Most sink companies offer sink combos, a sink combo is when the manufacturer will create a combination that includes a sink and a faucet at a package price. Combinations are created because customers would frequently purchase certain faucets when choosing a particular sink. However, more often than not, top mounted aka drop-in sinks are NOT partnered with a faucet. This can sometimes be troubling to the purchaser. But FEAR NOT! We are here to help.
One of the most common problems, when choosing a faucet is for top mount kitchen sinks, is the limitation or requirements to have a certain amount of faucet holes. You are not forced to utilize all faucet holes in certain stainless steel sinks. A couple of different items can prove to be very useful if you’re interested in purchasing a single lever faucet and given 3 holes on your sink. The first option is a faucet hole cover, you can snap this into an unused hole on your top mount sink. The second option is to cover faucet holes using a deck plate, which can convert 3 faucet holes into one!
Faucet Hole Cover – This can be purchased at your local hardware store and can be used to cover your unused faucet holes. When choosing a faucet hole cover, try to match the finish to your stainless steel sink. The last thing you would want is big buttons sitting next to your faucet that have no resemblance to your sink or faucet.
Faucet Deck Plate -- Most manufacturers will have a faucet plate available to match your faucet’s finish. The use of a faucet hole plate can be very effective when trying to cover unused faucet holes. Commonly stretching 8” wide, it can turn three holes into one.
If your kitchen sink has two holes then you have the option to choose a single-handle faucet along with an accessory; such as a soap dispenser or sidespray. Either of these would fit perfectly along side a single handle faucet. If you aren’t interested in adding an accessory then you'd cover the second hole using a deck plate or a hole cover.
The most common topmount sink will have 3 faucet holes which kind of limits your choices in today's trends. Choosing a faucet with two handles would be highly recommended with a top mount sink with 3 faucet holes. Deck plates are also an option if you would like to utilize only one of the three holes by turning three holes into one! Choosing a single handle faucet to place in the center also leaves you an opportunity to mount an accessory on both sides of your faucet.
Top mount sinks can also come with four sink holes which is most commonly used with a two handle faucet alongside a mounted soap dispenser (as seen here). If this use doesn't suit your fancy, you can also use a deck plate to allow for a single handle faucet, and then mount a soap dispenser off in the fourth hole.