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Old 10-12-2013, 10:00 PM
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I love lever-style handles on sink faucets!

I grew-up with the rounded knobs on separate hot & cold faucets. When I moved out on my own, just about all the apartments I lived in had the rounded handles too. Then I moved into an apartment for a year that had the two separate lever arms. After that year, I had to relocate to a different city for another job. The apartment I lived in had the rounded knobs again. I just didn't like them anymore; felt spoiled by the lever arms. Why:

1. Less mess on the faucet handles. Often I'd turn on the handle to discover the person who washed before me had jam or oil on their hands. Also, my sticky or greasy hands stay off the handle because I could turn on the water with my wrist.

2. Avoid salmonella bacteria getting on handles after preparing raw meat. I'd wash my hands with soap, but then turn off the round faucet knob that I had touched at the beginning. With the slide of my elbow, I can turn on the water without getting any bacteria onto the handles.

3. Same thing with other "germs" not touching the handle. (I guess there is too much paranoia with germs these days).

But most of all....

4. Lever handles are about the laziest way to turn on/off water without an automatic sensor!

Just recently bought my first home. First replacement after the locks: removed all the rounded knobs and installed lever handles!
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:00 PM
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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Every single faucet in my house has lever-style handles. I agree they are better overall, for the same reasons you cited.

One faucet did have round knob-style handles when I bought the place. But I ended up changing it out with a lever-style unit. It was missing the aerator, so I bought one at Lowes only to find out the threads for the aerator were stripped on the faucet, requiring a total replacement.
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