, and more - are now made to stay looking and working like new for generations. Faucets today will usually outlast your plumbing.
Ok, maybe I am eccentric, but I think those are some good reasons to get jazzed about today's kitchen faucets. Check out some of them and see if you don't agree...