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How to Choose the right Kitchen Faucet

Updated on August 27, 2012

Choosing the BEST kitchen faucet for you!

So you're thinking about changing your Kitchen faucet. Feel like browsing right away? Take a look at some amazing Kitchen Faucets right now! Or maybe you're renovating your whole kitchen. Or maybe, you're even building a new home and are starting from scratch. This guide will help you select the right Kitchen faucet. When selecting your Kitchens faucet, you must consider several important factors

  • What style do you want?
  • What finish do you want?
  • What functions do you require?
  • Will it fit?
  • What about accessories?
  • Are all brands equal?
  • What is your budget?
  • What about warranties?
  • What about matching bar faucets?

This Hub will discuss everything you need to know about choosing the best Kitchen faucet for you! Let's get started!

What style Kitchen Faucet do you want?

Kitchen Faucets come in a wide variety of styles. You can get one to match virtually any kind of design aesthetic you are going for. I recommend Danze faucets as in my experience they have great style, are heavy, solid brass construction, come with a lifetime warranty, but more importantly, LOOK GREAT! You can see some examples below of great Modern style stainless steel finish Kitchen faucets and of some more classic oil rubbed bronze finish faucets.

You can also see the matching pot fillers.  Pot fillers install over your stove and are a great accent for any kitchen.  Plus they're convenient!  You never have to carry a large pot filled with water over to the stove again!  They also can add real value to the price of your home, so if you have the option, consider installing one - It's not very complicated!

Danze modern style Kitchen faucets

Danze D457158SS Parma Single-Handle Pre-Rinse Faucet, Stainless Steel
Danze D457158SS Parma Single-Handle Pre-Rinse Faucet, Stainless Steel

For a great modern look consider the Danze Parma single handle stainless steel pre-rinse kitchen faucet. This has a functional sprayer that makes washing dishes easy. This modern style is popular in high end homes from all over the country.


What Finish Kitchen Faucet do you want?

Kitchen Faucets come in all sorts of styles and Finishes.  You can choose finishes like Chrome, Stainless Steel, Satin Black, Oil rubbed bronze, antique copper, polished brass...The possibilities are virtually endless.  If you are designing your Kitchen, the custom is generally for the faucet to match other hardware in the kitchen.  For example the door handles, the cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, color of the sink etc.  Look to coordinate these different items.  If you are installing counter tops, you might want to try and choose a finish that will match your granite.  Be creative!  The Kitchen is one of the most important areas of your home so try to make it look great!  The good news is, with new finishing technology, you can find many great products in virtually any color.  Have some fun!  

Kitchen Faucet Finishes to Consider

Danze D457058SS Parma Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spout, Stainless Steel
Danze D457058SS Parma Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spout, Stainless Steel

This is a Danze Parma Pull out kitchen faucet with sprayer. The stainless steel finish is a great clean look to improve any kitchen design


What functions does your Kitchen faucet Require?

When considering a Kitchen faucet, you need to decide what functions you want it to have.  Do you want the spout to swivel?  Do you want the sprayer to pull-out?  Do you want a side spray?  Do you prefer a single handle for turning on the water and adjusting the temperature or do you want a separate hot and cold handle?  What about an electronic eye so the water can turn on automatically?  There are great options for any functions you require.  A few ideas are below.

Kitchen faucets with different functions

Danze D423058SS Parma Dual Function Kitchen Faucet with Single Handle and Matching Side Spray, Stainless Steel
Danze D423058SS Parma Dual Function Kitchen Faucet with Single Handle and Matching Side Spray, Stainless Steel

Danze Parma stainless steel kitchen faucet with electronic eye and side spray. This faucet allows you to set a temperature and will automatically turn on when it senses your hand. This is great if you were just cutting up something messy like chicken. The spray also pulls out and the handle is there to manually adjust the temperature.


Kitchen faucets to fit a variety of hole patterns

Danze D457014RB Opulence Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Out Spout, Oil Rubbed Bronze
Danze D457014RB Opulence Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Out Spout, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Danze opulence pull out kitchen faucet oil rubbed bronze. This will fit either single hole installation, or with a deck-plate installed to cover the outer two holes (if your sink is pre-drilled for a 3 hole installation).


Will this Kitchen faucet Fit?

It is important to note that you need to select a Kitchen faucet to fit your specific situation. If you are starting from scratch with new construction, you can choose whatever you want. Be aware however, there may be some limitations. For example, if you choose a sink that is pre-drilled, you may have to find a faucet that will fit in that pre-determined number of holes. If you have an existing faucet that you are replacing, you will also have to determine which faucet will work for your current set-up. Some faucets (such as the bridge faucet below) will only fit if the holes are drilled a specific distance apart. Other faucets, referred to as "widespread" are flexible within reason. Ask your contractor or check the spec sheet on the faucet to determine if it will work for you. Also, in regards to certain tall "goose-neck" style faucets, you will need to make sure nothing (like a cabinet) is above the faucet, so you have enough clearance for the overall height.

Last, if you have granite counter-tops, you will need to make sure the faucet is designed to fit the appropriate thickness. Danze faucets are great for this, as they are all made to fit thick counter-tops and work for about 95% of all applications. Many of the single hole faucets also include a deck plate. If your sink has been pre-drilled with holes measuring 8" from center to center, the deck place will cover the outer two holes. Amazon is a safe place to buy as they have a good return policy should it turn out your new kitchen faucet will not work.

If you find yourself with extra/too few holes DON'T WORRY! Many times an additional hole is very easy to drill. If you have an extra hole, you can consider filling it with something like a soap dispenser - which is quite useful anyways :)

Check the faucets to the right to see examples of different hole patterns.

Kitchen Faucet Accessories

Danze D495957RB Opulence Deck Mount Soap and Lotion Dispenser, Oil Rubbed Bronze
Danze D495957RB Opulence Deck Mount Soap and Lotion Dispenser, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Danze opulence oil rubbed bronze soap dispenser - top loaded, easy to use, great function!


Kitchen Faucet Accessories

If you have an extra hole in your counter, you may want to find something useful to do with it. You might also just want to add an additional hole for added functionality. Great products to consider are soap dispensers and air gaps.

If you want the convenience of having soap right there, but don't want an ugly plastic dish-soap bottle sitting around on your counter, a soap dispenser is for you! These soap dispensers screw into a hole and once installed, only require you to pull off the top and pour in more soap as needed. It couldn't be easier!

Air-Gaps are designed for people who have a dishwasher. They prevent the backflow of water from the dishwasher from flowing into your sink water. Most homes have this anyways so why not consider getting one with a finish to match!

As mentioned before, pot fillers are also a great accessory as they really make your kitchen function the way a gourmet cook would want it. They add to the overall design look of your Kitchen and are also highly functional.  Remember, pot fillers are cold water only, and are very simple to install.  They hook directly to a 1/2" copper pipe and you're done!

Here are a few examples of accessories:

Danze kitchen faucet logo
Danze kitchen faucet logo | Source

Are all Kitchen Faucet brands equal?

There are a huge selection of Kitchen faucet brands available these days.  Not all brands are equal.  There are many great brands out there, but the reason this Hub focuses on Danze is because they represent the best Value.  Danze is a HIGH end brand at a GREAT price.  From the quality of the materials they use (all their Kitchen faucets are solid brass construction), to the quality of the Finish, all these things matter.  If you search online, you will inevitably find imported products for very inexpensive prices.  Most I would never trust in my kitchen and you shouldn't either.  Think about it.  A leak that cracks your faucet while you are not home could seriously damage everything.  Putting a good quality faucet in your home is something to consider.  Also, many other faucets are not really designed to last.  They're cheap so you can afford to replace them every few years, but is that what you really want?  Danze offers lifetime warranties on all their products.  Furthermore, they offer parts replacement for free.  If a washer goes bad, all you have to do is call Danze customer service (which is great) and they will send you a new one.  No questions asked.  They are quite helpful if you have any problems.

A lesser quality faucet will experience problems with the finish rubbing off.  It also may be difficult to impossible to get replacement parts should anything go wrong.  If a small part can fix your whole faucet, but you can't get that part, you will be paying a plumber $80/hour to change the whole thing.  Make sure to put something good in the first place.

I have a LOT of experience with Danze faucets.  I used to work for a wholesale company where we sold about a million dollars worth of Danze products every year.  I personally talked to, and dealt with hundreds of homeowners who were extremely please with Danze.  I also worked with their company resolving problems and I can tell you from experience, they are very easy to deal with.  I have personally held in my hand, every single product recommended in this hub.  They are HEAVY, sturdy, solid brass, and offer a great VALUE for their price.

Other good brands exist.  Grohe, Kohler, Moen, Price Pfister, to name a few.  Generally speaking, Danze offer more for your Money.  I highly recommend you give them a try!

What is your Kitchen Faucet budget?

First off, when considering your budget, you may be trying to decide how much to spend on a Kitchen faucet. A good quality kitchen faucet generally ranges between $200-500. Below this price range you may run into trouble if you are not careful. Many people may say, you wish you could have a high quality faucet like the ones shown above, but your budget is limited. Danze does offer some faucets that are less expensive. Remember, just because you are on a budget doesn't mean you have to end up with a poor quality, terrible design faucet.  Here are some great options below.

**Here a GREAT Tip: Chrome is almost always the least expensive finish.  You might be able to get a great quality faucet for significantly less if you forgo the designer finish.

Kitchen faucets for the budget conscious

Kitchen Faucet Warranty

Danze states:

"Limited Lifetime Warranty

All parts of the Danze faucet are warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the consumer purchaser owns it. For more information or to register your Danze product, please consult our Warranty Card."

Danze Bar Faucets to Match Kitchen Faucets

Danze D151558SS Parma Single Handle Bar Faucet, Stainless Steel
Danze D151558SS Parma Single Handle Bar Faucet, Stainless Steel

Danze Stainless Steel Parma Single Handle Bar Faucet


Now you have a Kitchen Faucet, what about a Matching Bar Faucet

Many times, people have a bar sink, or some other secondary sink. Perhaps its on an island in the middle of the kitchen, or somewhere else nearby. Danze has a complete range of bar sinks to match just about any style of faucet you choose. These faucets all allow control of water temperature (both hot and cold)

BIG WARNING NOTE!! Bar faucets CANNOT substitute for a Kitchen faucet. The bar faucets shown below are less expensive so you may be tempted to purchase one and just use it as your main kitchen faucet. I would advise against this. One reason is the size. They are significantly smaller and may not work well for a large Kitchen sink (due to spout projection and height). Also, there is an issue with the flow rate of the water. Kitchen faucets put out more water than a bar faucet so you might find the water flow to be inadequate for a full sized Kitchen sink. Take a look at the following link to find more great Kitchen Sink Faucets

Here are some examples of bar faucets:

Have you ever used a Danze Faucet?

Have you ever used a Danze Kitchen Faucet?

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