Replacing the kitchen faucet is one way to update the look of your kitchen, or resolve a leaking faucet. Before going to the home improvement center to purchase a faucet, take some time to determine what type of faucet you need. When selecting a kitchen faucet, you want a faucet that will be functional and add to the decor of your kitchen. Take a few minutes to inspect your faucet installation needs along with the colors and design of your kitchen. Have this information with you when selecting your new kitchen faucet at the store.
Grab a piece of paper and pencil to write down notes as you evaluate your kitchen faucet needs.
Look under the sink to determine if the faucet has one, three or four holes. Purchase a faucet that will fit the current number of holes you currently have. This will prevent having to cut additional holes or being creative to cover holes that the new faucet would not cover.
Choose the type of handles you want. Choose from single handles or the traditional two-handle type faucets. Two-handle faucets also come in lever types and knob type.
Think about the type of sprayer you want on your faucet. Decide between a separate sprayer or a sprayer that pulls out from the faucet spout.
Evaluate the type of dishes you wash in the sink, and how deep the sink is. Choose a long, gooseneck faucet for washing large pots and pans in a shallow sink. Look for more traditional faucet spouts for cleaning dishes in a deep sink.
Choose colors and finishes that will accentuate the current decor of the kitchen. Most often, people will try to match the finish and color with the rest of the hardware around the kitchen.