Picking the Perfect Kitchen Sink Faucet For Your Project

Kitchen sink faucets are more than plumbing fixtures. A faucet with ideal ergonomics and a style in harmony with your unique taste adds a little sparkle to your daily routine. Whether you’re aiming for a modest refresh or finally building the kitchen of your dreams, getting your faucet selection right will pay dividends for years.

Whether you’re aiming for a modest refresh or finally building the kitchen of your dreams, getting your faucet selection right will pay dividends for years. Photo by Jon'Nathon Stebbe.

Kitchen Sink Faucets: Types and Ergonomics

There are several types of kitchen faucets with differing advantages, drawbacks and ergonomic considerations.

Single-Handle Faucets

The most common faucet in American kitchens, single-handle units earned their popularity with their practical advantages. These economical units let you select flow intensity with fore-and-aft movements and control the temperature mix with a side-to-side motion. If your culinary project finds you with sticky fingers, it’s easy to control a single-handle faucet with your palm.

However, to preserve access to the control lever, single-handle faucets require relatively compact necks. These low-riding necks can crimp your style with many kitchen projects, such as rinsing a large pot. If you need a tall gooseneck with your faucet, consider other options.

Dual-Handle Faucets

Dual-handle kitchen sink faucets often come with high-arcing goosenecks. With handles on both sides of the neck, you gain precise temperature control at the expense of moving your hands back and forth. Besides their practical functions, the handles allow you to make a style statement.

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Pull-Down Faucets

Compact and stylish, pull-down faucets continue to win over many homeowners. These faucets feature a versatile pull-down head attached to a gooseneck. The hose-connected heads come with buttons for one-touch control of streaming or spraying. A side-mounted lever takes care of flow and temperature control. Useful in any setting, pull-downs are ideal for compact townhouses or condo kitchens.

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Example of an Industrial Faucet. Photo by Tina Witherspoon / Unsplash

Industrial Faucets

If you aim to improve your culinary game, an industrial faucet may help that ambition. Characterized by coiled goosenecks, industrial faucets make an instant statement in any kitchen. As with pull-down faucets, checking out the ergonomics at a dealer is a wise move. Pay particular attention to the mechanics of attaching and reattaching the spray head — this should be an easy one-handed operation.

Kitchen Sink Faucets: Finishes

With ergonomic issues in hand, it’s time to think style. Happily, manufacturers have responded to discerning homeowners with a bevy of new finishes. Popular options include:

  • Chrome: The classic finish remains popular for a reason: It adds a sparkling accent that exudes cleanliness.
  • Nickel: Durable, practical and affordable, the understated look of nickel harmonizes beautifully with both traditional and modern kitchens.
  • Brass: This warm finish works equally well in contemporary and rustic settings. Try to check out the color in a showroom before ordering, and bring along a square of your backsplash tile.
  • Black: A growing number of vendors now offer faucets with matte or semi-matte black finishes. Combine a black faucet with matching fixtures and a predominantly white color scheme for a dramatic and modern kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Faucets: The Big Picture

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