Three basic categories for two-handle kitchen faucets

Two-handle kitchen faucets fall into three basic categories. (Kohler)
Two-handle kitchen faucets fall into three basic categories. (Kohler)

Q: Dear Ed: For my new kitchen I want a two-handle style kitchen faucet with a side spray. I know there’s a lot of fancy pullout and single handle faucets out there, but can you please let me know some basic two-handle faucet styles I can choose from? — Shelly, Washington state

A: I’ll break down two-handle kitchen faucets into three basic categories. Choose the category that fits you best and explore from there:


Prices range from low to high end. This is a three-hole install with a fourth hole for a side spray. Deck mounts can include a deck plate or individual components.


Mid- to high-end faucet with a second hole needed for a side spray. Both handles are designed into the rising spout assembly.


Higher-end faucet with faucet handles that connect like a bridge above the sink.

Along with a side spray sink hole, you can choose between a two- or three-hole faucet body, but cross that bridge when you get there.

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