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The best kitchen sinks are simple to use, versatile enough to handle rinsing and washing, and durable enough to work for years. But with hundreds of different models on the market, it can be an ordeal to figure out which ones are really worth the money. We’re here to help!
We’ve looked at a whole range of options, to find models that will suit just about everybody! We compared lots of different styles and setups, from all the leading brands. We looked at specs, features, and details, then combed through hundreds of buyer reviews to see how these models stood up in the real world.
Here in our own special guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about six great kitchen faucets. We’ll explain why we think they’re better than the competition, and help you get a sense of which one is the best choice for you!
Let’s start by having a quick look at our Top Three!
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Why’s it so important to get the right kitchen faucet?
While not everyone who passes through your kitchen always washes their hands, the ones who do tend to have a lots of washing to do! It’s your place to wash hands after working in the garden, or getting home from a long day at work.
Out of all your sinks, the one in your kitchen is where the most dirt generally ends up. It’s where you wash your hands when they’re truly dirty. It’s also where all the food and grease goes. You rely on it to quickly clean up after handling raw meat, or after cleaning up an unsanitary mess.
With all that use, it’s hard to overstate the importance of finding a great kitchen faucet!
The funny thing is, you’ll rarely notice a good kitchen faucet. If it works perfectly, blends into your decor, and never gives you grief, it’ll just be a natural extension of your sink.
But with the wrong kitchen faucet, you’ll notice every leak, every wiggly lever, every poor design flaw, and feel constantly frustrated.
So, now that we know the stakes, let’s jump right into our recommendations!
Kitchen Faucet Reviews
1. Peerless Stainless
This affordable bar and prep option from Delta’s Peerless line is a great solution for kitchens on a budget. While it’s short on frills, it’s sturdy and easy to install! Make sure you get the stainless model, not the chrome one. It’s only slightly more expensive, and is much more durable. Overall, the Peerless looks, feels, and functions like a much more expensive fixture than it actually is!
Nearly all budget faucets are made from all plastic parts. The Peerless (stainless) is a welcome exception. It’s all stainless steel. That alone earns it major points on our rating system! We don’t think plastic faucets are really ready for the big leagues. They leak easily, crack quickly, and just aren’t very nice. This is a cut above the rest of the budget options!
The whole thing is rust-proof and lead-free. It meets the strictest lead standards in the country, as set by VT and CA. The valves are brass, which is a refreshing change from the competition’s plastic fittings.
Previous buyers were very impressed by the fit and finish. They said it felt sturdy and reassuring, and held up much better than other inexpensive models they had used before. That’s real metal for you!
It fits in both 2 and 3 hole sinks. That makes it a good universal choice for kitchens, as well as washrooms or home bars. You can install it just about anywhere, with only minimal tweaks.
The high spout design gives you plenty of room for cleaning larger pots. It’s also convenient for filling up jugs or bigger pails. If you’re used to bumping into your faucet all the time, this one will be a welcome change!
Two handles give you lots of control over temperature and pressure. Normally, two-handle models at this price are a no-go, since they’re made from breakable plastic. This one is all-metal.
It’s eco-friendly, and meets regulation standards in most of the country, even the CalGreen restrictions! The flow rate is 1.8 GPM. We didn’t find any complaints from previous buyers about the strength of the flow, so this one doesn’t compromise power just to be green.
It’s a bit industrial looking. This wouldn’t fit in well in a rustic or Victorian-styled home. While the handles have some flair, the spout is fairly utilitarian.
2. Moen Wetherly
This faucet and sprayer set is our most affordable choice for people who want something a little more elegant for their kitchen. The refined spigot design works especially well in rustic or victorian settings alike, and adds a bit of interest to your plumbing fixtures.
It’s built well, just like the Peerless. As long as you avoid the chrome version, it’s all brass, with a brushed stainless or rubbed bronze finish. Like the Peerless, the Moen is also lead-free to VT and CA standards. It feels very sturdy in hand, much more so than some other fixtures at this price!
Between the quality of the construction and the design, this is absolutely ideal for making tasteful upgrades to older homes. It has the look, feel, and function of much older faucets, without the lead concerns or high usage levels. And while it looks classic, it rotates 360 degrees and has the precise temperature control of a modern fixture!
It’s a 2-hole setup, but the convenient faucet design leaves the second installation hole free for the sprayer. If you have a 3-hole sink, you can use the baseplate instead. There are lots of options for installing the Moen, whether on your counter or sink!
Even though the Moen is more elegant and refined than the Peerless, it keeps a lot of utility value by maintaining a nice, high spout clearance. It’s excellent for washing large pots, or watering houseplants.
One big upgrade you’ll notice if you’re moving up from an older fixture is the Moen’s aerated stream. It adds a substantial amount of spray power for cleaning off dishes and pans, without wasting water!
The aeration also helps to compensate for the fact that this is a much more efficient fixture than you’d expect, given the look. At 1.5 GPM, it meets water usage standards in every state! You’ll save over 25% of your water usage compared to an older fixture!
It’s ADA-compliant. You won’t find that rating on many faucets that look this great! Most elegant, distinctive pieces tend to sacrifice accessibility for looks, but the Moen ticks both boxes.
The Wetherly also has a fantastic reliability record!
While it’s almost entirely metal, there are some plastic components on the sprayer. That’s true of nearly every sprayer on the market, though. We’ve found that the only way to get an all-metal sprayer is to go for a pull-down model.
3. Delta Linden
The Linden is a sleeker, more modern faucet at about the same price as the Premier. We love the pull-out sprayer design, as well as the swooping, simple look of the fixture! Delta says it’s based on the way a branch lifts out from a tree. We think it’s a good option for people with more contemporary decor, especially with natural elements.
It has a pull-out sprayer feature built into the spout. These are great because they let people with smaller sinks and fewer installation holes have the convenience of a sprayer without needing as much space!
It locks your settings, unlike a lot of older fixtures. The Linden’s spout stays in spray mode until you switch back to the stream setting. Several previous buyers said that was a big convenience for them, since older models would automatically switch back to stream if the pressure was too low.
The faucet and hose give you plenty of range. The faucet itself reaches out into the middle of the sink, which gives you more room to wash produce as well as dishes. Then, there’s the sprayer. Its hose spans nearly 60”, so you’ll end up with over 2 feet on the business end. That’s ideal for watering big plants.
It’s more modern in appearance, and fits more contemporary decor. We like the Linden because it’s not tied to any one style or period. It works with just about anything from the last century or so.
It’s water-efficient! We really like that there’s the option of two different flow settings on this model. You can choose between 2.0 and 1.5 GPM, depending on your preferences and your local regulations. The 2.0 GPM “boost” option makes it easier to fill pots and water plants, while the 1.5 GPM setting helps conserve water while you’re doing the dishes.
It’s a bit lower than the Premier. That means you don’t have as much height clearance over the sink.
The sprayer is plastic. That’s a bit disappointing, but par for the course at this price. Previous buyers said it wasn’t noticeable until you gave it a good tap, and they also said they didn’t have problems with durability.
One reviewer found the spray a bit harsh. The smaller beads of water do feel a bit less relaxing than older sprayers. That’s one downside of low flow rates, because manufacturers use aeration to compensate for the lack of water. Aerated water droplets do have a more tingly feel.
Previous buyers warned against the chrome and bronze options. They said both those finishes felt cheap, and leaked. We always warn against chrome options in particular. You can read why in our “how to shop” section below! In this case, choose the nickel model!
4. Premier Charlestown
This Premier is a more sophisticated choice for the refined kitchen. It’s a two-tone bronze finish with plenty of decorative details without getting too gaudy. We like the two-handle design, as well as the matching sprayer!
It looks special. This one has an ornate, Victorian look with lots of cross-pieces and embellishments. It’s old-style, elegant, and definitely a conversation piece. We really like the exposed waterway bridge piece, which reminds us of old-fashioned tubs and piping.
It’s sturdy. All the casing parts are made of metal. The cartridge is also ceramic, while most others at this price are made from plastic.
The high-rise spout design provides plenty of clearance, and makes your sink seem more regal. At almost 11 inches over the sink, you’ll have no problem with big cooking pots or potted plants.
It provides plenty of power. This model has a 2.2 GPM flow-rate. Not only does it feel full, but the high clearance spout makes it look powerful, too.
It’s lead-free to the standards of VT and CA.
Even though it’s a unique design, it’s ADA-compliant and meets the uniform plumbing code.
In reading reviews from previous buyers, we did find a few quality control issues. While the vast majority of buyers actually complimented the sturdiness of the Charlestown, we did find a few cases where people reported leaks and other issues.
One review reported some flaking of the finish at the base of the sprayer slot.
The high water flow rate could be an issue in some areas. However, it’s still under the EPA’s nationwide 2.5 GPM standard benchmark.
5. Delta Essa
This simple, elegant design is a highly durable choice for the modern kitchen. It’s easy to keep clean, built to last, and sourced in the USA. If you’re looking for a sturdy, practical fitting, this is for you!
The stainless steel finish looks great and feels solid. It wipes clean very easily, and doesn’t develop spots like nickel. We love the sleek design, which has no added frills, but still looks much more elegant than utilitarian.
It works with either 1- or 3-hole installations. It comes with the fittings for both, so there’s no need to modify the faucet to fit.
The high arc spout design gives you plenty of clearance. It’s ideal for doing dishes, filling big pots and watering plants. It swivels 360 degrees, so you can maneuver easily.
There’s a pull-down sprayer system right in the spout. We like Delta’s version more than the competition because it docks magnetically. That means it’ll never hang loosely, and you won’t need to counterbalance the system in order to keep everything tightly fitted. It has a 20-inch reach, which is plenty of range to spray around your sink to clean. There’s a toggle to switch between stream and spray modes.
The spray head has the same wipe-clean surface that Delta use on their shower heads. The surface prevents hard deposits from latching onto the metal, so you can simply wipe minerals and other sediment away without scrubbing. We’ve found that it’s very effective in keeping things spraying smoothly.
The special diamond sealing system is designed to stay leak-free for 5 million uses. It uses a layer of diamond on the valve surface, to make sure it doesn’t wear down over time like cheaper faucets.
The one-piece spray channels eliminate joints and seals. That’s where mineral deposits and clogs usually build up and cause problems.
The handle pulls forward, not backward. That’s great for kitchens with a bit less clearance behind the faucet.
It’s a distinctly modernistic faucet. This one probably isn’t a good choice if you’re going for a more rustic look.
6. Delta Trinsic
Our top quality pick for a kitchen faucet is the Delta Trinsic. It’s a lot like the Essa, but has a few upgrades which we think make it worth the deluxe price tag. This is a simple, elegant fixture that’ll last for years to come.
It has a lot of the features we love about the Essa. It has the same magnetic locking sprayer head as the Essa, with the same toggle system for switching flow modes. This model also has the same diamond sealing technology. They both have extra-long hoses, and touch-clean spray faces.
While the Trinsic is certainly a modern design, it’s a bit more versatile than the Essa in terms of aesthetics. The strong, bold lines and hard edges give it a blockier feel that works more smoothly with older fittings as well as modern, industrial fixtures.
It’s the heaviest and most reassuring of our recommendations. The Trinsic weighs about 7 pounds, and previous buyers said it felt incredibly sturdy.
You can rotate the handle to whichever side you prefer. You can even set it in the center, if that works best for you.
The nearly 16-inch curve provides plenty of clearance over your sink.
It meets CalGreen water use standards, at 1.8 GPM. However, we found that previous buyers said they were surprised to learn that this was a low-flow model, since it still felt powerful and fast! Overall, we’re very impressed with the aerator on this model, which provides body without that harsh stinging sensation you get with some other models.
Made in the USA.
It’s expensive. However, we’re recommending it because it has all the key features you need, and they all work extremely well. This one also seems like one of the safest investments you can make, since it’s incredibly durable and insured for life.
What is the Best Kitchen Sink Faucet for You?
If you’re on a very tight budget, the Peerless is a solid bet. It’s a cut above the other budget competition, most of which are made of plastic. We love the all-metal construction and simple, effective design. It’s a bit no-frills and utilitarian, but it gets the job done cheaply, and won’t need to be replaced.
If you can afford to spend a little more, you’ll be able to get something a bit less industrial. In the next price bracket, you’ll find the Premier Sonoma and Delta Linden. They’re both a bit more stylized, and come with some more deluxe features.
Both have sprayers, and have a unique look that really complements your decor. They’re our favorite midrange choices for style and function that still won’t break the bank. The Premier is a better choice for more traditional, old-fashioned kitchen, while the Delta Linden is a more modern, stylized choice.
If your house is more ornate, and you’re in it for a real looker, the Premier Charlestown is your best bet. It’s robust and practical, but has plenty of design features to stand out from the competition. It’s ideal for old-time, rustic aesthetics, as well as Victorian and Colonial period looks. We love the bronze finish, as well as the exposed cross-piping. It’s decorative, but not delicate!
For the best overall fit and finish, as well as function, we strongly recommend either the Delta Essa or Trinsic. They’re both simple, elegant designs with some great features, like magnetic sprayer locks and seamless spray channels. We think they combine all the best conveniences of modern faucets with looks that are flexible enough to work with nearly any decor.
The Essa is the more streamlined and modern of the two, while the Trinsic has some harder lines that help it blend in with more traditional fixtures. Aside from looks, they both provide about the same build quality and features. Choose whichever one works best visually for your space.
How to Choose the Top Kitchen Faucet
Decide on your budget:
Kitchen faucets start around $30, and are available up to and beyond $300.
The least expensive options are usually chrome plated plastic models, which start at around $20-30. You’ll find chrome models up to $200, but we don’t think it’s worth paying more than $50 for a chrome model, since they’re all plastic. After all, they tend to need replacing pretty often.
If you can afford it, we recommend spending at least $50. That’s when you’ll start to see models with metal parts, which last longer and work better. These models will also have lifetime warranties, which we like to have as a given with any good fixture.
We don’t think much of the faucets between $50 and $125. They’re mostly jumped-up budget models, and don’t provide much of an upgrade in terms of quality.
We think you’re better off buying an affordable model and knowing what you’re getting, or spending enough to get a good midrange model. The $50-$125 options look large and deluxe like more expensive options, but the build quality is more like a $30 model.
After $125, you’ll be looking at all-metal styles with more individual flair. These ones usually include a sprayer, and have a less utilitarian look. Be on the lookout for extra features, and make sure to avoid chrome finishes (which place any faucet right back in the bargain bin).
It’s in the $125-$250 range that you’ll find the most elegant, attractive faucets. These are the best choices for more refined aesthetics, and especially traditional decor, whether Victorian, Georgian, or Rustic. There are also some fantastic modernist models, with simple but indestructible designs and integrated sprayers which pull down from the spout.
Above $300, you’ll find mostly super-modernistic models with touch-on or touchless technologies. We haven’t recommended any here, since we know that they’re cost-prohibitive for most buyers. If you want to learn more about touchless faucets, we’ve put together a special guide for you! View more on our Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet.
Think about your space:
Before you shop, make sure you know what sort of faucet you’re looking for. Look at two things: the physical measurements of your space, and the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.
Take measurements of the clearance behind your faucet, and make sure you consider any sills, shelves, or other obstructions. Think about height, and try to visualize your new faucet in the space.
Balance high clearance and visuals. Higher faucets can sometimes look out of place if you have low-hanging cabinetry or other fixtures.
Then, think about everything else. Are you trying to match appliances? What’s their finish? Is the overall look of your space more ornate, or more simplistic? Modern, or vintage? Having all of this in mind will help you see a particular faucet in the larger context of your kitchen.
Consider your preferences:
Do you prefer pull-down sinks, or a sink with a separate sprayer? One handle, or two? What kind of handles work best for you? What kind of spray pattern? How do you like to control heat?
Do you need ADA-compliant fittings? Is height an issue? Think about all these little factors that make a given model easier and more convenient for you and your family. We have listed different Types of Faucets for your convenience.
Think about water usage:
There are a few reasons to be cognizant of water usage when you’re re-fitting your kitchen. First, at a time when water resources are increasingly limited, and global environmental issues are presenting increasing danger through drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters, it’s simply more ethical to think about cutting down on your water use.
Second, as most of us are on some form of municipal water system, saving water means saving money. With every gallon saved, you’ll see a lower bill for your utilities at the end of each month.That shows up on your water heating bill as well as your city water bill.
Third, there are some very practical benefits to cutting water use around the house. After all, most of us have experienced going for a shower or trying to do dishes, only to find that hot water is being used up elsewhere in the home. By using low-flow fixtures around your place, you can take the strain off your hot water system!
Finally, water usage is now a legal issue. The EPA has mandated that the maximum flow rate for a new fixture shouldn’t exceed 2.5 gallons per minute. In some states that are experiencing the immediate threat of water shortage, the limit is lower, below 2.0 GPM and even 1.8 in some places. You need to be compliant with these regulations when you buy a new fitting.
Look for faucets with the EPA’s WaterSense stamp of approval. You can also look for “low-flow” and CalGreen certifications for the most efficient models.
We like faucets with built-in aerators to boost the flow without using more water. They help you get the feel of a full-flow model without all the waste.
Go for durability:
Try to find a faucet with as many metal parts as possible. They’re much less likely to crack or scratch. Plastic handles can snap, and plastic fittings rarely last.
Make sure you look inside, as well! Lots of seemingly solid faucets use plastic parts on the inside. We always look at the cartridges and valves. Ceramic and diamond-coated materials are your best bet for longevity.
There are a few parts that it makes sense to just replace on the low to mid-range options, like the O-rings on cheap faucets, and plastic hose connectors. They’re cheap to replace, and your metal additions can make a less expensive faucet last longer.
Pay attention to the finish:
We always avoid chrome finishes. They’re the cheapest, and that can make them very appealing. However, you should think of “chrome” as a code word for “plastic.”
Stainless steel finishes are exactly what they sound like. Nickel and bronze are a bit more fickle. They’re not always nickel or bronze, but if they’re not, they’re frequently made from refinished brass, which is pretty darn durable.
Chrome is almost always painted plastic. These finishes feel cheap, flake easily, and are more prone to leaks. Just avoid them — you’ll be glad you did. Real metal looks better, feels stronger, and lasts longer.
When you look at real metal finishes, make sure your faucet has stain- and corrosion-resistant properties, as well as flakeproofing. All of our recommendations here have lifetime warranties, which guarantee a faultless finish as long as you own your house!
Checkout our Kohler Faucet Reviews for stainless and polished chrome kitchen sinks.
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