How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet

How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet

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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
Shop Counter Mount Faucets
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 it?
•  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 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.
Minimalist Ideas
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 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 SpraysSide Sprays
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
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
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:

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