Best Kitchen Faucets - Reviews, Top Picks & Comparison
Looking for the best pull down, pull out or touchless kitchen faucet? Your search ends here!
Hi there! I’m Robert Finch. My experience as a plumber goes a long way. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen faucet, then allow me to lead the way. I’ve dealt with faucets so much that I read them like an open book, and know them like the back of my hand. I’ve seen my clients go through wrong faucets until I warn them off. Then it occurred to me that I should do it more. So I put together a whole site about the best kitchen faucets I’ve come across and I really do hope it’ll help you find your buy.
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How to Choose the Best Kitchen Faucet
We often don’t notice the role a faucet plays in our kitchen until it shows signs of retirement. And when we finally decide to go for a replacement, the market can confuse into buying the wrong one. So I thought maybe you should have everything cleared out before you head into the market. This way you’ll know what to expect.
Types of Faucets
Let’s start with the types of faucets before everything else.
These faucets are the most popular of all. They usually have a high arc and come with a spray wand and hose that can be withdrawn a considerable distance away from the faucet.
Pull-out faucets often share a similar design with bathroom faucets. But functionally, they are meant for the kitchen. Quite similar to pull-down faucets, they’ve a spout that can be pulled out a foot or two to reach utensils that don’t fit your sink.
Touchless faucets adapt motion sensors and detect movements to operate. They are the farthest a faucet has gone yet, but certain Delta faucets adapt a Touch20 System where a simple pat on the faucet will get the water running.
These faucets seem to have stolen the design from industrial faucets, but their name gives them away.
I’ve seen the market for faucets expand over the years - which is a good thing. Faucets with pull-down spray wands have replaced those without. The swiveling motion of the spout has nearly become mandatory. Additional features such as LED lights to indicate the heat and magnets to keep the spray head in place all make a faucet highly functional.
Just because you find a faucet heavy doesn’t mean it’s going to last. That’s why I was being extra careful when recommending faucets in my site. Some faucets come with a plastic spray head. While this serves as a disappointment, remember that a metallic sprayer will end up burning your hand if run through hot water. Also look into the warranty. I mean look really well. Even if the warranty period is long, the conditions may prove it to be worthless.
Increased competition on the market for faucets has led manufacturers toward producing faucets with contemporary designs. I’m pretty sure you’ll always have a faucet to fit your kitchen decor.
Also read: Tips on Choosing the Right Faucet
The more bells and whistles you expect, the more expensive the faucets become. But always aim for the value you’ll derive against all the features. If you have a bunch of kids growing up in your home, a Touch20 or touchless faucet may turn out to be a pain. So don’t forget to consider all these points along with your budget.
Top 10 Kitchen Faucets Comparison & Reviews
Here is a look of our top kitchen faucets of 2018. Let’s delve into the reviews one by one.
The right faucet has a way of brightening up any kitchen, and simplifying the tasks involved. But locating it could be tough if you don’t know where to start your search from. This comparison and reviews chart will help you get started. Apparently, these faucets are still brightening up many kitchens I’ve dealt with and I’m pretty sure they’ll serve you the same.
(Best Pull Out)
Touchless Pull Down
Touchless Pull Down
Touchless Pull Down
Commercial Pull Down
Delta 9113 Essa
Delta 9159 Trinsic
Let's delve into the reviews one by one.
Delta 9178-DST (Leland) - “An affordable, vintage-looking faucet made to last.”
Apart from the obvious sleek look, there are many other points that make the Leland a best-seller.The spout is the highlight of all, as it’s highly flexible and convenient to use. It provides complete access to the sink by swivelling 360 degrees. Located at the upper end of the spout is a pull-down sprayer. It comes down 20 inches and goes right back in via the force of a lasting magnet. Installing the Leland is straightforward, and it supports both 1 and 3-hole installation. I’m pretty sure a DIYer can easily handle it. All in all, this faucet is one of the best I’ve seen on the market at such an affordable price. It even has a generous limited lifetime warranty to back your purchase, and it speaks volumes about the longevity.
Moen 87039SRS - “A heavy-duty, all-metal, dwarf of a faucet among the giants.”
If the high-arc faucets end up looking more like an elephant’s trunk on your tiny kitchen, then Kraus might have a solution for you via the KPF-2110. This model features a single lever design, with a 10.75-inch faucet height that gives you the feel of a bathroom faucet. But it comes with the functionality to fit your kitchen. Made entirely up of solid brass, it puts corrosion and rust out of the equation. Even the pull-out spray head is not plastic, but you need to be careful not to touch it when you run it through hot water. The heavy-duty and high quality looks and feel of the faucet won’t fail to please you right out of the box. Once installed you’ll get a normal and an aerated spray modes. You can enjoy the 180-degree swivelling motion of the spout as well. Get it if you want a faucet to a shallow kitchen sink that’ll last.
Moen 7594E Arbor - “A touchless and smudgeless beauty in the form of a faucet.”
For some, faucets with motion sensors are not the most reliable. But apparently, they haven’t come across Moen’s Arbor. It isn’t flawless, but comes equipped with two motion sensors so that it won’t fail to detect movements. Better still, you can completely shut off the sensor on the spout if you happen to use the sink for a purpose other than washing. The Arbor also has a pull-down spray head with a 68-inch long hose. This makes it flexible, but the cherry on the top is the ‘pause’ button. It may seem inferior, but makes a world of difference when put to use. You’ll also love the design and the surface of the faucet. It’s made to resist fingerprints and marks and look fresh and brand new. That’s why I strongly believe that the search for a touchless faucet should begin from Moen’s Arbor.
Delta Faucet 9192T Addison - “Upgrade your kitchen with this beautiful, modern-day faucet.”
Delta’s Addison is popular among those who wish to upgrade their kitchen into the 21st century. At a glance, the price tag is expensive. But delving into the specs prove it to be reasonable because it features the exclusive Touch2O Technology. This makes the spout and the handle sensitive to the touch and all it needs is a simple pat to go on and off. In addition to the 360-degree swivelling spout and the pull-down spray head, Addison has multiple flow rates. It delivers a water-efficient 1.5 gpm stream and 2 gpm stream. There’s also an LED light giving a heads up about the water temperature. When all these bells and whistles are combined, I think the price is justifiable. Though not the longest, you’ll still be getting a 5-year warranty to secure your buy.
Delta 980T Pilar - “Delta’s Pilar is not simply a Pillar.”
When it comes to features, both Addison and Pilar are very much alike. They’ve the same Touch2O Technology, a 360-degree spinning sprout and a pull-down spray wand. They also have a magnet to keep the spray wand in place, and diamond-embedded valves to seal off any possible leaks. But there, the similarities end. Firstly, the Pilar looks conical like a pillar instead of the curvy ocean-shell ike design of the Addison, and hence the name. It doesn’t have a built-in handle either. Instead it comes with a remote handle. This means you can have it installed on either the right or the left side as you prefer. This installation is easy, but the battery circuits may need to be sought the attention of an expert. All things considered, give it a go if you can afford it. In return you’ll get to enjoy a lifetime limited warranty too.
Kohler K-560 Bellera - “A versatile, swan-like beauty with a beating heart.”
Advertised pictures don’t do justice to Kohler’s Bellera. Said that, not only is this faucet aesthetically appealing, but also functionally pleasing. The high-arc spout can be rotated 360 degrees to address the needs of any sink. But what actually makes it worth a buy is the multifunctional spray wand. Firstly, it gives out a stream of water for quick fillings of containers. Secondly, a spray that’s meant to sweep away residues from the utensils you wash. And finally, a pause button to shut them away altogether. It can also be pulled down and away for a considerable distance. And once the task is complete it’ll glide its way back into the spout through a magnetic field. It has a MasterClean Sprayface too to minimize mineral build-up and a ball joint to make it easily manoeuvrable. If you ask me, for the price, I think all these features and more make it extremely buy-able.
Kraus KPF-1602 - “A faucet stolen from an industrial kitchen.”
Kraus KPF-1602 is for those who want a commercial-looking faucet upgrade. Constructed solely using brass, this faucet has a beautiful spring design coiling on top of its spout. The spout can rotate 360 degrees, featuring a ergonomic pull-down sprayer with a powerful pre-rinse spray. Attached to the spout is a single-lever handle. It makes controlling both the flow and temperature a child’s play. Everything about this faucet screams quality. It even includes a high performance/low flow Neoperl aerator and a renowned Kerox ceramic cartridge that ensures drip-free use throughout the faucet’s life. All the quality components are put together to bring out a robust faucet meant to steal all the attention from your kitchen. Kraus KPF-1602 is indeed the best of its kind, and I hold no hesitation in recommending it.
Delta Faucet 9113 Essa - “Doesn’t default, doesn’t drip and won’t let you down.”
Delta faucets never fall short of style and the 9113-AR-DST Essa is no exception. It’s less curvier than the Leland, yet rated high for the impressive high arc and euro design. Ideally, this faucet was targeted at restrictive sinks with a built-in handle that moves only to the front and up. However, it’s lasting quality and solid construction has made it a reliable choice for anyone. The pull-down sprayer is loved for the magnet that conceals all traces of its opening. The controllable aerated spray and stream of water helps to avoid splashes. Manufacturers boast Essa to last twice as long as an ordinary faucet due to the exclusive DIAMOND Seal Technology. Time and again their words have proven to be true. And mind you, this is one of the rare faucets that won’t let you down.
Kohler K-596 Simplice - “Elegance and functionality in an affordable package.”
KOHLER K-596-CP Simplice is indeed a simple faucet except for a handful of convenient features that make it worth a buy. The spout, for one, is shaped like a gooseneck. It can complete a circle and access every nook and cranny on your sink. On top of the spout is a spray wand that can be pulled down. But its flexibility is what makes it unique. One switch on it toggles between a spray and an aerated flow and another pauses the flow of the water. The point at which it joins the hose can be swivelled to angle the spray better. And once you’re done with the spray head, you can send it right back in without any effort for it features a magnet to lock it in place. All things combined, I believe that Simplice gives a great return on investment and KOHLER stays behind it with a limited lifetime warranty.
Delta Faucet 9159 DST Trinsic - “A contemporary design loaded with features. ”
Trinsic is yet another faucet by Delta, similar to the Essa in many ways. But unlike Essa, it’s inspired by a minimalistic design meant to blend right in with any contemporary kitchen. It has hardly any curves, but still manage to look elegant like a sawn. The high arc will provide ample space underneath and swivel 360 degrees to access every corner of your sink. Everything from the pull-down sprayer to the ultimate spray that comes out of the faucet is aimed to please. It features the famous MagnaTite Docking System to keep the spray head firmly in place throughout its life. A toggle switch on the head handles the spray and stream while at the same time the DIAMOND Seal Technology ensures long life. Though its a little on the expensive side, it’ll pay back every penny in no time at all.
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P.S. All images are courtesy of the respective manufacturer’s (Delta, Moen, Kohler, Kraus) and other free image services (Pexels, Pixabay).