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Looking for a versatile kitchen faucet

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Ed: We’re planning to remodel our tiny kitchen. We can only fit a smaller size one-bowl kitchen sink, but I’d like to have some extra features. I remember reading your past articles where you mentioned adding a filtered beverage faucet to your kitchen sink. I like the idea of having filtered water for beverages and cooking, but I don’t want to clutter my small sink area with two faucets. Do they make versatile kitchen faucets that also work like beverage faucets?

— Deb, Iowa

Dear Deb: Many kitchens, especially in city areas, have limited sink space. So, it makes sense that there are a few faucet and add-on filter options you can follow up with at your local plumbing supply center.

Since you are remodeling and starting new, I recommend looking for a complete filtered water kitchen sink faucet. These all-in-one kitchen faucets are designed nicely to combine the benefits of a standard single-lever kitchen faucet, along with an option to deliver on-demand filtered water.

With the on-demand option, you can wash dishes and fill buckets with non-filtered water and use the filtered water only when needed for drinking and cooking. This can extend the life of the built-in filter cartridge and declutter your smaller sink area.

Even though an all-in-one kitchen faucet is pricey, it can be a clear choice for adding filtered water to your kitchen.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write