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Nickel Vs. Steel Faucet

The kitchen faucet is among the most regularly used fixtures within the home and provides a finishing touch to kitchen decor. Modern styles have grown to incorporate both form and function, designing the piece to be both aesthetically appealing and convenient to use. There are approximately half a dozen finishes to choose from, among them are stainless steel and nickel. Both materials are widely used in modern decor, and each has its own positives and negatives.
  1. Looks

    • Nickel offers a look that is similar to chrome but without the high shine. Instead of shine, nickel fixtures feature a brushed or satin finish. This muted, neutral tone is ideal for most decorating styles, including modern, Mediterranean and French country and offers a warmer tone than stainless. Stainless steel is, according to kitchens.com, the second most widely used faucet material on the market, second only to nickel. These faucets are sleek with a touch of shine that is ideal for modern-style homes.


    • The cost of any kitchen faucet will vary greatly depending on several factors, finish being just one of them. The features and additions are going to dictate cost more than anything. Additions such as filtration systems and hands-free operation will add to the cost of either finish. Generally, the finish doesn’t make a difference when it comes to cost as both nickel and stainless are similarly priced. Stainless steel, however, has the bonus of matching a stainless sink.


    • Both products are remarkably durable and as long as proper care is provided, will last several decades. Stainless steel will resist oxidation, is fairly scratch resistant and won’t usually chip or crack if hit with a pot or pan. One downside is it does tend to show water marks more than most other finishes. A nickel faucet with a titanium finish is highly resistant to scratches and tarnishing.


    • Stainless steel requires regular cleaning with a mild cleanser or soap. The faucet and sink should be wiped down after each use to prevent mineral buildup and staining. Any cleanser used on stainless steel should be approved for use on the metal to prevent premature aging and other problems. Nickel tends to show fingerprints and smudges more than stainless steel, which generally means more cleaning will be necessary. Only noncorrosive materials should be used to prevent wearing or damaging the finish. Clean with a mild soap and warm water and scrub with a sponge, not steel wool or similar product.