Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide : How to Choose the Best Faucet


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Some General Thoughts

Here is an Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Best Kitchen Faucets for 2017.

Where do you spend the most time in your home? It’s time to think.There is no doubt that it is the kitchen in your home. Preparing for those late dinners, cleaning utensils, reading your favorite magazine in the meantime of baking some delicious foods and lots of other activities are done in the kitchen.

Reports says that an average American spends 5.6 hours more in the kitchen for every  1 hour spend in  the living room

I must say that the Kitchen is the Ultimate Room in your home.It is the center of all activities.To make sure all those activities in the kitchen go well, you need to own the Best Kitchen Faucets !!

You throw lots of things in the kitchen sink right? So you should choose a faucet that has the right amount of features like sprayers, spout height, handles to handle your different needs.

There are lots of things (from finish to installation process) to consider before you buy a faucet. I will be pointing out all this stuff in detail.

Kitchen Faucet Buyer’s Guide

The Way you Work on Handles

1. Single- Handled Kitchen Faucets

single handle kitchen faucetsThese kinds of faucets have a pretty simple operation.It gives a more updated and cool look to your faucet. Single hand is used to operate on both cold and hot water streams.Mostly, it is located on the faucet and sometimes next to it.

See all single-handled kitchen faucets here .


2. Two- Handled Kitchen Faucets

two handled kitchen faucetsIn these type of faucets, there are two handles which make the operation easier by having one handle for temperature control and the other for water flow adjustments.Gives an ideal classic style to your faucet.

See all Two-Handled Kitchen faucets here.

3. Touchless or Hands free Kitchen Faucets

touch kitchen faucetsDon’t want your dirty hands to work on the faucet? Here are Touchless faucets that are perfectly designed to control the water stream by a single touch.This is a modern and convenient method of operation.

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The Arc Height that Fits

1. High Arc Kitchen Faucets

high arc kitchen faucetsIf you work very often with large pots and vessels,t hen you definitely need a high arc kitchen faucet for perfect cleaning and filling.These high arcs have heights from  8-10 inches above the sink plane.

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2. Low Arc Kitchen Faucets

low arc kitchen faucetsIf you have a cabinet or a window that restricts the arc height, then you can go for the low arc faucets.These are meant for those people who don’t want their window view get limited with the faucet height.If your kitchen has such a kind of design, then it is recommended to go for low arcs.These arcs have heights from 3-8inches above the sink plane. Streamline flow of water with low profile is obtained for low arcs.

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The Perfect Sprayer

A faucet with a right as well as a great sprayer is required to complete your day-to-day tasks more comfortably.Whether you are washing vegetables or rinsing the sink, you need a sprayer that reaches properly.

1. Pull Down Kitchen Faucets

pull down kitchen faucets

In the pull down faucets, the faucet head pulls straight down and completely towards the bottom of the sink. Thus the spray wand can be pulled down to increase the sprayer reach and gives more flexibility.These works great if you have a large sink.This is a commonly chosen sprayer.

See all Pull Down kitchen faucets here.


2. Pull Out Kitchen Faucets

pull out kitchen faucetsIn pull-out faucets, the faucet head is pulled out towards you.This is an easier faucet as you can fill vessels which are kept on the sides nearer to sink.

See all Pullout Kitchen Faucets here.

3.Kitchen Faucets with Side Spray

kitchen faucets with side sprayThese are faucets in which there is an additional spray fitted nearer to the faucet. This requires an extra hole in the sink.

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No. of Holes in your Sink

It is crucial to choose the right kitchen faucet with required number of handles after checking the number of holes in your kitchen sink.The sink holes are necessary for extras like the soap dispenser, extra handle, side spray.

1. Single Hole

If your sink has just a single hole in it, you can go for the right kitchen faucet that has a single handle.Single handle kitchen faucets are the most commonly used type of faucets.

2. Two Hole

These are faucets that have two handles so that you can place it on two hole sink.The extra hole is usually for a soap dispenser or a side spray or a separate handle.

3. Three Hole

These are faucets with three handles, and they need a three hole sink.These are the traditional type of faucets used earlier in which there are two handles separately for cold water and hot water.

4. Four Hole

These are traditional kind of faucets with four handles to accommodate separate handles for cold and hot water as well as an extra handle for a soap dispenser or a side spray or a lotion bottle.

The Mounting Mechanism

To mount a faucet correctly, you need to choose the right mounting arrangement that meets your requirements.

1. Deck Plate Mounting

deck plate mounted kitchen faucets
Deck Plate is a simple and good looking plate that is placed at the base of the faucet so that you can install a single hole kitchen faucet on a two hole or three hole sink. This comes very useful when you are replacing your old two handled kitchen faucet with a single handled one or vice versa.You don’t need to add extra holes for a soap dispenser as the deck plate already has in it.

This kind of mounting is the most commonly chosen mounting mechanism.The faucet is mounted on the deck plate which is placed at the base of the faucet.

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2. Non Deck Plate Mounting

non deckplate mounted kitchen faucetsThese kinds of faucets do not have a deck plate to cover the holes. So each part of the faucet like side spray, lotion bottle are directly mounted on the sink holes.You should be careful in buying this faucet as you have to choose according to the exact number of holes in your sink.

  • The main advantage is that each part can be easily replaced as it is directly mounted.No need of flat surface for mounting like that of deck plate mounting.
  • The disadvantage is that the installation process is complicated as you need to install each part separately.The wear on each part will be more.

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3. Wall Mounting

wall mounted kitchen faucetsIn this mounting, the kitchen faucets are wall mounted so that it will be very easier to fill large pots and vessels.A wall mounted kitchen faucet has no kind of connections with the kitchen sink.Both are separately fixed. It is fitted on the walls just above the sink. These kind of mounting are best suitable for no hole kitchen sinks or under mount sinks.

  • The main advantage is that it is very easier to use and clean and can fill large pots and containers.
  • The disadvantage is that it doesn’t look so good. Just sounds like a bathroom shower and not exactly a kitchen faucet.

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The Best Finishes for your Faucet

There are many finishes available for the kitchen faucets to suite different styles of kitchens. You can choose the finish according to your kitchen style like modern or transitional or traditional kitchen.

Here is a choice of different finishes.

faucet finishes design

Some commonly used Kitchen faucet finishes are as follow.Click on it to see the complete list of those faucets.

1. Oil Rubbed Bronze Kitchen Faucets

2. Black Kitchen Faucets

3. White Kitchen Faucets

4. Copper Kitchen Faucets 

The Extras to Look For

To make your kitchen workplace better and useful, you can take advantage of some extras that can be placed into the kitchen or bar area.

1. Bar and Prep Faucets

arbor bar and prep faucets

These are smaller faucets which are used comfortably in smaller sinks which may be located behind a bar or other preparatory areas other than from main kitchen faucet area.

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2. Pot Filler Kitchen Faucets

pot filler kitchen faucets

Pot fillers are those faucets which are used to quickly fill the cooking pots with water. Usually these are placed above the stove so that large vessels can be easily filled with water rather than carrying those heavy vessels into the faucet sink.

See all Pot Filler Kitchen faucets here.


3. Filtration Kitchen Faucets

filtration kitchen faucets

These are faucets that are ready to provide filtered drinking water.They are placed either at a second sink or next to the kitchen faucet.

 See all Filtration kitchen faucets here.

Tip: In addition to these extras you can choose a soap dispenser or extra sprayer for a better look and a great kitchen.

Video:  Showing Different Types of Kitchen Faucets

Faucet Brands

Choosing the right kitchen faucet brand is also an important factor while choosing a faucet. You can read my Complete Guide on Best Kitchen Faucet Brands.

The Top Kitchen Faucet Brands are

  1. Delta Kitchen Faucets
  2. Moen Kitchen Faucets
  3. Grohe Kitchen Faucets
  4. Kraus Kitchen Faucets
  5. Kohler Kitchen Faucets
  6. Danze Kitchen Faucets


The points I have mentioned here are the most important things that you must consider before buying a kitchen faucet. When you buy a faucet make sure all these factors are satisfied. The key is to choose what you want and what makes your kitchen beautiful.

When all these factors are satisfied, you are making the right decision and getting the best kitchen faucet!

If you have any additional points to consider before buying a kitchen faucet, do let me know it through the comments section.

You can read my list of Top 50 Best Kitchen Faucets to Buy in 2017 to choose the right faucet.

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