Your kitchen faucet is one of the most frequently used fixtures in your home and one of the key focal points in your kitchen. Once simply a tool for food preparation and washing dishes, today’s kitchen faucets offer exciting new features and enhanced functionality designed to provide ease-of-use and years of trouble-free operation.
Tip: Take note of the number of holes in your sink to ensure you shop for a compatible faucet.
Tip: If you’ve found a faucet that requires fewer holes than are available in your sink, use sink hole covers to conceal any unused spaces.
For apron or undermount sinks with no pre-dilled faucet holes, look for wall-mount faucets. These faucets connect to the wall above the kitchen sink and make it easier to clean the sink and countertops while allowing more height for larger vessels.
Single-handle faucets can be attached to the faucet base or stand alone and require one or two sink holes.
Double-handle faucets have separate handles for hot and cold water and require three sink holes. The handles may be integrated with a deck plate or mounted separately. The sprayer is typically separate from the faucet head.
Your faucet’s finish is the surface coating on the spout and handles. Consider a finish that complements your kitchen’s decor and coordinates with your lighting and appliances. Many manufacturers have special processes that make their finishes highly durable and resistant to abrasion and discoloration. Some of the more popular finishes are chrome, brushed nickel and so on.