Who knew so much goes into selecting a kitchen faucet for your kitchen remodeling project? It’s a given that good looks and a great price are important. But there are loads of considerations and features you need to think about before making a choice.
Every kitchen faucet’s primary function is to dispense hot and cold water for prepping meals, washing dishes, and cleaning hands. Beyond that, a faucet also plays a major role in defining your kitchen’s style.
Start by asking yourself how you plan to use the faucet. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, sprayers, and height can help you create a space that works your way. You may also decide a second sink and faucet is what you need.
Pick the Right Height
Which kitchen faucet height is right for you depends on the depth of your sink and any obstructions around it, such as a window sill or low cabinet. If you like the look of a high arc, make sure to install a sink deep and wide enough to prevent splashing.
Pick the Right Sprayer
Sprayers, either separate or integrated, are highly useful and most faucets now feature them. They’re great for washing fresh veggies and make clean-up quick and easy. Today, the most popular models are those built into the faucet. Pull-down or pull-out, we recommend the models with a magnetic catch for the most secure fit. Some people still prefer a side sprayer and many sinks come with an extra hole to accommodate it.
Designer tips – If you plan to save some money by choosing a shallower sink, keep in mind that it will probably not be deep enough for a pullout faucet. Also, be careful what’s under your sink so that the hose doesn’t get wrapped around anything in its way.
Choose a Mounting
Faucets can be mounted in three main ways:
- Sink-mounted faucets are a great option if you want a quick update to your kitchen and want to reuse your existing sink. Not all sinks and faucet design work together, so figure out which features you want and make sure your sink has the mounting holes you need.
- Deck-mounted faucets mount directly on the countertop, not the sink. Typically used with undermount sinks, they provide a seamless look that’s particularly well-suited to contemporary kitchens. The downsides? They take up space and you may also have a problem with accumulated water, dirt, and grime between the faucet and wall. It’s a good idea to allow enough room behind the faucet for easy cleaning.
- Wall-mounted faucets free up counter space and allow for placing the sink closer to the wall. You can also adjust the height at which they’re placed. It’s an attractive look that’s also practical, but make sure the distance the water spout projects works with your sink choice.
Handle choice usually boils down to convenience.
- Single-handled faucets that rotate directionally are perfect for when you only have one free hand. The most popular models feature high arching pro-style designs, great for accommodating large pots in the sink. Some people prefer the more precise temperature control of a two-handled faucet.
- Double-handled faucets have dedicated cold and hot handles. They typically require a minimum of three holes for installation. They’re highly customizable and, because on many models you can switch out the handles separately from the plumbing, you can easily change styles. Today, they’re found most often in traditional style kitchens.
- Hands-free faucets are sensor activated and have a side handle that lets you adjust the flow rate and temperature. This is a great option for children and people who have mobility issues such as arthritis. They’re also great for cleaning your hands after handling raw foods. They automatically shut off, a nice water conservation feature.
- Dial handles (right photo) are less common, but some people like them in contemporary kitchens and the Crane Dialese version is very popular for vintage sinks. They can be awkward to operate.
Choose a Finish
Chrome, brushed chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, and stainless are just some of the finish choices available for kitchen faucets. If you’re buying separate pieces from different manufacturers, keep in mind the finish from one may not exactly match the other.
You may want to add extra features to your kitchen faucet. Pot fillers, soap dispensers, and instant hot or filtered water are some of the most requested ones. Some require an additional sink hole.
Finally, a word about price and quality. Though lower-priced faucets can be appealing, they’re frequently made with plastic parts that don’t hold up anywhere near as long as more expensive models. Any upfront savings may be easily negated if your faucet breaks and needs to be repaired or replaced.
Let’s Get Started
Are you ready to move forward with your own kitchen remodel? Our designers are ready to go over all your options, including which faucet is best for your taste and budget. To learn more about our kitchen remodeling process or to set up an initial consultation, get in touch with us today. We look forward to meeting with you!