How to choose a kitchen faucet – expert tap tips

It is now almost a basic requirement that your kitchen faucet can do everything. From instant hot water to sparkling water, in a plethora of stylish designs to help you save on water bills, the kitchen faucet has come a long way from the simple hot and cold function.

When shopping for the perfect faucet for your home, first determine your kitchen's needs. “Faucets come in different price ranges. Part of this is determined by the brand and aesthetics, but functionality plays a big role in the cost of the faucet. That’s why we always recommend first finding out what the customer needs from their tap,” says Reuben Ward, lead designer at Blakes London.

To help you find the perfect faucet for your kitchen, we've put together some of the most modern kitchen faucet ideas and some practical energy saving tips.

Oonagh Turner

Content editor

Oonagh is a home and interior design writer and editor. For this story, she spoke to industry experts knowledgeable about kitchen design to show her readers the best way to shop for kitchen faucets.

How to choose a kitchen faucet – what types of faucets are there?

A kitchen faucet

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The most popular kitchen faucets are monobloc faucets, single-lever mixers, freestanding mixer taps or freestanding faucets. And there's a real range of styles, from swan-like U-shaped taps to more modern square spouts.

A swivel spout is ideal for larger sinks or kitchen islands, and some even allow you to rotate 360 ​​degrees. Pull-out faucets are now becoming increasingly popular because they feature an extendable hose and nozzle that can switch from standard spray to jet. This is handy for thoroughly rinsing awkwardly shaped utensils and for small kitchens that don't have a dishwasher.

“Some customers prefer faucets with pull-out nozzles or even hand-held attachments that offer the ability to spray down the sink area. It's a fairly commercial style of dishwashing, less common with our European customers, but with some of our customers in the north. “American customers are more inclined towards this style,” says Blakes' Reuben.

“Another North American trend is the pot filler, a faucet that sits above a cooktop, usually a range-style cooktop with a rotating arm that can be used to fill heavy pots and then fold back against the wall.”

What is the right size for a kitchen faucet?

The arch of your kitchen faucet should be about 8 to 8 inches high. “If there are low cabinets, you could lower them to three inches,” suggests Michael Sammon from Wödår. You don't want your faucet to bump uncomfortably against units if it's too high. It's also a good idea to check whether your home has high or low water pressure.

“Most areas of the UK experience low water pressure and water pressure is an aspect that most consumers forget about when purchasing a tap,” says Emma Joyce from House of Rohl. If you install a kitchen faucet that requires a high pressure system and your home has low pressure, the hot water flow will be very low.

Consider a hot water faucet

A gold hot water tap on a walnut worktop

(Image credit: Quooker)

“If you only have one tap in your kitchen, we always recommend a boiling water tap like a Quooker,” says Reuben. “Once customers have one, they never go back!”

On average, a kettle uses the same amount of energy to boil one liter of water as it would take to run a refrigerator for seven hours. “And in the UK we boil our kettle on average four times a day,” points out Stephen Johnson of Quooker, a brand that makes boiling water taps that keep your water hot by working like an electric-powered bottle. These taps can help you save money by only using as much water as you need and are a great alternative to an energy-guzzling kettle. All you need is a single socket, a cold water inlet with a pressure of over 2 bar and a distance of 500 mm. The system is also extremely safe to use and has a clever push-turn lock, so it never automatically dispenses boiling water when you don't expect it.

Get inspiration for hot water taps from Quooker, Qettle, Franke's, Grohe or Wödår. InSinkErator is another hot water dispensing system that delivers near-boiling water with easy-to-adjust temperature controls.

Consider a faucet that filters and carbonates your water

Filtered water as needed is another requirement of the modern kitchen. A high-quality water filter removes impurities and helps you reduce the purchase of many plastic water bottles. Sparkling water is another new addition to the kitchen sink as we want to keep our kitchens tidy and avoid bulky items like the old soda stream that takes up space.

Quooker's Cube is an accessory that mounts on a faucet and delivers carbonated water at the touch of a button. Considering a faucet with these additional bells and whistles will free up cabinet space under the sink. These filter systems and cubes can take up space where you would normally store cleaning supplies or food waste, so you may need to rethink your kitchen layout.

What color and material should your kitchen faucet be?

Matte black is still the most popular kitchen color for faucets in 2022 and is expected to be a continued kitchen trend in 2023. “We have seen a 60 per cent increase in sales of matt black finishes, proving the trend towards a tap that is cool and distinctive,” says Stephen Johnson, managing director of Quooker.

Gun Metal is another color evolved from Matte Black for a sleek finish. Chrome, gold and copper are also popular. “Resist the urge to go for plated metal and invest in solid metal that will stand up to daily wear and tear,” says Natasha Wegrzyn of Poggenpohl. Whatever you have in mind, take inspiration from your kitchen's materials, colors, countertops, and cabinet handles.

“We are increasingly using mixed metals in our designs, with the finishes of the faucets deliberately contrasting with the rest of the kitchen hardware,” says Reuben. And while we like mixed materials and especially appreciate raw brass finishes that develop a patina over time, we try to steer people away from custom finishes as they often don’t stand the test of time.”

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