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Kitchen Faucets 101 – How to Choose & Buy The Best Modern Faucet

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They call the kitchen the heart of the home for a reason, and therefore your kitchen faucet gets a lot of use. If you’re in the market for a modern kitchen faucet, but aren’t sure on where to begin, then welcome to kitchen faucets 101. 

What’s Your Everyday Kitchen Routine?

It’s important to pick a modern kitchen faucet that’s going to meet your everyday needs. Consider  what goes into your average kitchen experience and then look for faucets that are going to meet those needs. If you’re constantly filling up large pots then you’ll need something different than if  you spend most of your time washing your hands. Once you’ve got an idea in your head about your habit at the kitchen sink, it’s  potential faucet combinations, including the types of handles, the height of the spout, and the sparyer.

To Handle or Not to Handle? 

While it may seem arbitrary, what goes into turning on your kitchen sink is just as important as how the sprayer works. There are a couple of options when it comes to modern kitchen faucet handles.

Single Handle 

A contemporary and fluid look, single handles control both hot and cold temperatures. The single handle is usually located directly on the faucet or next to it.

Two Handled

Two handled faucets deliver a classic look. This is great option if you don’t want to fuss with controlling temperature and water flow.

Which Arc is the Right Arc? 

The arc of your spout can really make or break your kitchen. Too high and you may be blocking beautiful views, too low and you won’t be able to fill and clean those deep pots.

High Arc

If you’re a foodie filling large pots and just needing more workspace over the sink, then a modern kitchen faucet with a high arc is going to be your best friend. TO get enough clearance, you’ll want an faucet with an arc that sits about 8-10 inches above the sink plane.

Low Arc

Though, if you have a window directly behind you kitchen sink, the last thing you want is obstructing your beautiful views. If this is the case for your kitchen, consider choosing a modern kitchen faucet that with a low arc, about 3-8 inches above sink plane. This lower profile will give you a clear view while still providing the power you need.

What Type of Sprayer are You Looking for?

Not all sprayers are created equal, and it’s important to figure out which is going to help you accomplish all that rinsing, washing, and filling.

Pull Down

Pulldown sprayers are great for flexibility and maximizing reach. Just pull down the sprayer wand and you’re ready to go.

Pull Out 

Pullout sprayers are simple and sleek. There’s not much fuss when it comes to these easy to wield sprayer wands.

Side Sprayer 

While the side sprayer requires and extra hole, they are a great addition to your modern faucet. They’re great for cleaning and giving you that extra reach.

How Many Holes? 

How many holes are in your existing counter and sink are important factors to take in when picking a modern faucet.

One Hole

One hole faucets provide a sleek and refined look.

Two Holes

A second hole is usually for a side sprayer, handle, or even a built in soap dispenser and still provides a contemporary look.

Three Holes+

You’ll see more traditional faucets rocking the three holes, as they usually have both a hot and cold handle, or can accommodate a single handled faucet, side sprayer, and soap dispenser. Similarly, four hole sinks are made to accommodate more traditional faucets that have separate hot and cold handles, soap dispenser, and side sprayer.

Types of Mounting 

No matter what type of faucet you’re looking into, either deck mounted, or wall mounted,  a modern faucet is going to be mounted somehow, someway.

Deck Mounted 

What you’d see in the typical kitchen, a deck mounted faucet is going to be mounted either directly onto the sink itself, or just behind it. They’re usually mounted center, though some sinks may be different.

Wall Mounted

Wall mounted sinks are generally what you’d call pot fillers. These are sinks that are designed for filling large vessels and are mounted directly into the wall above the sink.

Looks Are Everything 

A modern faucet can really make an impact on a kitchen, not just practically but style wise too. Whether modern or traditional, be sure to pick a faucet that goes with your decor and makes a statement.

Go the Extra Mile

Consider mounting a pot filler away from the sink for some added efficiency, say maybe next to the stove? Or, if you’re an at home chef, opting for a more powerful pre-rinse faucet.

Take advantage of extra space by adding a smaller prep-setup to your kitchen space.

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Everett Gifford

Everett is a new addition to the YLiving team and is eager to offer the best in modern bath design to our customer. Hailing from a farm in Upstate New York, Everett is an avid outdoor enthusiast with interests ranging from skiing and hiking to outdoor barbecues. He has spent winters as a ski instructor in Park City, UT and has been a chef in restaurants and food trucks all around San Francisco. In his free time he enjoys exploring the wonderful, sights, entertainment and cuisines that California has to offer.

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