Select Kohler kitchen faucets by faucet handles and hole drillings for sink-mounted faucets

Whether you opt for one or two handles depends on your style and the look you want, and also how you’ll use the sink. Here are some practical tips to help you to select Kohler kitchen faucets by faucet handles and hole drillings for sink-mounted faucets.

Number of Handles

Kohler one handle kitchen faucets photo

One handle

A single-handle rotates directionally to set the water temperature and the flow. Single-handled faucets are convenient for one-handed use, and usually comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The control lever on a single-handle faucet might be attached to the spout (either in the center or to one side), or mounted separately beside the spout. Think about how you work in the kitchen and which type would feel most comfortable.

Kohler two handle kitchen faucet picture

Two handles

Two handles (hot and cold) let you adjust the temperature and water flow by mixing hot and cold water. Aesthetic preferences play a role here: If you’re looking to create a period-style kitchen with some modern conveniences, you’ll probably want to stick to a traditional, two-handled faucet.

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Handle style

Like many aspects of your faucet, the style of handle you choose depends on what look you like or are trying to create in your kitchen. If your style is modern or contemporary, consider handles that complement your kitchen design.

Blade and lever-type handles are easiest to grasp and turn (and are ADA-compliant).

Other factors to consider

If you’re still not sure which faucet to purchase, here are a few more considerations:

Kitchen faucet installation type picture

Installation type

Make sure you choose a faucet that can be installed on the type of sink you have, or the one you plan to purchase. Determine whether the faucet will be sink- or wall-mounted. For sink-mounted faucets, count the number of hole drillings in the deck of the sink (one, two, three or four) and choose a faucet that is compatible.

If you have not yet chosen a sink and the faucet is an important consideration, you can pick the faucet you want and look for a sink that fits the faucet.

Some general guidelines about hole drillings for sink-mounted faucets:

Kohler onehole kitchen faucet piture One hole: Single hole installation can provide a cleaner look, but requires a one-piece faucet with a single lever or one that has handles on either side of the base.
hohler two holes kitchen faucet picture Two holes: One-piece faucets with separate levers or side sprays require two holes. If you choose a one-piece faucet, you can use the second hole for a side spray or a soap dispenser.
kohler threeholes kitchen faucets picture Three holes: Traditional-style faucets with a spout and two handles usually require a three-hole setting. Many single-lever faucets have escutcheon plates that cover three or four holes and make an attractive base for the faucet.
kohler fourholes kitchen faucets picture Four holes: To make room for a traditional two-handle faucet, as well as a side spray or a soap dispenser, opt for four holes. Many single-lever faucets have escutcheon plates that cover three or four holes and make an attractive base for the faucet.
kohler wall mount kitchen faucet picture Wall-mount faucets: Antique-style sinks often do not have any hole drillings and are generally used with wall-mounted faucets.


Most single-control faucets, and two-handle faucets with blade or lever-type handles, comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. If you are seeking to make your kitchen accessible to people with disabilities, look for faucets that specify they are the ADA-compliant


Faucets come in a variety of finishes, including brass, chrome and stainless steel. In general, utility will not affect your choice of finish, although shinier finishes are more likely to show water spots. Some aesthetic points to consider:

  • Stainless steel provides a commercial look for your kitchen.
  • Brass faucets or faucets with enameled handles often suit antique or period-style kitchens.
  • If you’re installing a faucet in an existing kitchen, consider the finishes on cabinetry and appliances, and choose a finish that complements what you already have in place.

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