A faucet is an important finishing touch in your kitchen. A faucet doubles as a functional piece of equipment that helps your kitchen run smoothly, and as a beautiful detail in your décor scheme. There are endless choices when it comes to what faucets to buy. This is a quick guide to help you choose the right faucet for your space. 


The first thing you need to look at when buying a faucet is functionality. Does the faucet work like you need it to? For example, you might want an extendable hose on the faucet head, or a hose to the side of the faucet, or alternatively, maybe you need something much more sleek but with lots of power, or you might want something that lets you adjust the flow of the water on the nozzle for a narrow stream or a soft rain-like fall.  Whatever your needs are, start there. 


Once you have decided on the practical aspects of your faucet and know how you want it to function, the second thing to decide is what shape you want your faucet. There are many different shapes of faucets, but there are two main design elements of any faucet, namely the handles and the spout. 

Here are a few of the most popular takes on faucet spouts:

Standard- A standard spout comes off of the mounting at a slight angle over the sink. This is the most popular shape for faucets because it is easy to fit in any kitchen space. It doesn't require much room. Usually, a standard spout can be swiveled from side to side to make it easier to get the water just where you want it.

Flat/Waterfall- A waterfall style spout is flat, and the water tumbles out like a waterfall. This type of spout is less wieldy than a standard spout, but it can be very beautiful. 

Gooseneck- A gooseneck spout is long and curved over the sink, and it looks like a goose or swan bending over. This is an elegant choice but can take up a lot of space, depending on how tall your gooseneck is. 

Now for the handles: 

Double- Double handle faucets have two handles, one for hot and one for cold. 

Joystick- A joystick style faucet has a single lever you can twist around to increase the flow and adjust temperature. 

Lever- A lever faucet has a lever attached directly to the spout or to the base that you push out and up or down for adjusting the temperature.