Faucet Style: Single-Handle
Also Known As: Single-lever faucets.
Distinctive Features: The single-handle faucet is just what it sounds like: it has one handle that controls both the temperature and pressure of the water. This is the most common type of kitchen faucet control in use today.
Installation: Many single handle faucets only need one or two holes, which means they only require one hole in the countertop for installation. (Some faucets also come with a mounting plate to cover additional holes.)
Compatible with Pull-Out or Pull-Down Sprayers? Yes. In fact, the single-handle pull out spray faucet (like this one from Moen) is apparently the fastest growing faucet type on the market.
Compatible with High-Arc Spouts? Yes.
Pros: Easy to use and install; clean, minimal aesthetic.
Cons: Depending on the particular design, side-mounted handles can be inconvenient, since there's less clearance between the handle and backsplash.
Price range: Hugely variable. Anywhere from $30 for very basic models to $800 for models with special accessories and details (material, spray, arc, water-saving features, finish, etc).
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
I agree about the faucets, though. They should have, at most, a single handle to be useful if you actually want to cook in your dream kitchen. - Dulcibella
We went with one (Kohler?) that has a single handle, spray/flow button, pull down spray head and with a high arc (so you can get large stuff under it) and love it. Can't think of any other features I'd add. - Kaz
Single handle. My goodness - who wants to be mixing their water temperatures when you have stuff on the stove! - RomeoandJewels
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Readers, do you have a single-handle faucet? What brand do you have? What additional details did you go for? (Spray, arc, handle position.) Tell us what you like and don't like about your faucet!
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