QB FAQs: Pull-Down, Pull-Out, or Side Spray?

Shopping for a kitchen faucet? Then we don’t have to tell you that the choices can be dizzying. What shape? What finish? What type? What size? What’s a flow rate? Do I need a sprayer?

For answers to those questions and others, check out our comprehensive kitchen faucet guide. Today we’ll be focusing exclusively on spray type to help you with your decision.

We’ve demystified pull-down vs. pull-out kitchen faucets, but there’s one more option when it comes to spray heads for your kitchen sink: the side spray.

(To recap: a pull-down faucet features a head that pulls down into the sink and a pull-out pulls straight out, true to their names. We will discuss pros and cons below to compare with the benefits and downsides of side sprays.)

A faucet without an integrated spray head is often available with a side spray, which looks like another small faucet. The side spray’s long hose allows it to be pulled out and maneuvered to spray wherever you want it to spray in your sink, much like an integrated spray head but in a separate entity.

So which spray type is right for you? We’ll help you decide.

The pull-down kitchen faucet

American Standard Pekoe Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet


  • Ergonomically correct: one fluid motion and less maneuvering for use
  • Perfect for filling tall pots and pitchers
  • High-arc design for more height clearance in the sink
Vigo Single Hole Single Lever Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet


  • Cheaper models are prone to dangling heads due to faulty weights and mechanisms designed to keep the head docked
  • Not recommended for kitchens with low water pressure
Alfi Pull-down Single Hole Kitchen Faucet

The pull-out kitchen faucet

Blanco Linus Pullout Kitchen Faucet with Dual Spray


  • Longer hose for better reach and ability to fill pots on the counter
  • Low profile for cramped sink areas and low cabinets
  • Less splashing than pull-down faucets
Danze Taju Single Handle Pullout Kitchen Faucet


  • Not ideal for filling tall pots
Bissonnet Cromo Collection Pullout Kitchen Faucet

The faucet with side spray

Rohl Country Kitchen C-Spout Bridge Faucet with Sidespray


  • Aesthetics; works with all faucet styles
  • Gives spray capabilities to non-sprayer faucets
  • May be necessary to fill existing faucet holes
  • Traditional design
Danze Sirius Two Handle Concealed Deck Kitchen Faucet with Side Spray


  • Additional hole in countertop
  • Spray is not integrated into the faucet head; may be more awkward to use
  • Must hold trigger to spray; no lock-spray mode
  • Less pressure than built-in spray
Whitehaus FX Navigator Single Hole, Single Lever Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray

What kind of sprayer do you have in your kitchen? Do you love it or hate it? Tell us why!


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