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Your kitchen sink gets a lot of action, and choosing the perfect faucet can be a little tricky. Here are a few tips to get your kitchen "in sink."

Need

When choosing the perfect faucet for your kitchen sink, first think of what it is that you need. For starters, how many holes are built into the kitchen sink? If there is only one, you will want to choose a faucet that comes with the handle attached. From there, decide whether you want a pull-down or push-down handle. If there is more than one hole in your sink, then you'll have to go with the handles that are separate from the water dispenser. If there aren't any holes, or you would rather remodel your kitchen without, look at wall-mounted faucets for a modern appeal.

Another item to consider when choosing the right faucet is the size of a faucet that fits your needs. If you would much rather wash your dishes in your sink, a faucet that comes with an extendable sprayer may be on the horizon. And since you hand-wash dishes, it may be wise to consider a higher neck for your faucet to allow extra room for stacking.

Want

Just like your needs, making a list of your wants is another essential way of finding the perfect faucet for your kitchen. Think of what you want your faucet to accomplish for your sink. Do you want a faucet that is practical? Then perhaps a faucet that comes equipped with a filtration system would fit your desires. If not a filtration system, what other essential items do you believe would make your visit to the faucet an easier one?

If you want your faucet to be a decor staple in your kitchen, examine your current style or the style you wish to accomplish with the new fixture. A modern kitchen would look fabulous with a dark and sleek spout like this Delta faucet (DeltaFaucet.com, $546), while a country kitchen would match perfectly with this Delta Victorian style (DeltaFaucet.com, $424). Your kitchen's style will assist you in determining the color and finish that works best for you.

Availability

If you are unsure of what you need or want in your kitchen, shop around. Look at the Craigslist ads and local home improvement stores like Home Depot to help you choose the right faucet for your kitchen. Knowing what is out there and the budget that you have to work with may help you narrow your choices down to the perfect faucet.

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