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Taking a good look at how you use your sink and faucet will help you choose the perfect kitchen partners.

How will you use your sink?

Considering color and style are the fun, exciting part of choosing a sink. But taking the time to think about how you actually use your sink will go a long way toward helping you choose the one that will work best for your needs.

For example, if you use a dishwasher, you may prefer a sink with a large single basin. If you hand-wash your dishes, a two- or three-basin sink might work better.

Double- or triple-basin sinks often feature a separate basin for garbage disposal or recycling, a small addition that can greatly enhance your workflow.

Do you like to challenge yourself in the kitchen? Aspire to prepare meals worthy of a professional chef? If so, you’ll want to consider KOHLER PRO sinks. These products offer the convenience of food preparation and water-based cooking all in one location.

Do you need a prep sink?

A prep sink can serve as a separate workspace in your kitchen, greatly improving your efficiency. It can provide extra space for food preparation, perhaps a convenient place to mince garlic or a great place to chill a bottle of wine.

How much space do you have?

The amount of countertop space you have and how it’s configured are important factors in determining the size and shape of your sink.

If you’re remodeling and don’t plan to change the countertop, remember to take into consideration the cutout area of your old sink.

If you have limited counter space, think about using a sink that incorporates a cutting board over the sink basin.

Are your sink and faucet compatible?

To make sure you’ve got a good match between your sink and faucet, you’ll need to look at more than style.

Consider which accessories you want and determine how they will attach to the countertop or, more commonly, through a pre-drilled hole on the sink. You’ll also have to decide whether you want a traditional faucet or one that pulls down or out to reach a wider work area.

Once you’ve made these decisions, you can move on to the really fun stuff: style, finish and color. But first, you need to think about:

Faucet Hole Drillings

Typically, there are between one and four holes available on a sink, depending on the style of faucet and type of accessories.

The additional holes are used to fit accessories such as a soap/lotion dispenser, Piping Hot® hot water dispenser or a Wellspring™ faucet with water filtration. Check the following specifications to make sure your sink matches your faucet and accessory needs:

Installation compatibility

Before making a purchase, you’ll need to make sure your faucet is compatible with the required installation. Be sure to check whether your faucet is installed on the flat faucet deck of the sink or through the countertop.

Spout length

Be sure to check the length of your spout to make sure it reaches adequately into the sink basin, particularly if you’re working with a large or deep basin.

Spout shape and style

These days, spouts come in a large selection of shapes and styles. Kohler offers styles to suit every function with solid construction, washerless ceramic valves and a wide range of durable finishes.

Whether you’re interested in a traditional faucet or a tall arcing spray, Kohler has a faucet that will suit your personal style.

Faucet handles

Faucet handles should be considered as much for their function as for their design features. For example, lever or wristblade handle faucets are easy to use, making them a particularly good choice for children or people with disabilities.

Single-control faucets offer added convenience and control because they don't require two-hand operation and have a temperature memory from the last position of operation.

Pull-out and pull-down spray faucets

Faucet function is another issue you’ll want to consider. Pull-out spray and pull-down faucets give you much greater utility for cleaning big pots or reaching a large work area.

Pull-out spray faucets feature great mobility and don't require a separate sidespray. Durable hoses eliminate twisting during operation. The sprayhead fits into the palm of your hand and offers stream-to-spray adjustment with the touch of a button.

Pull-down spray faucets offer all the features of a pullout faucet, but with additional reach and height.

There’s much to consider when choosing a kitchen sink and faucet. By taking the time to consider your options and think carefully before choosing, you’ll feel confident about your choice for many years to come. And that’s a good feeling.

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