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How to Buy a Faucet: Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide

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November 11, 2022
Kallista Design

The kitchen is the heart of the home—it's where we gather to cook, entertain, and enjoy time with our families. And just like any other room in the home, your kitchen deserves to be outfitted with beautiful and functional fixtures that reflect your style and meet your needs.

When it comes time to choose a faucet, there are a few things to keep in mind. In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about how to buy a kitchen faucet that’s perfect for your home.

Types of Kitchen Faucets

Before you start shopping for a new kitchen faucet, it is important to know all your options. Here is the ultimate kitchen faucet buying guide from KALLISTA.

Deck-Mount & Wall-Mount Faucets

Depending on your sink setup, your kitchen faucet will need to be mounted either to the countertop or wall.

chrome kitchen faucet with arch out, lever handles, and sidesprayer installed on a dark gray kitchen counter with pink flowwers in a pot for decoration on the left
Featured: One™ Deck-Mount Faucet, Lever Handles

Deck-mounted faucets are the most common type of kitchen faucet since they're versatile and easy to install. A deck-mount faucet is attached to the countertop through pre-drilled holes.

a black pot filler faucet is mounted to he white kitchen wall. water is falling out of the pot filler spout into a black cooking pot on the stove.
Featured: Juxtapose™ Wall-Mount Pot Filler

Alternatively, wall-mounted faucets attach through holes in the wall above your sink–no countertop installation necessary. This provides a sleek look that's perfect for contemporary kitchens. A trending type of wall-mount faucet is a pot filler, which offers ultimate convenience for food prep.

Double & Single Handle Faucets

a bridge chrome faucet with two lever handles connected by an open pipe
Featured: One™ Deck-Mount Kitchen Faucet, Lever Handles

Most kitchen faucets have two handles—one for hot water and one for cold water.

a chrome faucet with a single handle
Featured: One™ Single Control Sink Faucet

Single-control models control both pressure and temperature through one handle.

There are also touch-activated faucets that allow you to turn on the water with just a touch of your hand, perfect for when your hands are full.

High Arc & Low Arc Faucets

Typically standing 8 to 10 inches above the base, a high arc faucet offers sufficient space for filling or washing large pots and pans. Before buying a high-arc faucet, ensure there is enough space above your sink.

A low-arc faucet may be a better choice if you have cabinets above your sink or prefer a more diminutive stature.

Bridge & Swivel Faucets

chrome kitchen faucet with angular design, featuring two lever handles and a sidesprayer
Featured: Quincy™ Deck-Mount Bridge Faucet, Lever Handles

Bridge kitchen faucets connect cold and hot water lines with a horizontal metal bar. Due to their timeless and classic appeal, you'll often see bridge faucets installed in farmhouse kitchens.

Our Quincy deck-mount bridge faucet is equipped with a swivel spout, meaning it can rotate 360 degrees for conveniently rinsing the whole sink.

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Faucets for Specific Tasks

Not all kitchen sinks serve the same purpose; some outperform others in specialized situations. For example, a deeper sink may require a longer sprayer unit or hose. Here are some important kitchen faucet features you may find useful.

Faucet Spray Functions

If you do a lot of cooking and entertaining, you may prefer a faucet with multiple spray options. You'll also want plenty of flexibility regarding spout reach and height, making a pull-down faucet an ideal choice.

close up image of a matte black kitchen faucet featuring two spray function buttons and gold accents
Featured: Juxtapose™ Semi-Professional Faucet

Pull-down kitchen faucets feature a built-in spray wand as an extension of the spout. One of the most popular types of pull-down faucets is the semi-professional design. Semi-professional faucets take cues from commercial kitchens, with high water pressure, multiple spray functions, high-arc spouts, and an extended pull-down coil or hose.

close up image of golden brass faucet with sidesprayer hose
Featured: One™ Sidespray

Some faucet configurations come with a separate sidesprayer instead of an integrated spray function. Remember that kitchen sidesprayers require an extra hole for installation.

Bar Prep Faucets

image shows a matte black faucet installed on black marble countertop with a shiny stainless steel sink
Featured: Juxtapose™ Bar Faucet

Consider a secondary bar prep faucet if you have extra counter space or a separate area for making cocktails or prepping food. Bar faucets are generally smaller than standard kitchen faucets with a single-control configuration.

Pot Fillers

image shows a matte silver pot filler faucet installed against a marble kitchen backsplash, filling up a large chrome pot on the black stove
Featured: Juxtapose™ Wall-Mount Pot Filler

Pot fillers offer maximum water flow to quickly fill containers and provide the perfect solution for wall-mount installation needs. Custom plumbing and construction may be necessary to install a wall-mount pot filler.

Soap Dispensers

four soap dispensers - one in nickel silver, one in matte black, one in chome, and one in gold finish
Featured: Juxtapose™ Soap Dispensers

A kitchen sink soap dispenser is a sophisticated way to coordinate fixtures of the same finish and style. Just remember that an extra hole is needed to install.

Kitchen Faucet Configurations

Installation requirements are key to consider when getting a new kitchen faucet, whether for a remodel or new construction. If you're unsure what you’re working with, look at your sink and under the counter for a glimpse at your plumbing setup.


If your sink has a single hole for installation, you’ll need a one-hole faucet. With a single handle, these faucets are easy to operate and clean.


Naturally, two pre-drilled holes mean you’ll need a two-hole faucet design. Double-handle faucets usually fall into this category, with two separate holes for hot and cold waterlines.


A common three-hole faucet setup includes a two-hole faucet with a sidesprayer.


Some faucets require three holes by themselves without any accessories. With an additional soap dispenser or sidespray, you may need four pre-drilled holes in the countertop.

Visual Factors When Buying a Kitchen Faucet

With so many styles and finishes available, it can be tough to know where to start. Our kitchen faucet guide is here to help you look at the different visuals you'll want to consider before making your final decision.


close up image of reflective chrome kitchen faucet

The finish is one of the first things to consider when choosing a kitchen faucet, as each finish has a unique color and surface quality. The most popular finishes on the market are unlacquered brass and chrome kitchen faucets. But more unique finishes are also available, like matte black and brushed gold.

close up image of a reflective gold kitchen faucet

When choosing a finish, consider both your personal preferences and the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. For example, gold and brass kitchen faucets serve as beautiful complements to warm interiors.

close up image of matte black kitchen faucet

If the room has a modern and monochromatic tone, you may opt for chrome or matte black kitchen faucets


Once you decide on a finish, you'll need to choose a design style that fits your interior. A good first consideration is whether you are going for a traditional look or something more modern.

Angular spouts add charm to classic interiors, while smooth forms are ideal for modern applications. No matter your style, KALLISTA offers a range of luxury kitchen faucets to meet your needs.

Size & Scale 

You'll want to be sure that the faucet you choose is the right size for your sink and countertop. For example, if you have a small sink and countertop, then a large, bulky faucet may look out of place. Likewise, a small faucet may get lost in the space if you have a large sink and countertop.

Kitchen Faucet Mechanisms

Kitchen faucet mechanisms come in four main types: ball, cartridge, disc, and compression. Generally, this detail doesn’t impact your daily use of the faucet but is important to know for maintenance and repairs.

Ball-type faucets are some of the most popular on the market and are known for their easy operation and durability. A metal or plastic ball inside the fixture controls the amount of water flow by rising as you turn on the water and falling as you turn it off.

Cartridge-type faucets are also popular and known for their easy operation. A cartridge inside the fixture controls the amount of water flow.

Disc-type faucets are similar to cartridge-type fixtures but replace the moving cartridge with two ceramic discs controlled by a single lever. The water temperature is regulated within the chamber between the two discs. These types of faucets are known for their quality and easy operation.

Compression-type faucets use two handles that operate separately to mix water at your desired temperature. A rubber washer is located under each handle and compresses against a metal valve seat to stop the water flow. These types of faucets are the most traditional but can run into flow rate issues and require more maintenance than other types of kitchen faucets.

Complete Your Kitchen With the Finest Quality Faucets

With so many finishes, styles, and functions available, choosing the right faucet for your home can feel daunting. But we promise–it's worth taking the time to compare different faucet features to find that perfect one. After all, quality time spent in the kitchen is enhanced when each detail of the room is designed with thoughtful intention.

KALLISTA offers a sophisticated line of luxury kitchen faucets, including semi-professional, single control, and pull-down models, bar faucets and entertainment faucets, and versatile pot fillers to create the kitchen of your dreams. Crafted from solid brass construction in a range of beautiful finishes, including mixed metal choices, KALLISTA features a fashionable array of traditional to contemporary designs to transform your space.

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