Steel faucets are fully recyclable, but chrome faucets are partially recyclable. This is because the latter is likely to tarnish over time which changes their appearance making them not attractive anymore.
Additionally, to keep chrome faucets clean, you need to use harsh cleaners which will cause deterioration when used regularly. This is what makes chrome faucets have a considerably short life cycle. On the contrary, stainless steel is rust-resistant and does not get tarnished with time. This makes it suitable for recycling even after being used for long.
At this point, stainless steel faucets are better.
The durability of chrome faucets depends on how frequently they are used, the level of care taken, and the plating quality. A high plating quality faucet could last for many years in dry environments and low usage areas.
However, the faucet will corrode and start rusting if the outer surface is damaged leaving the raw steel exposed. The coating can be removed by sliding metal objects over the surface of the faucets. As soon as the protective surface is penetrated, rust and corrosion start spreading in the inner surfaces which makes the remaining outer surface to loosen and fall off.
Stainless steel faucets are more durable than chrome faucets, but they might not withstand any wear and tear or stains.
The environment in which it’s used also has a significant influence on its durability. This is why stainless steel faucets mostly fit areas that demand high strength, resistance to corrosion, and low cost such as in kitchens of big hotels. If handled well, stainless steel faucets can last for several years because they’re also 100% reusable.
In this comparison, only the use of the environment, the level of care, and the plating quality can determine the lifespan of the two types of faucets.
The Level of Care Required
These two types of faucets differ in the level of care that each demands. Chrome faucets are designed with polished surfaces, which means they readily reveal scratches or fingerprints. If you want to use chrome faucets in your kitchen or bathroom, you must exercise a high level of care in using and cleaning them.
If your room is likely to have many people using the faucet, you might have a hard time keeping it in excellent condition. Additionally, depending on the quality of your faucet and the level of care that you observe, flaking or plate pealing can occur. You also might experience some light reflection if the faucets are also exposed to sunlight in your kitchen.
In contrast, stainless steel faucets are very durable and more comfortable to clean. Even if they’re used or cleaned frequently, they don’t dent easily and still scratch resistant. If you use your faucet frequently, stainless steel faucets are the best option. This is because stainless steel faucets just need low maintenance. Whether they’re used in a kitchen or bathroom, all you need for cleaning them are detergents and water.
Chrome kitchen faucets are often chosen for their high shine, which is shinier even than stainless steel. It makes the fixture an eye-catching piece of the kitchen decor.
The bright shine contributes to the aesthetics of the faucet.
Almost all faucets, both bathroom and kitchen ones, offer a model with a chrome finish. So you have a bigger variety of styles to choose from. Moreover, chrome is a popular choice for faucets in the house, making it easy to match them with other fixtures.