As one of the chief points of reference in a kitchen as well as the most regularly used fixture within a home, choosing the right faucet for your kitchen sink can be a challenge, which our quick buying guide can hopefully help you with as soon as possible!
Once a simple tool for washing dishes and preparing food, modern kitchen faucets now offer new features and greater functionality, providing easy operation for years on end. So, if you’re ready to upgrade your faucet and save on that dreaded utility bill, continue onward and learn a thing or two!
Typically, kitchen countertops and sinks have one to five holes for various designs for spouts, handles, and possible accessories, such as side sprayers. Faucets may be attached with or without a deck plate, which comprises of the faucet’s handles and spout on one plate, with one unit covering up to three holes. Faucets that don’t have deck plates need every piece, such as the handles, sprayer, spout, and soap dispenser, mounted individually.
- One hole: These sinks usually fit a single-handle faucet, but some double-handle faucets can accommodate single holes.
- Two holes: These configurations can work for single-handle faucets and one accessory.
- Three holes: Double-handle faucets need three holes—for both handles and the spout. They can be installed with deck plates or without.
- Four or five holes: Single- or double-handle faucets can be installed, with the other holes used for accessories or covered with sink hole covers. Units can be installed with deck plates or without.
Single-handle or double-handle faucets are a person’s options, with single-handles attaching onto the faucet base or standing alone and requiring one to two holes. Most models come with mounting plates for covering up to three vacant holes. Side sprayers can also be integrated through the main faucet deck or through the spout. For double-handle faucets, they have hot and cold-water handles, calling for three holes. Handles may be installed separately or with deck plates, and sprayers are often distinct from faucet heads.
Sprayers can be found on the spout or to the side, with some faucets incorporating pull-down or pull-out spray heads onto the spout, allowing direct water access wherever and providing added versatility for cleaning and cooking. Available for either single- or double-handles, pull-down sprayers have spouts that rise in high arcs, allowing heads to be pulled into the sink. Pull-out sprayers, available for single-handle faucets, have angled or curved spouts, allowing heads to be pulled and extended, which is very useful for washing and rinsing.
For side sprayers, they are mounted to the side, requiring their own hole in the sink/countertop. They increase water flow, making preparing food and cleaning easier, and retract if not being used. Side sprayers can also be matched with an existing faucet.
When buying new faucets, choose one with a spout that can reach the sink’s center. Your typical sink requires up to a 10-inch spout while a larger sink might require up to a 14-inch spout. Average spouts usually rest about 3-5 inches above the sink’s plane, with high-arc spouts often being up to 10 inches above. High arc-spouts have been called more elegant, providing more room and increasing range by rotating as high as 180 degrees.
With as many models out there as there are, faucets may come with some or all the following features:
- Adjustable flow-rate restrictors: These provide total control over water use and are perfect for areas with limited water or for those concerned about water conservation.
- Pot-filler faucets: These faucets, mounted over stoves, allow people to fill hefty pots without having to go back and forth. Many models have a double-jointed spout, which makes it easier to fill pots on back and front burners. Units can also be folded back when not being used.
- Built-in filtration units: These strain impurities like dirt, chemicals, and rust to provide better water for cooking and drinking.
- Touchless faucets: These automatically turn on through infrared and light sensors. They provide convenience when both hands are dirty or soapy and save water and money.
Choosing the right faucet model can sometimes take longer than you want it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You just have to know your sink’s layout and decide how much convenience you would like to have while cleaning dishes or preparing meals.
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