Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Kitchen Faucet

There are few things used more often in a typical home or apartment than a kitchen faucet, which is why it’s so important to have one that meets your needs.

Kitchen faucet
A kitchen faucet should not just work well, but also compliment your kitchen layout and style.WEWE

Most people look at a kitchen faucet as a utilitarian tool for filling, washing, and spraying. Some people, however, look at faucets as things of beauty that they can use, along with other home décor, to show off a little of their personality. Nowadays, shopping for a kitchen faucet can be somewhat perplexing if you haven’t done some studying on what’s available. To make a good selection when shopping for a kitchen faucet, consider whether you want a faucet with an arc or not, what kind of sprayer you prefer, and how your kitchen sink is configured for mounting a faucet.

Arc or No Arc

WEWE Single Handle High Arc Brushed Nickel Pull out Kitchen Faucet,Single Level Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Faucets with Pull down Sprayer
This single-handle faucet has a high arc and a spout that can extend into a sprayer head.WEWE

Kitchen faucets are available in three types—flat faucets, those with a low arc, and faucets with a high arc. While many people decide which of the three is the right one for them based on appearance alone, there are some other things to consider when choosing which amount of arc, if any, will best fit your needs. If you’ve ever tried to put a large pot under a flat spout with great difficulty or had an extra high spout block the view of your backyard flower garden, you already know that it’s an important decision. In general, low arcs run water about three to eight inches above the sink. High arcs are typically eight to 10 inches above the sink. If you’re going to be washing lots of big pans or watering plants in tall containers, a high arc is probably right for you. If not, a low arch or flat faucet should suffice.

What Kind of Sprayer

AmazonBasics Pro-Style Spring Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, Polished Chrome
This pro-style faucet uses a pulldown spring sprayer and comes in a stainless-steel finish.Amazon

Another question to ask when choosing a kitchen faucet is what kind of sprayer you prefer. Pulldown faucets have a spray wand that pulls down for extended reach and extra maneuverability. They are typically found on high-arc faucets, but some low-arc faucets come with them. On pullout faucets, the faucet pulls out as a spray wand. They are easy to use, and the streamlined arc helps save space. Side spray faucets are the simplest kind and are pulled out of a separate hole alongside your faucet. Some people don’t want a sprayer at all. For some, it’s because they have small children that tend to make a mess with them. Regardless of the reason, you can find a kitchen faucet without a sprayer if you look hard enough.

Know Your Sink

Peerless Single-Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet with Side Sprayer, Chrome
This single-handled faucet includes a common side sprayer and is designed for four-hole installation.DELTA FAUCET

This might come as a surprise, but not all faucets will mount properly on all sinks. In fact, there are several different hole configurations in kitchen sinks, so you must know what your sink has before choosing a faucet that will fit it correctly. All the spouts and handles you see on the outside might not reflect what is actually under the sink. Consequently, it’s important to know how many holes are in your sink or counter before selecting a faucet. Increasingly common, single-hole faucets have a simple, clean look. But your sink might also have two, three, or even four holes. If the current faucet you are replacing is a deck-mount or wall-mount faucet, you’ll have to consider that fact also when choosing a replacement.