Buying a new kitchen faucet involves more than picking a look and sticking to a budget. Selecting a faucet is actually a series of decisions that can quickly get overwhelming.
In front of the wall of faucets at the local home improvement store I often see people trying to make sense of all the options available. With this in mind, I quickly jotted this checklist as I was selecting a new kitchen faucet today.
Here is how to make sense out of all the kitchen faucet options.
- Know your sink: Each faucet tells you how many mounting holes it needs. They come in 1, 2, 3 & 4 hole versions. Look at your kitchen sink and count the holes. If your existing faucet has a mounting plate on it, check under the sink to see how many holes the mounting plate covers.
- Know the finish: Before you buy make a note of what finish you have, or want to have, for your kitchen hardware. The air gap, soap dispenser, and sink-hole cover finish should match the faucet finish.
- Know your water lines: Before shopping for a new faucet make a note of the pipe size of the water lines under your sink. Many newer faucets come with 3/8" flex lines attached that will need to connect to 3/8" angle stops. If your existing angle stops are 1/2" you will need to change out the angle stops before you can install your new faucet.
Having these three pieces of information before you face the daunting wall of faucets will narrow your choices and make the decision that much easier.