How to Select a Kitchen Faucet

We know a thing or two about shopping for faucets. Follow our expert tips to ensure you find something you’ll love.

Everything you need to know before replacing your kitchen faucet—from measurements to making the purchase.

Before You Go:

  • Who uses the kitchen faucet in your home? If kids or elderly family members regularly use your kitchen, you’ll want a faucet that’s easy to turn on and off. Nothing’s simpler than a touch-activated model.    
  • Consider how seriously you cook. Are you a wannabe chef with an arsenal of huge pots, or do you “cook” via a takeout menu? If it’s the former, look for a faucet with a high arc for washing big pots and pans.
  • Look at the general depth of the sink. Faucets that are too big can splash water out of a shallow sink, so a bar-size sink needs a smaller faucet.
  • Check out the space around the sink. Is there a window or view of the family room you won’t want to obstruct with a tall faucet?
  • How many faucets do you have? Is there, say, a filtered drinking water unit near the sink that you’ll need to accommodate?
  • Getting new countertops, too? Hold off on ordering them. Counters are custom-drilled to match your faucet holes, so you’ll need to buy the faucet first.
  • Think of at least two words to describe your kitchen’s style to the salesperson. Are you going for contemporary-minimalist or farmhouse-traditional?

What to Measure:

  • The thickness of the deck (that’s plumbing-speak for the sink or countertop—whatever your faucet will attach to).
  • The number of holes in the deck.
  • The spacing (in inches) between each hole, measured from the approximate center.

Things to Bring:

  • Your measurements.
  • A measuring tape.
  • Any materials you plan to match the faucet’s finish with (such as cabinet hardware), and photos of your sink area. Shopping online? Send snapshots to your salesperson.

Before You Buy:

  • Match the faucet’s finish to stainless steel appliances, if you have them. Otherwise, look for a finish that matches your cabinet hardware. Most kitchen faucets are available in stainless steel, bronze and chrome, though those finishes aren’t identical from brand to brand.
  • Find out whether a lifetime warranty covers the faucet. Most well-known brands offer them.
  • Ask your salesperson about the longevity of the brand. You want to be sure the company will still be in business down the line to honor that warranty.

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