With so many sizes and styles on the market, it can be difficult to choose a good faucet for your kitchen. So we've put together a list of the types of kitchen faucets to make your choice a little easier!
Here are 14 "types" of kitchen faucets and what you can expect when you buy them.
Cold Water Dispenser
Hot Water Dispenser
Faucets With Water Filters
Commercial Kitchen Faucets
1. Single-Hole Faucets
The most common kind of kitchen faucet is the single-hole faucet. It's named for the fact that you only need one hole in your countertop to install it, and its simplicity is also reflected in its design.
A top-mounted handle will control temperature and pressure, and a single sprout will emit water through your choice of aerators. A curved neck will keep things from splashing too heavily around the sink.
It should be noted that a single-hole faucet doesn't have to be a boring faucet; there are many single-hole designs that come with things like adjustable aerators, flow-control buttons and extra-strength disc cartridges.
They aren't featureless faucets. Their features are just limited because of their design.
Also known as "two-handle" or "two-hole" faucets, centerset faucets have separate handles for hot and cold water that flank the center sprout. As you might have guessed from the name, they'll need multiple holes for installation.
They're a popular choice for families since they come with clearly-separated temperature controls; you won't have to worry about your kids accidentally burning themselves or your spouse always leaving the swivel in the right direction.
The "centerset" design refers to the fact that everything is connected on one metal plate that rests in the center of your sink.
Widespread faucets are nearly identical to centerset faucets, but instead of having everything connected to a single base plate, widespread faucets come with individual pieces that are installed separately.
They're spaced apart anywhere from 6-16 inches, so you'll need to do some thinking to figure out which measurements are right for you.
Do you want hot and cold handles with plenty of room between them? Do you need space to install extra sink accessories like side sprayers and soap dispensers? How many holes are you willing to drill into your countertop?
Pull-out faucets are exactly what they sound like: Faucets that come with detachable heads that can be pulled closer to you with the help of a "hose" or "snake."
They're very versatile kitchen tools, and they're great for washing dishes, rinsing out the sink and getting spray pressure in those hard-to-reach areas of pots and pans.
They're also available in just about every type of material out there, so whether you're fond of chrome, bronze, brass or stainless steel, you can probably find a pull-out faucet that's made from it.
Not to be confused with pull-out faucets, pull-down faucets have similar functions in the kitchen but slightly different designs.
Their heads are fixed in a downward position and are meant to be used as an extension of the faucet rather than a free-ranging hose. This results in a limited flexibility from the product, but on the flip side, you're also less likely to make a mess with a floppy hose splashing water off the sides of dishes and pots.
The pull-down faucet doesn't usually stretch above the rim of the sink, so you're guaranteed a certain amount of tidiness as you wash up.
6. Side Sprayers
There are many reasons that you might not want a faucet with a detachable head, including aesthetics, functionality and concerns about hygiene.
But this doesn't mean that you have to give up the idea of having a spray hose for your kitchen sink! Just look for a faucet with a "side sprayer" that rests next to the traditional tap.
It'll use the same pipes and extend the same way as a detachable spray head, but it'll be its own unit with its own power. Its features can include everything from adjustable aerator sprays to 360° swivel technology, so you'll have your choice of extras when you buy.
7. Two-Handle, One-Hole
Now we're getting into the more technical faucet designs, but if you have specific needs as a homeowner, it's worth the effort of understanding them.
A two-handle, one-hole faucet has separate controls for hot and cold water that are attached directly to the spout instead of installed as separate pieces on a base plate.
It only needs one hole in your countertop, so you don't have to be an experienced DIYer to install it, and you can enjoy advanced temperature control technology without a complicated set-up.
The drawback of a two-handle, one-hole faucet is that it will need to be entirely replaced if it stops working. You can't just replace one part, not when the whole thing is one part.
8. Basin Taps
Basin taps are basically two mini-faucets that sit together on your sink. Instead of offering hot and cold controls that flank a central spout, they are the central spouts that just so happen to be separated into different units.
This is a throwback design to the days when hot and cold water had to be mixed at a basin before use, but you don't have to have a vintage kitchen to make use of it. Basin taps are available in things like chrome and stainless steel, so it's only the design that's classic, not the materials.
Wall-mounted faucets are installed on the wall rather than inside the sink. This is great if you live in a small home or are otherwise hurting for countertop space; a wall-mounted unit can clear up a lot of elbow room. They're also available in a variety of colors, sizes, styles and flow designs, so you'll have your pick of the litter to match your interior decor.
The downside of wall-mounted units is that they're prone to making a mess if you don't carefully measure distances and splash trajectories. They also need special valves and drains put inside the wall during installation, so it isn't something that should be attempted by an amateur.
10. Pot Fillers
Typically sold to restaurants and other commercial businesses, pot fillers are special faucets with long, thin spouts designed to fill deep basins.
Their sizes and thicknesses can vary, but they're all meant for a kind of high-volume, high-pressure action that regular sinks can't handle.
The good news is that you don't have to be a professional chef to buy a pot filler! Though they're most popular among restaurant owners, they're also available for home use.
11. Cold Water Dispenser
Do you work with a lot of meats and vegetables that require rinsing? Or maybe you live in a tropical climate where cold, fresh water is always a welcome relief to the heat blazing outside. Whatever your reason for needing an arctic blast of H2O, a cold water dispenser is how you can get it quickly and easily.
Instead of waiting around for your regular taps to adjust their temperatures, invest in a faucet with a specially-designed cold water dispenser to get your drink as soon as you want it.
12. Hot Water Dispenser
Maybe you aren't jonesing for cold water. Maybe you actually need hot water for your morning coffees or middle-of-the-night baby feedings.
A hot water dispenser is how you can get it, and what's more, it'll be ready to gush from your faucet without the usual warm-up times associated with traditional taps.
Instead of taking cold water and heating it to your desired temperature before pumping it out, a hot water dispenser is made with technology that keeps your water constantly and consistently heated. You'll be able to make that latte in no time!
13. Faucets With Water Filters
A good water filter can catch everything from copper to cadmium, so if you're worried about the toxins that might be in your family's drinking water, it's worth the effort of installing a faucet with a permanent filter.
Not only will it keep you from throwing away your money on cheap, flimsy filters, but depending on the model that you buy, it can also come with special taste-strengthening and purity-enhancing features.
You don't even have to worry about aesthetics! Faucets with pre-installed filters come in a wide variety of styles to suit all kinds of kitchens.
Commercial Kitchen Faucets
When nothing but the best will do, consider a commercial kitchen faucet.
These are the sleek, professional faucets that are used by restaurants chefs who can't afford mistakes, so they're typically very advanced in terms of design and technology.
They're also available in bigger and better sizes than traditional home faucets, and their features can run the gamut from flashy to understated. In short, commercial kitchen faucets are what you need if your regular faucets just aren't getting the job done.
A Few Final Words
These are just a few of the designs that you'll see when you start shopping for a kitchen faucet.
At the end of the day, only you can decide what's right for you, so don't let any list dictate what will be installed in your kitchen! Follow your instincts and make a choice that feels right.