The mounting mechanism is something you should consider before even checking out any brands and models. All faucets need a certain setup, and your sink needs to be able to accommodate the setup for the faucet that you choose. You can always do a little extra work to accommodate a different setup, but with so many available choices, why put yourself to extra work? If you understand the current mounting system on your sink, you’ll be in a better position to choose a new kitchen faucet.
If you’re planning to install a new countertop at the same time as your faucet, don’t worry about the mounting mechanism for now. However, if you’re just adding a new faucet to a pre-existing sink, knowing your mounting options can save you a lot of work.
Understanding Your Kitchen Sink
Kitchen sinks and countertops generally have between one and five holes to accommodate the handle, spout, sprayer and other components of your faucet. Single handled faucets generally only need one hole, and two handled designs require three. But there are also some double-handled faucets that only need a single hole.
The Three Options for Mounting
These designs mount all of the components onto one single plate. This plate covers any existing holes that you won’t be needing. These faucets are generally sold as a one-piece including a cover as well as some accessories. This mounting does not let you add or remove any holes.
- Works Best For: Producing a seamless style; a modern look; covering unwanted holes
- Pros – You can use it with any sink except the wall-mounted type. Simple installation.
- Cons – You need a flat sink surface for mounting. Doesn’t give you the option to adjust for a small sink except with single handled designs.
This mounting system doesn’t use a plate to cover the unwanted holes. Each separate component has its own hole and is installed directly onto the sink or countertop. You need to know how many holes you have and how many are required to install the new faucet and accessories. Only buy a faucet that uses exactly the same number of holes that you already have.
- Works Best For – A classic look with a seamless finish
- Pros – You can replace individual components if they become damaged without having to replace the whole array. No need for a flat surface.
- Cons – More difficult installation; you will have to replace the individual washers on a regular basis.
Wall Mounting Faucets
These are not attached to your sink in any way, but come directly out of the wall over the sink. You install them so that they have direct access to the pipes inside your wall. These faucets are easy to maintain and clean. It’s also easy to fit big pots under them in your sink for filling. If your sink has no holes, or if you have an undermount sink, this mounting system is best for you.
- Works best for – Minimalist style, filling big pots, keeping a clean sink.
- Pros – Allows you to reclaim space around your sink. Easy maintenance and cleaning.
- Cons – Doesn’t look like a “traditional” kitchen faucet, but more like bathroom fixtures.