Be it a total makeover or some minor remodelling you’re doing in the home, picking the best kitchen faucets is hardly ever a picnic in the park.
This review is designed to guide you through the basics and essentials of kitchen faucet and offer our recommendations of items we found superior in both quality and price on the market.
Top-Rated Kitchen Faucets – What They Should Look Like
Whatever type of faucet you’ve set your mind on, there are a few criteria to keep in mind before picking a particular one for your kitchen.
A faucet is something you and your family are using, and very likely, drinking from, for the long years to come. Make sure you choose a material that is both safe and durable.
- Brass faucets have been the best choice for many years. They have better heat tolerance and typically last for decades. While there are concerns over the leaking of lead from brass faucets, they’re still one of the best options for the home kitchen. However, they tend to belong to the higher end of the price spectrum.
- Plastic faucets are typically much cheaper. Unlike what is typically believed of them, plastic models can last for long decades with minimal wears and tears. These faucets, however, have a bad reputation for leaking chemicals into the water and bringing weird taste to it. There are also concerns over the hormones-damaging nature of plastic, which makes them less preferable compared to metal faucets.
I once made the mistake of buying a short, low faucet as I thought it would look nice on my small kitchen sink, which it did. But I ended up breaking lots of delicate glasses trying to wash them as they clashed into the spout.
After the incident, I decided that a good kitchen faucet is, first and foremost, one with a design that serves its purposes. You should be able to wash your veggies and dishes, and slide your biggest pot underneath without difficulty. I highly recommend keeping this in mind when you shop for one.
In order to achieve that, the dimensions are the first thing to take into consideration. Make sure you know the overall height and the spout height, especially if you have a narrow and shallow sink, or a low hanging cabinet over the sink. Make sure the faucet fits with the sink perfectly, and leaves a considerable space between the spout and the sink so that you can do your washing with ease.
That is not to say you should ignore the visual features of a faucet. Apart from the dimensions, the style and finish can really make a difference. A faucet could augment and compliment the sink and other appliances in the kitchen, or it could stand out to mock your sense of aesthetics every time you enter the cooking area.
Not that you should expect to find a thousand different utilities on a kitchen faucet, but sometimes a small innovation on that little spout can bring your kitchen experience to a whole new level.
What should you look for?
- Self-retracting head (on pull out and pull down faucets)
- Touchless or touch to control feature (seen on hands-free faucets, compulsory for those with a sanitary OCD)
- Multiple spray modes to save water
- Temperature indicating lights, especially if you have kids in the house
- 360 degree swivel spout for better washing access
- Spot-resist finish
Knowing the different types of kitchen faucets with their typical features and all the pros and cons may help big time!
Unless you’re having a handyman over, make sure to buy easy-to-install faucets.
Before getting one, check your sink and see if they’re compatible for installation. Depending on the sink, you may want to get a one, two, three, or four hole faucet.
If you like a one-hole faucet on a multiple-hole sink, make sure the faucet comes with an escutcheon plate.
Warranty and customer service
You want a warranty as long as possible, for obvious reasons. If a product comes with a lifetime warranty, you know the manufacturer stands behind its quality.
Good customer service is also essential. That’s obvious for any kind of product, but I have to state it here again because it’s one of the things that are usually at the very bottom of the priority list when people shop for a faucet.
Check customer reviews to see if the company is quick and responsive in case of a product defect or any other problem during installation. You can’t go for too long without a faucet – keep that in mind.
It’s also not too uncommon that you encounter a problem during installation, and need someone who knows their faucets to talk to. It’s nice to not always have to resort to a plumper when a solution is just a 3 minute call away.
If all of the above is too much to keep in mind when on the hunt for your own faucet, you may as well refer to our top nominations below. Click on the products for detailed reviews!
Reviews of the Best Kitchen Faucets of 2018
The 5 top rated faucets that promise to bring you the most satisfying experience over the kitchen sink.
|Item||Our Pick as||Features|
|Delta 9178T-DST |
|Best to Buy in 2018||Pull down faucet |
Touch anywhere to activate
Splatter control tech
Batteries or A/C adapter
|Moen 7594ESRS||Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet||Smart motion sensors |
Pull down, 68 inches hose
Runs on batteries
|Kraus KPF 1650SS||Best Pull down Kitchen Faucet||Tall |
Pull down tap
High quality material
|Moen 7294SRS||Best Pull out Kitchen Faucet||Small pull out faucet |
68-inch braided hose
Snap to install
|Delta 21996LF-OB||Best Classic Tap Set||Side sprayer |
4-hole 8" installation
1. Delta 9178T-DST – Best Kitchen Faucet to Buy in 2018
It was an easy choice to make when the team picked the best faucet to buy in 2018 – the 9178T-DST model stands out as a definite cut above the rest.
Functional and beautiful design
The 9178T comes in a solid steel body with an elegant design. It offers 4 beautiful finish options: sleek chrome, classic Venetian bronze, fine spotshield stainless steel, and arctic steel.
The tap is mounted with a one-piece supply line and a diamond-embedded ceramic disc, which minimizes if not eliminates leaks as well as wear on the seals. It is compatible with both 1 hole and 3 hole mounting, with an escutcheon included for a flawless look.
But it isn’t only the look of reliability and exquisiteness that conquers the hearts of thousands of households in the US. The Delta faucet comes with functions that set it a far cry from casual taps, and even those at the same price range.
A top-notch washing experience
With decades of experience in making faucets, Delta seems to know what’s going on in the kitchen. They have developed technologies that make every contact with the kitchen tap a bliss for the cook!
2 water modes, with ShieldSpray
With a spray wand, you can adjust between 2 water modes – spray and stream – for various cleaning purposes. What’s more, the 9178T also comes with Delta’s famous ShieldSpray technology, which allows easy and effective cleaning with 90% less splatter.
Touch to turn on/off
Every cook knows the predicament when you want to fill a pot or to wash your hands, but you don’t want to pass whatever is on the greasy hands onto the faucet.
With its smart Touch2O technology, this faucet turns on and off with a touch of the arm. Or the feet if you’re up for it.
Better yet, by measuring the duration of contact (to the milliseconds!), it even knows if you’re touching for the water or to adjust the direction or the temperature.
Auto off after four minutes
If you’re a super forgetful person like me, you’re gonna appreciate this! Plus, this feature is extremely useful if you have kids or cats in your house, who may turn the water on by accident with a touch or a brush of the tail.
You always know if the water is hot
Thanks to a LED light that changes from blue (cold) to magenta (warm) to red (hot) as the water temperature increases.
…. and when to change the battery
When energy is running low, the LED light that usually stays blue to indicate the active touch mode will flash red. Depending on the type of batteries you use, you will need to change them only once every 2 to 5 years.
But if you don’t fancy batteries, the faucet is also compatible with an A/C adapter. You need to purchase it separately though.
2. Moen 7594ESRS – Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet
Right next to Delta on the board of fame for kitchen faucet makers is Moen, and when it comes to sensored pull-down faucets, it’s very hard to find any other that can go on par with the Moen 7594ESRS both in terms of performance and design.
A transitional look
Be it a vintage, barn, or modern kitchen you’re planning to install this faucet in, it will stand out in a very harmonious way. That is thanks to the simple design with a long, delicate neck and an almost seamless finish that states elegance and luxury.
No gimmicky details, just a smooth surface all over. This Moen faucet is the definition of timeless design.
Since nobody fancies washing kitchen grease off what just washes it off their hands, the Moen Motionsense comes with 2 sensors. One is near the base like what you usually find in the bathroom, and one right on the highest point of the neck (which you will really appreciate if you’re a tall person).
The sensors are sensitive, but they’re pretty smart and easy to use. You will have no problem adjusting the water temperature and pivoting the faucet while it’s running. When one of the sensors needs to be disabled, keep your hand in front of it for 5 seconds. Do the same to turn it back on. It’s as simple as that.
A 68 inch hose
When it comes to kitchen faucets, size does matter and what sets the Moen Motionsense a far cry from others is its super long hose. At 68 inches or 172 centimeters, the faucet head can reach just about anything in a small kitchen, let alone the sink itself, however big it is.
If you don’t have a deep and large sink that can fit a big pot, you will really love this. It’s just so handy – pull the head out right over the countertop and have it fill your pot. When you’re done, the thing will retract itself smoothly.
The faucet is pretty tall (15.5 inches) and I have a large double sink, so I can always fill my pitchers and pots right there. However, the pull-out function is still extremely useful for when I need to clean the sink. Every single corner is covered – no awkward splashing of water with my hands because there’s nowhere it can’t reach!
Effective filtration, at a price
The Moen offers two spray modes: gentle aerated stream for everyday cleaning and a more powerful rinse mode with its PowerClean technology for stubborn food particles on your dishes.
Some users, however, find water pressure reducing after a while and even the PowerClean mode is not that strong anymore. When that happens, check the filter integrated inside the faucet to see if there is anything building up in there.
Clean it, or remove the filter altogether, and you should be good again. But if there’s a lot of sediments in your water, it’s probably time to get a whole house filter or an undersink filtration system to ensure your safety.
3. Kraus KPF 1650SS – Best Pull Down Kitchen Faucet
You know what’s unsightly?
A huge grande faucet on a lavabo the size of a bowl. Or the opposite of that, a tiny teeny faucet over a trenta sink. You want neither in your kitchen, trust me.
If you have a large sink, find a faucet like the Kraus KPF 1650SS to go with it.
A super tall, slender faucet
At 26.25 inches (or 67 cm), the KPF is the tallest faucet in this collection. It balances out the space over a deep oversized sink, and augments a long countertop with some vertical impressions.
The unique design helps too – it’s actually a very good conversation starter in the kitchen when you have guests over.
Nothing fancy, but it’s highly functional
The Kraus features basic functions of a faucet. And it does what it’s supposed to do very well.
It offers 2 different spray modes, adjustable flow and water temperature, and allows you to swivel it up to 360 degree for convenience. Pretty much everything you want to do with a faucet.
Unlike on other pull down faucets, the head doesn’t retract and shorten itself when released. Rather, it will be pulled close to the dock with some magnetic power, and will stay there.
I’m not sure of the reason why self-retract is not a feature, but my guess is that since the faucet itself is high and it’s most likely installed over a large and deep sink, there would be more than enough space to slid the biggest pots in between. In which case, a longer (and lengthenable and retractable) spout wouldn’t even be necessary.
A certified product at an affordable price
The Kraus quality aligns with probably every codes and standards you can think of for a faucet. Its cartridge is made of ceramic, whereas the whole metal body is NSF certified to be lead free.
All that and it comes at a price that can’t be any more affordable, especially compared to other faucets of the same size and functionalities. For less than $200, you really can’t find a better commercial faucet than this.
4. Moen 7294SRS – Best Pull Out Kitchen Tap
The Moen 7294SRS looks like a mini version of the pull-down MotionSense. It has the same pretty exterior design, except with a shorter neck, and looks both luxurious and heart-meltingly adorable.
Pull out design for the small sink
While the 7294SRS doesn’t come with a fancy sensor system like the more expensive MotionSense, it’s designed to make things super easy over the smallest sink.
You will enjoy the benefits of an awesome reflex system with simple control of the spray head and the smart docking hose – we’re talking about a flexible but sturdy head that retracts itself to the original position once its filling/cleaning job is finished.
Also, while it would look better on a lavabo mignon, the faucet has exactly zero problems supporting any cleaning and filling jobs on the most spacious sink. Unless your sink is more than 68 inches in any diameter, its braided hose will extend and reach the furthest corner.
This faucet comes with two spray options: one for casual cleaning, and the other for heavy duty with Moen’s well-known PowerClean technology. What this technology does is to increase the spray power by 50 percent, which makes it the perfect mode for when there’s some greasy sauce on a plate or a pan to get rid of.
What’s cool is that once turned off, it defaults to the other mode. This means the flow will always be gentle and smooth when you turn it on- you never have to open the tap with worries that the water will come out like Niagra Fall, splattering all over the kitchen place.
Snap to install in less than 30 minutes
It’s a bliss to install and replace this faucet, as are most other Moen products. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a plumper to do the job, nor do you need a shopping list of tools.
The “snap to install” design allows you to set the whole thing up within less than half an hour. Check the instruction video out – I’m sure you’ll grasp the idea even if you were not born a handyman!
5. Delta 21996LF-OB Windemere – Best Classic Tap Set
If you have more of a traditional taste and want a simple faucet that does and only does locking and releasing water, you’re gonna love the Delta 21996LF-OB Windemere.
A design to augment your kitchen
This set of Delta faucet has a timeless design with a high-arch spout in the middle, two controlling handles on its two sides, and an extra pull-out sprayer, all matching in style and color.
While the style doesn’t spell luxury, it does look more expensive than it actually is, and is definitely gorgeous enough to augment the sink area in even a high-end kitchen. With three finish choices, it can sit as beautifully in a traditional style kitchen as it does in a modern one.
Convenient side sprayer
The main spout is traditional style: it’s not one of those pull-down faucets. Its flow and temperature can be controlled with ease using the handles – however, it could take more than a couple attempts before you really get the hang of it (as in, how to get the exact temperature you need).
The main spout is swivelable and at its size, it can reach most parts of the sink. Its height also leaves sufficient space for you to toss and turn and wash your big pots.
When you need to fill an extra large container, however, the side spray head can be of plausible usefulness. It can be pulled out to as far as 48 inches (or 120cm). Unless you want to use it to water flowers in your backyard, the coverage would be more than sufficient.
A cheap price for the quality
Bang for your buck, really. At less than $100, this faucet will make even sets double its price pale in comparison. Not saying it is comparable to top notch products, but it definitely offers a very smooth and satisfying experience. It’s a Delta after all.
What are the Best Kitchen Faucet Brands?
Some of the most popular kitchen faucet brands include Delta, Moen, Kohler, Price Pfister, and Kraus. Each company has their own signature designs and technologies that make them an ideal choice for customers of a particular demographic group.
Most people choose to stick to one single product line for all of their kitchen faucets. It’s mostly for the sake of aesthetics and experience uniformity – you want the same feel and style throughout the kitchen, and expect ease of use every time you turn a faucet on.
Before making a long term commitment with a brand, take a look at this concise intro and comparison between the names.
How to Find your Delta Faucet Model Number
As one of the leading brands for kitchen faucets, Delta offers a wide variety of products. Having more choices is almost always a good thing, except when, after like a decade, you have some upgrade or replacement work to do. And you suddenly need the model number…
Moen vs Delta: A To-the-Point Comparison
As the two leading brands on the market, Moen and Delta easily fall among the finalists when a homeowner picks a brand to commit to.
Many customers find themselves in a predicament at the final minute, as Moen and Delta are renown names for their product quality and customer service, and have product lines that are in direct competition with each other.
The two, however, do have different approaches to their designs and technologies, which leads to clear distinguition in user experience.
For a thorough, unbiased look, check this detailed Delta vs. Moen comparison by our reviewers.