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Five Smart Ways To Add A Sprayer To Your Kitchen Faucet

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, and cleaning the sink is a whole lot easier with a flexible spray nozzle. The good news? Incorporating a sprayer into your setup is relatively simple and inexpensive. It doesn’t even necessarily mean upgrading your faucet or sink if you don’t want to.

Faucet Plus Side Sprayer

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. This option requires you to have a spare drilling in your sink, but many do (usually covered by a small plate or plug). And assuming yours does, it’s easily the simplest and most versatile add-on. You simply feed the sprayer hose down through the spare hole 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. In just a few minutes, you can have a fully flexible spray attachment – no muss, no fuss.

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Pull Out Sprayer

That said, these days it’s really easy to find faucets with sprayers built right into the nozzle. On the whole, kitchen faucets are trending smaller and more streamlined, with fewer handles and add-ons. Moving the sprayer from the 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. You can pull it out from neck of the faucet and hold it like a traditional sprayer, usually with a push button to change from a regular flow to a spray.

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Pull Down Sprayer

Accent Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet KF-AZ031BN from Anzzi
Accent Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet KF-AZ031BN from Anzzi

Pull down faucets are similar. They also have spray hoses built into the neck of the faucet. But rather than a fully-grabbable faucet head, the sprayer encompasses only the 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. Pull-out faucets are restricted to having a long, straight segment in the neck; pull-down faucets can have more traditionally curved shapes.

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Coil-Style Commercial Faucet And Sprayer

Stainless Steel Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet VG02001STK2 from Vigo Industries
Stainless Steel Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet VG02001STK2 from Vigo Industries

Most faucets with built-in sprayers fall into one of these two categories. But there is a third option: industrial-inspired, professional-grade faucets. These have become popularized in high-end kitchens and are a favorite of serious cooks. 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; they typically have large metal levers to activate the sprayer rather than small buttons. The coils allow the sprayer to hang free, so it’s easy to grab, point, and spray wherever you need. The main drawback? They’re much larger than conventional faucets, and work best with industrial steel sinks. But if you get a lot of use out of your sprayer, it’s worth making the switch.

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Faucet Aerator Sprayer Attachment

Faucet Sprayer Aerator [x]
Faucet Sprayer Aerator

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. You can remove these aerators and replace them with simple, swiveling spray attachments. With a twist of the head, you can change these attachments from a regular flow to a spray, and angle them 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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