How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet

Written by: Erica Spangler

Kitchen Faucet Inspiration

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.

Counter Mounted Kitchen Faucet

Mounted to Counter

  • Also called deck mounted
  • Most common option
  • More features and variety
  • Easier installation
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Wall Mounted Kitchen Faucet

Wall Mounted

  • Great for small kitchen locations
  • Offers a more industrial look
  • May need a plumber for installation help
  • Easier cleaning around your sink
Shop Wall Mount Faucets

Sizing Your Kitchen Faucet

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?

Measurements

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 Dimensions

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.

Single Hole Kitchen Faucet
Two Hole Kitchen Faucet

Minimalist Ideas

  • Single hole with pull down spray (1 hole)
  • Single hole with side spray (2 hole)
Three Hole Kitchen Faucet
Four Hole Kitchen Faucet

The Works

Number of Handles

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.

Pullout Kitchen Faucet

Pullout or Side Spray

  • Great for cleaning the sink
  • Can use to better fill up larger pots and pans
  • Helps control water direction when cleaning certain dishes
Pullout Sprays or Side Sprays
Touchless Kitchen Faucet

Electronic Features

  • Electronic faucets differ by brand
  • Typically, a touchless aspect to turn on and off faucet
  • Requires some sort of power source--i.e. batteries
Electronic Faucets
Water Filter Kitchen Faucet

Filtering Feature

  • Some faucets come with a filtering system built-in
  • Typically means it is a separate faucet--hot and cold, cold only or hot only
Faucets with Filtering Systems
Kitchen Soap Dispenser

Soap Dispenser

  • Some faucets come with matching soap dispensers
  • It’s a nice addition and ensures the finishes and styles match
Faucets with Soap Dispensers

Kitchen Faucet with Style

Don’t forget to choose a faucet that fits your style and personality. Here are the four most common ways people pick their faucet’s look:

Finish

Style

Trends

Other Kitchen Faucets

Pot Fillers

Pot Fillers

  • Fills pots with water at prep areas
  • Eliminates lifting heavy water pots
  • Typically, wall mounted
  • Cold water only
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Bar Faucet

Bar Faucet

  • Smaller sized faucet meant to match your larger kitchen sink faucet
  • Place a faucet at all prep areas
  • Has both hot and cold water
Shop Bar Faucets
Water Dispenser Faucet

Water Dispensers

  • Great option for instant, filtered water
  • Available in cold only, hot only or both hot and cold
  • Allows your have instant hot or cold water
Shop Water Dispensers
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