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How To Choose A Kitchen Faucet

Modern kitchen faucets come in numerous styles and colors, no matter what style kitchen you have, there is a faucet to fill your needs. Modern faucets offer simple two handle operation all the way up to hands free operation and everything in between.

Let’s take a look at what’s available:


Two Handle Faucets:


Two handle faucets have been the standard for many years, these offer separate handles for the hot and cold water. All have a swivel spout and some more expensive models offer a side sprayer. Single handle faucets are still available and are a very cost effective solution to your kitchen faucet needs.

   Two Handle Kitchen Faucet


Single Handle Faucets:


Single handle faucets have taken the market by storm in recent years. There are several versions:


1. Single handle with a swivel spout, this style faucet usually has the handle on the top with an arched spout that swivels from side to side, this style faucet replaced the traditional two handle faucet in most American Kitchens in the 70’s and 80’s.


2. Single handle with a pull out spout, pull out faucets have become a main stream item in recent years and are one of our top sellers. The pull out feature refers to the sprayer which is mounted in a ward which can be pulled out to rinse off dishes or clean the corners of the sink. This style of faucets has replaced the conventional swivel spout faucet with a separate side sprayer.

   Single Handle Faucet With Pull Out Wand

3. Single handle with a pull down spout, a new take on the pull out spout is the pull down spout, this style eliminates the ward and offers a smaller easier to use sprayer often with a swivel to make cleaning dishes and the sink easier.

    Single Handle Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer

4. Delta, Moen, Price Pfister, Kohler and others make this style of faucet. They are available in several colors including White, Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Stainless Steel, Mediterranean Bronze, Venetian Bronze or Black.


Touch Control Faucets:


Modern technology now allows faucet manufacturers the option of offering touch control faucets. As the name implies these faucets may be turned on or off with just a touch of the faucet body. A battery powered electronic system senses the touch of the body and actuates the faucet. These comes in single hand pull out and pull down styles.

     Touch Control Faucet

Faucet Mounting Options:


Modern faucets offer a number of mounting options, one hole, two hole, three hole or four or more holes. Some faucets offer only one hole mounting option. For many years’ kitchen sinks were manufactured with three holes and there were no other options, as a result when faucet manufacturers began offering single hole mounting options, they started including a deck plate to cover the unused holes.

Specialty Faucet Features:


Tall Spout Faucets:


For many years wall mounted faucets made filling pots easier as the faucet was mounted on the wall above the sink. Today while wall mounted faucets have lost favor, many newer faucets now offer tall pot filler spouts which allow you to fill a pot without having to tilt it under a conventional spout.

   Tall Spout Faucet


Side Handle Faucets:


Many manufacturers now offer side handle faucets; these have as the name implies a handle on the side of the faucet versus on the top. This allows for easier operation of the faucet and adds a touch of style to your kitchen.


Hands Free Faucets:


Infrared technology now allows hands free operation, if your hands are soiled or full of dishes a simple swipe in the air turns on the faucet, the ultimate in convenience. Hands free operation is only offered on high ends faucets due to cost of the technology.

   Hands Free Motion Control Faucet



Here are a few shopping tips:


1. Choose the style you want; two handle, single handle, pull out or pull down.


2. Select the finish; Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Stainless Steel, White, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Venetian Bronze, or Black.


3. Check the mounting options; single hole, two hole or multi hole applications, make sure the faucet you choose will fit your sink.


4. Decide if a touch or hands free style is for you, these offer great convenience but do cost more than a conventional faucet.

5. Installation, do you want to install it yourself, or have Home Depot install it for you. We offer installation on any faucet we sell thru our Home Services Division.


No matter what the faucet you need, simple two handle, the ultimate hands free model or something in between, the Home Depot has the faucet you need. See all of our faucet options on line at or at your local Home Depot store.

Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2016-07-21T18:42:50+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC