There are just some things a standard kitchen faucet can’t do – no matter how attractive or luxurious. Inflexible, steady streams are great for washing hands or filling sinks, but washing dishes, rinsing off food, or cleaning the sink itself is all a whole lot easier when you have a flexible spray nozzle to do it with. The good news is, incorporating a sprayer into your setup is relatively simple and inexpensive, and doesn’t even necessarily mean upgrading your faucet or sink if you don’t want to.
Faucet Plus Side Sprayer
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The simplest way to add a spray nozzle to your kitchen faucet is the classic: a spray hose added to an unused hole on your sink, off to one side from your faucet. Obviously this option requires you to have a spare drilling in your sink, but many do (usually covered by a small plate or plug), and it’s easily the simplest and most versatile add-on. You simply need to feed the sprayer hose down through the spare attachment hole in your sink and attach the end to the water diverter under your sink; all it takes is a pair of pliers (and maybe a few minutes watching a Youtube video). Even if you don’t buy the side sprayer with your faucet, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one to match the style, and in just a few minutes you can have a fully flexible spray attachment – no muss, no fuss.
Pull Out Sprayer
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That said, these days it’s really easy to find faucets with sprayers built right into the nozzle – both in contemporary and traditional style faucets. On the whole, kitchen faucets are trending smaller and more streamlined, with fewer handles and add-ons, so moving the sprayer from the far side of the sink to the spigot of the faucet is a natural evolutionary step. That said, combining a sink and sprayer can be done in a few different ways. The first – pull out sprayers – essentially turn the whole end of the spigot into a sprayer. When in place, it works just the same as a normal faucet, but the head is attached to a flexible hose concealed within the faucet and can be pulled out from the neck of the faucet and held like a traditional sprayer, usually with a push button to change from a regular flow to a spray.
Pull Down Sprayer
Pull down faucets are similar. They also have spray hoses built into the neck of the faucet, but rather than having the whole head of the faucet be grippable, the sprayer encompasses only the very tip of the spigot. On the one hand, this is a bit more awkward to hold, but the smaller size and modified design of the sprayer allows for a greater variety of faucet designs. Where pull out faucets are restricted to having a long, straight segment in the neck, pull down faucets can have more traditionally curved shapes.
Coil-Style Commercial Faucet And Sprayer
Pull out and pull down faucets comprise the vast majority of ways to incorporate a sprayer into the faucet itself, but there is a third option: industrial-inspired, professional grade faucets. These have become popularized in high-end design and are a favorite of cooks who get a lot of use out of their kitchens. Rather than concealing the metal spray hoses within the neck of the faucet, the hoses are the neck of the faucet – usually clipped to a metal hook and wrapped with a simple, flexible metal coil. These types of sprayers are by far the most flexible and easy to use, typically with large metal levers rather than small buttons to activate the sprayer. The coils allow the sprayer to hang free at all times, so it’s easy to grab, point, and spray wherever you need it, at any time. The main drawback of these faucets is that they’re often much larger than conventional residential faucets, but if you tend to get a lot of use out of your sprayer, or switch between spray and flow a lot, it can be well worth making the switch.
Faucet Aerator Sprayer Attachment
Last but not least, if you really want to add spray functionality but you don’t have anywhere to put a side sprayer and don’t want to upgrade your sink or faucet, you aren’t out of luck. Most standard faucets come with aerators – small metal rings covered in a layer of mesh screwed to the tip of the spigot, designed to improve the water pressure. These aerators can be removed and replaced with simple, swiveling spray attachments. These change from regular flow to spray with a twist of the head, and can be angled to spray around the edges of the sink. Without a retractable hose, the range of the sprayer is somewhat limited, but at just a few dollars a piece, this is a great solution until you’re ready to upgrade your faucet.
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