Even if you have a general idea of the view all faucets you want, it helps to be specific when you’re faced with an enormous selection online or at your local big-box home improvement store. Here are three basic points to help narrow things down:
Spout type — The trend is definitely for a pull-down spray attachment, but you can also go for a side-mounted spray hose.
Spout height — High-arch spouts (10 to 18 inches) are in right now. Consider the size of your sink here — how big of an area does the spray need to cover?
Number of handles — If you choose a pull-down faucet, you’ll have only one handle, but you can still get faucets with traditional hot and cold handles.
So, those are the fundamentals, but there are many mind-boggling (and high-tech) choices beyond that. You can pay extra for spray volume control, water pause buttons, built-in water filters, touch-sensitive controls and hands-free operation, among others. For example, the Kohler Sensate kitchen faucet is a futuristic apparatus that boasts five pivoting joints for “precise water delivery.”