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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink Faucet For Your Home

This comprehensive guide will help you choose the best kitchen sink faucet that is optimal for your home

by Ian Haynes

Either the faucet in your kitchen breaks or you simply want an upgrade, but a person will usually have to make a decision about a new faucet at least once in their lifetime..

The look and the functionality of your kitchen faucet is important. It is not only a symbol of utility and cleanliness, but a kitchen sink can often make or break the look of the room. 

In a lot of ways, the sink is the centerpiece of the kitchen, which makes its faucet is the crown jewel. Choosing the correct faucet for your sink and your needs is imperative to a functional work-space.

How to Choose a Kitchen Sink Faucet

But how do you know what the correct choice for your space is? Picking a faucet is all about knowing what you need for your space. Here are some things to consider.

How to Choose a Kitchen Sink Faucet 

What is Your Existing Plumbing Outfitted For?

To pick a new faucet for your sink, you need to understand what you have to work with. What plumbing exists under your sink and how to utilize it for what you need. Before you begin to shop for a new faucet, it is important that you understand what your sink is equipped to handle. If you should want more than what it is equipped for, perhaps consider asking a professional to install a new faucet for you so they can make the necessary upgrades.

Determine How Many Holes Your Mounting Plate Will Cover

Look under your sink and count the number of holes your frame has cut out in it. Kitchen faucets come with four options, ranging from one hole to four. It is important to know which yours has so you can buy the appropriate faucet to install. While you can do with buying a faucet that needs fewer holes under the mounting plate, you cannot buy a faucet that needs more. For example, if you have two holes you cannot upgrade to a faucet with three without buying a whole new body for your sink.

Think About What You Need

Do you wash a lot of bulky pans? Do you have more than one basin in your sink? Do you need a separate tap for filtered water? These are all important questions to ask yourself.

Should you have a lot of bulky items to wash, consider a faucet that provides a lot of space between the end of the faucet and the basin. This will allow you to wash your dishes without fear of the faucet getting in your way. If you have more than one basin, perhaps you need a faucet that can stretch. And if you need a separate tap, then you need to look for a new faucet that provides that feature.

If you would like to upgrade, touch-free sinks are new and gaining popularity. They are a good choice for anyone who wants to keep a more sanitary wash place. Consider what you need in your kitchen.

Consider the Finish

If you want your kitchen to be uniform, then you will need to pay attention to the finish of your sink. When replacing the faucet, make sure to look for the same finish that you have at home. This will keep your kitchen looking fresh, up to date and modern.

If you do not care about the finishes being different on the metal or even want a different finish, that is also an option. It is important to understand the difference between them and the color it will give. This will allow you to create the best look for your kitchen.

For a neat and aesthetically pleasing look to your kitchen, make sure the finish matches all aspects of your sink. This means not only making the faucet and basin of your sink match, but also the accessories. Think of your soap dispenser and tap filter. Knowing what you need for your kitchen will make the search for a new faucet easier.

Decide on the Type of Faucet

Do you want a faucet with one handle to give your kitchen a sleek and modern look? Or would you like two handles so your kitchen has a more rustic charm? These are important questions to ask yourself. Rather you need a tall faucet, an angled faucet or even a wall-mounted faucet, it is important to decide on the type you want in your kitchen.

Other Things to Think About

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    Always make sure your plumbing matches the sink you wish to buy. This will make it so there are no mistakes.
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    Think of the functionality of your space and what works best. Do you need a small faucet? A large one? Consider what will aid you in your kitchen.
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    Bring a list with you when shopping that has all of the details you need. This will make sure you buy a faucet properly outfitted for your kitchen.

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Buying a new faucet for your kitchen sink is very easy. With research and time, you will be able to narrow down what you need and find it easily. It does not need to be an intimidating task. As long as you know what your frame is capable of accommodating, buying a new faucet for it will be simple and effective.

Ian Haynes is an expert writer who has successfully deployed over 500 plumbing pages and other related content. He has an excellent understanding of home plumbing issues and translates his experiences via Plumbing Lab so readers can have a better understanding of common household problems. Outside of his work, Ian likes exploring Brooklyn with his Labrador.