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You probably use your kitchen faucet multiple times a day, but when’s the last time you actually stopped to think about it? We depend on it to be reliable and don’t really notice it until something goes wrong, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a lot of amazing new features and technologies available that can take this common, everyday plumbing fixture to the next level. When you install the best kitchen faucet, you’ll add a unique blend of convenience and style to your home.
For this review, we looked at some of the features that are essential to a great kitchen faucet. We considered the type of faucet, like whether it’s single handle or double hand, pull-down or pull out, or pot filler style. Next, we looked at the materials of the faucet itself as well as the internal valves to determine the quality and how easy it is to operate. That’s not all, we also took flow rate, ease of installation, and warranty into account to determine the best products out there.
We spent hours researching reviews from actual users and looking into advice from the pros to gather all the information we needed to put together this review. First, you’ll find a table for easy comparison and so you can see which is the best for different circumstances. That’s followed by our detailed reviews and then a helpful buying guide to help you find the best kitchen faucet for your kitchen.
More features: magnetic docking spray, TempSense LED indicator light, Diamond Seal Technology, spray or stream options, Touch On / Touch Off operation
The first thing you’ll notice about the Delta Faucet 9159-CZ-DST Trinsic is the modern, minimalist design. There are 4 stylish finishes to choose from, too, making it easy to match the decor of your kitchen.
With this faucet, there’s no need to worry about messy hands. Just tap the spout with your wrist or forearm to start and stop the water, reducing the spread of germs. There’s a single lever handle, too, so you can use it manually. Another convenient feature is the magnetic docking sprayer that easily snaps back into place and won’t droop over time.
One of the most convenient things about this faucet is the Touch-Clean spray holes. Cleaning is as easy as gently wiping away calcium and lime build-up so you never have to use any harsh chemical cleaners. Want more convenience? The TempSense LED indicator light changes color to let you know the water temperature, even from across the room.
Another feature is the Diamond Seal Technology. It’s so effective at reducing leaks, it lasts for up to 5 million uses, twice as long as the industry standard. That’s not all, supply lines are actually integrated into the faucet which eliminates one less leak point.
Installation is really easy, too, in part because this faucet is so versatile. It’s designed to fit both single hole or 3-hole, 6 to 8-inch configurations. Note that an additional deck plate must be purchased for 3-hole installation.
Why are we impressed?
4 finishes to choose from
Easy touch on/off
Magnetic docking sprayer that won’t droop over time
Touch-Clean spray holes require no harsh chemical cleaners
Water temperature indicator light
Diamond Seal Technology reduces leaks, lasts up to 5 million uses
Integrated supply lines won’t leak
Easy installation in single or 3-hole configurations
What negatives must you be aware of?
Additional deck plate must be purchased for 3-hole installation
Faucet can short out if in contact with metal sink
More features: commercial design, hot/cold and RO/filter options
The GAPPO Commercial Kitchen Faucet is next and it gets a lot of impressive reviews. For one thing, it’s made out of very high-quality materials including solid brass construction and a ceramic disc. It’s available in 4 different rust-resistant finishes and brings a dramatic and stylish look to your kitchen.
This faucet has a commercial, pull-down design that makes it easy to reach any corner of your sink. The nozzle is really simple to operate because it only has a stream function so there’s nothing to adjust other than water temperature. Plus, it’s easy to wipe clean and prevents hard water buildup so you don’t have to worry about calcium or lime deposits or using any strong chemical cleaners.
There are 2 handles on this design. One controls water temperature while the other can be set up to operate a reverse osmosis filter for drinking water. The ability to hook up a water purifying option is one of the best things about this faucet because it eliminates the need to drill a new hole in your countertop to add a separate. Note that it has to be hooked up to a separate RO system, there is no filter included.
Installation is for single-hole configuration only. If you do want to try to use it for 3-hole installation, be warned that the company doesn’t make a matching base plate and the finishes are not easy to match. The installation itself is pretty simple in the end but the provided instructions are difficult to understand.
More features: optimized commercial faucet, spray nozzle, aerated stream, and powerful spray modes
If you’re looking for a commercial-style faucet that’s ideal for home use, take a look at the Kraus KPF-1610SS. It looks just like what you’d see in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant only, at 18-inches high, it fits underneath most kitchen cabinets. Plus, it’s available in 5 different finishes so you can find one that’s just right for your decor.
The dual-function sprayer has a splash-free aerated setting as well as a powerful pre-rinse spray that you can toggle at the flip of a switch. Plus, there’s a 20-inch long retractable hose that gives you the reach you need to complete your chores quickly and easily. The ceramic cartridge is one of the best in the industry and provides drip-free use over the lifetime of the faucet.
To make installation as smooth as possible, this faucet comes with pre-attached 22-inch waterlines as well as all the mounting hardware you need. One downside is that it doesn’t include a deck plate so you’re somewhat limited to single-hole installation. But, because the single handle operates with a 90-degree forward rotation, it is great for small spaces.
Cleaning is easy, too. The soft silicone nozzles are really easy to clean, simply wipe them clean with your finger or a cloth. You don’t have to worry about mineral or limescale build-up blocking the flow making this a great choice for hard water.
One word of warning is that the gooseneck angle causes the nozzle to sit really low. If not positioned correctly, it’s pretty easy for water to splash out of the sink. Still, one of the best things about this product is the limited lifetime warranty. Kraus seemingly stands behind the quality of their products.
What do we love it for?
Available in 5 different finishes
20-inch long retractable hose provides generous reach
More features: two sensors, steady aerated stream and powerful rinse modes
The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor has two sensors that let you turn on the water with a simple, hands-free motion. This is a great feature because it helps cut down on the spread of germs. Imagine prepping raw chicken for dinner and being able to wash your hands immediately after without having to touch anything. Plus, the Power Clean spray technology provides 50 percent more power than other Moen models for a fast and powerful clean.
One of the things that stands out about this faucet is the 68-inch hose length which gives you a lot of maneuverability and versatility in the kitchen. When you let it go, the hose retracts and the spray head docks securely.
Installation uses a quick connect system that lets you attach waterlines in one quick step. Everything you need for a 1 or 3-hole installation is included. In fact, you don’t even need any extra tools! One small downside is that the manual handle can only be mounted on the right which might be a bit inconvenient for left-handed users.
This faucet has a simple, clean design and with a flared handle and curved spout that goes well with any decor. The spot and stain-resistant stainless steel finish is easy to clean and resists fingerprints. There are 2 other finishes available as well. though neither is spot resistant like the stainless steel.
A big downside is that if the power fails, this faucet won’t work. Whether you’re using batteries that run out or the power goes out when it’s plugged into an outlet, you’ll be without a working sink until power is restored.
What are our favorite features?
Power Spray technology for more powerful clean
Long, maneuverable 68-inch hose
Easy, tool-free installation
What could be better?
Does not work without power
Handle can only be mounted on the right
2 of the 3 available finishes are not spot resistant
More features: pull-down sprayer; stream, spray, and pause modes
The WEWE A1001L has a sleek, clean design that goes great in any kitchen and the brushed nickel finish matches most sink styles. Because the corrosion and rust-resistant finish doesn’t hold onto dirt and grime, cleaning is really easy, too.
The single-handle design features integrated temperature and flow control. The spout actually has 3 different functions: stream for filling the sink, spray for rinsing, and pause for when you want to briefly stop the stream to avoid splashing. The pull-down sprayer is really convenient for watering plants or rinsing dishes. It’s weighted to help it go back into place when you’re done. Sometimes, it takes a few seconds to get the balance right but it stays in place when you do.
Installation is really easy and doesn’t require a plumber. Not only are there written instructions, but there are also videos available online in case you need some clarification. The pull-down hose and waterline are preinstalled in the faucet which saves time and avoids any unnecessary frustration. It comes with a cover plate for 3-hole installation, though it may not be large enough for some sink designs. Several customers have recommended ordering a larger plate. Also, make sure you check the factory connections as some may need tightening before installation.
One of the most impressive things about this faucet is what a good bargain it is. It’s a solid, heavy, and well-made product that’s much less expensive than some comparable items. Plus, users rave about WEWE’s customer service who seems eager to correct any issues.
Why are we impressed?
Sleek, versatile design
Corrosion and rust-resistant finish
Sprayer has three different functions
Easy installation with online videos available for assistance
Hose and waterlines pre-installed in faucet
Great bargain for the price
Amazing customer service
What negatives must you be aware of?
Sprayer doesn’t always go back into place easily
Included cover-plate for 3-hole installation often not large enough
Factory connections need to be tightened before installation
More features: low-flow aerator option, spray-pattern memory, temperature memory
For something that’s sleek, modern, and the perfect size, the KOHLER K-10433-BN Forte is a great choice. It’s made of 100% brass and features ceramic disc valves that last twice as long as the industry standard for a lifetime of reliable performance.
This faucet is available in 5 different finishes, each of which is corrosion resistant and won’t tarnish. Plus, the spray face is really easy to clean and won’t get any mineral buildup that requires the use of harsh chemicals.
One of the great things about this product is you can program a high-temperature limit to eliminate scalding. An ergonomically designed spray head is easy and comfortable to use whether you’re right or left handed. It has a counterweighted, braided-nylon hose that moves smoothly and quickly and can be controlled with minimal effort. In fact, some might say it’s a little too easy to move as it can cause splashing.
The nozzle is positioned at an ideal height and has a long hose that can fill the largest pots and clean the biggest pans with ease. It even remembers the last spray setting and water temperature you used. Removing the nozzle from the faucet is effortless and it securely goes right back into place when you’re done.
The Forte can be installed in either 1 or 3-hole configurations and is great for both single and double sinks. Plus, there’s enough clearance for large pots and tall containers. A single lever makes it really easy to operate though it can be overly sensitive. Flip it up to turn on the water then move it left to right to adjust the temperature.
Why are we impressed?
Leak-free ceramic valves
Available in five different corrosion-resistant finishes
Remembers the last used spray and temperature setting
Suitable for 1 or 3-hole installations
Single lever operation
Ergonomically designed spray head
What negatives must you be aware of?
Control lever can be too sensitive
Spray head can be overly responsive and cause splashing outside of sink
The KINGO HOME Single Lever Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet features solid brass construction, a stainless steel handle, and ceramic disc valves that last a long time and prevent leaking. It has a simple single-lever design that provides adjustable flow and temperature control and a beautiful brushed nickel finish that’s corrosion resistant and won’t tarnish.
One thing that makes this product stand out from a lot of other faucets is that it doesn’t have the popular gooseneck shape. If you’re looking for something different, you’ll love that the spout is actually a durable pull-out spout sprayer. The long handle fits snugly in the palm of your hand and gives you a lot of control over aim. Plus, the flow adjusts from stream to spray allowing for multiple applications.
All of the mounting hardware is included to make installation as simple as possible, including hot and cold flexible hoses and a deck plate for 3-hole installation. Be aware that the installation instructions are difficult to understand and some find that the supply lines from the fixture are too short. This faucet itself is a little on the small side. The spout reach is only about 6.25 inches which makes it ideal for an RV or small kitchen sink.
This item comes with a lifetime replacement warranty as well as a 90-day return and money-back guarantee.
The Delta Faucet 1177LF-SS is a way to add a unique, gorgeous fixture to any kitchen that’s convenient and functional for anyone who cooks a lot. This single-hole wall mounted pot-filler design is available in 6 different finishes and both the faucet and the finish are covered with a lifetime limited warranty.
One of the best things about pot-filler faucets is the convenience they bring to your kitchen. The swing spout is about 24 inches long and dual jointed making it easy to position. You can use it to fill pots on your stovetop or even tall pitchers or vases on the counter then easily fold it out of the way, though sometimes the folding mechanism doesn’t adjust properly.
There are handles located at the base of the faucet and at the head which makes it easy to turn off when fully extended. Plus, the 4 gallons per minute fill rate is twice as fast as most faucet so it gets the job done quickly.
The single hole wall-mount installation can be a little tricky. Pot filler faucets are generally installed over the stovetop or on a nearby wall. If you have the right plumbing, installation is pretty straightforward. If not, you’ll need a plumber to run a waterline first. This faucet does have ceramic valves but there have been reports of leaking over time.
This is a great addition to any kitchen if a pot-filler faucet is what you’re looking for. No more struggling to fill large pots at the sink then trying to carry them to the stove.
What are our favorite features?
Unique, convenient pot-filler design
Available in six different finishes
24-inch long dual-jointed swing spout
Fast 4 GPM flow rate
What could be better?
Can be difficult to install without the right plumbing set up
If you’re looking for something a little different but want to stick to a budget, the Peerless P299305LF is a stylish wall-mounted sink that’s very reasonably priced. A lot of older homes have this kind of mount and there usually aren’t that many options available so this is a really good find.
This faucet is made of brass and has a shiny chrome finish that’s easy to wipe clean. It’s also reliable against leaks because it uses ceramic disc valves instead of plastic. That said, some of the internal parts are made of plastic which can cause some problems. For example, the handles loosen quickly and the swivel is a bit loose. Also, the valve is a little small which can cause some issues with water pressure. Both the faucet and finish are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
One of the best things about a wall mount faucet is it’s a really unique look that can really update your kitchen. This is a simple but classic looking design that compliments a variety of decors. The 2 handles feature ergonomic blades that are really easy to adjust and has a high arched, rotating spout for easy accessibility.
While installation isn’t hugely difficult, it’s a bit more complicated than a sink top faucet. One of the big things to check is to make sure that the center-to-center distance between the hot and cold pipes coming out of your wall falls within 7 to 9 inches or this faucet won’t fit.
Why are we impressed?
Affordable wall-mount design
Ceramic disc for fewer leaks
Installation is easy
What negatives must you be aware of?
Some parts made of plastic
Handle and swivel can loosen
Have to make sure pipes are right distance apart or faucet won’t fit
More features: extra valve included in the purchase
For a great pot filler faucet on a budget, take a look at the Havin HV1003. It features a brushed nickel finish that’s both durable and easy to clean. The dual-jointed swing spout can be positioned anywhere over your stove top and has a 21-inch reach that can fill pitchers and vases on your counter, too. There are 2 quarter-turn handles located at both the spout and at the bottom of the faucet for easy shut off no matter how it’s positioned. This is a great looking design that will add both value and interest to your kitchen. Plus, it’s a bit more compact than some other pot filler styles so it’s perfect for smaller spaces.
This faucet features a ceramic cartridge that’s durable and long lasting. It was factory tested for leaks with both high and low pressure. That said, it has been known to start leaking with use over time.
Installation is easy if you have some experience with DIY and plumbing, though you may find you need some additional sealant or screws. If you need to install a waterline over your stove, you will most likely need to hire a plumber.
Not only does this faucet come with a 5-year limited warranty, but it also has a 30-day return guarantee in case it doesn’t work out or something goes wrong right away. Plus, Havin gets great reviews for their customer service and seems to replace parts when needed.
Why is it special?
Affordable, compact pot filler design
Easy to clean brushed nickel finish
Factory tested for leaks
30-day return guarantee in addition to the warranty
The Everflow 17188 has a classic look that’s configured for a standard 3-hole installation with an optional 4-hole installation for the side sprayer. The sprayer features an easy-to-use trigger and can be angled to clean any area of your sink, although the water pressure is a little less than you might expect.
This faucet features a high arc gooseneck design with a swivel spout that makes cleaning and filling large pieces of cookware quick and easy. Although the faucet has a good height, one big downside is that the distance from the base to the water spout is only 6 inches which can lead to significant splashing against the back of large sinks.
The high-quality chrome finish is scratch and stain resistant, easy to clean, and a nice compliment to the traditional look. Because it has a simple 2-handle design, the temperature is adjusted by changing the flow of the hot and cold water separately. It complies with ADA specifications because it’s so easy to operate.
Easy-to-follow instructions are included for quick installation, even for those who have very basic DIY skills. The only extra thing you’ll need on hand for installation is a wrench. Everything else is included. Because the 48-inch sprayer hose is very stiff, soaking it in hot water can loosen up before installation.
The best thing about this faucet is the quality and style you get for such a low price. If you’re looking for something inexpensive because you’re renting or need something to tide you over until a larger renovation, there aren’t many available at this price point with so many rave reviews. One negative, though, is that there are a lot of plastic parts that could leak over time.
What do we love it for?
Classic 2-handle design is easy to use
Optional side sprayer with a 48-inch sprayer hose
Gooseneck design provides clearance for large pots
More features: magnetic docking spray head, Diamond Seal Technology, spray or stream modes
The Delta Faucet Essa has a smooth, modern design that’s available in 4 different finishes. Patented Diamond Seal Technology helps keep it leak-free for twice as long as the industry standard.
Cleaning this faucet is really easy. The Touch-Clean spray holes wipe clean so there’s no need to worry about harsh cleaners to remove calcium and lime buildup. The sprayer uses magnetic docking that won’t droop over time and easily adjusts from spray to stream. It even remembers what setting you used last when you next turn it on. Plus, the high arc spout provides enough clearance for cleaning large pots and pans and easily filling tall vases and pitchers.
One downside is the spout reach, which is about 9.3 inches. If you have a small sink, the water will come out very close to the front and cause a lot of splashing.
This faucet was designed to fit a 1 or 3-hole configuration and comes with everything you need, including a deck plate for 3-hole installation. Plus, InnoFlex PEX supply lines are integrated right into the faucet which helps prevent leaking. That’s not all, the Diamond Seal Valve features a diamond-embedded ceramic disc, doesn’t require lubrication, and eliminates wear on seals. One negative is that a lot of the interior components are made of plastic and might leak over the life of the faucet.
What do we love it for?
Available in 4 finishes
Easily wipes clean to prevent any buildup
Magnetic sprayer dock won’t droop over time
Installation is easy
Integrated supply lines for fewer leaks
What were we disappointed with?
Some interior components made of plastic
Spout reach is about 9.3 inches which could cause water to splash out of the front of the sink
Things to Consider
If you thought kitchen faucets were simple and maybe even a little boring, you’ll be surprised to find out just how many different options are available. Whether you’re looking for something high-tech or super convenient, there’s a faucet for you. To help you find the right one for your home, let’s take a closer look at some of the major big things to keep in mind.
How to choose a kitchen faucet?
If you’re renovating your kitchen or just want a simple way to update the look, a new faucet is an easy way to make big changes in your kitchen. The first thing you should do is take a look at your space and think about what you really want. What style are you going for? How high-tech do you want to get? What style do you want? Do you want it to match your other appliances?
You don’t have to have all the answers but you should have some idea of what you’re looking for. Most faucets these days are pretty reliable so the features you choose will be the deciding factor.
Kitchen faucet features to consider
If it’s been a while since you shopped for a kitchen faucet, chances are you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by your options. Here are some of the main features to think about.
Believe it or not, there are actually 6 different kinds of faucets to consider.
First, the single-handle faucet. They usually feature a streamlined, simple design and take up less space than dual-handle faucets. They’re really easy to use and installation is pretty straightforward. One downside? Because there’s only one handle that controls both hot and cold, temperature control isn’t very precise.
Dual-handle faucets have a separate handle for hot and cold which gives you good control over water temperature. Usually, this style uses a base plate but handles can also be mounted separately, depending on the style and plumbing in your kitchen. Installation is a little trickier with these and you need to use both hands to operate it. The Peerless P299305LF is a really straightforward example of a dual-handle faucet.
Next is a design with a more modern look, a pull-out or pull-down faucet. Pull-out and pull-down faucets are each either single or dual-handle but what makes them unique is that a spout either pulls out of or down from the faucet head. For example, the KOHLER K-10433-BN Forte is a single handle, pull-out design. It’s attached to a hose that gives you some length to play with and retracts back into place using a counterweight. This kind of spout comes in really handy when you’re washing fruits and vegetables and even to help fill large pots, pitchers, or vases on the counter. The spout should be able to reach every corner of the sink.
Hands-free faucets are next. The best thing about this style is that it helps to control the spread of germs. If your hands are covered with raw chicken or beef, all you have to wave you hand or give the faucet a quick tap and you can wash your hands without having to touch any handles. Most have a sensor that can be covered in case you want to switch over to manual mode. One downside to these is that they can be unreliable depending on where the sensor is located.
Bar faucets are usually found in high-end home or professional kitchens and are meant to be used on a smaller, secondary sink that’s more for prep work or for a kitchen with more than one chef.
If you have a large kitchen and are thinking about adding a secondary sink, a bar faucet is a perfect choice but it may be too small for your main sink.
Lastly is the pot-filler faucet. This is a specialized fixture that’s installed over a stovetop to fill large pots. They’re common in commercial kitchens and are now available on a smaller scale for home use. If you cook a lot, a pot-filler faucet comes in really handy because you no longer have to fit large pots into your sink or worrying about carrying them across the room to the stove when they’re full. The downside is that you may need to have an additional waterline installed over your stovetop. Unless you love to cook, this might not be a very useful addition to your kitchen. Take a look at the Delta Faucet 1177LF-SS to see a great example of a pot-filler faucet.
Materials and finish
The most common material for faucets is brass. Solid brass is typically very heavy and ideal if you have hard water because there’s little chance of corrosion. Solid brass faucets are usually the most expensive but they last a really long time so you have to look at them as a long-term investment.
If solid brass is a little too costly, there are some other options. Brass plated faucets are usually made with die-cast zinc alloy on the inside which is then coated with brass. This is usually good in the short term but one the plating wears off, the faucet will need to be replaced, not to mention the plating will start to shed into the water. Die-cast zinc alloy is not the best choice if you’re looking for something that’s going to last a long time but can be an affordable option for a rental or between big renovations.
For something that’s more affordable than solid brass and more reliable than zinc alloy, the best bet is electroplated chrome on brass. The inside is made of solid brass and the outer finish if pretty durable.
As for finishes, most medium to high-end faucets have finishes that will last a long time. Most of these finishes will stand up to wear and tear and basic cleaning but can be damaged by more corrosive material so be careful when using any drain cleaners or other chemicals around them.
Different finishes are achieved using different chemicals to bond them to the base metal and there’s a pretty wide range available: chrome, stainless, bronze, etc. There are a lot of great brushed options available, too, which helps hide small smudges and fingerprints a little better than shiny chrome.
Most of the faucets in our review use ceramic disc valves. Here’s how it works. There are two discs, an upper one and a lower one. The lower one is fixed while the upper one turns against it as the water is turned off and on. The discs shear against each other to block water and prevent leaking when the faucet is turned off. They’re lubricated to prevent too much friction and wear-and-tear.
Delta takes this idea a step further and uses ceramic discs with Diamond Seal technology. In their high-end faucets, like the Delta Faucet 9159-CZ-DST Trinsic, they use ceramic discs embedded with diamonds that act as a lubricant. The idea is the same but the big difference is that there’s not added lubricant so the discs last a lot longer.
One thing you should always avoid when it comes to valves is plastic. Plastic valves are really unreliable. While they might work just fine for a short period of time, you will need to replace them pretty frequently.
Water flow options
Most pull-down or pull-out faucets give you a few different options for water flow, usually, spray and stream. The stream setting is commonly aerated and acts like a regular faucet. It’s great for tasks like rinsing dishes or washing your hands. The spray setting has a lot more force and can but used for more difficult chores, like scrubbing the bottom of pots or trying to remove stuck on food.
When it comes to water flow, the WEWE A1001L is the most versatile product in our reviews because it has spray and stream settings as well as pause control.
Another thing to consider when looking for a faucet is flow rate. Flow rate is especially important in a kitchen. You don’t really want the water to be coming out at a trickle. Most of the tasks you do in the kitchen require a stronger flow.
Flow rate is measured in gallons per minute or gpm. Basically, the bigger the diameter of the pipe, the faster the flow. There are a lot of things that determine water pressure, not just the faucet. It actually starts at the water heater and is affected by all the pipes and any filters along the way to your kitchen sink.
The average flow rate for the kitchen is 2.2 gpm, though some are as low as 1.8 gpm. This is usually controlled by the aerator. It’s important to understand that just because a faucet is able to support a flow rate of 2.2 gpm doesn’t mean it actually will. It’s really the last part of a long chain. If you’re having trouble with water pressure with your old faucet and replacing it doesn’t fix the problem, it’s possible that there is an issue elsewhere in the system.
The very first thing you need to do for installation is match the faucet with the number of mounting holes. This can vary from one to four.
If you have a single-hole mount in your sink or countertop, you’re somewhat limited to single-mount faucets like the GAPPO Commercial 3 Way Kitchen Faucet. Three-hole mounts are a little more versatile because you always have the option of using a baseplate to cover any unused holes.
Wall-mounted faucets were once really popular and, depending on the age of your kitchen, the plumbing might already be in place for a faucet like this. If it isn’t and you decide that you really want one, installation will be a bit complicated because you’ll need to hire a plumber. The easiest thing to do it stick with a faucet that matches your existing setup.
The exception to this is pot-filler faucets. Because they need to be installed above your stovetop, there’s a pretty good chance you will need a waterline installed and this will almost always require a plumber.
There are a few reasons why you need to be very careful about dimensions when choosing a new faucet. It’s important to consider the dimensions of the faucet itself as well as the sink and any cabinetry about the sink.
First, you have to make sure that the faucet will fit the space. A lot of the most popular faucets available have tall goosenecks that look amazing but if you have a low-lying cabinet above your sink, there’s a chance they might not fit.
Another measurement you need to watch out for is the spout reach. This is the distance from where the spout comes out of the fixture to the point where the water actually comes out. You want this distance too be roughly half the length of your sink so that the water comes out so that the stream is as close to the drain as possible.
Why? If the spout reach is too short for your sink, the water will come out too close to the back which will cause a lot of splashing along the back of your sink and even up onto the backsplash. If the spout reach is too long, the water will come out too close to the front of your sink and you’ll have water splashing out onto you and all over the floor when while you’re trying to wash dishes.
When you look deeper into warranties, you’ll find that the faucets with zinc-alloy construction aren’t covered as long as those made of brass. That makes perfect sense since they need replacing much sooner.
Most solid brass faucets are covered with a limited lifetime warranty. This usually means that the manufacturer will replace anything that breaks or stops working over the lifetime of the faucet but is limited in the sense that there are usually some parts that are excluded from coverage. For example, they only cover genuine parts and aren’t responsible for any damage that was caused by a plumber or contractor. Generally, damage from harsh water conditions or chemical isn’t covered either.
These warranties also only apply to the original owner. You should always be sure to read warranty information carefully so you’re prepared in case something goes wrong.
There are some advanced features available that can really take your faucet to the next level.
Magnetic docking. If you have pull-down faucet, this is one way to make sure there’s no drooping over time. Most pull-down faucets have a counterweight to help them return to the dock and hold them in place. A lot of them are pretty good and claim that they won’t droop but the truth is the longer your use the faucet, the more likely it is that there will be droop. A magnetic dock avoids this by actually holding the faucet in place instead of relying on the counterweight.
LED temperature indicators. This is a particularly great feature if you have young children or for the elderly because it’s a quick way to see the water temperature before sticking your hands in the flow. Most of them change from blue to red with red being a hot temperature, say, greater than 100 degrees. These LED lights are typically battery powered.
Touchless operation. Faucets like the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor that feature touchless technology are great for when your hands are covered in chicken or cookie dough and you don’t want to touch anything until you wash them. This feature comes in pretty handy but is not without its problems. They can be tricky to use because the sensor has to be positioned just so to pick up on your movements and can actually be overly sensitive to motion. These faucets also require some kind of power and changing batteries frequently can be tedious.
Touch clean spray holes. One big problem with sinks is that calcium and lime can build up over time and really slow down the flow. When this happens, you usually need to soak the head of the faucet in a calcium and lime remover to get it working again. Touch clean faucets help avoid all that. They usually have some sort of rubber covering that is easy to wipe clean and prevents any buildup from occurring.
Kitchen faucet installation
Installation can vary from model to model, but here are some general installation instructions to follow.
Turn off the water valves under the sink. Then, turn on the existing faucet to clean any pressure from the line. If you have a garbage disposal, make sure you have disconnected the power.
It’s a good idea to use your cellphone to take a picture of the original setup before you start disconnecting things. This will give you a reference to use if you get stuck or confused.
Place a bucket under the supply lines then disconnect them, allowing the water to flow into the bucket.
Loosen the bolts holding the existing faucet in place. It’s helpful to have a helper at this point to hold the existing faucet in place while you work.
Remove the old faucet and base plate as appropriate. Be prepared that it might be pretty grimy. Clean the surface of the sink and remove any sealant that’s still in place from the old faucet.
Place the rubber gasket over the faucet holes and put the base plate in place if appropriate. You may need to use putty of caulk at this stage.
Feed the hoses of the new faucet into the hole/s and put the faucet into place. Again, it’s useful to have a helper at this step that can hold things in place from above while you work below the sink.
Attach the washers and bolts underneath to hold the faucet firmly in place.
If you are installing a faucet with a pull-out or pull-down spout, you will need to place the counterweight before attaching the quick-connect hose to the main water supply. It needs plenty of clearance to hang because, if it hits the bottom of the cabinet, it won’t work.
Connect the supply lines.
Turn the water back on slowly and make sure there are no leaks. Check all to connections carefully. Remove the aerator from the faucet and let the water run through to make sure everything is clear. If all is well, turn off the water and replace the aerator.
Note that installation can be different for the faucet you choose. Make sure you follow the directions that come with your product and keep in mind that most faucets include everything you need for installation.
Cleaning and care tips
If you have a faucet with touch clean technology like the Delta Faucet Essa, wipe the head daily if possible. The more often you clean it, the more effective it will be at keeping away buildup.
If your faucet does not have touch clean technology, regular maintenance will avoid buildup and a lot of frustration down the line. Remove the aerator if you can and soak it in white vinegar for at least 15 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub and make sure you get rid of any deposits. If you can’t remove the aerator, soak the entire sprayer head in white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Scrub the surface with a toothbrush to remove anything that remains. Then, rinse the whole sprayer head in warm water and wipe dry.
Know the finish of your faucet and what kind of cleaner you can use. Check with the manufacturer. Remember, if you use the wrong one and end up damaging the surface, you’ll void the warranty. It’s always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Remember that some finishes show dirt more than others. Fingerprints and water spots will be more obvious on a shiny chrome finish than a brushed bronze one. Wipe the surface at least once a day to keep it looking clean and to get rid of any bacteria.
There are two things you need to worry about cleaning: the faucet itself and the aerator. Check with the manufacturer to see what cleaners are safe to use with the finish of your faucet because the wrong one can cause damage and void your warranty. Use a cleaner that’s safe for the finish and scrub away any food, water spots, or other stains. Sanitize using diluted bleach or a kitchen cleaner that has bleach in it. You can also use vinegar to get rid of any deposits you might notice on the surface of the faucet. You also have to make sure you keep the aerator clean to avoid any buildup. As mentioned above, touch clean technology is really easy to clean, you just have to wipe it gently with a wash rash or sponge. If your faucet doesn’t have this, you should soak the aerator in white vinegar regularly and scrub it with a toothbrush to remove any calcium or lime deposits.
They can! The aerator plays a huge part in this because it slows down the flow. There are also some faucets that are designed to use less water and perform as well as one that puts out the standard 2.2 gpm. Some of our picks, like the Kraus KPF-1610SS, have a flow rate of 1.8 gpm without sacrificing performance.
A bar faucet is a smaller faucet meant for a secondary sink. If you have a second, smaller sink in your kitchen for food prep, a bar faucet is a perfect choice. It’s usually pretty easy to find one that matches your main faucet.
Part of this depends on personal preference and what you consider to be handy. If you like having more control over water temperature, two-handle faucets are necessary. If you want to be able to turn on the stream quickly and easily with a basic control of the temperature, a one-handle option is better.
These refer to how many installation holes there are in the sink and countertop. Single-hole installation is very straightforward but not very versatile. If you only have one hole in your sink or counter for installation, you can only use faucets designed for a single hole. Three-hole installation can be used with more of a variety as long as you’re willing to add a baseplate. With a baseplate, you can use a faucet that only needs one hole and easily cover up the other two. Or, you can obviously use any faucet that requires three holes. Two-hole faucets are very similar to one-hole except they have an accessory like a soap dispenser or sprayer. They can usually also be used with a baseplate to cover up the second hole and use a faucet that requires one-hole installation.
Our top choice is the Delta Faucet 9159-CZ-DST Trinsic. It has a lot of high-tech features, like the touch on/off technology and a water temperature indicator light, as well as practical things like a magnetic docking sprayer and touch-clean spray holes that will keep it going for years to come.
Next is the GAPPO Commercial 3 Way Kitchen Faucet, the best-rated faucet we found in our research. It features a stylish commercial-like design that’s available in four different finishes and can even be set up with a reverse-osmosis water filtration system.
Finally, the Kraus KPF-1610SS is a great choice, especially if you’re dealing with hard water. It comes in five different finishes that make it easy to match to any kitchen and the 20-inch long sprayer hose helps you tackle just about any chore. The compact design is great for small spaces and the silicone nozzles easily wipe clean so you can avoid any hard-to-remove buildup over time.