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!
Before picking out a faucet, here are a few terms and concepts that will help you make an informed decision!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Hands free / electronic faucets reduce contact points and the spread of germs.
Single lever faucets offer a more traditional look.
Gooseneck faucets (deck or wall mount) are sometimes used for a more aesthetic look and higher, more comfortable clearance for hand washing, depending on the application and the faucet. Workboard gooseneck faucets (in deck or wall mount) are also available if you prefer that look.
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.
Pre-rinse faucets are used for blasting food particles off of dinnerware and cookware before washing.
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.