Choosing a kitchen faucet is a much more involved process than most people realize. There are all kinds of factors to consider, both on the practical level and on the aesthetic level. Make sure to involve your spouse and the rest of your family in the decision making process to make sure everyone’s happy with the results. Here are some of the most important questions you should consider when you’re looking for the perfect kitchen sink.
How Many Holes Does Your Kitchen Sink Have?
Generally you’ll want to purchase a kohler kitchen faucet that has the same number of holes as your kitchen sink. If you have a 3 hole sink, you’ll want to go with a 3 hole faucet.
There are exceptions to this rule of thumb. You can drill a new hole in your kitchen sink if you really want a more elaborate faucet. You can also “fill” a hole by placing a metal placeholder over it.
Most people will simply choose to go with the existing number of holes in their sink.
2 Popular Kitchen Faucet Sprayer Choices
What kind of sprayer do you want your sink to come with? The 2 most popular choices are integrated sprayers and side sprayers.
Integrated sprayers, known as pull down faucets, are built into the faucet itself. You can simply pull the faucet out and press a button to use it as a sprayer. These are fantastic for 1-hole kitchen sinks.
The other popular choice is the sprayer on the side, known as a kitchen faucet with side spray. You just push down the handle on the sprayer to activate it.
Of course, you can forgo the sprayer entirely if you so choose.
Kitchen Faucet Accessories You Want to Build In
Are there unusual accessories that you want to build into your sink?
For example, you might choose to install your own water filter under the sink. In that case, you want a separate outlet for filtered water. That outlet’s going to take up a hole; so you need to factor that into your decision making process.
Another common accessory might be a built-in under the sink soap dispenser. Make these accessory decisions early so you can plan around them.
Selecting the Ideal Kitchen Faucet Handle
There are 2 main kinds of handles you can choose from.
First, you have the single handle faucet. This handle turns left and right in a gradient, allowing you to easily go from hot to warm to cold with a sweep of the hand. This kind of handle is ergonomic, simple and easy to use. Most single hole designs use this kind of handle.
Then you have the 2 handle designs. These two handles may or may not take up two additional holes next to the faucet itself, depending on the design. These handles look a little more sophisticated, but they do take up more room. Also, it’s a little harder to get the exact water temperature you’re looking for.
Make your decision based on aesthetics as well as practicality.
The Kitchen Faucet’s Height
One often overlooked factor to consider is the faucet’s height. If you regularly use large pots and pans, you’ll want to make sure you either have a tall faucet or have a faucet that can detach. The last thing you want is for your faucet head to get in the way of you putting your pots in the sink. Taller faucets get more attention if a center piece is what you so desire.
On Designs, Curves and Finishes
Generally you want to have your faucet match the rest of your kitchen as closely as possible. If your sink is stainless steel, you’ll probably want to go with a stainless steel or brushed nickel finish faucet as well.
Choose the design based on the aesthetics of the rest of your kitchen. If you have a relatively simple kitchen, you might want to go with a classic straight or pull down faucet. On the other hand, if you have a more modern design, you might want to go with a curved or bridge faucet that accentuates flow.
Look through a variety of different designs either online or in a brochure. Imagine how it’ll look on your kitchen sink. Pick your top three designs, then compare your impressions with the rest of your family to arrive at your final choice.
Finding the perfect faucet for your kitchen isn’t as hard as it may seem. Just take a look at the rest of your kitchen’s design, decide on what accessories you plan on using and look at how many holes your kitchen sink has. Then make your decision based on what you practically need in your kitchen, as well as how you want your kitchen to look.
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