Renovating a home is no easy task. Where do you start? How much money do you spend? Which jobs can you perform yourself, and which skills do you need to find contractors for? There are so many questions when it comes to home renovation that it might put you off altogether! We believe that anyone with just a small amount of DIY skills can renovate a home with the right tools.
As long as you know one end of a hammer from the other, then there are lots of jobs you can do yourself when it comes to home renovation, one of which is refitting a new bathroom or fixing a leaky faucet. Bathrooms sound scary because the risk of bursting a pipe or fitting something wrong can be costly. But in actual fact, the chance of you installing anything wrong in a bathroom is very limited. Here are our top 5 Kraus faucet reviews and some FAQs and answers that might put your mind at rest.
In this article, we’re going to review the following Kraus faucets:
- Kraus KVF-1200SFS Arlo Bathroom Faucet
- Kraus FVS-1002CH Sheven Single Lever
- Kraus C-GV-399-19mm-10SN Ladon Glass Vessel Sink and Waterfall Faucet
- Kraus FUS-13102BN Cirrus Centerset 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet
- Kraus C-KCV-120-1007CH Elavo & Ramus Bathroom Sink and Vessel Faucet
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Bathroom Renovations, FAQs
How easy is it to install a new bathroom?
Generally speaking, installing a new bathroom isn’t as daunting as it might sound. The majority of the time, the problematic parts of installing a new bathroom are merely connecting up the pipes. Connecting the pipes is a fiddly job usually done in tight, confined spaces (such as underneath your bathtub or underneath your sink), which can make the situation more complicated. But this doesn’t mean that you should call in a plumber. Instead, by gaining advice on how to install your bathroom beforehand, you should be aware of which jobs need to be done.
Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure that nothing goes wrong, and as long as you have the correct tools and the knowledge on how to install your new bathroom, you should be fine. On the rare occasion when you are installing an electrical item such as new lighting, a fan, or an electric shower, we recommend getting a contractor in. Messing around with wires never ends well, so it’s best to leave that to the professionals.
Which type of toilet is best?
There are lots of different types of toilets, including one-piece, two-piece, single flush, dual flush, comfort height, etc. When choosing a toilet, we recommend that you go for the most water-efficient toilet. This will mean looking for a low-consumption dual flush system that will use around 1 gallon of water per flush. Remember that as with most items in your bathroom, you need to check that they are compatible with the guidelines in your State.
If you are nervous about installing a new toilet, then it’s worth looking into a one-piece unit. These units are simply called this because instead of forming two individual pieces, if a toilet (the cistern and a bowl), they mold the item into one, easy to install piece. A one-piece toilet will often be smaller and will cover less ground (making them ideal for small spaces) and will be less likely to leak if installed correctly.
How do I renovate on a budget?
OK, so no one likes to spend more than they need to on anything, right? That’s why you’d rather do it yourself and save a few bucks. So renovating your home on a budget makes complete sense. You don’t need to spend out a small fortune (unless you want to) on high-end faucets or a top of the range bathroom suite. With a bit of clever spending, you can buy some fantastic waterfall faucets, a rainfall style shower, and a cutting edge toilet all for less than $500. It’s about shopping smart rather than spending out.
There are many other ways that you can save money when renovating your bathroom, such as buying mid-range items, buying in bulk, and buying on sale. But the biggest saving you are going to make is to avoid those contractor costs. Make sure you study up on your DIY skills, and you will save yourself a small fortune!
Can I just change my faucets?
Of course, you can! In fact, changing your faucets is a great way to update the whole room without too much disruption. It is also beneficial for your health. Old pipes and faucets can have a build-up of limescale and debris, which acts very nicely as a breeding ground for germs. These germs will multiply and come through your faucets via your water, meaning that you are basically washing with dirty water. By swapping your faucets, you will be able to replace these lime scaled up to areas (because no matter how hard you try, there is no cleaning them) and have cleaner water.
New faucets also mean newer technology so you can replace your older faucets with new water-saving ones. As well as using less water, they will also have more modern features such as waterfall effects, soft temperature mixers, and anti-scold functions. If you want to make an immediate impact in your new bathroom but don’t have the time or budget for a whole new bathroom, then new faucets are a great alternative and you can learn more about how to choose the right faucet here.
Kraus Faucet Reviews
We have listed some of our favorite Kraus faucets below and reviewed each one so that you can compare them and see which one works best in your bathroom. Take a look now and see which one appeals most to you.
Kraus is a well-known brand that prides itself on both stunning design and high-quality faucets. The Arlo is no exception to this rule. This faucet is a single-handled mixer unit that adds some style and sophistication to your bathroom. The brushed nickel finish is made with a spot-free finish and is very easy to maintain. All Kraus faucets come with a lifetime warranty, so if anything were to happen to your faucet (which we doubt), you would be able to have it mended for free under your warranty.
This water-saving system is low on water consumption but high on pressure thanks to the aerated nozzle that is also limescale resistant. The ceramic cartridge withstands all temperatures meaning that even at high temps, it will not leak or burst. The Kraus Arlo is a Water Sense Certified faucet and can be installed in any State. This 1 hole faucet also comes with a pop-up drain, which is easily installed and easy to use. Overall, the Arlo is a great faucet for most bathroom sinks.
The Sheven Single Lever Bathroom Faucet is a straightforward but stylish design that is available in 3 different colors. You will find the Sheven in Chrome; Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Satin Nickel. Unlike the Arlo, which was very curved in design, the Sheven boasts straight lines and a clear image. The spout is not curved and, as such, produces a different shaped stream to other faucets. However, the aerated nozzle does give the 1.2 gallons of water per minute flow some serious pressure behind it. This combination makes it ideal for low water pressure areas and is actually Water Sense Certified as well.
This model has a rust-resistant finish, something that is crucial in a bathroom faucet. It is made from the strongest of brass so that it won’t break or leak any time soon. Overall, the faucet’s usability, combined with the sleek design, means that it is a great value for money product that will probably outlive your home!
You were looking for something that is completely unique and will AMAZE your guests? Well, look no further than the Ladon Glass Vessel Sink and Waterfall Faucet combo. We. Mean. WOW!!! This stunning combo might be on the pricey side, but the awe and admiration you will get from your friends for having the best bathroom out there will be worth every penny. This beautiful sink with co-ordinating faucet is made from reinforced marbled glass in a beautiful dark teal. This countertop setup will look stunning on any countertop, but do be mindful that you will need to drill a hole for the waste and the faucet.
The faucet itself has a waterfall design that is controlled by the handle, which comes from the center of the faucets glass dish. The water cascades over the disc and provides a softly flowing stream of water to wash under. The Ladon faucet is made from solid brass and contains a leak-proof ceramic cartridge that will withstand any wear and tear a family may throw its way.
While the Cirrus might not have quite such an out-there look as the Ladon, it is still a beautifully designed faucet set. This 3 piece unit comes fitted on one baseplate, which gives it a unified design feel. There are two elaborately curved handles that control the hot and cold water independently, while the main water outlet provides the stream of your required temperature and pressure water. The water outlet is moveable, making it easier to redirect the water and clean the sink.
The all-metal faucet has an aerated nozzle, which helps to increase the water pressure without consuming too much water. However, this faucet has a slightly higher water consumption than most at 1.5 gallons of water per minute consumed, making it unsuitable for some States. This 3 piece faucet does require a 3 hole sink, so do make sure before you purchase this product that your existing (or new) sink is compatible.
If it’s a sink and faucet combo that you are looking for, then the Kraus Elavo Sink and Arlo Faucet is a great combo. Already featured on our list, the Arlo faucet is a great item from Kraus. Add in the square-shaped countertop sink to the mix, and you’ll soon see that Kraus doesn’t just make great faucets! The Elavo sink is made from quality ceramic and is glazed with an anti-bacterial glaze that prevents any germs from growing and developing in the sink. The smart square design looks great as a countertop style, but be mindful that you will need to drill additional waste holes.
The Arlo faucet is a single-handled design that uses a handle at the top to control the temperature and the pressure of the water. This faucet is made from solid brass and contains a ceramic cartridge within it to prevent any leaks. The rust-resistant exterior is ideal for any bathroom, and while the faucet only comes in chrome, it will still look stunning in every bathroom.
We love all of the faucets on our top 5 list of the best Kraus Faucets, but if we had to choose one of these great faucets for our bathroom, it would definitely be the Kraus C-GV Ladon Glass Vessel Sink and Waterfall Faucet. If you want to change up your bathroom, then you definitely want people to notice, and boy will the Ladon get people to notice! From the tempered blue sink to the gorgeous waterfall feature faucet, this really is the whole package. So which one are you going to fit into your bathroom? Remember to think carefully about a countertop option before you buy one and to ensure that you have the right number of holes predrilled into your sink before you buy it. Happy shopping!