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Commercial Faucet Buying Guide

Water is one of the most important parts of a restaurant - it's an ingredient, it's a beverage, and you use it to clean everything from the floors you walk on to the dishes you eat off of. And while it may seem like a simple thing, the stainless steel sink and faucet combination you pick to deliver that water will affect the productivity, ease of use, and aesthetics in your business. With that in mind, make sure that you're picking the best faucet for the job!

Anatomy of a Faucet

Before picking out a faucet, here are a few terms and concepts that will help you make an informed decision!

Centers and Water Connections

All faucets have some form of connections or inlets to draw water from your facility's plumbing. Most faucets have two inlets, and you determine whether a faucet is compatible with your water lines by looking at the "centers," or the distance from the center of one inlet to the center of the other. The centers on your faucet must:
  • Fit within the mounting holes on your sink

  • Match the size and spacing of your building’s water lines.

Some models (like pantry or pot filler faucets) will have a single inlet instead of two. Additionally, some hand sink faucets will have flexible connectors and supply lines to accommodate a variety of situations.

Wall Mount vs. Deck Mount

This is dependent on whether the faucet mounts on top of the sink deck (deck mounted), or through the wall / sink backsplash (wall mounted). The faucet you choose will depend on how your facility’s water lines are set up.

Spout / Nozzle Type

The spout and nozzle deliver the water into the sink basin or wherever it is being used. A faucet's spout can be either movable (also called swing or swivel) or fixed, and there are a variety of different shapes and styles for different applications.

Several different spout options are shown below.

Spout Length

You will want to make sure that the faucet also fits within the sink. Take the length of your prospective faucet, figure out the dimensions and mounting location on your sink, and do the math.

  • If the faucet isn't movable, you just need to make sure it fits in the sink bowl.

  • If the faucet is movable, will it stay within the sink compartments across its entire radius as it moves? The diagrams below show a few possible scenarios you want to avoid with swing faucets.

Shop by Sink Type

Any faucet with the appropriate installation requirements can be used on any sink, whether it's an underbar or utility sink. However, these are some of the most popular sink / faucet pairings, and the things you need to make them work. Pick out a sink that works for you (we have a great guide on compartment sinks), then check out all the faucet options available!

On All Faucet / Sink Combinations

  • Make sure your faucet centers / water inlets are compatible with your sink’s drilled holes and your facility’s water lines.

  • Know whether you need a deck or wall mounted faucet.

  • Make sure your faucet will fit comfortably in the sink bowl(s) at all points, especially if it’s a swing nozzle.

  • If you see any terms / concepts you are unfamiliar with, check out the “Anatomy of a Faucet” section above for an explanation!

Hand Sinks / Restroom Sinks

Regency 12 inch x 16 inch Wall Mounted Hand Sink with Gooseneck Faucet and Sidesplash

Regency 25 inch 16-Gauge Stainless Steel One Compartment Floor Mop Sink - 20 inch x 16 inch x 12 inch Bowl

Mop Sinks

  • Use a specialized mop sink faucet. Some will come with a bottom or top brace for added support, as these faucets see more heavy-duty use than a conventional faucet.

Single and Multi-Bowl Sinks

Regency 58 inch 16-Gauge Stainless Steel Three Compartment Commercial Sink with 2 Drainboards - 10 inch x 14 inch x 10 inch Bowls
  • Standard swing spout faucets (deck or wall mount) are a good, solid option, letting you move the nozzle to get water into multiple compartments.

  • Goosenecks (deck or wall mount) provide added clearance for washing large, bulky pots and pans.

  • Workboard faucets (deck or wall mount) have a raised escutcheon beneath the handles and spout, but are functionally the same as comparable gooseneck and swing faucets.

  • Pre-rinse faucets are used for blasting food particles off of dinnerware and cookware before washing.

Regency 2 Bowl Underbar Sink with Faucet and Two Drainboards - 48 inch x 18 3/4 inch

Bar Sinks

  • Workboard faucets (deck or wall mount) are widely used on this type of sink.

  • Standard swing spout faucets (deck or wall mount) are a good, solid option, letting you move the nozzle to get water into multiple compartments.

Shop by Application

Faucets are versatile, and as long as you meet the installation requirements, you can install any faucet pretty much anywhere. However, to help you narrow down your options, the chart below illustrates some of the most common uses for the faucets available on our site.

We also carry some other useful ways to deliver water right where you need it, like washdown stations and hose reels, which are great for everyday janitorial use.

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