Low water pressure in kitchen sink … no problem! (Aerator FAQs and Buyer Guide below)
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You need to either clean your aerator or purchase a new one as mentioned in the video.
Frankly, it’s way too complicated buying an aerator but I’ll do my best to explain below what you need to know.
If you have a newer faucet on the aerator cap (housing) they will print the Max GPM (gallons per minute) on the cap. Typical GPM are 1.2 – 2.2 GPM. Lower GPM will be less pressure but you’ll save on water bills. Higher GPM will create a stronger flow.
For what it’s worth, on my two newer faucets it said max GMP of 1.5.
You’ll want to determine the aerator size as well.
This tool makes this easy: https://amzn.to/2T9V5gr
It’s a multifunctional aerator tool made by Danco that is helpful with removing internal aerators common to kitchen sinks. If you click through the images the fourth image explains the four sizes of aerators.
2. Tiny Junior
4. Tom Thumb
On that image, it will show you how you can use a penny, dime, nickel or quarter to determine the aerator size as well. The tool itself can do this too by comparing the teeth of the tool against your aerator. Those same teeth are used to unscrew internal aerators that are common in kitchen faucets.
Once you know the GPM you want and the size of the aerator… you’ll need to decide on the type of water flow you want.
There are three main types:
Spray – This is common in cheaper hotels or school bathrooms where the water is shot out in a spray to mimic a miniature shower pattern. This is suggested for public bathrooms.
Laminar – This is pure non-aerated water which is great for a non-splashing stream. These look classier in my opinion.
Aerated – This is a traditional style where you’ll see little bubbles in the stream which create a whiter stream that is soft and non-splashing. These are the most common in households.
If you look at this dual spray kitchen aerator, in the images you’ll see that it offers spray and aerated. https://amzn.to/2MvZIyL
This aerator is a laminar flow: https://amzn.to/2FMFobY
This will have that pure stream look where the water looks clear. These are common in higher end faucets.
The last item I’ll mention is thread size. Every aerator is either male or female threaded.
If you look at the 1:18 mark of the video you can see that this aerator cap has male threads (they’re on the outside of the aerator cap) and the faucet itself has female threads hidden inside of the faucet head. Most faucets are like this but yours might be reversed.
So chances are you’re looking for a male thread aerator if you’re buying the housing.
Regular/Standard size aerators = 15/16″ male threaded or 55/64″ female threaded
Junior size = 13/16″ male threaded or 3/4″ female threaded.
Tom Thumb size is metric = M18x1 for male and M16x1 female threaded.
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