Best Kitchen Faucets Of 2019 – Installation and Buyer’s Guide

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Dec 06
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The kitchen is the centerpiece of your home, so when it comes to accessorizing the room, you only want the best of the best, right? That means the best kitchen appliances, the best kitchen faucets and the best kitchen furniture.

The kitchen sink is an important staple in the centerpiece of your home, so having a faucet that works properly and fits your family, as well as your cooking and cleaning needs is essential.

So before we throw you to the wolves, let’s talk a little bit about the difference between a bathroom and kitchen faucets, shall we?

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Is There A Difference Between Bathroom and Kitchen Faucets?

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Is a faucet just a faucet? Can a kitchen and bathroom faucet be interchangeable?

Well… Those are some loaded questions.

The short answer is that between kitchen and bathroom faucets, there are very few differences, so in many cases, yes, the two can be interchangeable. However, does that mean it’s a good idea? It depends on the sink, plumbing and overall setup of each.

The biggest dilemma when it comes to using kitchen faucets in the bathroom or vise versa is that the settings in the countertops won’t match up or the plumbing doesn’t line up just right. The distance between the faucet and the handles can vary by a few inches, while some line up perfectly.

Sure, some people are perfectly happy having a stylish bathroom faucet in the kitchen, and it may work just fine. If things don’t the lineup, however, then be prepared to do some demo.

When it comes to the overall design of a kitchen, actual kitchen faucets will probably suit the overall design aesthetics better, so for the sake of this article, we are going to focus solely on actual kitchen faucets.

Buyer’s Guide for Those Looking for The Best Kitchen Faucets

Now, before you just head over to the local hardware store for your new faucet, we highly recommend you sit down and consider a number of different factors in order to plan out what would work as the best kitchen faucet for your needs.

That being said, we went ahead and put together a handy little buyer’s guide to picking out the best kitchen faucet for your home.

Faucet Types

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Now, I know earlier we said a faucet is a faucet… However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple of different types of faucets that shoppers should consider before they make their final purchase.

Wall-Mounted

Wall-mounted faucets are just that, faucets that are mounted on the wall behind the sink. These are great options for those with limited space around their sinks and who want to have a cleaner, continuous looking flow to their countertop.

Deck-Mounted

Deck-mounted faucets are the more traditional option that sits on top of the actual countertop.

Pull-Out & Pull-Down Faucets

These faucets feature spouts that pull either out or down from the single-handle faucet head. They are able to do so because they are attached to a hose that is also attached to a counterweight that helps it to retract neatly away to its original state.

Hands-Free Faucets

Newer models now are featuring an activator on the front so that users simply have to wave their hand in front of an activator or lightly tap the activator to turn the faucet on and off.

These hands-free faucets are great, unless the activator is located on the back of the unit or too low down the front. These become difficult to work when your hands are either full or rather messy.

Faucet Handles

With the varying styles in faucets, comes a variety of different handle options and styles. While the shapes and designs can vary greatly, there are traditionally two different handle options for shoppers:

Single-Handle Faucets

Single-handle faucets are just that, faucets with one handle on either the right or the left of the spout. In order to choose between hot and cold water, the user has to turn the handle in a given direction.

Two-Handle Faucets

Two-handle faucets are more traditional since they offer users with a separate hot and cold faucet on either side of the spout.

Faucet Materials

The faucet materials refer to what the unit is actually made of. The most common materials that are used to make faucets include brass, stainless steel, plastic, and zinc alloys.

Faucet Finishes

The faucet finishes are often confused with the faucet’s materials, but they are two different aspects. The finish is the final coating/color of the material, not the material itself.

That being said, there are traditionally three different faucet finishes: bronze, chrome, and nickel/stainless steel. Each of these can come in a variety of different shades and tones, so take your time when looking for the ideal finish for your kitchen faucet.

Sink Use/Faucet Size

When you are deciding on the overall size of your faucet, you will want to take into consideration the daily use of your sink. Are you often washing large dishes or produce in it? Alternatively, will it take less of a beating when compared to other faucets in the house?

These are important things to ask yourself because larger faucets with taller spouts may suit the need of those who wash a lot of large pots and pans on the regular. Those who don’t need the added space of a taller spout can probably do fine with a shorter unit.

Installation

Finally, you want to take into consideration the overall installation process involved in the faucet you choose to replace your old one. In most cases, if you are replacing your old one with a similar build, there will be little installation involved.

However, if you choose to go from a single-handle to a double or vise versa, then there will be counter work involved. Hole’s may need to be filled or drilled, and if you are going from a wall-mounted unit to a deck-mounted one, then further construction may be required to line up the plumbing.

How We Chose Our Ranking

When it comes down to ranking products for our readers, we take the time to look into the product, the company name and what fellow consumers have had to say.

That being said, when choosing our rankings, we considered the above factors and tallied up totals to reach an overall ranking, which we’ve listed below each product as a star rating.

Our Top 8 Picks for Best Kitchen Faucets

Now that we’ve taken the time to look at the difference between kitchen and bathroom faucets and talked a little bit about the things shoppers should keep in mind when shopping for the best kitchen faucets, we present to you our top 8 picks.

After looking at different brands, makes and models and taking into consideration the thousands of consumer reviews we came across during our research, we were able to compile what we believe is a great list of 8 faucets that would be great additions to your kitchen!

WEWE Single Handle High Arc Brushed Nickel Pull out Kitchen...

4.5 of 5 stars

This faucet features a sleek, stainless steel design that would suit just about any kitchen design.

It has only one handle and a high arcing spout that has a three-way spray setting: stream for filling something with water, spray for rinsing things and pause so that you are running water or splashing while you are busy multitasking.

Price: $82.99

Moen 7185ESRS Brantford One-Handle High-Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet...

4.4 of 5 stars

The Brantford by Moen is a touchless kitchen faucet unlike any other. This unit is equipped with Moen’s MotionSense technology and gives users water when they want it, not when they don’t. The MotionSense activates flow based on a simple hand movement, meaning that the user doesn’t have to drop what they are doing to turn it on.

Price: $383.54

Delta Faucet Leland Single-Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Down...

4.3 of 5 stars

This Delta kitchen faucet brings together traditional styling and modern functionality to create a timeless look.

This easy to install faucet is ADA compliant and includes a 20-inch hose reach and a high arc spout that swivels 360 degrees. It comes in a variety of different finishes, so it is sure to be a perfect match to just about any kitchen.

Price: $208.61

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Motionsense Two-Sensor Touchless One-Handle High...

4.2 of 5 stars

This Moen Arbor MotionSense pulldown kitchen faucet provides users with the convenience of having a kitchen faucet that can sense what you're trying to accomplish and respond as needed.

The MotionSense activates flow based on a simple hand movement, meaning that the user doesn’t have to drop what they are doing to turn it on.

Price: $372.27

VAPSINT 360 Degree Swivel Good Valued Modern Hot& Cold Mixer Stainless...

4.1 of 5 stars

This easy to install VAPSTIN stainless steel kitchen faucet measures in at around 15.8 inches in height, with the spout itself measuring in at 11.4 inches. The overall arc of the spout measures in at 7.5 inches.

This simple style features a brushed nickel finish with solid brass construction, ensuring not only solid durability but longer life.

Price: $39.99

PREMIER GIDDS-120448LF Westlake Kitchen Faucet with Two Handles and...

4.1 of 5 stars

This kitchen faucet features a gracefully curved spout and an exposed, above-the-deck waterway that provides character and a rather regal allure.

This faucet also features two metal handles, an all brass construction with lead-free waterways and a high-rise spout. The deluxe chrome finish and the matching sprayer complete this stunning kitchen faucet.

Price: $152.19

KOHLER K-72218-VS Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet, Vibrant Stainless

4.1 of 5 stars

Take touchless to a whole new level with the KOHLER Sensate faucet. This kitchen faucet frees up user’s hands so that they can speed through both cooking and cleanup while enjoying a more organized, clean kitchen environment.

Thanks to the Sensate's intuitive Response (TM) technology, a simple wave of the hand, or even a pan, will turn the faucet on and off. This faucet’s sensor is precision-designed to provide users with reliable operation each and every time and to prevent false activations when you are working around the sink.

Price: $460.68

Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, Vibrant Stainless...

3.9 of 5 stars

This Kohler kitchen faucet combines innovative features with a sleek and versatile design to create a faucet focused on exceptional ergonomics and functionality.

The high-arch spout rotates 360 degrees, while the three-function spray head pulls down into the sink to complete up-close tasks or can be used to clean pots too large to put into the sinks themselves.

Price: $205.42

Take the Time to Pick the Best Kitchen Faucet for Your Home

When it comes to looking at the best kitchen faucets and picking out the ideal one for your kitchen, it is important to keep the factors mentioned above in mind.

Not only will it help make your shopping experience a little less stressful, but it will also help ensure that you find the ideal faucet for all your kitchen needs.

Happy shopping!

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