Styles: Handles and Shapes
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A pulldown faucet is just one of many options available for faucets.
The general style of your faucet will vary by the shape of its handle or handles, the height and shape of the spout, its accessories, and the finish.
Kitchen faucets are available with either one or two handles. Single-handle faucets can be easier to operate while a two-handle faucet provides a distinct look that fits in with a variety of kitchen styles. When selecting handles, consider how easy the faucet will be to grip if your hands are wet or greasy and whether you can operate it with one hand and with a closed fist.
Faucet’s can be either short or tall, however; if you have a shallow sink, a high-arching gooseneck faucet might be the most functional option. You may also want to consider installing different faucets for different uses—an extra-tall one on the prep sink by the island cooktop so tall pots can be filled easily, or a pot filler mounted on a wall near your stove.
One the most common accessories for faucets is side sprays, which gives your faucet a longer reach for cleaning each area of your sink. Their ability to spray water also makes it easier to clean off dishes. Some faucets have a pullout spray, which turns a regular faucet head into a spray hose.
Other accessories include soap dispensers, hot water dispensers, and faucets that provide filtered water.