How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet
Installing a new kitchen faucet is an easy, affordable upgrade that can improve how your workspace looks and functions. Available in a variety of styles and finishes, these fixtures can support your current decorating theme, or be the foundation for a new direction.
Manufacturers now offer faucets with a host of practical features to make everyday tasks easier. Touchless faucets, and those that turn on with a quick tap, allow mess-free hand-washing. Inspired by commercial fixtures, many models have pullout spouts to simplify cleaning your cookware and work area. Adjustable water intensity and spray patterns let you customize flow for every job — from rinsing pots to watering plants.
Before You Shop
To find the perfect faucet for your kitchen, consider what style statement you want to make, how and where the fixture will be mounted, and what features will make your life easier. For detailed information on picking the right faucet, read our how-to article at Build.com/kitchenguides
Kitchen Faucet Location
First, you need to make a stylistic and logistic decision of where you want your faucet to go--mounted on the counter or mounted to the wall.
Mounted to Counter
- Also called deck mounted
- Most common option
- More features and variety
- Easier installation
Once you figure out where you want your faucet, you need to consider all of the necessary sizing.
- Consider how large the sink is?
- How many basins does your sink have?
- How large are your pots and pans? Will they fit under?
- Will a pullout spray or side spray help you reach a larger sink?
Make sure your spout will properly reach your entire sink. Use the spout reach and the faucet’s swivel range to figure out if the water stream will work. Also determine if the spout height is too high where it may cause splashing or too low where pots won’t fit.
Kitchen Faucet Configuration
Number of Holes
You will need to determine the number of holes you will need to mount your faucet. You may also need additional holes for side sprays, soap dispensers, hot water dispensers or air gaps.
Determine the number or handles you will need for your faucet. A faucet with two handles allows you to control the hot and cold water to your desired temperature, while a single handle mixes the two temperatures. Some faucets may have a third handle to turn a water filter on and off.
Kitchen Faucet Features
Consider these kitchen faucet features that can make your kitchen experience more convenient and easy. These are features or accessories that come with your kitchen faucet purchase.
- Electronic faucets differ by brand
- Typically, a touchless aspect to turn on and off faucet
- Requires some sort of power source--i.e. batteries
- Some faucets come with a filtering system built-in
- Typically means it is a separate faucet--hot and cold, cold only or hot only
Don’t forget to choose a faucet that fits your style and personality. Here are the most common ways people choose their faucet’s look:
- Fills pots with water at prep areas
- Eliminates lifting heavy water pots
- Typically, wall mounted
- Cold water only
- Smaller sized faucet meant to match your larger kitchen sink faucet
- Place a faucet at all prep areas
- Has both hot and cold water