Achieving the perfect look for your kitchen is difficult if the kitchen faucet isn’t up to par with the surrounding materials. A decent kitchen faucet can make or break your concept, so it is vital to purchase the best kitchen faucet for the job rather than settling for something inferior. There is a huge variety to choose from. One finish does not fit all as some finishes may clash with the rest of your kitchen appliances. Unfortunately, not all kitchen faucets come in multiple finishes, so that’s good to keep in mind if you spot a product you like on this top kitchen faucet list.
Top 5 Kitchen Faucets
- Overall height:15.7"; Spout Height:9.06"; Spout Reach:9.45"
- Brushed Nickel & Ceramic Disc Valve: resist scratches and corrosion.
- A PERFECT FIT: A commercial kitchen faucet optimized for home use, compact 18-inch height fits...
- DUAL-FUNCTION SPRAYER: Two spray modes allow you to easily toggle from splash-free aerated stream to...
- High Arc Swivel Spout ; Pull Out Side Spray Hose; Flow Rate 2.2 GPM
- Constructed with Durable High Quality Chrome Finish that is Easy to Clean & Easy to Install
- Lead-free cartridge & water hoses for safe water. Brushed nickel finish & solid brass construction...
- Pull-out sprayer with toggle button to select spray, stream or pause modes.
- Lead-free construction, cUPC & NSF standards compliant to protect your family's health.
- Ceramic Cartridge Exceed industry Longevity Standards, Ensuring Reliable Drip-Free Use and Durable...
Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide
We’ve included a nice buying guide here to help you with your purchase and avoid mistakes so that you can choose the best unit for your home. Note that there is only one system on the list with a no-touch sensor, and that’s the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor with Motionsense. It’s in a league of its own, but it’s important to point out that Motionsense technology may not be for everyone.
Since a typical kitchen faucet uses less than 30% of the water in a household, it is important to pick a good kitchen faucet that is built solidly and installed right the first time so it doesn’t leak. Restrictors — known as aerators — help with air flow when putting in place, usually keeping water below 2.5 GPM (more on those later). Kitchen faucets are designed to be more water efficient than any other faucet in the house, but they can also be the biggest culprit for wasting water. It’s worth keeping an eye on if you live in a home with more than one person.
Spray Heads over the Years
What a valuable piece of equipment the spray head is to the average consumer, especially in the modern age. Older versions of the spray head used to sit beside the kitchen faucet as an add-on accessory that not only took up valuable space and couldn’t be moved but had a limited reach that didn’t go beyond a few inches. There was also the bothersome fact that it shut off the main kitchen faucet whenever you used it, which led to some really interesting setups for the creative consumer.
Have a specific style in mind that looks great in theory but when installed completely clashes with your kitchen? Trying to install a traditional kitchen faucet in a modern kitchen setup? How about the trouble of deciding if the actual design has functional issues in a tight space and won’t operate correctly? Design concerns are just as much a priority as functional ones because buyers usually purchase with a theme in mind, one that can be thrown off by something as simple as a single appliance. A theme that sometimes needs to match the overall design of the kitchen, and in some cases match the bathroom faucet as well.
An escutcheon is an optional accessory to the kitchen faucet that acts as a decorative plate to cover extra holes in the sink. Since this entire list consists of one-hole setups, it is arguable that an escutcheon is required to maintain a professional-looking setup. Why pay over $200 on a kitchen faucet only to have an unmatched escutcheon or no escutcheon at all with two big holes on either side of your kitchen faucet? Most faucets on the list come with their own escutcheon plates that match the design of the faucet itself, so it serves an aesthetic purpose for matching the decor just as much as covering up unneeded holes in the setup.
The ultimate DIY project involves an element of plumbing since everything is insanely easy to hook up. However, it is a disaster if done wrong. All of the kitchen faucets on the list can be installed by a single non-technical person who reads the included manual, although some installations are easier than others (Moen, for example). Regardless of the brand, it’s important to have a nice set of tools nearby in case something goes wrong. A good set of pliers, a wrench, safety glasses, gloves, and a towel are recommended for all setups.
With all of the units on this list being one-lever systems, the faucet cartridge is a lot easier to maintain with repeated use. A faucet cartridge regulates water flow and controls water temperature by manipulation of the lever. They are directly tied together and the cartridge is probably one of the most common pieces that can be repaired if broken. A leaky faucet is usually the cause of a worn-out cartridge that needs replacing, and not a sign of a bigger problem.