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Traditional kitchen faucets continue to go with the flow

The Kohler Finial Traditional four-hole kitchen sink faucet.
The Kohler Finial Traditional four-hole kitchen sink faucet. Kohler

Q: I have read your columns on kitchen faucets and most have been about “pull-out” or “pull-down”-style faucets. What is the advantage of having the spray head built into the faucet spout? I would like to install just a standard-type kitchen faucet that has a normal spout with a remote spray. But, if I am missing the point, please let me know.

Kate, Ohio

A: The great thing about all the faucet choices on today’s plumbing market is you can get just about any type of faucet you like. Basically, this is what it all boils down to: style and convenience.

Currently, a hot trend is to install kitchen faucets that require only a single hole in the sink or countertop. Also, one-handle faucets with pull-out spray heads can be easier for a lot of people to operate. Put those two factors together and you can see why pull-out and pull-down kitchen faucets have become so popular.

The good news is that standard spout kitchen faucets are still widely available. Usually two handle kitchen faucets with a remote spray head are competitively priced, and they easily fit most existing sinks. So, you can see why they are also a popular faucet choice as well.

Please note that standard-type kitchen faucets usually require four holes in the sink. Final tip: If you end up with an extra open sink hole, a soap dispenser can usually be installed to clean up the look of your new faucet job.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.