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Faucets range in price from around $20 to over $5,000. Our preliminary contender list consisted of nearly 8,000 faucets!
In order to whittle that down to a manageable number, we discarded both extremely cheap and extremely expensive products. Cheap faucets might do a reasonable job, but if you're reading this, you're obviously looking for something special.
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All faucets in our list — from the least to the most expensive — represent excellent value and superb functionality.
We believe they will satisfy the majority of today's homeowners.
Design is about more than just appearance. In this part of our ratings, we also look at structure and, where appropriate, component materials.
All of our finalists offer more than just efficient water delivery. There are pull-out faucets, pull-down faucets, touch-free functions, and extended-reach pot fillers. This is where we look at the extras that are intended to make your life easier.
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Flow rates may or may not be important to you, but regulatory compliance varies depending on where you live. Another important technical consideration is installation. Some models are within the scope of the competent DIYer; others require professional installation.
When you're searching for the perfect kitchen faucet, price isn't always the deciding factor. Still, it's an important element in most people's decision-making process, so we've analyzed just what each model provides for the money.
Our photo features the Premier 120161LF Sonoma Kitchen Faucet in brushed nickel, but a chrome version is also available. At first glance, the Premier Sonoma boasts a fairly common, low-profile design. However, we suspect you'll soon notice that's it's not just an ordinary faucet. (More about this in the Features section). It's largely made of solid brass, and as you would probably expect, it's lead free. The top handle and lever mechanism provide a solid feel, and the entire piece of hardware has a durable, stain-resistant surface finish.
Our photo features the chrome version of the American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet. Other finish options (at extra cost) include stainless steel and an unusual matte black. There's considerably more height under the American Standard's outlet when it's used as a fixed faucet (around eight inches). Because of this, the lever is mounted on the side. There's a ceramic disc valve which, according to the manufacturer, will last for a million operations without failure. The majority of the structure is brass, and all finishes are said to be resistant to tarnishing, scratches, and rust.
Make sure your new faucet matches the correct holes drilled in your sink.
If you're a fan of industrial or commercial style, the Kraus KPF-1602SS Kitchen Faucet will definitely appeal to you. Available in stainless steel or antique brass, this purposeful, multi-functional appliance makes a strong statement. We really like it, and we think the design will suit many different decorative approaches. That being said, we know the industrial "look" of this faucet won't appeal to everyone. Its main composition is solid brass. A ceramic cartridge mechanism ensures smooth operation and prevents drips. The manufacturer has paid particular attention to finish quality; the Kraus resists corrosion and is quite easy to keep clean.
Those who buy the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Kitchen Faucet can choose between five finishes: chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, classic stainless, matte black, and spot-resist stainless. Our photo features the latter because "ordinary" stainless looks lovely when clean, but it can mark and stain. The finish on this model should keep it looking good for longer. The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor faucet is similar in appearance to the American Standard, but in our view, it's a little more sleek and sophisticated. We were unable to find out the material composition in our research (apart from the fact that it's "metal"), but given that it complies with California and Vermont's strict legislation, we assume it's on the level. As with all of our finalists, the mechanical parts of this faucet are covered by a lifetime warranty.
The Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet is another imposing piece of pipe work, available in Venetian bronze, champagne bronze, chrome, and stainless steel. Like the Kraus, the Delta Pot Filler Faucet exudes a traditional style yet looks perfectly at home in many kinds of contemporary surroundings. Despite its classic appearance, it's of very modern manufacture. There's the expected ceramic valve, precision joints, and a high-quality, easy-to-clean exterior coating. This product's durability is underlined by a lifetime warranty that covers the mechanical parts (which is common) and also the finish.
Stainless steel and chrome are popular choices since they can be shined to a high polish, looking sleek and contemporary. For a more traditional style there are nickel, brass and copper faucets.
What really sets the Premier 120161LF Sonoma apart from simpler kitchen faucets is its extremely useful -- and popular -- pull-out feature. The hose is 48 inches long, and although you lose some of that under the sink, there's still plenty of useful length left. It's wrapped in a metal casing for durability and counter-weighted under the sink, so it retracts easily when you're finished using it. The head itself has two functions which can be changed with the push of a button: "standard stream" and a more intense "jet stream."
Pull-down kitchen faucets like the American Standard Colony work in much the same way as pull-out versions. Mechanisms vary slightly, but they're really only called "pull-downs" because the general structure of the faucet calls for a higher starting point. With the American Standard, it's the small head unit that pulls down. (Contrast this to the Premier, in which the larger part pulls out.) Whether you're more comfortable with a pull-out or a pull-down faucet is a matter of personal choice. Like the Premier, the American Standard's hose is braided, but length is considerably shorter at 20 inches. We doubt that this length would be a problem for most people.
To polish a faucet, you can take a squeezed out lemon half and rub vigorously over the surfaces.
The Kraus KPF-1602SS is another pull-down kitchen faucet. Visually, it's a very different mechanism from the Premier and American Standard, but it works on more or less the same principle. There's a clever, lever-operated pre-rinse spray head and over 30 inches of braided hose. Although quite a lot of the hose is taken up in the high, looping design, there's still plenty left. There's also an additional pot filler head that is branched off the main stem; both the pot filler head and the main mechanism will swing well out of your way to allow complete access to your sink as needed.
The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor faucet benefits from two useful features. The first is a very smooth pull-out mechanism with 68 inches of braided hose, a powerful spray function, and a useful pause button. Perhaps even more valuable is the second feature -- the dual-mode, hands-free system. You can wave your hand above the faucet to make the flow start or stop, or you can place your hands (or another item) below the outlet to activate or deactivate it. There's also an ordinary side handle which you use to set the flow rate and temperature.
If simplicity is a feature, then that's where the Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet shines. There aren't really many other bells and whistles included with this product. The Delta's selling point is the extra reach offered by its simple joints (rather than a pull-out hose). Levers -- one by the wall and one by the spout -- can go from closed to open in just a quarter of a turn.
Make sure to buy a faucet that has anti-scald features such as hot-limit safety stops, pressure-balancing valves to protect users from drastic temperature changes and thermostatic valves that allow users to select a favorite temperature on an easy-to-read dial.
A bewildering number of regulations surround kitchen faucets. For instance, the Premier Sonoma is lead free, so it should be available in California — but it's not, because the flow rate, at up to 2.2 gallons per minute, is too high. While some of these regulations might seem a bit strange, rules are rules. Suffice it to say that there isn't room to go into great detail about regulations here. What we will say is that all of our kitchen faucet finalists except the Kraus do comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act when properly installed.
Aside from its flow rate, the other thing that's useful to know about the Premier Sonoma is that it comes with an optional deck plate. Because of this, it can be fitted in either a one-hole or a three-hole sink. It would also be possible to install the Premier Sonoma in a four-hole sink if you purchased the matching soap dispenser as an extra. The majority of owners thought installation was easy, but we always recommend using a properly qualified professional if you have any doubts.
The American Standard Kitchen Faucet and the Premier are technically very similar. Owners find installation to be quite a simple job, either with the deck plate for three-hole sinks or the mounted direct for single-hole sinks. A few owners groused that the counterweight was not sufficient to retract the hose properly, but this was a rare complaint. Like the Premier, the American Standard's maximum flow rate (typically measured at 60 psi) is 2.2 gallons per minute.
Remember that if you are planning on purchasing a vegetable sprayer, soap dispenser, or hot water dispenser, they each require a separate hole.
The Kraus kitchen faucet looks superb, but there are one or two considerations that might put some people off. At 1.8 gallons per minute, flow rate is lower than both the Premier or American Standard. While this figure in itself might not present a problem, there is also no desk plate, which means it can only be fitted in a single-hole sink or directly into a work surface. The Kraus looks very attractive in the right environment, but it's not a solution that will suit everyone's taste. Additionally, while many owners experienced no problems with fitting, a few reported leaks that they have not been able to resolve.
Given the motion-sensor built into the Moen kitchen faucet, you might be concerned that installation would be complicated. In fact, most owners found the opposite to be true. Installation is remarkably simple thanks to Moen's own tool-free Hydrolock system. According to the manufacturer, this system ensures a safe and secure connection. A base plate is provided, which means this faucet can be used on a single-hole or three-hole sink. The only other thing you need are six AA batteries, which are also supplied. Flow rate is two gallons per minute.
If you want high water pressure, then the Delta, at four gallons per minute, could be the right product for you. They call it a pot-filler faucet, and it certainly can do that job quickly! This faucet needs to be mounted either on a wall or another vertical structure -- a trait that will definitely have an impact on installation. Having said that, it's technically not a complicated task to install the Delta. Plenty of owners who took on the project themselves experienced little or no difficulty in completing the job. Indeed, with no pull-out hoses to fit, installing the Delta is much like installing an ordinary kitchen faucet.
If you want to avoid having a faucet that drips, get one with ceramic valves. Other types of valves are usually drip-free for years, but they can’t match the long-term reliability of ceramic.
The Premier 120161LF Sonoma Kitchen Faucet costs $95. That's a great price, and it makes this particular faucet a very good value. Design-wise, it may not be the most inspiring faucet in the world, but many people just want an efficient product with "everyday" decor. With its useful pull-out function, of course, the Premier Sonoma is far from ordinary; it's a low-cost, high quality, popular product. A couple of owners reported leaks. While that might be due to a flawed product, it's not a complaint that comes up often, and there's always the chance that the faucet wasn't properly installed.
The American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet costs $93. While it's visually quite different from the Premier, the two products are similar in many other ways -- particularly in terms of functionality and ease of installation. There have been a few challenges with getting the hose to retract properly, and some owners were concerned about component quality. However, our research turned up far more positive comments from users than negative ones. Overall, the American Standard is an excellent value.
Bronze faucets have a brownish tone and are often called “oiled” or “rubbed” bronze. But the surface is a coating (such as epoxy) rather than metal.
At a cost of $224, the Kraus KPF-1602SS Commercial Style Kitchen Faucet is certainly not a budget model. Although it's not cheap, you get a lot of faucet for your money, and it's very competitive when compared to others of a similar design. This is a well-made product, and while the style won't suit everyone, it does benefit from a useful pot filler and a powerful, pull-down spray head. There are owners who weren't entirely happy with the faucet's quality, claiming that it wasn't a "commercial-grade" product. That may be true, but it isn't the price of a commercial-grade product, either. According to our research, most owners think the Kraus is excellent. One owner called it a "functional sculpture"; we think that sums it up very well.
The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Kitchen Faucet costs $322, and while the price is on the higher side, this is an exceptional product. It incorporates the valuable pull-out feature that so many people like to have in their kitchen with a superb motion sensor that allows you to turn water on and off with the wave of a hand. In general, owners are delighted with how it looks, how it functions, and how easy it is to install. It's not entirely fault-free -- occasional leaks and defective sensors have been reported -- but the vast majority of those surveyed enjoy a wonderful experience with their Moen faucet.
At a price of $399, the Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet is on the high end of our pricing spectrum. Given that it doesn't have a pull-out feature, motion sensor, or other gizmos and gadgets, some might be surprised by the cost. What you're paying for in this case is a precision-made faucet that does one thing particularly well: it puts out water at four gallons per minute! The Delta Pot Filler Faucet is almost universally admired for the quality of its components, its finish, and the way it works. "Beautiful!" and "Rock solid!" are typical owner comments, with the majority also saying that in spite of its comparatively high price, it was worth the money.
Moen owners love the design, the height underneath the spout, the stain-resistant finish, and the invaluable hands-free operation it offers.
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