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Types of Kitchen Faucets: Pros and Cons

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Types of Kitchen Faucets: Pros and Cons

Doing the dishes may be one of your least favorite activities, but it’s something you simply have to do each day. Avoiding the struggle with the kitchen faucet may make this chore a bit more pleasant, especially if the faucet suits your needs. It’s also an essential visual feature of your kitchen, so its style should also fit with the overall picture.

Types of Kitchen Faucets

Looking for the best kitchen faucet for your home? Here’s a quick guide through different types of kitchen faucets to help you decide which one is the best fit for your kitchen.

1. Single-Hole Faucet

This type is one of the most common types of kitchen faucets worldwide. They usually feature a single handle and simplistic design that typically look very elegant. The handle makes it easy to set the right water temperature and control the pressure. Many of these models also allow you to point them in different directions, which is extremely useful, especially if you have two sinks.

It’s perfect for teaching your kids to be independent: it’s simple for them to handle, and the splashing is minimal.

Pros

  • Convenient and easy to handle
  • Easy to install – only one hole required
  • Simple design for a better-looking kitchen

Cons

  • Offers only basic features

2. Double-Handle Faucet

Some faucets come with two handles – one for cold and one for hot water. They’re located at the sides of the spout and are usually color-marked. This convenient feature minimizes the chances of confusion and allows you to have great control over the water temperature. These faucets are a bit more elaborate than the first type and there are plenty of models available. In single, double, or three-hole faucets, they can give a stylish note to any kitchen.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Marked controls for cold and hot water
  • Stylish, vintage look

Cons

  • May need more holes for installation
  • Repairs could be pricey

3. Pull-Down Faucet

Pull-down faucets are excellent for deep sinks where dishes tend to pile up. These give you more flexibility if they’re movable from one side to the other, and allow good control over the water flow. [1] They enable you to reach any part of the sink and prevent splashing. Pull-down faucets are pointed downwards, and sometimes have a detachable spray head. This makes it even easier to reach anything in your sink, or wash food more efficiently. They’re available in many cool designs that will make your sink pop.

One development that most experts agree on is the growing popularity of contemporary and transitional designs.

Les Petch, Kohler Kitchen Faucets Manager

Pros

  • Spray head gives flexibility
  • Many stylish designs
  • Minimal splashing

Cons

  • Not great for shallow and small sinks

4. Pull-Out Faucet

Pull-out faucets are more suitable for those who love to cook. They give you more space to fill pots with water, for example, because you don’t need to put them in the sink. This is because the pull-out spray head gives you lots of flexibility, and it’s easy to handle even outside the sink [2]. The faucet is pointed downwards but towards you. A small kitchen with a small sink may benefit from having this type of faucet. You typically adjust the water temperature by moving the tap, and the hot and cold sides are color-marked. Here’s where we discussed the difference between pull-out and pull-down faucets.

Pros

  • Extremely flexible
  • Suitable both for doing the dishes and cooking
  • Great for small kitchens and sinks

Cons

  • Water may splash around too much

Torn between faucet brands? We compared some of the best faucet brands in the market. See our list of comparison posts for: Moen vs Kohler or Moen vs Delta.

5. Touchless Faucet

Compared to some other types of kitchen faucets, these are relatively new. Unlike the regular ones, these don’t need you to move the handle to turn on the water flow. The faucet contains sensors that detect and react to movement in front of them. No physical contact means you no longer need to touch the faucet with dirty hands, which prolongs the life of the faucet and preserves its shiny looks. Many models still come with a handle to control the water temperature or in case you don’t want to use sensors.

Pros

  • Convenient and easy to use
  • No touching leaves the faucet clean
  • Environmentally friendly thanks to automatic shut-off

Cons

  • It’s pricey to repair
  • Sensors can quickly stop working

6. Touch On Faucet

Touch On faucets are also a newer type that’s recently become available on the market. Compared to the hands-free models, they may be a bit more convenient as the sensors don’t need to detect motion, but react to your touch. Even if your hands are greasy or you’re holding a hot pot, the sensors will be activated when your skin touches the faucet. Some more advanced models also contain an LED light that shows you how hot or cold the water is.

If you’re always busy and do many things at once while in the kitchen, this type of faucet can save you some time –no need to touch it with dirty hands.

Pros

  • No need to touch it with your hands to activate it
  • LED light notifies you about the water temperature
  • Easy to handle
  • Makes multitasking easy

Cons

  • Damaged battery causes the faucet to stop working

7. Wall-Mounted Faucet

Instead of being installed in your sink, these faucets are wall-mounted. Kitchens with this type of faucets certainly look unique. The plumbing is located within the wall, and most of them come with two handles. As they’re available in many different styles, the wall-mounted faucets can provide the finishing touch to your modern kitchen. They also make the sink and the countertop more comfortable to clean. However, it could be expensive to repair potential damage.

Pros

  • They give the sink neat and clean look
  • Very easy to handle
  • Pull-down spouts give your flexibility

Cons

  • Some models have short spouts
  • Inside-the-wall leaks can be expensive to repair
  • Installation requires a professional [3]

Find the One to Match Your Style

one of the types of kitchen faucets

It all depends on your role in the kitchen! Do you like to cook, do the dishes and watch YouTube videos at the same time? Do you want your kids to handle the faucet independently? Do you want an easy-to-repair faucet? These are all the questions to ask yourself while going through these types of kitchen faucets before you make the final decision and take your favorite one home.

Do you like chrome or stainless steel finish? We compared and contrasted both finishes in this post.

References:

  1. The Flexibility of the Faucet (2020, January 8) https://www.ibtsdiego.com/the-flexibility-of-the-faucet/
  2. Royer, E. (2011, October 25). Pull-down Faucets Go to Great Lengths. Retrieved from https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/products/pull-down-faucets-go-to-great-lengths_o
  3. Peck, B. (2020, March 6). Remodeling 101: In Praise of Wall-Mounted Faucets. Retrieved from https://www.remodelista.com/posts/wall-mounted-faucets-pros-cons-remodeling-101/
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