The key to nailing any home remodeling project is proper planning — kitchen and bathroom remodels are no exception. Aside from researching and deciding on wall materials, tile sizes, paint colors, and flooring styles, picking the right faucet to tie it all together can be just as crucial. If this is your first time undertaking such a project, you’ll likely be as delighted as awestruck by the sheer number of options available for kitchen and bathroom faucets.

To help you sort through the plethora of available styles and materials to choose from, our design-build remodeling team has put together a simple faucet shopping guide.

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Choose A Faucet Type

Faucets come in various shapes and sizes, but almost all fall into one of four categories when it comes to installation. The following are the most common faucet types according to their installation requirements.

  • Single-Hole. Ideal for smaller sinks, these faucets combine the spout and handles into a single unit and typically require only one drilled hole.
  • Center-Set. Ideal for most bathroom sinks, these faucets combine the spout and handles into one unit but typically require three drilled holes.
  • Widespread Mount. Unlike center-sets, these faucets have separate units for the spout and handles. They also need three drilled holes but are overall wider than center sets.
  • Wall-Mount. As their name implies, these faucets mount on the wall. They are the preferred choice for freestanding and vessel-style sinks.

If you are replacing an old faucet, you may want to choose a new one of the same type to make the installation process easier.

Consider Additional Features

Once you’ve chosen your faucet type based on installation, you should move on to consider what additional features you might want or need. Water appliances have come a long way in the last few decades, with smart devices becoming increasingly popular and affordable.


Motion-activated faucets are no longer a niche novelty product. They’ve become widespread and affordable. Although newer luxury models can cost as much as a couple of thousands, there are virtually endless models available for every budget. Just make sure to read plenty of reviews before choosing or, better yet, leave the guesswork to a professional.

Laminar Flow

If you like your water to feel extra soft and silky, look into faucets with laminar technology. Unlike standard aerators, which introduce air and bubbles into the water stream, laminar faucets produce a clear, solid stream less likely to splash when washing your hands, dishes, etc. These faucets tend to run into the pricier side.


A sanitizing faucet uses an ozone stream to eliminate germs from the water flow. They can be useful as kitchen faucets and are a common choice in high-end restaurants. Like laminar flow faucets, they tend to be quite expensive.

Choose A Finish

Now perhaps the most challenging choice — deciding on a finish. Doing so will largely depend on the room’s overall style and feel, as well as the rest of the bathroom appliances and décor. Remember to look for something that is both durable as well as visually appealing. While the number of available options may seem overwhelming at first, narrowing them down depending on your budget and preferred features can help. Hiring a professional remodeling company for your bathroom renovation or kitchen remodel can also make the process easier.

The following include some popular choices for kitchen and bathroom faucet finishes.

  • Polished Chrome
  • Brushed Chrome
  • Polished Nickel
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Hammered Nickel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Bronze
  • Brushed Bronze
  • Oil-rubbed Bronze
  • Polished Brass
  • Decorative Ceramic

Need some style inspiration? Check out our project gallery for a sneak peek into some of our past bathroom remodel and full kitchen remodel projects.