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Before You Buy A Kitchen Faucet

By August 5, 2011

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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.


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