As simple as it may seem, a nice looking kitchen faucet significantly contributes to the aesthetics of your kitchen. For a lot people, having nice kitchen makes them feel good about their homes. You tend to feel good about inviting people over for dinner when your kitchen is clean and eye catching. You feel even more elated when you get compliments. Choosing a good faucet that looks nice, is durable, yet still comes equipped with functionality can be tiresome.
This is why I created a list of the Best Kitchen Faucets 2017 to make buying a great kitchen faucet an easy task for you.
Best Kitchen Faucets 2017
A kitchen faucet is more than just what catches the eye, a good one will make your time in the kitchen a breeze. From washing off produce and your hands, aiding in keeping kitchen counter surfaces clean, washing basic dishes, to getting in those tight and hard to reach spots when sanitizing hard to clean dishware (such as small appliances) a good kitchen faucet is an essential tool for your kitchen.
In addition, when picking a kitchen faucet, you want to choose one that will not leak within the next 3 to 6 months, let alone the first week.
Oh, and did you forget the price? It can be hard trying to buy a faucet that works well, looks good, and is easy on your pockets as well. But there are such faucets.
This article is a must read before you buy a kitchen faucet because I provide in-depth helpful information that will aid in making that decision.
I have done the grunt work in making sure the faucet that you choose meet the above criteria and more with our list of kitchen faucet reviews. With that being said, here are the Top 10 Best Kitchen Faucets 2017. Let us begin!
1. Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST Leland Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O, Arctic Stainless
Our first pick on the list comes from Delta, a brand famous for retailing kitchen and bathroom utilities. They take pride in their design and incorporating technology into everyday household activities. As a result, Delta makes it possible for modern, highly functional and user-friendly products to be available for the masses.One example of which is the Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST Leland Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O, Arctic Stainless. At first glance, you can see the simplicity and modesty of the design. However, this is not just an ordinary faucet. This faucet can extend for up to 20 inches using a pull-down spray wand. It is equipped with Delta MagnaTite Docking, which automatically resets the spray wand to its original position with the help of a powerful magnet. This feature makes for highly flexible cleaning and you do not have to worry about accidentally dropping the spray wand.
One example of which is the Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST Leland Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O, Arctic Stainless. At first glance, you can see the simplicity and modesty of the design. However, this is not just an ordinary faucet. This faucet can extend for up to 20 inches using a pull-down spray wand. It is equipped with Delta MagnaTite Docking, which automatically resets the spray wand to its original position with the help of a powerful magnet. This feature makes for highly flexible cleaning and you do not have to worry about accidentally dropping the spray wand.
The spray wand is suitable if you want to reach all four corners of the sink. Personally, I think it is a great and cutting-edge feature. It provides ease of use and the flexibility that traditional faucets never have. Additionally, the spout swivels 360o for extra flexibility and complete sink access.
If the pull-down spray wand isn’t enough for you, this faucet also comes with Touch2O. With a single tap from hands, wrist or forearms, you can start or stop the water. Just tap it wherever you want on the spout or handle.
If you are still not satisfied with the above features, this Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST also has a Built-in Diamond Seal Technology. A tough diamond coating surrounds the valve and can ensure its lifetime for up to five million uses. What is wonderful about the diamond coating is that it helps prevent leakage problems, saving you water and a headache in the long-term.
Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST also offers Touch-Clean Spray Holes that helps in cleaning mineral build-ups in just a touch of a hand. It can also produce spray or stream water delivery in just a press of a button. Also included in Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST is an InnoFlex Pex supply lines that secure the water inside the faucet out of reach from metal contaminants. In addition, the handle can adjust the water temperature.
The TempSense Led Light, located at the base of the faucet, changes color to make you aware of the water’s temperature. Blue signifying cold, magenta is warm and red is hot. This feature may be beneficial to families with kids to ensure safety and help prevent burning or scalding accidents.
With a flow rate of 1.8 GPM, Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST has a Multi-Flow feature in which you can choose between spray or stream modes. This is convenient if you want to change the output depending on your purpose.
Truly, this is a brilliant faucet to behold. Its ease of use and features makes it one of the best kitchen faucets out there. Its simplicity combined with its high technicality makes things easier, more convenient and the faucet’s appearance brings a sense of hospitality into the kitchen. Apart from arctic stainless, it is also available in chrome and Venetian bronze finishes. Note that price differs depending on the type of finish.
Other than that, it is a great faucet to begin with. Its features are top notch and can hold its own in the kitchen in regards to the features it’s equipped with. If you are looking for a faucet that is more durable and user friendly than any other faucets, then this faucet is the right one for you.
- Pull-down spray wand makes kitchen duties a breeze
- Touch2O makes it easy to start and stop faucet with just a single tap
- TempSense lets you know whether the water is hot, warm or cold
- Built-in Diamond Seal Technology prevents leaks
- Magnatite Docking keeps pull-down spray wand in place
- Touch-Clean helps keep mineral build ups at bay
- Includes InnoFlex Pex supply lines
- Multi-Flow feature
- Extension hose is not that durable
2. Moen 7594SRS Arbor One-Handle High Arc Pull-down Kitchen Faucet Featuring Reflex, Spot Resist Stainless
Fourth on our list is another product from Moen, the Moen 7594SRS Arbor. Just like Moen 7594ESRS Arbor, the Moen 7594SRS Arbor boasts its confidence with its simplistic design and high-tech features. However, I will tell you first hand; Moen 7594SRS Arbor does not have the Motion Sense system. All other functions of the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor are present here except the Motion Sense.
By removing Motionsense, Moen 7594SRS Arbor appeals to consumers who are more satisfied with traditional hand-held operation than a hands-free one. Even though it might look like an ordinary faucet without Motionsense, its functionality is not that far from any other kitchen faucets out in the market.
Starting from the Spot Resist stainless, its sophisticated design is perfect for the simple and clean environment. It is also available in chrome, matte black, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. However, the Spot Resist is only available on stainless finish.
The Reflex System is also available for the 68-inch long hose length with Power Clean technology. It delivers a maximum of 1.5 GPM of two different stream conditions and varying temperatures. It also has Duralock Quick-Connect Installation feature that helps in the easy installation procedure. It can mount on either one-hole or three-hole sinks.
Without considering Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Motionsense system, Moen 7594SRS Arbor can be in a league of its own. However, its lack of Motion Sense is a great downfall in the technological aspect. However, if you are a person who prefers hand-held operation, then you are the right customer for this product. By removing the Motion Sense, you can get a cheaper kitchen faucet that has a comparable performance.
- Reflex System
- Spot Resist Stainless finish
- Duralock Quick-Connect Installation feature
- Power Clean technology
- Lack of Motion Sense
3. Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST Essa Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Magnetic Docking, Arctic Stainless
The second on the list is another product from Delta. Like the first one, the design of this product features a traditional look. However, do not let its appearance fool you. It possesses some high-tech features that you will not imagine inside this simple faucet.
Like the Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST, its features are almost identical to each other. Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST includes a MagnaTite Docking system that uses magnets to automatically snaps the spray wand in place. You do not have to worry about the spray wand falling over.
The spray wand is a pull-down type and can reach up to 20 inches. This provides high flexibility in the sink. It also includes a Touch-Clean Spray Holes that enables you to clean mineral build-up on the spray holes in just a single touch. It is a convenient way to clean the opening of the faucet.
It also includes a Built-in Diamond Seal Technology that coats the valve with a tough diamond coating to ensure long lasting usage. Delta claims that it can last for up to 5 million uses. The InnoFlex Pex supply lines are also included in the package. It ensures that no contaminants will reach the water inside the faucet. Aside from that, the Multi-Flow feature is also available providing spray or stream flow options at 1.8 GPM.
Of course, our favorite Touch2O feature is included in Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST. How could we miss the innovative touch on – touch off feature established by Delta? With a single touch from hands, wrist or forearms, you can turn the faucet on and off. This technology is different from the motion sensing system that is on other the faucets. You have to touch either the spout or the handle to turn it on or to turn it off. The handle can also adjust the temperature.
Overall, Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST is very much similar from Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST. All of its main features are identical. The only difference is their dimensions and visual design. Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST is larger compared to Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST but its backsplash clearance is smaller. This is due to the straight handle design compared to Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST which is somewhat curved. It is available in arctic stainless, chrome, matte black and Venetian bronze finishes. Its price also varies depending on the type of finish.
Other than that, if you are looking for a larger design and is willing to pay more, then go for Delta Faucet 9113-AR-DST.
- High flexibility
- Touch2O feature
- Built-in Diamond Seal Technology
- Magnatite Docking
- Touch-Clean Spray Holes
- Includes InnoFlex Pex supply lines
- Plastic interior piece tends to break
- Because of its height, it may not fit in smaller sinks
4. Moen 7594ESRS Arbor with Motionsense Touchless One-Handle High Arc Pull-down Kitchen Faucet Featuring Reflex, Spot Resist Stainless
Promising a water performance for life, Moen is an innovative company that trades bathroom and kitchen water utilities. With a slogan of “Buy it for looks. Buy it for life”, Moen focuses on distributing sophisticated and durable accessories without forgetting technological additions. They offer products both for professional and commercial uses.
Coming from the large arsenal of products is the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor. The design is simple and gives a refreshing vibe to the dishwashing area. An arc-shaped faucet has a pull-down spray head that gives more flexibility than normal kitchen faucets for up to 68 inches. Using the Moen’s Reflex System, the pull-down spray head automatically returns back and docked in a safe position. Automatic docking provides additional convenience to its flexibility. You do not have to worry about docking it manually.
Moreover, its Spot Resist stainless finish resists any kinds of fingerprints and water spots. It helps your kitchen look clean every time. There are other available finishes such as chrome and oil-rubbed bronze with varying prices. However, the Spot Resist is only available in the stainless finish.
Even if you are a beginner, you do not have to worry about the installation process. Moen 7594ESRS Arbor has a Duralock Quick-Connect Installation feature that lets you secure water lines in an easy and quick manner. You do not need to have the right tools to do it. It can mount in either one-hole or three-hole sinks.
Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is also equipped with Power Clean technology that provides 50 percent more water pressure than any other kitchen faucets. Using this extra power, you can clean the dishes faster and remove messes on the sink more efficiently. It also gives two different spray patterns of maximum 1.5 GPM. It is capable of giving steady flowing streams used in everyday washing and a more powerful rinse for forceful applications with just a flick of a switch.
Lastly, it is furnished with Motion Sense. It is not just an ordinary motion sensing system. It is an intricate structure of ingenuity and originality with the aim of giving you a hands-free kitchen faucet. It can activate using three different ways.
The first way is to move your hand above the wave sensor to turn the faucet on and off. The Wave Sensor is located on top of the arc. The second way is to place your hand under the faucet, activating the Ready Sensor. The Ready Sensor is located just beside the handle, facing out. When the Ready Sensor senses a hand, it will automatically turn on. When you remove your hand, it will automatically turn off. The third way is by the use of the traditional handle. However, the handle is used to simultaneously control the flow and the temperature. Isn’t it unique?
Moen boasts its innovation in this three-way operation system of Moen 7594ESRS Arbor. It is versatile and is capable of giving high performance in a variety of tasks. Moreover, Moen provides a limited lifetime warranty on its products. Its simple design and easy installation procedure can make its way effortlessly to your kitchen sink. Out of other motion sensing faucets available, I can say that Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is one of the best kitchen faucets out there.
- Motion Sense
- Reflex System
- Spot Resist Stainless finish
- Duralock Quick-Connect Installation feature
- Power Clean technology
- No volume control in hands-free operation
- Can’t adjust temperature in hands-free operation
5. Kraus KPF-1650SS Modern Nola Single Lever Commercial Style Kitchen Faucet, Stainless Steel
With high confidence in their designs, Kraus faucets provide extraordinary vibe to the kitchen place. They believe that relaxation is paramount, and the home is our private spa. Having the goal of enhancing our private spa, Kraus delivers creative designs that are not only soothing to the eyes but also to the heart.
Kraus KPF-1650 SS is a live example of a kitchen faucet having maximum visual satisfaction. It has a high-arch design surrounded by an open coil that adds in its professional look. Having commercial style aesthetics, it is durable and can fit with any kitchen design. Just by looking at it gives enough satisfaction of purchase.
However, it is not just in visual stimulation where Kraus KPF-1650 SS excels. Its functionality is also worth mentioning. The head spray can easily switch between the aerated stream and spray depending on your cleaning conditions with Neoperl aerator. To prevent dangling, the head spray is dock magnetically. A single lever can control the 1.8 GPM flow rate that also controls the water temperature. The design of the lever is slim and flat which adds to the visual impression of the whole configuration.
The Kraus KPF-1650 SS faucet is manufactured with lead-free, all metal construction. It is available in the superior finish in either chrome or stainless steel with varying prices that is rust and corrosion resistant. The spout spins for 360o and is equipped with Kerox Ceramic Cartridge to ensure drip-free experience. The Kerox Ceramic Cartridge is tested with 500,000 cycles. It can be installed in either one-hole or three-hole configuration with 10-inch deck plate (optional).
It is true that there are fewer features in the Kraus KPF-1650 SS, but its appearance will blow you away. If you do not need extra features that you seldom use, then go for the visual factor. Just by looking at it, you can be satisfied at how professional and compatible the Kraus KPF-1650SS in your kitchen.
- Great appearance
- Kerox Ceramic Cartridge
- Neoperl aerator
- Do not have extra features compared to others
6. FLOW Faucet by Bio Bidet, Hands-Free Motion Sensing Technology Brushed Nickel Kitchen Faucet, Dual Spray Head
Bio Bidet offers not just high quality but also high-tech kitchen and bathroom accessories. Bio Bidet specialty is offering advanced solutions to existing bathroom and kitchen problems and takes pride on usability and functionality of the product. Their ideas come from traditional bathroom and kitchen habits taken on a higher level.
Flow Faucet is one of the best products of Bio Bidet that not only combines simplicity and ingenuity, but also the traditional aspect of a kitchen faucet. Flow faucet is available in chrome or brushed nickel finish at different prices. Each type is an easy-wipe finish that makes it easier to clean like the traditional faucets we have.
It is equipped with an infrared motion sensor-facing front near the handle that enables hands-free operation. You just have to swipe your hand in front of the sensor to turn it on, making multi-tasks in the kitchen easier.
Not only that, Flow faucet has Smart Latch Retraction that automatically docks the pull-down hose back into place. It is made with black nylon hose with two spray settings at 1.8 GPM that can be changed with a tap of a button on the spray head. The retractable hose also has a lock to ensure that it is not dangling when not in use.
For the installation process, it does not require hard wiring and comes with an easy-to-setup control box powered by AA batteries. Because of that, it is beginner-friendly and can set just by following the instructions in the manual. It can install in either single-hole or three-hole connection.
Therefore, if you are tired of the unique designs of faucets and a looking for a traditional feel in your kitchen, Flow faucet is the way to go. Behind its simplistic design are its high-tech functions that will not lose to the modern faucets available today.
- Smart Latch Retraction
- Two spray settings
- Traditional design
- Does not require hard wiring
- The traditional look may be a downside for people who are looking for more designs that are modern
7. American Standard 4175.300.075 Colony Soft Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, Stainless Steel
Last on our list comes from American Standard, a brand known for advocating water-efficient plumbing products. Their vision is to provide a healthier, safer and more beautiful life in either home or work. They take pride in products that are both efficient and conserve our precious natural resource (water).
Colony faucet is manufactured from brass construction making it corrosion resistant. Though brass is the main material, there are also different finishes available such as polished chrome and stainless steel. American Standard faucets integrate their finishes not only as an outside coating but also as a protective material to preserve the life of faucet and reduce wear and tear. Because of that, the Colony faucet is scratch and tarnish resistant.
It uses a ceramic disc valve to guarantee a prolonged drip-free performance. Also, the ceramic disc valve provides smooth handle control, can withstand extreme temperatures and hard water conditions. It has been tested over one million cycles without failure. The Colony Faucet also has a memory position valve that remembers your last set temperature. This is definitely a convenient feature that enables you to not constantly have to adjust the water temperature.
For additional benefit, Colony faucet has a pull-down spray head with an adjustable spray pattern that includes a pause. This feature alone is a great addition to the usability of the faucet considering its simple and traditional design. It delivers a maximum flow rate of 2.2 GPM and the spout swivels 360o.
Colony faucet is a great alternative to your ordinary faucet at a lower price than other modern kitchen faucets. It has limited features but is enough for simple and everyday kitchen uses. As the goal of American Standard, they focus on having water efficient products rather than having fancy features.
- Simple design
- Water efficient
- Doesn’t have as much features when compared to other modern kitchen faucets
8. Kraus KPF-1602SS Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Commercial Style Pre-rinse, Stainless Steel
Kraus KPF-1602SS is another eye candy from Kraus. This Kraus faucet is a strong variation of the Kraus KPF-1650 SS evolves its commercial look into industrial aesthetics. The involvement of Kraus KPF-1602SS to any kitchen gives a dramatic feel on a modern approach.
All the functioning features from Kraus KPF-1650 SS are available in Kraus KPF-1602SS. In fact, the addition of the Pre-Rinse Spray makes it a more dominant. Of course, it is more expensive. The Pre-Rinse Spray prevents the buildup of hard water and limescale using a rubber nozzle. It is composed of another lever connected to the spray head. If you press this lever, the 1.8 GPM water will divert from the main spout to the sprayer.
Like Kraus KPF-1650 SS, it is made of robust materials such as the Kerox Ceramic Cartridge as well as the Neoperl aerator. It is made of certified lead-free brass and is available in either chrome or stainless finish with varying prices. However, it can only install in a single-hole configuration.
If you would compare Kraus KPF-1602SS to Kraus KPF-1650SS, its visual appeal is stronger. It is also higher and gives more reach. Other than that, all the features are the same. Kraus KPF-1650 SS is perfect for large sinks that require a larger reach. Even if you have a small sink, you do not have to worry about the water splash since it is arch downwards.
Overall, if you want a more satisfying visual experience and is ready to pay the price, then you can try Kraus KPF-1602SS. Its industrial look amalgams naturally to any modern kitchen.
Furthermore, the satisfaction you will gain by looking and using it makes the purchase worth it.
- Great appearance
- Kerox Ceramic Cartridge
- Neoperl aerator
- Pre-Rinse Spray function
- Do not have extra features compared to others
- Only for one-hole installation
9. Kohler K-596-CP Simplice Single-Hole Pull-down Kitchen Faucet, Polished Chrome
Another contender coming from Kohler, Kohler K-596-CP provides a cheaper alternative in Kohler faucets without sacrificing functionality and durability. Coming from the trusted brand of Kohler, Kohler K-596-CP has the main features of Kohler faucets worth mentioning.
Kohler K-596-CP features a high-arch design with pull-down spray head that uses DockNetik to secure the spray head in place. It delivers 1.8 GPM at three different functions: stream, sweep spray and pause. It also uses Pro-Motion technology that can give a more comfortable and flexible spray head. To prevent mineral build-up, MasterClean spray face is equipped with the output of the spray head.
A notable feature of Kohler K-596-CP is its temperature memory that allows you to set a predetermined temperature prior to usage. This is helpful if you are having trouble in setting the temperature every time. Furthermore, it can install in either single-hole or three-hole configuration. It is available in polished chrome, matte black, and vibrant stainless at varying prices.
Kohler K-596-CP is a great choice if you want a low-cost Kohler faucet whilst retaining the functionality of other Kohler products.
- ProMotion technology
- Three-function pull-down spray head
- MasterClean spray face
- Not that durable compared to other Kohler products
10. Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, Vibrant Stainless Steel
Founded in 1873, Kohler is now making its legacy on bathroom and kitchen products with stores worldwide. Today, Kohler has more than 50 manufacturing locations on six continents with more than 30,000 associates. It seems right to say that their products have been perfected through years of hard work.
Just like the Kohler K-560-VS Bellera that houses a complicated system hidden in a normal looking kitchen faucet. Its sleek and versatile design combines ergonomics and functionality on a higher level, providing convenient kitchen faucet usability.
It has a high-arch spout that rotates 360o. It is designed to make filling and cleaning tall pots easy. Furthermore, it is equipped with a three-function pull-down spray head that lets you choose from the normal stream, sweep spray or pause. The sweep function is one major benefit of Kohler K-560-VS Bellera in which it creates a wide, forceful spray to make cleaning easier.
Kohler K-560-VS Bellera is also equipped with DockNetik, a magnetic docking system that can mount within the spout. It provides automatic retraction of the pull-down spray head and locks it into place. With this feature, it ensures that the hose will not experience any sagging due to retraction.
It also includes a ProMotion technology that is included in the pull-down spray head. It consists of a light braided nylon hose and a pivoting ball joint to ensure smooth spray head operation that delivers 1.8 GPM of water flow. Using a single handle, water flow, as well as water temperature, can be easily adjusted.
Aside from vibrant stainless steel, it is also available in polished chrome and oil-rubbed bronze finishes with varying prices. It can mount on single-hole, three-hole and even four-hole installation (escutcheon incorporated). Kohler K-560-VS Bellera uses ceramic disc valves, which is very durable and exceeds industry longevity standards. It also has MasterClean spray face that can withstand mineral buildup and is easy to clean.
Overall, Kohler K-560-VS Bellera is one of the best kitchen faucets for sale. Its brand is trusted and provides perfect service to its customers. In combination with the high-quality features and ease of use, Kohler K-560-VS Bellera can be a satisfying kitchen faucet to buy.
- ProMotion technology
- Three-function pull-down spray head
- MasterClean spray face
- Escutcheon included for different installations
- Extension hose is not that durable, possible leakage may occur
Kitchen Faucet Buyer’s Guide
Are you still undecided? Surely, a faucet from the kitchen faucets listed above must pique your interest. The benefits, features and design of each are of high quality and above the standards. If you are still confused, then read our kitchen faucet buyer’s guide. It will greatly help you choose the right kitchen faucet for you.
Types of Kitchen Faucets
Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets
Typically uses a spray want that pulls down into the sink. This feature makes cleaning dishes and washing produce easier and effective. It is very convenient and user friendly.
Pull-Out Kitchen Faucets
As the name suggests, it can be “pulled out” directly towards you and may include a small button on top part of the faucet that would allow you easy adjustment of the water flow. Its body usually works in a straight line.
Single Handle Kitchen Faucet
A single handle faucet uses a “single” or one handle/lever that controls the water temperature.
Two Handle Kitchen Faucets
Two handle faucets have “two” or dual handles in which one controls the temperature and water flow for cold water and the other controls. This is the standard faucet and is very common.
Easily recognized by its longer and more flexible neck and spout, it is meant to give a modern look to your kitchen and is a favorite of restaurants yet not exclusive to them.
Usually wall mounted, the body is highly flexible and can swivel outward. Its main purpose is to make it convenient to fill large pots but can fill any large bucket around the house that requires water.
Touch On Faucets
Touch-On faucets uses a technology called Touch 2.0 which allows the faucet to start and function with just the tap of a hand. This feature is very convenient and the faucet is great for some one who want to upgrade their current two handle kitchen faucet.
Though still a new technology for residential homes, this is now very common in commercial places that seek a modern faucet. A touch-less or motion detecting faucet uses a sensor that senses motion such as a hand wave and that then tells the faucet to release water. This faucet is highly convenient, requires less cleaning and may help with reducing thetransfer of bacteria after washing your hands because it requires no touch.
It does not require touch however, you can adjust the temperature using the single handle that is found on these faucets.
What is the difference? – Touch On vs. Touch-less Kitchen Faucets
Many features seen in modern residential kitchen faucets today were adapted from commercial faucets. Such is the case for touchless kitchen faucets. But what really is the difference between Touch On and Touch-less kitchen faucets?
As the name implies, touch faucets need users to physically touch it to turn it on or to turn it off. Traditional faucets that use handles are within this category. However, there is a new type of touch faucet, which integrates modern day technology. An example is a Touch2O feature by Delta. To turn the faucet on or off, you still need to touch it. A simple touch is just what it takes to open or close the faucet. It is much more convenient that touch faucets that need to operate the handle.
Pros: Simple touch faucets does not require power source
Easy and traditional way to use
Cons: Not appropriate for heavy kitchen uses
Touchless faucets, on the other hand, are an advanced kind of faucet where you do not need to touch it anywhere. It is operated through a motion sensing device where it will turn the faucet on or off when it detects motion. Normally, advance faucets have both touch and touchless features. It is rare for you to see only touchless faucets for residential use.
Pros: Convenient to use
Appropriate for heavy kitchen uses
Cons: Require additional power source (battery)
Choosing the Best Kitchen Faucet for Your Kitchen
Deciding on the right kitchen faucet can be a little challenging. Although we have already mentioned some really great kitchen faucets that more than deserve your attention, we also want to equip you with general knowledge on what to consider when determining which faucet to purchase.
Consider the style your are hoping to achieve with your kitchen, then determine which of your kitchen faucet options will match the style of your kitchen and sink. Pairing a modern faucet with a not so modern sink may not suit your kitchen or appease the eye at all.
Faucets mainly come in three finishes: chrome, nickel or bronze. Examine the surrounding fixtures in your kitchen (cabinets, lighting etc.). What kind of finishes do they have in common? Although not everything is going to match, you may want to choose a faucet with a finish that would work well together with other finishes in the kitchen space. Let’s say that your kitchen cabinet handles and light fixtures are mostly bronze, then you would want to choose a bronze finish and vice versa.
Also, keep in mind that chrome is the most durable finish, easiest to clean and best for heavy and long term usage, which is why it is so popular in public bathrooms and commercial kitchens.
Nickel finishes are normally called brushed, satin or stainless steel and while durable, they are harder to keep clean and liable to fingerprints, smudges, stains and water spots. Though there is an option of choosing a nickel finish that is stain resistant, this merely a coating and may chip and wear over time.
Bronze faucets are usually labeled oiled or rubbed bronze, however, the finish is again merely a coating and though tough can be prone to chips, scratches and wear as well.
Kitchen Faucet Finishes
Choosing the right finish for your kitchen motif is not that easy. It is true that you can just pick the cheaper one, but if you are someone who values aesthetics then this can be a great ordeal. The key is to choose the finish that goes best with your specific kitchen theme or style. To help you with that, here are some finishes with their compatible style or design:
- Polished brass – gives kitchen a vintage look
- Satin brass – matted version of polished brass
- Oil-rubbed bronze – gives kitchen a traditional feel (Mediterranean style)
- Copper – gives a rich look, perfect for Tuscan and steampunk style.
- Polished nickel – little darker than chrome, can be used in modern and traditional style
- Brushed nickel – soft color of nickel, it is compatible with almost all style
- Chrome – cheapest finish and can be used in any style
- Matte black – literally black, it can be matched in modern style kitchen
Spout Height and Reach
Though it seems that high arced faucets are trending these days, you should consider the amount of space available above your sink before choosing a high arc faucet. Low cabinets or even shelves directly above the sink means space is limited and can make the faucet area really crowded if you do go for a high arc faucet.
On the other hand, a large sink may require a faucet with a larger reach, so take that into consideration when selecting a faucet.
Also, it’s an excellent idea to think about exactly how you use your kitchen sink. Do you wash a lot of large pots, small appliances or other space consuming objects? In this case, a high arc may be just what you need.
Hot tip: If you do have cabinets above your sink, it’s a good idea to measure the height available from the deck plate to the bottom of the cabinet and regard it when deciding on a faucet for your kitchen.
Choosing a faucet with a built in sprayer option can mean easier sink clean ups and can aid in getting gunk off washing dishes. Though you can get a separate side sprayer, some people find that it’s not as convenient or effective. Also leaks are another concern with side sprayers, so overall they aren’t reliable.
Number of Holes
Consider how many holes your old sink has if you are updating your kitchen. You want to make sure that both your sink and faucet work well together and the number of holes on your sink should play a role in which faucet you choose.
Generally most sinks come with three holes:
- One for the hot handle
- Second for the cold handle
- And the third for under the spout
Depending on your budget, it may make sense and be less of a hassle to just purchase both faucet and sink together. Certain single-handle faucets may include a cover plate to place on the other holes but others don’t, so be aware when selecting.
Number of Handles
Most traditional faucets come with two handles but single handle faucets are another option for controlling water flow and temperature.
Some people prefer single handle to two handle in the kitchen versus in the bathroom because of the greater need for water in the kitchen. Also, the need for more control over temperature and water flow, which is kind of tricky on a faucet with two handles, influences this preference as well.
Valves are an important part of the faucet that controls water flow. Generally there are four types of valves which are ball, cartridge, compression and ceramic disk. Ceramic valves tend to be higher in quality.
Final Tip: It is important to note that ceramic valves are the better option to avoid having a faucet that drips. Ceramic valves cost the same as other faucets but their long-term reliability is essential.
So when selecting a faucet, choose one with a ceramic valve.
Kitchen Faucet Mounting Options
If you are wondering, there are two mounting options for kitchen faucets. The first one is the well-known deck-mounted faucets. These faucets are installed in the countertop of the sink. Deck-mounted faucets take more space but they deliver great visual satisfaction because of their style. Deck-mounted faucets can also have different types such as single-hole or three-hole configuration depending on your kitchen sink. Kitchen sink has more than one hole so that you can install other accessories such as soap dispenser. If you have a three-hole sink but will only use the one allotted for the kitchen faucet, then you will need a plate that will cover the remaining holes. It is normally included in the product package of the kitchen faucet or it can be bought separately.
The second option is the wall-mounted kitchen faucet. As the name implies, the kitchen faucet can mount on the wall on top of the sink. Because of that, it requires professional plumbing services and normally the water connections are inside the wall of the house. You must also be aware of the length and depth of the kitchen sink when adopting this kind of mounting option. However, it will give more space compared to the deck-mounted kitchen faucet.
Kitchen Faucet Water Flow
Different water flow rates are available in kitchen faucets depending on the aerator installed. According to Federal Plumbing Standards, kitchen faucets should have no more than 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM) of maximum water flow. Remember that this is the maximum. It does not necessarily need to be 2.5 GPM. Most standard kitchen faucets today deliver 1.5 GPM to 2 GPM.
The handle is used to control the water flow. However, for touchless and touch on kitchen faucets, it is impossible to control the flow. These types of faucets will deliver the maximum flow rate possible. If you experience a lower water flow than normal, it’s probably because the faucet has a foreign object blocking the way or there are hard water deposits that have built up. If you have knowledge in faucet maintenance or there is instruction in the manual, then you can remove it yourself.
Kitchen Faucet Warranty
The warranty of most kitchen faucets varies from 5years to Limited Lifetime Warranty depending on the manufacturer. Moen typically provides 5 years on digital components for their faucets while Kraus, Kohler and Delta come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty on parts and finishes for up to 5 year from date of purchase. For example, if there is a leak and a faulty valve is the cause of it then you can contact the manufacturer and they will fix your faucet free of charge. Remember that only certain parts are eligible for the lifetime warranty. You can check the manufacturer’s website for more info.
Kitchen Faucet Installation: How to install a Kitchen Faucet?
A kitchen faucet installation can be an easy task, which means that you can luckily complete the job yourself. Most kitchen faucets include an installation manual that will help you if you do not have prior experience with installing a faucet. Even if there is an installation manual, here are some of the key points to remember:
- Know if you have a single-hole, three-hole or even four-hole sink. Depending on the number of holes in your sink, you can add more kitchen sink accessories or just cover it with a plate.
- Always place a rubber or plastic gasket under the deck plate.
- Firmly install the nuts under the sink.
- If you have a pull-down type of kitchen faucet, remember that the weight needs enough space to hang freely under the sink.
- Make sure that the connections are all tight and there is no leak on the water lines.
On the other hand, you can also hire a professional to install the kitchen faucet for you to ensure that the installation is efficient and well done. If you prefer hiring a professional to do the job, consider hiring a plumber in your area on Porch.com.
So, how about upgrading that old kitchen faucet?
Today, home improvement aficionados are fortunate enough to have new technology available in kitchen faucets such as Touch 2.0 that turns on with just a slight touch and motion detecting kitchen faucets that starts running water after a wave of the hand. In this article, we have discussed the best kitchen faucets available and also educated you on how to choose a kitchen faucet for your kitchen.
Our best choice for light to medium kitchen use is the Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST Leland Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O because it is practical yet modern and feature rich. Our recommendation for heavy kitchen use is the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor with Motionsense One-Handle High Arc Pull-down Kitchen Faucet Featuring Reflex, a wonderful touch-less kitchen faucet. For an affordable option we recommend the American Standard 4175.300.075 Colony Soft Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet for those who are on a budget and could benefit from spending less.
We are sure that you will enjoy any options that we recommend. Best of luck!