We need to pick a faucet for the kitchen we're about to start remodeling. I read some general advice on how to pick one but I need a few more specific recommendations in terms of reliability and usability.
We're converging toward a single-handle faucet. The one we have now has a side spray pull-out but we're considering getting a faucet with a built-in pull-out. How do these generally compare to side pull-outs? Do they last as long? Are there certain types/brands of built-in pull-outs that are better?
By the way, in case it's relevant, we will have a D-shaped undermount sink and will have a choice of either one or two holes in the corners of the "D".
Are there certain types of handles that are better than others. It seems that the longer one is the better since it's easier to move it especially if your hands are occupied or dirty. Is this the case?
Finally, we're not sure whether we want a straight faucet or one of those longer gooseneck-type ones. Any advice on picking one over the other?
Clients of mine like the longer gooseneck faucets for filling tall pots and so forth. They prefer the faucets with the sprayers built in. Single or multiple handles depends mostly on the look they want although I suppose there is a slight preference for single handle.
It is alright to bargain hunt but do not buy a cheap faucet. Get a good, solid, name brand one with a nice warranty on the fixture and especially the plating. A kitchen and bath place would be a better bet than a box store. You will pay more but it will be worth it in the long run. They will also special order if you do not see exactly what you want. A box store will not.