Whether you’re upgrading your sink or remodeling your entire kitchen, selecting the perfect mixer is an essential part of the process. With so many reliable options to choose from, buyers oftentimes struggle making a decision. Fortunately, the following blog post is tailored to help even the most indecisive buyer make an informed mixer selection! We’ll go over important structural considerations, installation tips, and benefits of numerous models. Enjoy!
Matching Your Mixer With Mounting Holes
If you take a quick look at your sink, you may notice pre-drilled mounting holes for accessories and mixers. If your upcoming project involves maintaining your current sink, you will need to select a mixer that matches your current hole configuration. As a second option, you could also install a base plate – which would cover any unnecessary existing holes. Of note, we do not recommend drilling additional holes into your current countertop or sink.
If you are on a budget, straight spout mixers are typically less expensive than other models. Before installing a straight spout mixer, however, consider the challenge that may arise should you need to fill a tall pot in the sink. To circumvent this situation, you may want to select a mixer with higher clearance, however, a taller mixer may lead to splashing in shallow sinks. For each consideration, be sure to select a mixer that can rotate far enough to cover the entirety of your sink – especially for large sinks. Finally, be sure to select a mixer that is proportional to your sink, as a disproportionately small mixer to sink ratio may look strange.
Thoughts On Installation
If you are replacing your sink and mixer simultaneously, you will find that the overall process may be easier (as you can install your mixer prior to putting the sink into place). If you select fittings that allow for screwdriver tightening, your installation process will be even further accelerated. Lastly, be sure that your entire assembly is tight and snug into place to avoid leakage.
Various Mixer Types
Mixers can be broadly categorized into two types, single lever and two-handled. The following list will cover the main two categories, in addition to several other varieties!
Single Handle Mixers
Be sure to consider handle rotation and the distance to the back of your sink if you decide to select a single handle mixer. Although these mixers are generally easier to install, they may be less accurate with temperature when compared to other mixer styles.
Dual Handle Mixer
This classic style incorporates two handles – hot and cold. While the handles can ensure more accurate temperature selection, the installation process may be more difficult. Additionally, both hands will be required to change the temperature .
Pull Down/ Pull Out Mixers
These mixers allow the head of the hose to be pulled out, with a weight installed on the opposite site enabling automatic retraction. These mixers are excellent for washing fruits and vegetables, but may be unnecessary if you do not have a large sink.
Hands Free Mixers
These mixers utilize a sensor to automatically activate. They are beneficial for anyone who values cleanliness, however, the activator may lead to an inconsistent flow of water should the panel become blocked or dirty.
Bar mixers are oftentimes installed as a secondary mixer for large sinks. The benefit of this type is that your secondary sink may free up much needed space. The drawback is that you may find yourself rarely using this additional feature.
Whether you are replacing your mixer only or your entire sink ensemble, we hope the advice and considerations provided above help streamline your project! Please feel free to reach out to our team should you have any questions or comments regarding the information provided above. Thank you for reading!