Faucets 101

What to Look for When Searching
for Your Next Kitchen Faucet

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.

5.6 hours in the kitchen
1 hour in the living room

For every hour spent in the living room,
the average American spends more than
5 hours in the kitchen.*


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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.

One Handle Faucet

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

One-Handled Faucets

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Two Handle Faucet

Deliver a classic look

Separate handles make it easy to adjust water flow and temperature

Two-Handled Faucets

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Hands Free Faucet

Simple motions deliver hands-free convenience

Single handle override

Hands-Free Faucets

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Get to Know MotionSense®

Imagine a faucet that can sense what you're trying to accomplish. Then discover how MotionSense from Moen responds to your movements to give you extra convenience in your kitchen.

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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?

Hight Arc

I often fill
and clean large pots.


Low Arc

I have low hanging cabinets or a window that could restrict the height of my faucet.

High Arc

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.

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Low Arc

3-8 inches above sink plane

If you're looking for a streamlined option that keeps a lower profile, a mid or low arc faucet could fit into your kitchen plan.

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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.

Pet Peeve Pet Peeve Pet Peeve Pet Peeve

No pet peeves

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink

Leaving food/crumbs in the sink

Not wiping down the faucet/sink area

This might help

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.

Pullout Faucet

Do you know Reflex? Faucets with Reflex exceed the reach and maneuverability of average pullout and pulldown faucets while providing the ability to return the sprayer completely and securely without any assistance.

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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.

Choose your

  • One Hole
  • Two Holes
  • Three Holes
  • Four Holes

One Hole

An increasingly more common option, one hole faucets deliver a simple and clean look

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Two Hole

Second hole included for a side spray or lotion dispenser, or sometimes a separate handle

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Three Hole

Most common in older kitchens built to accommodate traditional faucets with separate hot and cold or two handle faucets

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Four Hole

Accommodates traditional two handle faucets plus room for an accessory such as a side spray or lotion bottle

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Say What?





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
Know Mounting

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.


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.

Anna's Loft

From the exposed ductwork to the angular baseboards, Anna's kitchen radiates a dramatic aesthetic. And at the heart of it all lives an industrial chic faucet that turns simple lines into a statement piece.

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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.

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William's Classic Tudor

If every antique tells a story, then William's kitchen is loaded with tons of classic tales. And with its ornate details and rich authenticity, the kitchen faucet is perfectly at home in an old world space.

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One Final Accent

One key detail can make all the difference, so be sure you understand all the finish options available.

Finish Strong

Spot Resist

Spend more time enjoying your home and less time cleaning it with a Stainless finish that helps to prevent water spots and fingerprints.

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This antimicrobial treatment helps inhibit the growth of stain-and-odor bacteria on your faucet's finish, so you can spend less time cleaning.

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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.

Bar Prep Faucet

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.

Bar & Prep Faucets

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Pot Filler Faucet

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 Faucet

Filtration faucets provide separate, cold, filtered drinking water and are a great fit at a second sink or right next to your kitchen faucet.

Tie The
Room Together

Lotion & Soap Dispensers

These final touches can help complete your sink-scape while adding an extra level of convenience in your kitchen.

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Pulls & Knobs

Match your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls to your other fixtures to create a coordinated look that covers the entire kitchen.

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