Let’s face it – the amount of commercial sink faucets available in the food service industry is immense. Frankly, it can often be a confusing task to pick the correct one to fit your application.
We all know that water is one of the most important parts of any commercial facility. The combination of an IMC stainless steel sink & the faucet you pick to carry that water will affect the productivity in your establishment. With that in mind, you’re going to need the optimal faucet to get the job done.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the main types of faucets & some things to consider when purchasing a faucet.
Mounting: Deck vs. Splash
To operate your stainless steel sink correctly, your faucet needs to be mounted correctly! So, let’s start off with mounting:
Deck Mounted Faucet – The “deck” is the flat part right behind the sink bowl, so the faucet will stand vertical. This type of faucet mounts directly onto the sink & provides simple functionality.
Splash Mounted Faucet – A splash mounted (also called wall mounted) is the more common option & makes better use of space. The faucet will mount directly on the wall & come through the sink’s backsplash.
So, which one do you need? The biggest consideration is how your facility’s water lines are set up. Try to customize your stainless steel sink with the appropriate pre-cut holes to complement the water lines in your facility. Remember, pick a deck mounted faucet for deck holes & pick a splash mounted faucet for splash holes.
Nozzle Type: Standard Swing vs. Gooseneck
The faucet nozzle carries the water, so picking the right nozzle is vital:
Standard Swing – These are the regular movable (swivel) types. They have more horizontal reach into the sink as compared to the gooseneck faucet. These are ideal for compartment (scullery) sinks.
Gooseneck Faucet – Gooseneck faucets are sometimes used for a more aesthetic look & higher, more comfortable clearance for hand washing.
Operation: Touch vs. Electronic
The choice between a touch or electronic operating faucet will come down to your application.
Touch – If you need a constant water flow for washing, rinsing or soaking, then a standard touch faucet will be your best bet. You’ll also have control over the hot & cold water temperatures with the equipped handles.
Electronic – Electronic faucets use proximity sensors & are better suited for hand washing applications. Simply put, they minimize contact points & the spread of germs. It’s a little more expensive, but aesthetically pleasing option.
Quick Note on Accessories
Sometimes a plain nozzle isn’t enough, you’ll need a pre-rinse sprayer. They’re great for cleaning off dirty dishes & washing produce. Eye wash stations can also be equipped to faucets for temporary treatment of emergency eye injuries. Depending on your application, wrist or lever type handles may be used for standard touch faucets.
At IMC/Teddy, we offer a wide selection of faucets for a variety of applications. Our catalog of faucets includes options for your ware washing, hand washing, or other cleaning needs. Choose from faucets of different styles (standard swing, gooseneck, deck mounted, splash mounted), and types (touch, electronic) to find a model that’s compatible with your IMC stainless steel sink. For a quick snapshot of our faucet lineup, click here.