Kitchen Faucet Fixtures
Spend a Couple of Hundred Dollars on a Basic Fixture or a Couple of Thousand on a Designer Model
Kitchen faucets receive a lot of use, so it's not surprising that they need to be periodically replaced. Wear and tear, however, isn't the only reason to have a new faucet installed. Some homeowners simply decide that their current faucet isn't as practical or as beautiful as they'd like it to be.
Popular faucet manufacturers include Delta, Moen, Price Pfister, and Kohler. In addition to standard kitchen faucet models, they offer fixtures in the following styles:
Once found primarily in commercial kitchens, modern pull-down faucets have a slimmer design that's appropriate for residential applications. Use it as a traditional faucet or remove the head and use it as a sprayer to more accurately direct the flow of water.
A bar faucet is characterized by a large candy cane-shaped spout that was originally designed to fill up buckets. While the generous under-spout area of this faucet remains a useful function, most people choose this style of fixture for its unique design.
As their name implies, these faucets are mounted on the wall behind the sink. This design is perfect for large basin sinks or sinks that are installed on narrow countertops with limited space.
Pot Filler Faucets
A pot filler faucet is similar in design to a bar faucet, although these fixtures are typically wall-mounted near the stove to minimize the distance heavy pots are transported. Pot fillers also have joints that allow them to be folded and stored against the wall.
Single Handle vs. Double Handle Faucets
Choosing a single or double handle faucet often comes down to aesthetics, but there are functional differences between the two that should be considered. Before explaining those differences, however, it's important to note that your kitchen sink dictates the type of faucet that can be installed. Sinks with only one or two faucet holes cannot accommodate a double handle faucet without additional holes being added (a contractor can perform this service). With that in mind, the following points should help you decide which handle design is more suitable for your faucet:
- You only need one free hand to control both the temperature and water flow of a single handle faucet, making it easier to use your other hand for multi-tasking.
- Single handle fixtures can be customized by choosing a side-mount or a top-mount handle.
- Double-handle faucets provide an even greater number of customization options; there are literally hundreds of handle options available to choose from.
Popular Faucet Add-Ons
After deciding on a faucet style and handle design, you might consider one of these other options (just make sure your sink has enough holes):
- Side sprayers are useful for soaking hard-to-reach objects and filling up containers that don't fit in the sink.
- Soap dispensers allow you to do away with bottles of hand and dish soap, helping to keep the sink area tidy.
Kitchen Faucet Fixture Costs
- Home improvement mega stores have faucet fixtures ranging in price from $50 to $1,000. The costs of single handle and double handle faucets are comparable (although the latter tend to be slightly more expensive). Faucet style also has little bearing on price: bar, pull-down and wall-mount fixtures all start at $50. Somewhat costlier are pot fillers, which start at around $150.
- Designer faucet fixtures are available but expensive. Some models cost $1,000 to $2,000 or more.
- A faucet installation should cost $150 to $300. If it's necessary to reroute plumbing lines or add a new line, installation costs might reach $500-$600.
- Wall-mount faucets require rerouting plumbing lines inside walls. In some cases, this can cause installation costs to balloon to $1,000-$2,000.