Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

Last month we took a deep dive into various kitchen sink designs and features. After all, when considering a kitchen renovation, your work space at the kitchen sink is critical. You want it all: style, function, quality, and a timeless design.

You’ll need to evaluate your overall kitchen design. You wouldn’t select a modern faucet with a rustic kitchen, or vice versa. You are going to use this feature every single day, so you’ll want to feel confident in your selection. Once you choose the aesthetic of your faucet, evaluate types and configurations so that you end up with something you’ll want to use for years to come.

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

What’s your faucet style? This depends on how you’ll use it. Do you need a high-arch spout to accommodate large cookware? Do you prefer to operate the faucet with a single handle or two handles? Many faucet models are available in multiple sizes to pair with different sink sizes and kitchen task areas.

There are two primary mounting types for kitchen faucets: deck mounted and wall mounted.

The most common mounting type is deck mounted. This faucet style can be attached to the counter (also known as the “sink deck”) or the sink itself. If mounted on the counter, enough clearance is needed between the sink and the wall behind it.

Typically paired with farmhouse sinks, a wall mounted faucet style is installed directly to the wall above your sink, freeing up counter space. Plumbing connections above the countertop are required for installation. A wall mount also reduces countertop clutter and makes for easy clean up around the sink.

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

There are four primary configurations to consider when selecting your faucet.

Single-handled: Requiring only one hole in your sink, wall, or countertop, this easy-to-install faucet uses a single handle to control water pressure and temperature.

Bridge: Typically only requiring two holes in your sink, wall, or countertop, this distinct-looking faucet has two handles with the spout suspended between them.

Center-Set: Designed for three- and four-hole installation, this popular faucet is typically mounted on a base plate in between two handles that are four inches apart.

Widespread: Also designed for three- and four-hole installation, widespread faucets are made up of three separate pieces: a spout and two handles spaced anywhere from six to sixteen inches apart.

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

Additionally, you’ll need to take a look at the spout style.

Pullout: Equipped with a flexible hose and retractable spray head, pullout spouts allow for easy rinsing and eliminate the need for a separate side spray. They offer a larger grip area and are generally comfortable to use.

Pull-Down: Typically fitted on high-arc (or gooseneck) faucets, pull-down spouts feature a detachable spray head that extends directly down into the sink. If you prefer a clean sink deck without a sidespray, a pull-down model might be the right choice for you.

Swivel: Requiring more space for clearance, this style features a 360° swivel, allowing the water to reach all parts of the sink and surrounding countertop.

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

Of course there are plenty of bells and whistles to think about when designing your dream kitchen, and the kitchen faucet is no exception.

You might want a pot filler, which is designed to fill large cooking pots with water. This faucet type is typically mounted on a wall above the stove.

A bar faucet is small in size and commonly placed in prep sinks or wet bars. These are available in a variety of styles.

Are you tech-savvy? A touch-activated faucet might be just the right feature for you. These faucets require just a simple tap of the hand or wrist to turn on or shut off water flow. No more greasy handprints.

A water filtration system provides clean, filtered water straight from the tap, and mounted soap dispensers allow for easy hand or dish soap access through a container hidden beneath the counter’s surface.

Allow J&J to help you decide what configuration and features are right for your kitchen.

Your Guide to Kitchen Faucets

When it comes to brands, at J&J we typically use Kohler. Kohler’s products are consistent, reliable, and high quality. We go through Ferguson to purchase our plumbing products used for both kitchen and bath renovations. They are local and offer a wide variety of commercial and residential products.

If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen sink and faucet, or if you have questions about a kitchen remodel, reach out for a free consultation! – Schedule one with our team today!


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