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Best Kitchen Faucets Which Make Your Kitchen More Modern

Remodeling your kitchen? You may already have spent hours going over what the tiles, your cabinets, the appliances, and even the sink should be. But what about your kitchen faucet? While it is an integral part of your kitchen, it is often overlooked. Why shouldn’t it, you ask? After all, it’s just a spout that gives you water. Anything that looks good with your current kitchen’s style should do.

And it probably will do fine until you find yourself struggling to use it. A leaky faucet, a rusty brown water flow, inconsistent water pressure are just a few problems that await you when you don’t make an informed decision in choosing your kitchen faucet. So, before you get that water flowing, why don’t you check out the best kitchen faucets in the business and see if you like any.

Top 10 Kitchen Faucets of 2017

1. Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Kitchen Faucet For Shallow Sink

Yes, the name is a mouthful. And the price will make you trip over your tongue. But there are reasons why this is considered the best of the best in the world of kitchen faucets. It has MotionSense so you can trigger water flow with just a simple hand movement. It also features Moen’s Reflex System which allows you to easily operate, move, and dock the 68-inch hose length back into the faucet. And It has Spot Resist stainless finish so it resists water spots and fingerprints. And you can choose between two spray patterns – a steady aerated stream and a powerful rinse. Best of all, it comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Pros:

  • MotionSense
  • Spot Resist Stainless finish
  • Easily maneuverable

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Some users have reported problem with their sensors
  • Adapter for the MotionSense not included

Note: Moen also offers a similar product without the MotionSense here.

 

 

2. Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Kitchen Faucet For Under $200

Kohler is a trusted brand name when it comes to kitchen faucets so it’s no surprise that the K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet is in our top 10. You can choose between oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome, and vibrant stainless to match your kitchen’s design. The faucet itself has a gooseneck spout that rotates 360 degrees. The pull-down spray head has touch control with three functions – stream, sweep spray, and pause. The magnetic docking system, DockNetik, ensures the sprayhead locks into place after use. And there’s even an escutcheon included.

Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Pros:

  • 360-degree rotation
  • magnetic docking system
  • two water flow options

Cons:

  • the installation guide isn’t well-written
  • some users have reported a pinhole leak in the hose
  • durability issues with the sprayer button

3. Premier 120161LF Sonoma Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

Kitchen Faucet For Deep Sink

The Premier 120161LF looks like your everyday kitchen faucet. But it’s not. It has a pull-out sprayer with a 48-inch retractable hose and makes use of ceramic disc technology to prevent leaks. The all-brass faucet is 100% lead-free and has a flow rate of of 2.2 GPM. It features a single metal lever for controlling flow and temperature. And it comes in two finishes – brushed nickel and chrome.

Premier 120161LF Sonoma Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

Pros:

  • 100% lead free
  • 48-inch retractable hose
  • excellent customer service

Cons:

  • complicated mount system
  • poor instructions
  • water flow is too high for California consumers

4. Kraus KPF-1602SS Pull Down Kitchen Faucet

Those who want an industrial kitchen faucet, or at least looks like one, will certainly like the Kraus KPF-1602SS. It is an all-brass faucet that is 100% lead-free, a rust-resistant finish, and a heavy duty commercial style spring design. It features a precision Kerox ceramic cartridge for preventing leaks. The open-coil swivel spout can rotate 360 degrees. And the flow rate is 1.8 gpm.

Kraus KPF-1602SS Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet

Pros:

  • 100% lead-free
  • rust-resistant finish
  • features a pot filler and main spout

Cons:

  • spray pressure is low
  • the main spout is set too high for some sinks which causes water to splash on the counter around the sink
  • a few users have complained about leaks

5. VAPSINT Hot & Cold Mixer

Kitchen Faucet For Under $100

The VAPSINT Hot & Cold Mixer Kitchen Faucet is definitely one of the more affordable options on our list. It’s a simple gooseneck faucet with a single lever. It is constructed out of solid brass with a brushed nickel finish. The spout can rotate 360 degrees, perfect for filling pots or washing them. Hot & cold hoses are included. And the faucet can be installed in both the old style 1/2″ hose connectors and the newer water supply systems.

VAPSINT Hot & Cold Mixer

Pros:

  • can fit both old and newer water supply systems
  • high water pressure
  • affordable

Cons:

  • poor instructions
  • hoses are too short
  • some users have reported leaking

6. American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet

The American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet is sleek and contemporary in style. It comes in polished chrome and stainless steel. It features a pull-down spray that has an adjustable spray pattern and pause function. And It comes with an escutcheon which you can opt not to use.

American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet

Pros:

  • excellent customer service
  • scratch and tarnish-free finish
  • easy to install

Cons:

  • the spray head pops out a bit when water is turned on
  • some users have reported issues with hose retraction
  • vague instructions

7. Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST

The Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST is one of the really cool looking faucets we’ve ever seen. Aside from the usual chrome, it also comes in Arctic Stainless and the Venetian Bronze which are definitely going to be the centerpiece in any kitchen. The gooseneck faucet comes with a pull-down spray with a 20-inch flexible hose and a magnetic docking system called MagnaTite that snaps your spray back to the faucet and keeps it there when not in use. The faucet also features soft, rubber spray holes (Touch-Clean) that enable you to wipe away mineral residue using the tip of your finger. The faucet is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST

Pros:

  • Touch-Clean spray holes
  • MagnaTite docking system
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

Cons:

  • the plastic retainer for the extension hose breaks
  • some users reported about the original hose deteriorating
  • the “off” setting of the water is a very specific position; if not in that sweet spot, the faucet will keep on dripping

8. Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet

Another uniquely designed faucet from Delta. The Pot Filler Faucet has a 24-inch dual jointed swing spout to enable you to fill your pots while it is on the stove or cooktop. You can even use it to fill pitchers of water. The faucet is pretty simple in its function. It’s for cold water only. The lever is for turning the water on and off. While the function might be simplistic, it does look like a work of art on your wall.

Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet

Pros:

  • comes in 6 cool finishes including champagne bronze, venetian bronze, and arctic stainless
  • faucet and finish come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • durable

Cons:

  • very expensive
  • must be mounted on a wall
  • some users have reported leaks

 

9. Designers Impressions 651472

Kitchen Faucet For The Money

As far as the design goes, color us impressed. Designers Impressions Oil Rubbed Bronze Kitchen Faucet is a work of art in our opinion. And the fact that it’s sold at such an affordable price makes it even better in our eyes. This is a single hand design with a pull-out sprayer and a stainless steel flexible hose. It comes with a base plate that you can opt not to use.

Designers Impressions 651472

Pros:

  • affordable
  • antique look
  • easy to install

Cons:

  • low water pressure on the regular stream but the spray function is powerful
  • pull-out hose is braided nylon
  • some users have reported leaks

10. KOHLER K-596-CP

KOHLER K-596-CP is an elegantly designed kitchen faucet that will fit in any modern home. Manufactured in the US, the faucet comes with a 360-degree rotating high-arch spout and a three-function sprayhead. The functions are stream, sweep spray, and pause. The magnetic docking system ensures that your spray is locked into place when not in use. The MasterClean Sprayface is easy to clean and prevents mineral buildup.

KOHLER K-596-CP

Pros:

  • MasterClean Sprayface
  • magnetic docking system
  • easy to install (plenty of YouTube videos)

Cons:

  • some plastic components
  • poor instructions
  • some users have reported leaks

 

How to Choose Your Kitchen Faucet

So you’re buying a new faucet for your kitchen. Whether it’s to replace an old faulty one or to match it with your newly renovated kitchen, it’s important to choose your new kitchen faucet wisely. Not only will it be an essential tool in all of your kitchen activities, it can also serve as the centerpiece of the room. How does one go about filtering through the loads of options found in hardware stores and online? Below are some questions that will help you figure out exactly what kitchen faucet works best for you.

What goes on in your sink?

This may seem like a stupid question because, obviously, you wash dishes and your hands. Maybe your vegetables. But what about bulky pots and pans? Do you bathe your baby in the sink? Or your dog? Do you cook a lot of stew, soups, and spaghetti? Knowing what you’ll be doing in your sink can help you choose the right design. A gooseneck or high-arch spout like the Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet has a higher clearance so you have more room under the faucet. Straight spout faucets, on the other hand, are compact such as the Premier 120161LF Sonoma Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet.

How many mounting holes do you have?

Sinks come with pre-drilled mounting holes for faucets and accessories (i.e. soap dispensers). If you’re keeping your old sink or already have a new one laid out, then you should make sure that the faucet you choose matches the number of mounting holes you have. Or it comes with a base plate to cover holes it won’t be using. Don’t buy a faucet that requires you to drill more holes into your sink.

How big is your sink?

A big sink with a small faucet looks odd while a huge faucet in a small sink is a recipe for disaster. Make sure that your kitchen faucet is proportionate to your kitchen sink. Also, you’ll need to make sure that your faucet can reach all corners of your kitchen sink. This is where a pull-out or pull-down spray comes in handy. These features add to the faucet’s reach and maneuverability.

Do you want a deck mount or wall mount?

Deck-mount faucets are the most common type, where the faucet is mounted on the sink or countertop at the back of the sink. Wall-mount faucets, as the name implies, are mounted on the wall and hang over the sink. Typically, pot filler faucets like the Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet are wall-mounted.

How do you want to handle it?

Plenty of kitchen faucets come with a single handle or lever for operating the faucet – turning it on/off, increasing/decreasing water flow, and switching from hot to cold or vice versa. The classic way of doing things is with two handles which makes controlling flow and temperature a little more precise. And then there’s the no-hands faucet such as the Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet which triggers the water flow of a faucet using simple hand motions.

What faucet finish do you prefer?

Most kitchen faucets offer the same finishes – chrome, brushed nickel, and stainless steel. Some like the Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet offers additional finishes like Champagne Bronze, Arctic Stainless, and Venetian Bronze. The least expensive finish is chrome and it usually fits most kitchens.

What’s your budget?

Prices for kitchen faucets are all over the place. You can get a decent one for $30 like the VAPSINT Hot & Cold Mixer and get your money’s worth. Some kitchen faucets can cost over $300 such as the Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet but it also features a motion sensor, a pull-down spray, a Spot Resist stainless finish, and a Lifetime Limited Warranty. It all boils down to preference and features. How much are you willing to pay for the features you want in the style that you want?

Who’s going to install it?

Our last but not the least important question. Unfortunately for some of us, kitchen faucets won’t install themselves. So, you have to ask – are you willing to do it yourself? If so, how easy is the faucet to install? If you want some expert help, you’ll have to add more money in your budget to cover the additional cost.

Before you go out and buy your kitchen faucet, we’ve got one last tip that you need to keep in mind. More than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year due to an average household’s leaky faucet.

So whatever faucet you end up choosing, make sure that it utilizes the right kind of valve technology (ceramic disk valves) that prevent leakage.

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