Updated November 27, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 10 Best Kitchen Faucets

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This wiki has been updated 27 times since it was first published in March of 2015. Adding a new faucet to an old sink is one of the fastest and easiest ways to elevate the look of your kitchen. Whether you want a traditional style or all the latest bells and whistles to make cooking and cleaning easier, the models on our list were chosen to give you a variety of options, from two-handled models to one that integrates with your smart home. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best kitchen faucet on Amazon.

10. Wewe High Arc

9. Kraus Oren

8. Vapsint 360 Swivel

7. Moen Belfield

6. Kohler Simplice

5. Delta Leland

4. Kraus Bolden

3. Kohler Sensate

2. Moen Arbor Motionsense

1. Delta Trinsic Pro

Special Honors

Kallista For Town The For Town line, designed exclusively for Kallista by Michael B. Smith, might be mistaken for an antique, with it's bridge-mounted structure that evokes the styling of the 1930's. There's whimsical HOT and COLD engraved on the handles and the high spout gives great clearance for filling large pots. While this line doesn't emphasize the modern conveniences, this model does include a coordinating side sprayer. kallista.com

In2Aqua Edge Only available through select builders and designers, the In2Aqua brand is produced in Germany with an emphasis on minimalism and quality. With a solid brass construction and ceramic disc technology, heir products, they're built with the parts of the highest standard and certified Cal Green compliant. This product must be installed by a pro for a valid warranty. in2aqua.com

Editor's Notes

November 21, 2019:

Many of the choices on this list have a more modern style and offer things like touchless on/off and pull-out sprayers, because most cooks value efficiency in the kitchen. These options are beautiful as well and fit in with the decor of popular modern kitchen designs, but we did include an offering that would be at home in a country kitchen.

The Moen Belfield replaces the antique-looking Designers Impressions Pull-Out because although it was offered as budget-friendly choice, it's too prone to leaking over time. The Moen Belfield costs more but it's rock solid and reliable after an easy installation, while still offering a traditional styling.

For the professional chef's kitchen we added the recently released Delta Trinsic Pro right into the top spot for pairing an industrial modern design with the latest technology that works with Amazon and Google smart hubs.

Special Features Of A Quality Kitchen Faucet

You may not appreciate a great faucet until you've struggled with a bad one, and then, you'll pick up on the features that make a quality kitchen faucet.

For many new homeowners and renovators, by the time they've exhausted their energies selecting flooring materials and bathroom tiles, choosing a kitchen faucet is an afterthought, but it shouldn't be. You may not appreciate a great faucet until you've struggled with a bad one, and then, you'll pick up on the features that make a quality kitchen faucet.

A leaky faucet can be incredibly costly, sometimes wasting 180 showers worth of water per year. Ceramic disc technology can fend against these leaks. As for the times you want your water to run, you probably don't want it to run brown which is why you should get a faucet made from rustproof stainless steel.

People who wash a lot of dishes by hand need a faucet that has a spray nozzle and hose, which are much more effective at removing grime and grease than a regular stream of water. You should make sure the hose has a magnetic self-docking system so you don't accidentally leave it extended. Faucets with extra high necks are also very useful in kitchen sinks since they leave room below for large pots or piles of dishes.

Some faucets spit out water at unpredictable speeds and inconsistent pressure, causing you to constantly turn them up or down to get a good stream. Faucets with plastic lined hybrid waterways allow for a constant and smooth water flow. Since kitchen faucets can attract a lot of bacteria, it's a good idea to get a nozzle that's made with silicone, which is extremely hygienic.

How To Choose The Best Style For Your Kitchen

There is no right or wrong style of faucet, it just depends on your needs. People who like total control over the pressure and temperature of their water will prefer a two handle faucet, with one handle managing the hot water and one managing the cold. This also offers a very classic look. Some people want as little clutter as possible around their faucet and prefer a one handle model, in which the temperature and pressure are all controlled by just one lever.

However, people with low hanging windows or blinds might need a faucet with a low arc.

While mostly found in commercial buildings, hands-free faucets have been shown to greatly reduce the spread of germs. Most research on the matter pertains to bathroom sinks, but it easily transfers to the kitchen where germs hide everywhere.

As previously mentioned, faucets with tall spouts can be good for running enormous pots under. However, people with low hanging windows or blinds might need a faucet with a low arc. If you have a window sill that juts out over your sink, measure the distance between the surface around your faucet and the bottom of that window sill to make sure your spout will fit.

One should also take personal style into account. Those looking to create an antique aesthetic might like an oil rubbed bronze finish, while the more modern designer could like a chrome finish. People who are creating a bright, uplifting look often like a glacier or ivory finish. For an industrial style kitchen, brushed chrome or wrought iron is best. The handles also affect the aesthetic. In one handle faucets, a top-mounted lever looks more vintage than a side-mounted one.

The History Of Faucets

Faucets have a long history. As early as the 1700s the Ancient Romans were plumbing pioneers, and they used faucets to fill their public baths, cisterns, and some private baths. One handle faucets are a more modern invention since the first models always had two handles. A man named Al Moen is responsible for introducing the single handle faucet in 1937. Moen was inspired when he burnt himself in the hot water of the old two handle bathtub. His faucet was the first to combine temperature and volume control in one operation.

The ball valve uses a previous invention — the Quaturn cartridge.

In 1945, Landis Perry invented the ball valve faucet. A ball valve depends on a little ball placed inside of a cup-shaped opening. When pressure is applied to the ball, the valve opens or closes. The ball valve uses a previous invention — the Quaturn cartridge. This allows a person to stop or start the flow of water by simply turning a valve a quarter of a turn, rather than several rotations.

Later, the company Wolverine Brass would improve upon faucets by adding ceramic discs. These facilitate water control and are more durable than rubber ones. In 1954, Alex Manoogian’s washerless ball valve faucet hit the market. It was called the Delta Faucet, and by 1959 it had sold over one million units in the United States. People also have the Delta name to thank for the simple DIY installation faucets we often see today, and they introduced the first hands-free faucets for residential use.

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Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on November 27, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

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