By Ed Del Grande, Tribune News Service
Q: Dear Ed: For my new kitchen I would like a kitchen faucet with two handles and a side spray. I know there are a ton of fancy pull-out and one-hand faucets out there, but can you please tell me some basic two-handle faucet styles that I can choose from? – Shelly, Washington State
A: I’m going to divide two-handle kitchen faucets into three basic categories. Choose the category that suits you best and explore from there:
DECK MOUNT TWO-HANDLE
Prices range from low to high. This is a three hole installation with a fourth hole for a side spray. Deck brackets can contain a cover plate or individual components.
HOLE TWO HANDLE
Medium to high end faucet with a second hole needed for a side spray. Both handles are integrated into the rising spout assembly.
BRIDGE DUMP WITH TWO HANDLES
High-end faucet with faucet handles that connect like a bridge over the sink.
Along with a side spray hole, you can choose between a two- or three-hole faucet, but cross that bridge when you get there.