Whether you’re a committed home cook, love to host big parties during the holidays, or just want a kitchen that could rival the backend of your favorite upscale restaurant, you’re going to need the perfect appliances, fixtures, and hardware.
Sure, there are many elements that play into what makes for a working chef’s kitchen — whether you’re trying to make one that’s completely functional, or a design that’s simply inspired by one. You’ll need ample cooking space, prep space, great lighting, a sink of appropriate size, and so on. Beyond that, you’ll need to ensure that the layout of your kitchen can accommodate the ideal prep triangle, where your sink, stove, and refrigerator are positioned at just the right angles to each other for maximum efficiency.
Whatever you decide works best for you, there’s one item that’s going to set your space apart, and that’s your faucet. Beyond being an important aesthetic choice for your kitchen (a gold accent piece, for example, can really pull a look together), it’s crucial for the function and practicality of a chef’s kitchen. Replacing or upgrading it can completely transform the look and utility of your kitchen space.
What Is A Kohler Faucet?
Kohler is an industry powerhouse with over 100 years of reliable manufacturing and service behind it. Kohler faucets are known to be reliable, aesthetically appealing, and versatile (see Kohler's Warranty Information).
The company makes a wide array of hardware for sinks (and of course, almost any other fixture or feature in your home), including pull-out spray faucets, pull-down spray faucets, touchless faucets, bridge faucets, and many more. These will give you different features, though they all have the same essential function.
However, when you’re building your dream chef’s kitchen — a place that needs to be as organized as it is functional — it’s important to choose the right one. You might want to explore the different designs available to ensure that you’re selecting the best option. Here are some of the top items we recommend.
Kohler has a solid reputation for high-quality faucets and fixtures that last regardless of price point. They’re also well-established in terms of aesthetics and manufacturing. In fact, in many reviews, their products often rank four to five stars for buyer satisfaction. Though they are best known for their plumbing products, the company also manufactures vanities, tile, engines, and generators.
Our Favorite Kohler Kitchen Faucets
Kohler K-7549-4-CP Purist Double Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet
This faucet has a vintage build with sleek, modern angles, making it the perfect hybrid for your space. Coming in matte black, polished nickel, stainless steel, or polished chrome, this faucet will give you all the versatility you need while still maintaining that super symmetrical, classic look.
Kohler K-597-VS Simplice Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet
The most important part of mastering your chef’s kitchen is ensuring that everything is as accessible and functional as possible. That’s where this faucet can come in. With a single handle pull-down spray feature, you’ll be able to do everything from rinse pasta to clear out the edges of your farm sink with just the flick of your wrist after a long night of entertaining.
Kohler K-15160-CP Coralais Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet
If you’re looking for a more demure design but still want all the functionality of a single handle spray faucet, this Coralais beauty might be for you. With a rounded tip and an easy, single side-to-side temperature regulation, this product is as streamlined and polished as you can get.
Kohler K-12177-CP Fairfax Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet
With a bell-shaped head and smaller temperature nozzle, this faucet would work perfectly in any kitchen with a small to midsize sink and a country or classic design. It also comes with multiple finishes to choose from, such as oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel.
Kohler K-6331-CP Evoke Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet
This faucet has a clean and minimal look, with angular edges and a single, small temperature nozzle that sits on the right size. This could be the right option for you if you want another feature on your sink to really stand out, or if you want the look to be as minimal (and chic!) as possible.
Kohler K-16111-4A-PB Revival Double Handle Kitchen Faucet
If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, the double handle faucet might be for you. Simplistic in design, the feature offers a standalone faucet and two temperature nozzles installed on either side, as well as a separate side sprayer. With this option, you need to make sure that you have or can drill the holes to accommodate all four pieces.
How To Prepare For Your New Faucet
If you’re in the middle of a renovation and you’re moving the placement of your sink or countertop, be sure you have a licensed plumber doing the work to move your water and drain lines.
The process of choosing your sink will likely come down to whether or not you want an undermount, farmhouse, or drop-in, and whether or not you’re using a deck-mounted or sink-mounted faucet. You have to be sure that your countertop can accommodate for your sink of choice, or prepare to rebuild part of it.
When it comes to design, take into consideration the items and colors that are going to be around the faucet itself. Are there specks of white or gold in your countertop? Is the other hardware in your kitchen a brushed copper, when you selected a silver faucet? What about your sink itself? Does its finish flow with the features you chose in your faucet?
Ultimately, it’s about making sure you can accommodate the new piece and that it’s all going to come together as seamlessly as possible. Remember: It doesn’t necessarily have to “match”; it just has to “go.” Take your time, and be creative! Your dream kitchen is waiting.