Kitchen faucets are typically bought for function: will it get the job done? In recent years, more emphasis is being placed on the styling of the faucet and how it enhances its surrounding environment. There are so many options beyond traditional or modern to choose from now, that the decision can seem daunting. How should it be mounted? What finish best complements the kitchen design? How many handles should it have? To simplify the process, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to choosing your perfect kitchen faucet.
Choosing a kitchen faucet is easiest when you’ve already decided on a style for the space. It narrows your choices down by eliminating finishes and other options that won’t match your overall kitchen design.
Sink mount faucets are mounted to the sink itself. There are many different sink and faucet combinations but they’re not always suitable matches. If you’re working with an existing sink, you’ll need to take the amount of pre-drilled holes into consideration.
Pro: Swapping out a sink mount faucet gives your kitchen a quick update.
Con: Because you need to work with pre-drilled holes, your faucet options can be limited.
Deck mounted faucets are mounted to the counter and are a great option for undermount sinks. They provide a contemporary look, especially when paired with a stainless steel sink.
Pro: Deck mount faucets create a seamless look in the kitchen.
Con: They take up counter space, which may be an issue in smaller kitchens.
Wall mount faucets are ideal for small kitchens because they don’t take up any counter space. You’ll need to pay attention to the water spout projection to make sure your sink and wall mount faucet are compatible.
Pro: With your faucet mounted to the wall, your counter cleanup will be a breeze.
Con: The spacing and location of a wall mount faucet have to be perfect, which may be an issue with some double bowl sinks.
Faucets with a single handle are called mixers. The mixer rotates up and down to control water flow and side-to-side to adjust water temperature.
Pro: These faucets are especially convenient when your hands are full or dirty because you don’t need a lot of dexterity to turn it on. They also typically have high-arcing spouts, making them perfect for larger pots.
Con: You get a less precise temperature with a mixer than you do with a double-handled faucet.
Double-handled faucets are usually triple-hole widespread faucets, though you can find some single-hole, double-handled faucets. These faucets are more customizable, allowing you to choose lever or cross handles to accompany the faucet.
Pro: You get more precise water adjustment with a double-handled faucet.
Con: These faucets are harder to switch on with occupied hands.
Pro: Faucets made from plastic are more inexpensive than other faucet materials.
Con: Plastic faucets don’t last as long as other faucets, and may need to be replaced more frequently.
Pro: Solid brass faucets last the longest and require the least amount of care.
Con: Because of their high quality, solid brass faucets cost more than other materials.
Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Antique Copper, Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze Highlight, Mahogany Bronze, and Pewter are some examples of matte faucet finishes. These finishes are ideal for traditional kitchen designs.
Finishes such as Polished Chrome, Polished Brass, Polished Copper, and Polished Nickel give off shine and gleam, making them perfect for modern designs.