Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide

Whether you’re replacing an old faucet in an existing kitchen or selecting a faucet as part of a larger remodeling plan, there are a few questions to ask before the water starts to flow. Make notes on your answers to these questions and take them to your local Lowe’s to help you make your final faucet choice.

How many holes are in your sink?

If you’re replacing an old faucet, be sure to count the number of holes in your sink.

If you’re replacing an existing faucet, be sure to choose a new one that requires the same number of holes in the deck of the sink as the one that’s being removed. One-piece faucets (with integrated handle and spout) need one hole for the handle/spout piece, and usually require a separate hole for a sprayer. Traditional faucets, with hot and cold taps, require three holes for the taps and spout and a fourth for a sprayer. Other options, such as integrated sprayers and soap dispensers, can create other requirements; make sure you are clear about your needs.

If you’re starting from scratch with a new sink, you can put any holes you need in the sink to accommodate the faucet you want.

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