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Here’s How to Choose Your Perfect Kitchen Faucet

Here’s How to Choose Your Perfect Kitchen Faucet

Here's how to choose your perfect kitchen faucet

Whether you’re replacing a broken faucet or upgrading as part of a kitchen redesign, you’ll want to consider the number of mounting holes, type and finish to find the right kitchen faucet for your renovation project.

In this guide, you’ll learn which type of faucet is perfect for your kitchen, as well how to install the faucet yourself.

While you are at it, check out Home Hardware’s versatile selection of kitchen faucets.

Popular Types of Kitchen Sink Faucets

Below are some popular types of faucets for your kitchen update. Do you want to match your faucet to your kitchen appliances or create contrast? Do you prefer a traditional or contemporary look? It’s a good idea to read about the different types before deciding which faucet will suit your kitchen best.

Tackle Messes with Pull-Out and Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets

·         Pull-out and pull-down kitchen faucets feature a single lever rather than two individual knobs for water temperature and flow.

·         A pull-out faucet pulls towards you for flexibility and easier reach.

·         A pull-down faucet pulls downward to help you access hard-to-reach areas.

·         These modern kitchen faucets are a great choice for contemporary kitchens.


 
Pull down kitchen faucet set against a grey backslash and stainless steel sink
Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
Pull Out Kitchen Faucet with kitchen gadgets in the background
Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet

Keep it Clean with a Touchless Kitchen Faucet

·         A touchless kitchen faucet, also known as a hands-free faucet, uses a sensor to start the flow of water.

·         This style of faucet is easier to keep clean and it helps to reduce the spread of germs.

·         Some models also have an automatic shutoff to help save water.

·         This tech-savvy faucet is a great choice for busy kitchens.

 
Touchless Kitchen Faucet

     

      



      PRO TIP: A touchless kitchen faucet is easy to keep clean and it helps to reduce the spread of germs.

 

Save Space with a Wall-Mount Kitchen Faucet

·         Wall-mount kitchen faucets are a great space-saving choice.

·         This style of faucet frees up counterspace, making them perfect for smaller kitchens.

Keep it Simple with a Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

     ·         A single-handle faucet features a spout with a built-in handle.

·         One handle controls both the temperature and water pressure.

·         This is a common choice that is easy to use and install. And you can use the additional mounting holes on your sink to install a sprayer or soap dispenser.

Traditional Two-Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet

·         This type of faucet requires three holes for installation.

·         It delivers the convenience of two handles for accurate hot and cold water control.

·         This standard faucet is a popular choice for kitchen sinks with three mounting holes.

 
Single-handle kitchen faucet with martini glass next to sink
Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet
Two-handle kitchen faucet with martini glasses next to sink
Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet

How to Choose the Right Faucet for Your Sink

Kitchen sink faucets require a certain number of mounting holes for installation. The number of mounting holes required will vary depending on the faucet design and how many handles the faucet has. The number of mounts on the faucet should match the number of holes in your sink or countertop for correct installation.

IMPORTANT: Make sure to check how many holes your sink and/or counter has before you buy a new faucet.

One Hole Faucets

·         Single-hole faucets are one of the most common types.

·         They are easy to use and readily available.

·         One-piece faucets with an integrated handle and spout require one mounting hole.

 
One hole faucet installed on a single holed sink
Kitchen faucet installed on single holed sink



PRO TIP
: Check out Home Hardware’s selection of kitchen faucets and filter your search by number of holes to find the perfect fit. Most faucets are compatible with multiple sink holes. For example, this Faucet works for both 1 or 3 holed sinks. To search for faucets that are compatible with more than one sink hole, make sure to click the ‘Multiple’ option in the filtered search.

Two Hole Faucets

·        Two-hole faucets offer several configurations.

·        Some have the same basic structure as a single-hole faucet. They use separate mixing taps, where cold and hot water don’t mix. The second hole is for an additional feature like a soap dispenser.

·        Some two-hole faucets use a stylish bridge structure that mixes water above the sink. This traditional-looking design connects hot and cold water handles to the spout. It comes in both two-hole and three-hole configurations.


 
Two hold kitchen faucet installed on two holed sink with soap dispenser
Kitchen faucet installed on a two holed sink

     

      



      PRO TIP: If you have a two hole sink consider installing a single hole faucet and using the second hole for an additional feature.

Three Hole Faucets

·         Many traditional faucets with hot and cold taps have three holes for the taps and spout.

·         You can also select a faucet that is designed for one or two holes if the deck plate is wide enough to cover the three holes of the sink or countertop.


 
Three hole kitchen faucet installed on 3 hole sink
Kitchen faucet installed on three holed sink

Four Hole Faucets

·         Four hole faucets are extremely versatile.

·         Generally, the faucet uses one hole, the handles use two and an additional feature is installed in the fourth hole. 

·         Additional features can include dispensers and sprayers.


Create the Perfect Finishing Touch

When choosing your kitchen faucet, think about the finish you want. Kitchen faucets come in a range of finishes such as stainless steel, chrome, brushed nickel, bronze and black.

When deciding what style and features you want in your dream kitchen, consider the following:

·         Stainless steel provides high shine and a sleek look. It is durable, easy to clean and easy to match with other appliances.

·         Brushed nickel is warm, durable, easy to match and to clean. The classic finish works with most styles.

·         Chrome is shiny, durable, easy to match and to clean. This finish can draw attention and make a statement.

·         Bronze has a traditional look. It comes in many varieties such as satin bronze and oil-rubbed bronze. It’s also durable and easy to clean.

·         Matte black is versatile and modern in appearance. This finish often suits more contemporary or industrial decors.


Stainless steel finish kitchen faucet
Stainless Steel Finish
Brushed nickel finish kitchen faucet
Brushed Nickel Finish
Chrome finish kitchen faucet
Chrome Finish
Bronze finish kitchen faucet
Bronze Finish
Matte black finish kitchen faucet
​Matte Black Finish

How to Install a Kitchen Faucet

OK, so you have your new kitchen sink faucet. Now it’s time to install it.

Grab the following materials:

·         New faucet

·         Adjustable wrench

·         Basin wrench

·         Bucket

·         Rags

Removing the Old Kitchen Faucet

1.       Clear the undersink area and turn off the water.

2.       Disconnect the water supply lines with the adjustable wrench. 

3.       Use a bucket or rags to catch any water.

4.       Loosen and remove the faucet nut. (A basin wrench is great for hard-to-reach areas.)

5.       Remove the old faucet and cover plate. 

Installing Your New Kitchen Faucet

1.       Install the new cover plate and faucet.

2.       Insert the faucet nut and tighten. (Some faucets come with a special tool for securing this nut.) 

3.       Connect the pull-out hose. 

4.       Connect and tighten the water supply lines. 

5.       Turn on the water supply lines.

6.       Remove the aerator and run the water to clear the lines. 

7.       Re-attach the aerator and check for leaks.

8.       Let the water flow! 

REMEMBER: If you are installing a faucet with two, three or four mounting holes, make sure your sink or countertop can accommodate that number. Need a new sink? Check out Home's selection

CONSIDER:

·       If the faucet you want doesn’t have the same number of mounting holes, you can consider drilling holes into the countertop to accommodate the faucet.

·       Wall mount kitchen faucets require a little more attention to install. The plumbing is built into the wall and uses special drains and valves so you may want to consult an expert for this job. If you live in a colder climate, make sure the hardware is properly insulated as wall mounted faucets can be more susceptible to freezing.

Now you're an expert in picking and installing your perfect kitchen faucet. All that remains is finding it!

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