How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet

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An infographic showing how to choose the right kitchen faucet



There’s really no space in your home more utilitarian than the kitchen sink, but with the right faucet, this supremely practical spot could be a beautiful focal point.

Replacing your kitchen faucet is a fairly simple update, and it can make a world of difference in an outdated kitchen. Knowing how to choose a kitchen faucet to fit your sink or countertop goes beyond the styling, but it isn’t difficult.

How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet

To get started, first determine how many holes exist in your sink (or your countertop if you have an undermount sink) with your current fixtures. This will determine what type of replacement faucet can fit into your old faucet’s place.

In the graphic above, we walk you through your options depending on how many holes exist in your current sink (or countertop).

If you have a sink with 1 hole, you can choose between either a single handle faucet or a single handle faucet with a deckplate.
If you have a sink with 2 holes, you can choose between either a single handle with an accessory (like a sprayer or soap dispenser) or a double-handle faucet.
If you have a sink with 3 holes,  your options increase. You can choose between a single handle with a deckplate, a faucet with two accessories (like a detached handle, soap dispenser, or sprayer), or a double-handle faucet with one accessory.
If you have a sink with 4 holes, you can choose between a single handle with a deckplate, a single handle with three accessories, or a double handle with one accessory.

Next, figure out what type of faucet will work best for you. Do you prefer two separate handles? Or would a single handle and several accessories better suit your needs? Use this helpful graphic to determine which faucet will suit your space and your taste!


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  1. Alkhil Mehta says:

    I like 3 hole single hand modern faucet for my kitchen,Thanks for sharing useful information.

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  3. Mario Rocha says:

    Our current (now broken) faucet splatters imensely! How do we choose one that will not? Is it the distance to the bottom of the sink or is it simply the spout?

  4. Eric says:

    What about a substantial difference in price. Same style can be $120 or $1200. The site should describe the details that determine that much of a difference in price. Retailers may be $120 or $150 for the exact same SKU – fine, but $450 or $700 vs $120 – for a faucet that may look the same online – this difference is for a reason that as a buyer we may want to know of and may choose the $450 or $700 one. So what is the reason?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Eric.

      There could be any number of reasons one faucet would cost significantly more than another.

      The material its made of is one common reason. Oil-rubbed bronze will be much more expensive than, say, polished chrome. There are differences in the quality of the internal parts, too, with some faucets made to be more long-lasting or to take heavier use, and others made with budget the main consideration.

      On, there’s a fairly comprehensive description of each faucet, what it’s made of and some performance specifications, etc.

      Is there a faucet or two you’re specifically interested in? I might be able to explain a price difference.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

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