The Different Types of Kitchen Sink Faucets, Explained

The Different Types of Kitchen Sink Faucets

WorldExecutivesDigest.com | The Different Types of Kitchen Sink Faucets  Explained | The kitchen is at the heart of every home. And the sink, unglamorous as it may sound, is a central point in every kitchen. You might be surprised just how often you use your sink in the course of a day, for washing dishes, preparing food, and filling up pots.

You may also be surprised to learn just how many types of kitchen sink faucets there are available on the market today. So if you’re planning to update your kitchen, or simply replace your faucets, read on to find out all you need to know to choose faucets for the kitchen.

Types of Kitchen Sink Faucets

Different types of faucets suit different needs and types of kitchen. While a stylish design is important, functionality is also key. It makes sense to weigh up all the different options before deciding which type of kitchen sink faucet is going to be the best suited to your home. Let’s take a quick look now at the various options available.

Pull-Out Faucets

A pull-out faucet has a detachable head, allowing the spout to be pulled out from the main part of the tap. This allows for a wide range of movement, via the hose. Often there will be both a spray and a flow function.

This is a great option if what you need is flexibility. Some hoses can range up to two feet or more, which means you can move the source of the water to where you need it most, and also reach every corner of the sink.

Most pull-out faucets have one handle to adjust flow and temperature. The only downside is that the increased range could lead to a risk of splashing water everywhere, especially if small children get involved!

Pull-Down Faucets

This type of faucet makes it easy to fill the sink and point the flow at every corner. There is some flexibility in the head, as it pulls downwards, but it doesn’t offer the same range of flexibility as a pull-out model.

However, this is a popular model which is perfectly suited to the basic functionality required of a faucet in most kitchens. That is, to fill the sink to wash dishes. This type of faucet works best in a deep sink, to prevent splashing.

Single-Handle Faucets

This type of faucet is one of the most classic looks, often with a gooseneck type of curve to the faucet. There is a single handle, either on the side or in the middle. The sink user moves the handle from left to right, to control flow and temperature.

These faucets are easy to install, so if you’re looking to replace your kitchen sink faucets yourself, they’re a great option. You should bear in mind that a taller faucet will allow you to maneuver large pots underneath, too.

The one disadvantage of this type of faucet is that it sometimes takes a while for the water to reach your desired temperature. But you’ll get to know the quirks of your own faucet soon enough and make it work for you.

Dual-Handle Faucets

A dual-handle faucet is one of the most traditional types of kitchen faucets. It has a center spout, with two handles on either side. One is for hot water and one for cold.

The advantages here are that having separate handles means that the hot water may come faster than with a single-handle model. This gives flexibility to get the temperature exactly right, more quickly.

However, you do need separate hot and cold water connections to make this kind of faucet work. If this is not already in place, it could add significant extra cost to your kitchen remodel.

Commercial-Style Faucets

Some commercial-style faucets mirror those found in professional kitchens, with multiple faucet types fixed to one water outlet. This will not only support your various needs as a serious chef but also give your kitchen a modern, sleek appearance.

The pros of this type of faucet are the multiple functionalities and the ability to clean a lot of dishes in a short time. However, they are pretty expensive and also use a lot more water than an ordinary faucet. Plus they tend to be quite tall, so may not be the optimal choice if you have cabinets above the sink.

Pot Fillers

This type of faucet has an arm extension that can move outwards. This makes it easy to position it above a large pot in the sink. Pot filler faucets can also be found in many commercial kitchens and can be located right next to the stove, preventing the need to carry large pots of water between the sink and the stove.

These types of faucets are a great option for people who do a lot of cooking of soups and stews and other types of batch-cooked dishes that require large pots. One drawback, however, is that professional installation is usually necessary. This is because the faucet is often located far away from the main plumbing system of the sink and could require the installation of additional pipes.

Smart Faucets

If you really want to push the boat out, you could consider a smart faucet. These cutting-edge gadgets can listen to your spoken instructions and turn on the water at the exact temperature you want. They can also dispense the precise amount that you require.

Some smart faucets have digital displays. Many models are also hands-free. These are a great option for serious cooks, but of course, the bells and whistles come at a price. You’ll also definitely need professional installation for this type of faucet.

Choosing the Best Faucet for Your Dream Kitchen

Now that you’re familiar with the many types of kitchen sink faucets available on the market, you’ll be able to select the best one for your kitchen. Choosing the right faucet can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of your kitchen.

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