A kitchen faucet can be a great design feature in your kitchen, but first and foremost it needs to be reliable. The difference between a reliable and efficient faucet and one which leaks and overuses water is huge, both in terms of convenience and water use. The best kitchen faucets allow you to save water, which is great for the environment and great for your water bills!
There are plenty of different kitchen faucets on the market. You can choose between pull-down and pull-out models, powerful sprays and simple aerated sprays, as well as choices on one or two taps. You should decide what features are most important to you before making your choice.
We have chosen the Moen 7594ESRS as the overall best kitchen faucet, but have also included several other high quality kitchen faucets for different needs and budgets.
Our list of the top rated kitchen faucets is designed to help you compare the different models that are available and pick the best kitchen faucet for your needs.
A Spotlight on the Best Kitchen Faucets 2019
Moen 5923SRS Review – Our Choice as the Best Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
The Moen 5923SRS is a very impressive kitchen faucet and comes with quite the price tag. However, if you are looking for a tall and versatile faucet with a lovely finish, which can make a statement in both a modern or classical kitchen, this pull-down kitchen faucet is worth a second look.
Features of the Moen 5923SRS include a duralock system, making it quick and easy to install on either one hole or three holes sink designs. You certainly don’t have to be a plumber to install this faucet! There is also a pull-down handle, allowing you to move the nozzle at your convenience whether you’re washing vegetables or cleaning out the sink. It has a one-handle design, meaning everything can be controlled quickly and simply.
There are two different streams on this kitchen faucet, one of which is designed for heavy-duty usage. Rinsing stubborn food away for instance. There is also an aerated stream which you can switch to, which is less powerful but fine for everyday cleaning. The faucet is economical with just 1.5 gallons per minute running through at the maximum.
Generally, if you have a spacious kitchen and plenty of budget to work with, the Moen 5923SRS would be a great option. It is flexible, and the two different spray options make washing and cleaning far easier than many others. The three different finishes make it easy to find the right design for your kitchen as well. This is a quite tall and large faucet, so keep that in mind if you do not have a lot of space over your kitchen surfaces.
- Two different rinsing modes.
- Economical, with a 1.5 GPM water rate.
- Available in three different finishes to suit your kitchen design.
- Pull-down and flexible hose.
- On the expensive end of the market.
- Too tall for many kitchen designs.
WEWE A1001L Review – Our Choice as the Best Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
The WEWE is a more basic kitchen faucet on the lower-middle end of the market. It is wonderfully simple in terms of looks, and will match most sinks in terms of both appearance and compatibility. The design is sleek and modern, with plenty of features in spite of the fact that it isn’t the most expensive kitchen faucet out there. It is made of ABS plastic with a metallic finish, but it certainly looks good in the majority of kitchens, with the brushed finish and tulip design giving a classy look for the price.
The WEWE pull-out kitchen faucet is easy to install, which requires you to just pull the water line hose with the pull-down hose together. The manufacturer claims that the installation takes half an hour at the most. It also has three different spray settings, including a pause setting, a spray setting, and a stream setting. These don’t have different levels of power, but do give different options for different types of cleaning. The spray function is much more concentrated.
The swivel design allows you to access pretty much anywhere within the sink, especially with a flexible and durable pull-down sprayer allowing you to reach your dishes. The single handed design makes it easy to control both the flow and the temperature.
The finish of the WEWE is rust-resistant, which is a really nice bonus. It is made to stop dirt and water sticking on the surface which can be a big cause of corrosion. All the maintenance needed is a daily wipe down with a clean cloth.
In general, this kitchen faucet is good value for money. It isn’t the most elite product out there, but it works very reliably and is easy enough to install, making it perfect for many simple home kitchens.
- Excellent rust resistance and a faucet which looks more expensive than it actually is.
- Three different spray settings to suit your needs.
- Easy to install with a full guide included as well as adapters for different connection types.
- Not the most hard-wearing faucet out there due to being made out of strong ABS material.
- Connections can be a little loose.
- Only available in one finish.
Kraus KPF-1610SS Review – Our Choice as the Best Commercial Kitchen Faucet
We have picked Kraus KPF-1610SS as the best commercial kitchen faucet. This faucet can also be used within the home. Kraus KPF-1610SS has been designed to offer the spray functions of a commercial kitchen without having the size limitations. This makes it possible to have these abilities within a compact kitchen.
Features include a massive 20 inch hose which is retractable and allows you much further reach for washing and cleaning purposes. This is something you wouldn’t get with a non-commercial design. With a total height of 18 inches it will be suitable for the majority of kitchens. The two different spray functions let you choose from a simple aerated flow which won’t splash all over you. It also has a pre-rinse option with a lot of power for those items you need to shift.
Kraus KPF-1610SS has everything you need for installation within the packaging, and comes with waterlines and all of the hardware needed to get it up and running. While not as simple as some of the competitor models to install, most competent DIY lovers can get this up and running without the help of a professional. Kraus KPF 1610SS is well built and utilizes a ceramic cartridge designed to avoid dripping and extend the lifespan of your kitchen faucet. This means that you will not have to replace it any time soon!
- Clever cartridge design which should last a long time.
- Comes with all you need to get it installed.
- Long retractable hose.
- Arm is not able to pivot independently of the rest of the faucet.
Moen 7594SRS Review
This is another offering from Moen, one of the more prolific manufacturers of kitchen faucets. The design is a ‘tulip’ faucet feature, which is not dissimilar to many of the other options on the market. However, some brilliant extra features and build quality give this faucet a real advantage over many of its competitors. The installation is painless, and though it isn’t one of the cheapest kitchen faucets, it has plenty of quality to justify the price.
Features of the Moen 7594SRS include a brilliant power clean spray, which can give up to 50% boosts in power compared to lots of the other similar pull-down or pull-out faucets. The stainless steel design is high quality and long-lasting. It is also spot resistant, meaning that it’s resistant to any water spots or fingerprints which could potentially cause corrosion or rust over time. The spout rises 15.5 inches above the surface of your sink.
This kitchen faucet also has a brilliantly smooth action in terms of its operation. It can be simply moved and the spray head docks cleverly and securely on the faucet. The ‘quick connect’ system is used for installing and means you don’t have to be any sort of a whiz at DIY to be able to install. This can be put into either 1-hole or 3-hole kitchen sinks, and comes with all you need for installation.
In terms of its features and build quality, Moen 7594SRS kitchen faucet is pretty hard to argue with. It offers plenty of power for most kitchens and the pull-down design is great for doing more intricate rinsing and cleaning. The only slight issue people have seemed to have is the odd leak appearing after time, but this can often be solved with tightening up connections.
- Available in four different designs to suit your kitchen decor.
- Simple to install in multiple sink designs.
- Offers more power compared to similarly sized and shaped models on the market.
- On the upper end of the market for this type of faucet in terms of cost.
- Some users have reported small leaks starting to appear after a few years of use.
Moen 7594ESRS Review – Our Choice as the Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet and Best Kitchen Faucet Overall
We have chosen Moen 7594ESRS as the best kitchen faucet on our list. Although it is very similar to the 7594SRS that we reviewed above, this model has the added advantage of being touchless.
Touchless kitchen faucets are both safer and cleaner, and even though you will pay a slight premium for the technology, it is definitely worth it.
This is effectively the ‘elder sibling’ of the 7594SRS. Design-wise, the two are remarkably similar, and the sensor upgrade is one of only a few differences.
Just like the 7594SRS, the 7594ESRS has a power clean technology which will give you over 50% more power than most other pull-down faucets in the range. The retractable design provides secure docking while the impressive 68 inch hose length is very helpful in cleaning surfaces and other areas. Installation with the duralock quick connect is really simple, just like the 7594SRS. The faucet is compatible with 1-hole and 3-hole sink designs and has an escutcheon included.
Touchless technology has made kitchen faucets come well and truly into the 21st century, making it possible to operate the faucet without spreading germs. Moen 7594ESRS is available in either a one sensor or two sensor design and comes in multiple finishes.
- Comes with four different designs so you can choose which is best for your kitchen.
- Has a lot of power for even difficult cleaning tasks.
- Reliable touchless sensors which work perfectly.
- Similarly to the 7594SRS, a few users have reported leaks after a few years of use, although this is rare.
- A large extra cost due to the sensors.
Delta 9113-AR-DST Review
The Delta 9113-AR-DST kitchen faucet offers a lot of longevity. The combination of Price, features, and durability make this a really good alternative. The faucet itself is cleverly designed, and although we’re reviewing the standard model, there is a touchless version as well.
One of the big plus points of the Delta 9113-AR-DST is the fact that it will most likely last two times as long as the standard lifespan of a kitchen faucet. This is based on the average of 500,000 cycles, which Delta claims this model can double. To find a kitchen faucet which will last such a long period of time is really rare.
This kitchen faucet has diamond seal tech which is in place to avoid the chances of your faucet starting to leak over time. It also uses Magnatite magnetic docking, which basically means there is a high power magnet which can avoid drooping after a period of time. Some faucets will eventually start to droop towards the sink, but the Delta 9113-AR-DST avoids this with its clever design.
The installation is simple enough, as long as you are working with either a one or three hole installation. Innoflex supply lines are included within, which are designed to further avoid leaking.
Although the material itself isn’t resistant to fingerprints or water, any build-ups which may occur can easily be wiped away. The build quality is hard to fault and chances of leaking are very low.
The Delta 9113-AR-DST is quite powerful, which can cause a little bit of splashing. A control over the power would probably be a nice addition. Generally speaking, this is one of the most hard-wearing kitchen faucets on the market. It even comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
- Extremely long lasting.
- Anti-drooping magnet system in place.
- Relatively simple to install.
- Some users have said that the nozzle can have something of a splash-back effect.
Ufaucet Single Handle Review – Our Choice as the Best Budget Kitchen Faucet
This is the best kitchen faucet for people who don’t want to spend a huge amount on replacing their old one. The reach hose resembles a shower head and has the ability to make it much easier to wash vegetables or do the dishes.
The Ufaucet has a ceramic cartridge design that ensures that there will be no unwanted drips and water waste. It also has a waterway which has been designed to be completely lead-free and therefore harmless to handle water. The brand even claim that their cartridge has longer than industry-standard longevity and can provide a lot of quality for many years.
The 20 inch hose is easy to use and excellent in terms of reach. It even has two different spraying patterns, one aerated stream and a rinse mode which offers a lot more power. When you consider the cheap price of the Ufaucet, the features on offer are truly impressive.
Installation is relatively simple and the faucet will fit with 1-hole and 3-hole kitchen sinks.
Although this is naturally made out of more affordable materials and components to keep the price down, you’d never guess by looking purely at design. This is a faucet with all the functionality of some models two or three times the price, which is why we have named it the best budget kitchen faucet on the market. The Ufaucet is a great choice if you need a replacement without spending much, yet don’t want to lose many features.
To be a little critical, we could point out that this doesn’t have a particularly resistant finish, so it does require a little maintenance and regular wiping down to keep in good condition. It might not last quite as many years as some of the other models we’ve reviewed, but this isn’t too surprising considering the budget nature of this design.
- Unbelievable value for money, one of the cheaper items we’ve reviewed but still has plenty of features and quality.
- Drip-free ceramic cartridge.
- Clean and safe lead-free waterway.
- Relatively simple to install.
- Only available in one finish.
- Not as durable as some of the competitors due to being made out of cheaper materials.
Everflow 17188 Review – Our Choice as the Best Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet
Very few of the best kitchen faucets on the market come with two handles. Most manufacturers opt for single-handle solutions these days. However, a single-handle faucet may not be suitable for your kitchen, or maybe you prefer to have a hot and cold tap. If this is what you are looking for, the Everflow 17188 kitchen faucet could be the answer to your prayers.
The central feature is the high-arc spout which can swivel to your needs, but it also has a separate pull-out spray hose to give full flexibility. Even with both of these water flows, the 2.2 GPM limit keeps it relatively economical. The materials aren’t the highest quality, though a finish of chrome gives a clean, simple, and classic kitchen look. The finish is also both stain and scratch resistant, so it will stay in good condition for a long time.
The Everflow 17188 kitchen faucet is ADA-compliant, totally safe for waterflow use, and certified lead-free. The supply lines have to be bought separately though, as this faucet does not come with hot and cold faucet supply lines.
The pull-out sprayer at the side only has one flow setting, but it also has an impressive 48 inch reach to make many different cleaning operations far easier.
- Two tap design so both hot and cold taps.
- Lead-free and totally safe.
- Excellent value for money.
- Scratch and stain resistant finish.
- Not as hard-wearing as some of the more expensive options on the market.
- Only one spray setting on the side spray hose.
Moen 87042SRS Review
Yet another model from Moen on our best kitchen faucets list. This model offers something a little different in terms of design, hence us wanting to include it in our list of the best kitchen faucets. Many of the faucet designs on this list have quite a modern tilt, but Moen 87042SRS has some brilliant detailing and is suitable for a more classically designed kitchen.
The design is not attached to one fixed plate. The four different spouts and controls are all totally free-standing, which gives a really classy finish to this kitchen faucet. There is the spout itself, a lotion dispenser, a temperature/flow control, and even a side sprayer which can help with cleaning the sink and washing purposes.
Features include a stainless steel finish which is totally fingerprint and even water resistant. A simple wipe every now and then will keep it in great condition.
The main stream is an aerated stream which is not overly powerful, but adequate for everyday washing needs. If you do need a bit more power, the side spray has a little more kick to it. Adjustment and switching between these is easy, and the faucet is very straightforward to use.
Although the design of the Moen 87042SRS kitchen faucet is kind of ‘love it or hate it’, it is always good to have options. If you have a bit more of a classic design and older look to your kitchen, this could be a great choice for you. While many of the consumers who have purchased this faucet have said that a professional plumber is the best way to get your faucet up and running, it isn’t impossible if you are a seasoned DIY-er.
- Excellent classical design which is more unique than many of the other faucets we’ve listed.
- Comes with soap dispenser and side sprayer.
- Can be purchased in multipacks if you have more than one kitchen area.
- Fingerprint and water resistant.
- Can be difficult to install if you aren’t familiar with DIY and basic kitchen design.
Friho KTQYFR059L Review
This is one of the most affordable ways to get a commercial-style kitchen faucet fitted, whether you need one in your home or business premises. This faucet is great for larger kitchen sinks and the pull out design has excellent reach.
The Friho kitchen faucet is made with a ceramic valve which the brand claims gives it a longer than usual lifespan. The aerator gives the water a steady flow, but you can alter this if you want and turn on a spray mode instead. The spray mode offers much more power and excellent options for some of the more hardy needs you may have in your sink.
Mixing between hot and cold is super simple, and the rubber nozzles are designed to be simple to clean and prevent any limescale build-ups. As you would expect, this kitchen faucet is totally free of lead. It comes with the hot and cold connectors needed to get up and running quickly, meaning you don’t have to order any extras to install it.
Some of the other commercial faucets may utilize better materials while being slightly more hard-wearing. However, the Friho kitchen faucet offers one of the simplest and cheapest ways to get a commercial design in your kitchen, with the added flexibility and features this can bring.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
- Simple installation.
- Designed to avoid limescale or mineral build-ups.
- Only available in one design and finish.
Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide
Choosing the best kitchen faucet for your specific kitchen depends on a few things, including budget and personal preferences.
Types of Faucet
There are lots of different models available on the market, with a few main variants which are extremely popular. If you don’t know the types already, some of the terminology can become a little confusing. Some of the main variations are found below.
Pull-Down VS Pull-Out – A pull-down kitchen faucet is one where the spray goes straight down from the main part of the faucet. This is historically the most common form of faucet. The pull-out kitchen faucet is becoming more popular, and this allows you to pull the faucet towards your body, great for spraying from a distance or allowing better cleaning of the sink afterwards.
Sometimes there is a button or flow controller which allows you to adjust the flow of water coming from the faucet. The basic difference is that a pull-down faucet allows you to pull it downwards (as the name suggests) where a pull-out comes towards you.
Single VS Dual Handle – This is something of a self-explanatory feature. Chances are that you’ve used both types of faucets at some point in your life. A dual handle obviously has both a hot and a cold handle, whereas a single handle will have just one handle, on which the temperature can be adjusted.
Commercial Style – A commercial style kitchen faucet is the type you would likely see in a big, industrial kitchen. It may have some extra hoses, including detachable sprayers for helping you to quickly clean dishes or produce.
The process of installation can either be quite taxing or relatively simple. A lot of this is dependent on the faucet design, and whether you get the correct type of faucet. You can normally replace your kitchen faucet without having to deal with any sort of confusing plumbing.
Each model we have reviewed has information on how simple it is to install. However, the main thing to find out is how many mounting holes your new faucet needs. Your kitchen sink will have “mounting holes”, which are where the faucet will sit. Matching the amount of holes to the right faucet is vital, with 2 or 3-hole designs being the most common. Some faucets can fit into either though.
The finish of your kitchen faucet is definitely something to think about. It will need to match the rest of your kitchen, otherwise it will look unprofessional and uncoordinated. Common finishes include bronze, nickel, and chrome. If you are simply buying a kitchen faucet on its own, chances are that your choice will be totally dictated by how the rest of the kitchen looks.
Another consideration when it comes to the finish includes whether it is resistant to its environmental challenges. For instance, many kitchen faucets are now fingerprint resistant, meaning that you don’t have to constantly wipe them down. The finish should always be free of lead, as this has historically been an issue with some faucets and can affect the water you are using and even cause illness.
There is so much variation when it comes to the actual design of a kitchen faucet. We’re not just talking about the features, and how these affect the design, but the shape, curvature and other finishing touches. For example, a blocky ultra-modern look will be extremely out of place in a kitchen with lots of decorative fittings. On the other hand, if the cabinets and other fixtures in your kitchen have a more classical feel to them, with twists and turns and intricate details, a faucet to match this can be the ideal choice.
Water Use and Efficiency
If your kitchen faucet leaks, it can cause over 10,000 gallons of wastage over the course of a year. This is the same amount of water required to do your laundry over 250 times. This fact should show just how important it is to get a reliable kitchen faucet with a tap which doesn’t drip.
The GPM or ‘gallons per minute’ used is also an important figure. In fact, most states even have restrictions for faucets and shower heads in your home, dictating that they can’t flow at high rates as this can lead to a lot of wasted water. This isn’t such an issue if you are filling a pot, but it can definitely be a problem if you are rinsing. The restrictions are in place for environmental reasons, but they can save you money as well. This is something worth considering when you are making your kitchen faucet choice.
It is amazing how quickly the spray wand has become the industry standard for kitchen faucets. Some have a separate wand for this whereas others allow the original faucet nozzle to pull out and utilize more power. This is common in a pull-out kitchen faucet.
The spray wand feature can make life a lot easier, from getting stubborn pieces of food off of your kitchen utensils to cleaning out the sink thoroughly after use. It doesn’t even make the installation more difficult, so there is very little downside to utilizing a spray wand unless you aren’t a fan of this type of design.
Size and Shape
The dimensions of any kitchen faucet are well worth considering. If you are replacing an existing faucet, you should measure it for a rough idea of its current size. This will give you some reference when looking at the size of other models.
Some people simply go into the buying process thinking they either want something larger or smaller than they have previously had. However, think carefully about how this will look. If you have low cabinets, you can also run into issues with being able to reach and fully control the faucet. A hugely oversized kitchen faucet can also cause problems in terms of the spray, and keeping this within your sink.
A Faucet which is too small can look silly and detract from one of the centrepieces of your kitchen.
Maintaining your kitchen faucet shouldn’t require a huge amount of work at all, but this will come down to the design. Some of the shapes and materials a kitchen faucet is made of can make it difficult to clean and prone to limescale or other mineral buildups. Most of the models we’ve mentioned in our list of the best kitchen faucets are very easy in terms of upkeep. They are simple to clean (many even have materials that are resistant to fingerprints), and don’t give you any unnecessary hassle.
While we have taken the value-for-money into account when capturing our kitchen faucet reviews, there is usually some sort of correlation between price and quality/features. A cheap kitchen faucet is unlikely to provide you with a lot of luxuries, but it may do a decent job if you are on a budget. There are kitchen faucets out there which can be purchased for under $100, but these don’t tend to be the elite models.
A mid-range of between $100-$200 is about right, with a lot of faucets sitting at this price point in the market. These often have a good combination of features and value, making many of these the most popular faucets. Above $200 we have the more elite end of the market. This is where a lot of the classical and intricate designs are, and some of the more complicated spray designs. If you want the best-of-the-best for your kitchen, then you should be prepared to part with this kind of money.
This should be something we could take for granted in the modern day and age, but some manufacturers are more focused on the safety of their products than others, and most importantly the safety of waterflow. Lead can be a big problem if it gets into your waterflow, and make your water unsafe to drink. The manufacturers of the best kitchen faucets take this into account when they are designing their products.
Other problems with safety can include overheating hardware or limescale build-ups. Avoiding these issues by making the right choice of kitchen faucet in the first instance is vital.
To Touch or Not To Touch?
Touchless kitchen faucets are brilliant and have taken the market by storm in recent years. However, should you get a touchless model? What are the benefits? Is it worth the extra money?
Touchless kitchen faucets are great for the modern kitchen, with their ‘wow’- factor and functionality. They are convenient when it comes to switching on and off, but the extra safety features they offer are not as obvious. Let’s say that you have just cut some raw chicken and need to wash your hands. Being able to start hot water flowing without having to touch the kitchen faucet is the safest way to stop bacteria from spreading.
Touchless faucets will keep you safer from disease and harmful bacteria. They will also make your life more convenient and reduce the need to clean the faucet controls as much. You will pay more for the touchless function, so don’t expect this feature on a low budget.
Longevity (and Leaks)
When a kitchen faucet is manufactured, it should be tested for its longevity. The taps are normally tested over 500,000 times to check that they can withstand years worth of use. While most kitchen faucets are able to run perfectly when they are set up, it only takes a slight issue with a cartridge or connection to start giving you problems with leakage. This will cost you money in the long-term as you waste water and eventually need to replace the faucet.
Many product descriptions will inform you whether the kitchen faucet is expected to last longer than the industry standard. However, the best way to gauge this is to read consumer reviews, which are often updated over time and can tell you if people get years of usage without issues.
Your kitchen faucet is actually a surprisingly unique choice. Just like many other technologies, there is always progress, with more and more faucets being made. Our list is completely up to date, providing the best kitchen faucets for 2019.
Some kitchen faucets have a commercial design, some are great for modern kitchens, some are great for classical kitchens, some have just one color, and some are available in a variety of colors and finishes. Deciding upon which is the most appropriate for you will depend on the features you require and the design of the rest of your kitchen.
Hopefully our reviews of the best kitchen faucets have provided you with the information you need to pick out the best kitchen faucet for you!
Top Rated Kitchen Faucets 2019