The kitchen faucet comes in various shapes, sizes, and finishes. When buying a kitchen faucet, it is necessary to take into consideration: the practicality of the faucet; your budget; your sink type and size; and your kitchen’s design.
Acquaint yourself with the most popular kitchen faucet designs; discover the one that best fits your needs.
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The High Spout/ High Arch Kitchen Faucet
As the name suggests, this faucet is tall in stature, and adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen design. The high arch kitchen faucet facilitates the washing of dishes, especially large pots. It is highly suited for deep sinks, and commercial kitchens.
The Low Spout Kitchen Faucet
The low spout kitchen faucet is short in stature and is ideal for single bowl sinks.
The One-handle/Single Handle Kitchen Faucet
The single handle is used for controling water flow and/or, based on the model, the water temperature.
The Two-handle Kitchen Faucet
With this type of faucet, one handle permits the flow of cold water, while the other provides hot water. The handles can be simultaneously manipulated to bring the water to a temperature that most suits the user.
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The Kitchen Faucet with Pull-out Spout/Sprayer
The spout/sprayer can be pulled right out. The long hose facilitates the filling of vessels on the counter. The low arch is perfect for situation beneath low cabinets. Not ideal for filling tall pots.
The Kitchen Faucet with Pull-down Spout/Sprayer
The spout/sprayer can be pulled down into the sink. Perfect for deep kitchen sinks, and its high arch design provides more sink clearance. This faucet type facilitates the washing and filling of tall pots and other large items. Given that it is well-suited for frequent use, the pull down faucet is ideal for commercial kitchens.
- the pull-down and pull-out faucet models with the magnetic dock tend to last longer than those without, especially if the latter models are on the cheaper side.
- these types are not recommended for kitchens with low water pressure.
The Kitchen Faucet with Side-sprayer
The side sprayer, which is separate from the faucet, can be pulled out and maneuvered, much like the pull-out faucet.
The Kitchen Faucet with Soap Dispenser
Some kitchen faucets can be purchased along with a separate soap dispenser with the same finish as the faucet. The dispensers are installed beside the faucet. They are quite convenient because they facilitate quick access to soap and they minimise the clutter that soap bottles can create. Design-wise, this combo can really accentuate one’s kitchen.
The Kitchen Faucet with Sensor Technology
This type of faucet facilitates the use of water when hands are full, soapy or soiled, because it can be turned on and off with a simple hand movement near the sensor, or by touching certain parts of the faucet. Some models provide the disabling of the sensor for the manual use of the faucet.
The Pot Filler Faucet
Pot filler faucets can be either deck or wall mounted, and can be folded away when not in use. There’s no need to carry heavy pots from the sink to the stove because they are convenient for filling large pots that are already on the stovetop. However, there must be a water source behind the stove in order to completely benefit from the use of this faucet.
Prep Bar Faucet
The prep bar faucet is perfectly suitable for kitchens where more than one cook usually operate at the same time. This faucet type can be connected directly to hot, and cold water dispensers. Design-wise, bar faucets generally match the design of the main faucet.