Single Handle Faucets versus Dual Handle Faucets

The Pros and Cons of Single Handle Faucets and Dual Handle Faucets

By Mark J. Donovan

When it comes to buying a new faucet, whether it be a kitchen faucet or bathroom faucet, you typically find yourself asking which one is better, a single handle faucet or a dual handle faucet.

Single handle faucets and 2 handle faucets each have the pros and cons and it really depends upon how you plan to use it and what your personal preferences are.

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Two Handle Faucet Benefits

A two handle faucet provides more control than a single handle faucet, and thus allows you to better adjust the water temperature. In addition, a two handle faucet allows you to better control the water flow rate and to enable individual control of the hot and cold water.

Also, in the event one of the handles springs a leak, you can turn off the shut-off valve to the leaking handle and still have some ability to use the faucet until you fix the leaking handle.

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Two handle faucets are also less likely to cause accidental scalding since the handles are typically well marked for Hot and Cold water.

Two Handle Faucet Cons

Though two handle faucets have several advantages they do have a couple of cons. First, two handle faucets are a bit more complicated to install, as they require three holes to be installed in the countertop. Second, two handles increases the likelihood of an eventual handle leak.

Single Handle Faucet Benefits

Single handle faucets have become increasingly popular with homeowners because in general most people find them easier to use. Single handle faucets also offer a number of other advantages over dual handle faucets.

Single Handle Faucets versus Dual Handle Faucets

First, single handle faucets only require a single hole to be cut out in the countertop. Second, single handle faucet technology has improved to the point where they are capable of providing nearly the same level of control as the two handle faucet. Finally, there are some very stylish single handle faucets on the market today that can really make a bathroom or kitchen countertop pop.

Single Handle Faucet Cons

Single handle faucets have traditionally lacked the same level of control that 2 handle faucets offer. Single handle faucets can be found to be sloppy or mushy feeling when pushed to the ON position.

Typically it takes some practice to figure out the right position to orient the handle and achieve the desired water temperature and flow rate. Single handle faucets are also single points of failure.

If they begin to leak, you may have no choice but to shut off both the under-sink hot and cold water shut-off valves until you repair or replace the faucet.

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