A great faucet is such an integral part of a kitchen design.
It needs to be utilitarian, as well as mechanically sound, but it also needs to be a work of art. I like to look for features that a client requires, then I build upon the design element along with style of the kitchen.
A truly cool faucet is one that I placed in my own kitchen. Many manufacturers have versions of the pullout, dual-spray, coil-stem look. The pricing varies as much as the many versions available.
I typically go for the single-hole faucet to allow the granite to be as unmarred as possible. So, in that case, a single-handle faucet fits the bill. There are also many dual-handle faucets that work for traditional and country French looks.
It’s endless, but the best advice I give to my clients is to buy quality. Big-box stores will carry a lesser—yet similar—version, but the lifespan is also lesser.
Go for broke when choosing your kitchen faucet as it will anchor the entire room and last long.