What to Look for When Searching
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Your Kitchen is Your Command Center
Prepping for spaghetti night. Bathing the baby. Watering the plants. It should come as no surprise that you spend more active time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. And from selecting a finish to starting installation, there are plenty of things for you to consider when choosing your next kitchen faucet.
For every hour spent in the living room,
the average American spends more than
5 hours in the kitchen.*
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FEATURES HANDLES, ARCS, & SPRAYERS
Think About What Goes on in Your Sink
When it comes to taking care of business in the kitchen, you need a faucet that's built to handle everything you throw at it. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, spout height, and sprayers — can help you create a space that works your way.
How do You Get Hands On?
Thinking about how you use your faucet every day can help you decide if a one-handle, two-handle, or a hands-free option is best for you.
For a more new and updated look
Single handle operates both hot and cold
Single lever located either on the faucet or next to it
Deliver a classic look
Separate handles make it easy to adjust water flow and temperature
Simple motions deliver hands-free convenience
Single handle override
Get Smart About Arcs
Have you ever shimmied a large pasta pot under a low spout or had your window view interrupted by a high spout? If so, then you understand how important it is to have a faucet
that's just the right height.
Which Arc Fits You Best?
I often fill
and clean large pots.
I have low hanging cabinets or a window that could restrict the height of my faucet.
8-10 inches above sink plane
Budding foodies and culinary pros have met their match with high arc faucets that provide more workspace over the sink.High Arc Browse Products
What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve in the Kitchen?
We asked around and here's what people like you had to say about everyday kitchen behaviors.
No pet peeves
Leaving dirty dishes in the sink
Leaving food/crumbs in the sink
Not wiping down the faucet/sink area
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Keep Everything in Reach
Whether you're rinsing down the corners of your sink or cleaning fresh veggies from the garden, a faucet with the right sprayer helps make quick work of your kitchen tasks.
INSTALLATION HOLES & MOUNTING
Know Your Kitchen, Inside & Out
It's easy to get caught up dreaming of how your next faucet will transform your kitchen. But it's also important to understand how your sink setup could impact which faucet you pick.
Do You Know the Hole Story?
What looks like handles and a spout on the outside can turn out to be something else entirely under the sink.
Make sure you know how many holes are in your sink or counter before picking your faucet.
An increasingly more common option, one hole faucets deliver a simple and clean lookOne Hole Browse Products
Second hole included for a side spray or lotion dispenser, or sometimes a separate handleTwo Hole Browse Products
Most common in older kitchens built to accommodate traditional faucets with separate hot and cold or two handle faucetsThree Hole Browse Products
Also called a "deckplate", this is a simple ornamental plate, added at the base of the faucet, that allows you to install a single-handle faucet on a two or three-hole sink.
If you are replacing a faucet, you don't necessarily have to go hole for hole. You can still pick a single hole faucet and add a soap dispenser, filtration faucet or escutcheon to cover extra holes.
Make Sure You
All faucets are mounted, but there are a couple options you should know before you take the plunge on your next faucet purchase.
Most common option that's typically center mounted on the sink area surface and just behind the sink.
An installation option typically used for pot fillers, which make it easier to fill large cooking vessels.
LOOK & FEEL STYLE & FINISH
Let Your Faucet
Make a Statement
The right faucet extends beyond a functional fixture to become an expression of your unique taste. Take a moment to look around your kitchen, soak in the aesthetic and envision a faucet that doesn't just complement the room, but makes it yours.
What's Your Style?
Your style is one of a kind, but it can be tough to translate at the sink. Luckily, there are a variety of faucet designs available that can help you capture your essence and express it in your kitchen.
John & Ashley's Townhome
Featuring wooden stools with neutral colors, John & Ashley's casual kitchen combines hints of traditional design with contemporary overtones. And the sweeping lines plus the soft, natural curves of their faucet are the perfect complement to a versatile and transformative space.Transitional Style Browse Products
One Final Accent
One key detail can make all the difference, so be sure you understand all the finish options available.
Spend more time enjoying your home and less time cleaning it with a Stainless finish that helps to prevent water spots and fingerprints.
The Bar & Beyond
Away from the kitchen sink there are other types of faucets that can have the same form-meets-function impact on a room and workspace.
It's All About the Extras
You can add an extra fixture to your kitchen or bar area to make the space work great and look even better.
These smaller faucets for use in smaller sinks are generally located in another part of the kitchen, behind a bar, in a prep area/island, or
at a secondary sink.
Designed to quickly fill cooking pots with water, these fixtures are usually placed above the stove and help eliminate the need to carry heavy pots from the sink to the stove.
Filtration faucets provide separate, cold, filtered drinking water and are a great fit at a second sink or right next to your kitchen faucet.
Lotion & Soap Dispensers
These final touches can help complete your sink-scape while adding an extra level of convenience in your kitchen.
Pulls & Knobs
Match your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls to your other fixtures to create a coordinated look that covers the entire kitchen.
Find our latest innovations and new style collections that make your life more convenient and bring a timeless sophistication to your home.See What's New
The Latest Pullout Innovation
Select Moen pullout faucets feature Reflex - the flexible hose system with a spray wand that self-retracts and securely docks every time.Learn More
*The Courant, "The Kitchen As Command Center"; Oct. 8, 2010