The Disadvantages of a Stainless Steel Kitchen Faucet

Athena Hessong

Stainless steel fixtures in your kitchen add a bright, metallic accent to the room. This is material of choice for modern kitchen fixtures. Sinks are made of stainless steel because it will not chip or crack and lasts for years, but choosing a stainless steel faucet for your kitchen sink might not be the best option.

Stainless steel faucets reflect light and add brightness to a kitchen.


Faucets and sinks are sold separately. Matching a stainless steel faucet to the finish on the sink can be difficult, especially if the two came from different manufacturers. You should also consider how well a stainless steel faucet fits into the rest of the decor in your kitchen. If you have a satin-finish stainless steel faucet, it will not match as well with shiny-finish stainless steel appliances.


Price for a faucet can be a deciding factor. Stainless steel faucets cost more than chrome faucets or those with brass, white or black plastic finishes, according to "2005 National Home Improvement Estimator." Not all manufacturers offer stainless steel faucets, but the ones that do, sell them at a higher price.


Stainless steel faucets have the same inherent problems as sinks made from stainless steel. The material is easily scratched, especially if you use scouring powder or rough cleaning brushes. The scratches will remain after cleaning. To avoid problems with an existing stainless steel faucet, only use a soft cloth to clean the surface.


The surface of stainless steel faucets shows water spots easily. Drying the faucet with a soft cloth if it gets wet can prevent water spots from forming. If you do find any, clean the faucet with white vinegar to get rid of the water spots.