8 Types of Kitchen Faucets, From Minimal to Feature-Packed

Jamie McInerney
Written by Jamie McInerney
Updated March 21, 2022
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It’s no surprise that your kitchen faucet plays an essential role when it comes to cooking and cleaning. Between meal preparation and chores, your faucet just might be the kitchen appliance that gets the most routine use. 

Many types of kitchen faucets have a considerable lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, though it’s not uncommon for homeowners to replace their faucet before it reaches old age. 

Because of the impact that your kitchen faucet can have on your day-to-day life, it’s important that you consider more than appearance alone when choosing a replacement. Explore the eight types of kitchen faucets to know before you buy.

1. Single-Handle Faucets

If you’re a homeowner who believes that less is more, the single-handle faucet may be for you. It’s the most fundamental type of kitchen faucet, offering one spout and one valve to adjust both the flow and temperature of the water. 

Since single-handle faucets have minimal features, they’re often less fussy to cook or clean with. Plus, you can achieve an elegant appearance in the kitchen with a single-handle faucet that has a tall structure.

The simplicity of this kitchen faucet type also makes it a viable option if you’re looking to replace your own kitchen faucet

2. Dual-Handle Faucets

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Another popular option for any homeowner modifying their kitchen or bathroom faucet is the dual-handle faucet. With a dual-handle faucet, you manipulate the water’s temperature using the handles placed to the right and left of the neck; the right typically provides cold water, the left provides warm. How much you turn either handle will determine your water flow. 

While lever handles have become many homeowners’ primary choice for a dual-handle faucet, knob handles are still an option for those looking to embody a more vintage aesthetic in the kitchen. It’s common for both handles to match the same metal as the faucet, though porcelain and glass are popular materials to make the two faucet handles stand out. 

3. Pull-Out Faucets

When you need a little more flexibility in the kitchen, a pull-out faucet is a great option. Pull-out faucets feature a detachable nozzle head, allowing water to reach a greater range. Most pull-out faucet nozzles offer a spray or flow option to cater to the variety of kitchen needs any homeowner may have. 

As far as handles, pull-out faucets typically have only one handle to control flow and temperature. Having one lever handle makes it easy for users to control water pressure and temperature while maneuvering the detachable nozzle as necessary. 

4. Pull-Down Faucets

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Similar to the pull-out faucet, the pull-down faucet usually has only one handle and one nozzle with both a spray and flow feature, making dishwashing by hand a breeze. Pull-down faucets still provide flexibility, but less so than pull-out faucets. 

With a pull-down faucet, you’re able to detach the head downward. Since the head only detaches downward, most pull-down faucets have a high arc. 

Though you should thoughtfully pair any faucet with a suitable sink, it’s especially important to pair a pull-down faucet with a deep sink. Without a deep sink, a pull-down faucet will leave your kitchen counters soaked from lots of splashing. 

5. Separate Nozzle Faucets

A separate nozzle faucet incorporates elements from single-handle faucets and pull-out faucets in a unique way. With a separate nozzle faucet, the nozzle, as you may have guessed, is separate from the main faucet head. 

This type of kitchen faucet often has a lever handle attached at the base of the faucet’s neck, the nozzle head being to the right or the left of the neck. The separate nozzle faucet still supplies users with flexibility with the nearby sprayer. 

It’s also super convenient and easy to use, as you don’t have to worry about any buttons to switch the water flow to a spray—you simply start using the separate nozzle. 

6. Pot Filler Faucets

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Homeowners who always find themselves cooking in the kitchen may want to consider a pot filler faucet. Pot filler faucets hardly serve as the primary faucet in the kitchen, but they are a huge benefit to at-home cooks who constantly fill up and transfer heavy pots and pans with water from the sink to the stove. 

One setback to a pot filler faucet is that its placement sits right over the stove, typically distant from plumbing. You may consider hiring a professional plumber to install a pot filler faucet to avoid any issues with running water using this appliance.

7. Touchless Faucets

Touchless, or motion-detected, faucets are one of the most sanitary types of kitchen faucets. There’s no need to touch any handle to get water flowing, you simply wave your hand in front of the faucet's motion sensor, which is often placed at the base of the neck. 

For this type of faucet’s stand-out trait to work effectively, you must ensure the sensor remains accurate. Any difficulties with the faucet’s sensor could require professional assistance. 

8. Smart Faucets

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If you’re appreciative of smart gadgets in the home, you’re likely to enjoy all that a smart faucet has to offer. From your smartphone, you can indicate your desired water temperature, flow, and amount.

Smart faucets can also help you be more eco-friendly, with aspects that monitor your home’s water usage. Closely monitored water use can also help minimize your water bill. Of course, all of these features come at a considerable price on top of the cost to install your faucet. A smart faucet requires a bigger budget than the other types of kitchen faucets discussed. 

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