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Which tap suits my kitchen? When do I need high pressure - when low pressure? Is it difficult to install it yourself? In German households, the kitchen tap is already part of the standard equipment in the kitchen. However, the same classic questions always come up when it comes to this classic, everyday product.

To make the search easier and to clarify the most frequently asked questions, we have compared different models of kitchen fittings in our product comparison and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • Basically, you should buy a kitchen faucet made of stainless steel or chrome, as well as consider the weight and the matching design to the kitchen
  • The choice for low-pressure or high-pressure is related to certain conditions in one's kitchen, also there is a framework for the maximum flow volume of kitchen taps
  • The installation of kitchen taps is less complex, but follows a certain procedure

The Best Kitchen Faucet: Our Choice

In the following, we have compiled our favourites. This should help you to simplify your purchase decision and to find the right kitchen tap for your needs.

Buying and evaluation criteria for kitchen fittings

In order to find the perfect kitchen tap, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria should make it easier to compare the individual models so that you can make an objective and informed choice. The criteria that you can use to compare the kitchen taps with each other include:

Style

Everyone needs one: the kitchen tap. Which kitchen tap suits you? It is important to find the right style for your kitchen. As with any product, taps come in all shapes and colours. So choose one that matches your basic décor and fits in with the look of your kitchen. From high-tech to retro-chic, there is something for everyone.

Material

In addition to appearance, the material of the kitchen tap plays an important role. Since taps come into contact with many germs, they should be resistant to them. Both stainless steel and chrome are suitable for long-lasting and stable kitchen taps. Special cleaners then help against white limescale stains.

Weight

The weight of the kitchen fitting is not important for its usefulness, but rather for its installation. Here you need to consider where and how you want to install the tap. Can the worktop only bear a certain weight or can it bear more?

Installation method

If you are not the greatest amateur craftsman, pay attention above all to the effort required to install a kitchen tap. It is better to use a single-hole kitchen tap if you want to save time and money. Also, with low-pressure taps, you will also have to reconnect the hot water tank.

Maximum flow rate

The volume also plays an important role. Depending on the intensity of use, you can make an individual choice. For a kitchen tap, the maximum flow rate should always be between 4 and 6 litres per minute.

Pressure type

The pressure type of the kitchen tap should also be taken into account. If you have two connection hoses or central heating, you need a high-pressure fitting. If you have three hoses in your kitchen and a boiler, you need a low-pressure tap.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about kitchen taps answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about kitchen fittings. In this way, we want to give you a deeper insight into the topic.

Who is a kitchen fitting suitable for?

Every household needs a suitable kitchen tap. In most cases, washing machines take over the task of washing dishes.

Kitchen taps are available in various designs so that there is a suitable one for every kitchen. (Image source: pixabay / kaboompics)

Filling the pot with water or washing the apple quickly, however, only the kitchen tap can help. The kitchen tap is therefore part of the basic equipment of every kitchen.

What types of kitchen taps are there?

The range of kitchen taps has expanded considerably. From simple taps to high-tech models with built-in LEDs or 360° rotation, there is something for everyone. Even time travel into the past with retro designs is possible. It is important to weigh up how intensively you want to use the kitchen tap and decide which tools are necessary.

What does a kitchen fitting cost?

Depending on the equipment, design and additional tools, the prices of kitchen fittings vary. The range is between 50 € and even 500 € if assembly and delivery costs are also included.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 €) Standard tap, usually already 360° rotatable, depending on the manufacturer pull-out dual rinsing spray
Medium-priced (50 - 150 €) High-quality design, pull-out, built-in shower head
High-priced (from 150 €) High-quality materials, high spout, touch function

Is it difficult to install a kitchen tap?

Especially with a high-pressure kitchen fitting, the effort is minimal. The time frame is a maximum of two hours and the main work consists of unscrewing and re-screwing. The procedure is also repeated for a low-pressure tap, only the installation of the hot water tank is added. For both cases you can find simple tutorials on YouTube.

Which kitchen taps also produce mineral water?

If you want to avoid plastic waste and heavy box lugging, there are systems that allow bubbling drinking water from the tap. With these soda taps, a carbonator is additionally connected to the water pipe.

This even allows the customer to choose between several levels of carbonic acid concentration. This function is a luxury good, and one should reckon with the corresponding costs.

Conclusion

Everyone needs a kitchen tap, and there are also offers for every taste. How ostentatious and how many additional functions one wants is definitely related to the possible expenses for the purchase. Before buying, you should also be clear about what you want to use your tap for.

As far as installation or even later repairs are concerned, these are neither time-consuming nor costly and can usually be solved by oneself. Even if you opt for simpler models, you should still pay attention to the quality of the material, weight and stability of the tap.

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