How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Faucet

In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to consider for choosing the perfect kitchen sink faucet. As one of the most used features in your home, this is not a decision to take lightly. Get all the facts on choosing the right faucet mount, determining the number of holes needed for installation, picking the right faucet style, finish and features for your situation and learn how to measure properly so you end up with the right kitchen faucet size and reach.

As an added bonus, we’ve created a table that compares the pros and cons of kitchen faucet finishes.

Choice can be a blessing and a curse. This kitchen sink faucet guide will help you make the right choice when it comes to picking a kitchen sink faucet that will last and one you’ll love for a long time.

Start your project with a fresh look at your family's needs.

Choose Your Kitchen Sink Faucet Size and Reach

It’s important to check every aspect of the size of your faucet before you order. First, you need to address size as it relates to functionality. Second, to look balanced, your faucet should be in proportion to the sink. A large faucet would visually overpower a small prep sink, while a small faucet might look odd in a large sink and countertop area.

Height

You may find height expressed as deck to top of faucet and/or deck to aerator. Make certain you are choosing a faucet with adequate height to accommodate the items you’ll be washing or filling. The higher the spout, the easier it is to fit tall pots under it for filling or cleaning. If you have a shelf above your sink or a wide window ledge, a tall faucet may not fit.

Reach

This important (and often overlooked!) measurement refers to the horizontal distance from the faucet spout to its point of connection with the sink or countertop. In other words, how far the faucet extends into the sink. This measurement determines how large an arc your faucet can cover within the sink basin. This aspect of your faucet also needs to be coordinated with your sink size so the water stream does not hit too far back or forward within the basin.

A pull-out or pull-down spout helps minimize a mismatch, but you’ll still want your faucet to be aimed correctly with the spout in place. Also if you have a sink with two or three basins, you want to make sure the faucet reach is adequate enough to reach all the bowls of the sink. As a rule of thumb, the water flow should hit the drain while the faucet is on and not the sink. Measure the distance from the faucet holes to the middle of the drain to get the proper distance.

Clearance to Backsplash

Let’s say you fall in love with a faucet whose single handle controls temperature by rotating back. You bring it home and install it, and it looks fabulous. Then you turn it on…and find out that the handle hits your backsplash before it’s fully extended. Check the product specifications to see if there is a minimum recommended clearance to backsplash. Make sure the space between your backsplash and the handle allows for the recommended measurement, or select a faucet whose handle(s) have only forward motion to operate.

Spread

When you shop kitchen faucets you will see terms like “8-inch center spread”. This refers to the distance from the center of one hole to the center of the farthest hole on the other side. Some widespread kitchen faucets come with flexible water line hoses that allow for some variance in spread.

Not sure if you have a tight backsplash? Choose a forward-rotating handle.

Choose Your Kitchen Sink Faucet Mount

Many sinks come predrilled with holes for the faucet, so if you are simply replacing a faucet or you already have a predrilled sink, you know what you’ve got to work with.

You may have more flexibility if you are doing a build or remodel and you haven’t yet purchased your sink. Or perhaps you are doing a new countertop with an undermount sink, so you won’t be restricted to a certain number of holes. You may even have decided that your new faucet is going to be plumbed and mounted in the wall.

If that’s the case, you can move on to choosing your kitchen faucet style. If you do need to pay attention to the number of holes your faucet requires, keep reading.Any extra feature, such as a side sprayer, hot or cold water dispenser, or soap dispenser, will require an additional hole.

 

How Many Holes Do I Need?

Some faucets may fool you: they look like they need three holes, but really it’s two. Or vice versa. Always check the faucet specifications–don’t go by looks alone. Here are some general guidelines:

  • A faucet with an integrated single handle usually requires one hole
  • A spout with a separate single handle usually requires two holes
  • A spout with two separate handles usually requires three holes
  • Any extra feature, such as a side sprayer, hot or cold water dispenser, or soap dispenser, will require an additional hole
  • If your local building code requires you to install an air gap for your dishwasher, add another hole

Can I Add Holes to My Sink?

Some lighter material sinks come with circles stamped on them to allow you to drill out the desired number of holes, but be wary of drilling additional holes in sinks that weren’t specifically designed for it. (FYI, be careful about drilling new holes in existing countertops for deck mounted faucets as well. It’s usually better to have the holes put into a countertop before installation.)

What if my sink has too many holes?

For example: You bought a two-hole sink intended for a single handle faucet with a side sprayer, but now you’ve got your eye on a pull-down faucet so you no longer need the sprayer.

Some faucets can be installed with an escutcheon, or decorative plate, to cover the holes. (Check to see if the faucet you are ordering comes with one, or you need to order it separately.) Or you can get covers for the extra holes, but not everyone likes the look.

Choose Your Kitchen Sink Faucet Style

Match What You Have

Just like furniture or architecture, kitchen fixtures come in many styles like contemporarytraditionaltransitionalcraftsman and more. We’ve classified our faucet styles to make it easy to match faucets to the predominant style in your home.

Spouts

45-degree angle faucet spout

The traditional 45-degree angle faucet is still the standard in many homes. If you’re happy with the style, go ahead and get a new one. You’ll be getting newer, more leak-proof, longer-lasting technology.

High arc kitchen faucet spout

High arc (also called gooseneck) faucets come in many sizes and shapes and are great for filling large vessels or washing big pots. They add an elegant note to an ever-expanding variety of decors.

45-degree angle faucet spout

Pull-down and pull-out faucets offer varied spray patterns you control with a button. The spouts extend from the faucet on sturdy hoses and retract back into the spout, usually with a spring-activated mechanism or magnetic docking system.

Bridge faucet spout

Bridge faucets are usually compatible with a more traditional decorating scheme. Check the number of holes required as that can vary with bridge styles.

Handles

A single handle is usually incorporated into the spout, but some models mount a separate handle to the side. This style, which mixes both hot and cold water with a single lever, can be easier to use if your hands are full of rutabagas or cupcake pans. Some people prefer the more traditional look of double handles as well as the separate hot/cold controls.

Add-ons

You can choose a faucet that comes with a side sprayerhot or cold water dispenser, or soap dispenser. Just remember that each add-on needs its own installation hole.

 

Consider who will be using the faucet. For seniors or people with disabilities, choose a faucet with a substantial, easy to grasp pull-out wand.

 

 

HOMEIDEAS Single Handle Pull Out Sprayer Kitchen Sink Faucet, Single Lever Pull Down Faucet,Stainless Steel Brushed Nickel
  • Pull Out Sprayer: Stream or sprayer are available, anti-skid button make it easily to switch, flexible...
  • Pull Out Hose: Can be free to pull out 60cm , more convenient for washing, offers more room for a variety...
  • Brushed Nickel Finished: Lead-Free Solid Brass Construction, will not rust, more healthy and safety to...
  • Premium Ceramic Spool: Smooth to control and will not leak, can also effectively filter impurities in...
  • Easy To Install: 3/8-Inch Female Compression Thread x M10 Male Connector including, free 1/2' to 3/8'...

 

HOMEIDEAS Kitchen Sink Faucet,Hot and Cold Single Handle Water Faucets 360 Degree Swivel Brushed Nickel Finished, Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel
  • Brushed Nickel Finished: Lead-Free Solid Brass Construction, will not rust, more healthy and safety to...
  • Stainless Steel Sprayer: Stainless Steel Covering, ensuring quality, more durable and will not rust, soft...
  • Pull Out Hose: Can be swivel to 360 degree and free to pull out 60cm,more convenient for washing, offers...
  • Premium Ceramic Valve: Sedal Valve, more smooth to control and will not leak,can also effectively filter...
  • Easy To Install: 3/8-Inch Female Compression Thread x M10 Male Connector including, free 1/2' to 3/8...

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