Pull-down kitchen faucets are the most space-efficient option for any kitchen. While they’re more expensive than standard fixtures, their function-to-footprint ratio is absolutely stellar! The best pull-down kitchen faucets give you all the reach and flexibility of a separate sprayer without needing a whole other hole.
In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the best pull-down kitchen faucets on the market. We’ll explain why we’ve chosen these models over the competition, and help you figure out which is the best choice for your home.
Read on to see all the pull-down fixtures we currently recommend, and to find out which you should buy!
Comparison chart: with columns for model name, cost, flow rate, finish options
Best Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Reviews (2019)
1. Kraus KPF-1680SFS Sellette Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
This Kraus Sellette fixture is our budget suggestion to anyone who’s looking for the functionality and space-efficiency of a pull-down kitchen faucet without spending a fortune. It’s affordable, but it doesn’t cut any serious corners.
While it might not have premium brand prestige or quite as stunning looks as our top recommendations in this guide, the Kraus offers practically the same functionality for a much lower price. It has a high-arc spout, an integrated sprayer, and dual modes which you can choose right from the nozzle switch.
It doesn’t have any glaringly awkward flaws, either. Most of the time, when you buy something affordable, there are a few “features” you have to learn how to adapt to or work around. Not with this one!
The forward-motion control knob means you can get away with practically no space between the spout and your backsplash. This one’s very space-efficient, and perfect for folks who are short on space as well as cash.
The build quality is much better than anything else for the price. The pricier models we’ve recommended in this guide are definitely more premium, but this one ticks all the same basic boxes: metal construction, a ceramic valve, and an easy-clean spray face with silicone nubs.
Our favorite feature on this one is the hose, hands down. It’s the biggest difference between the Kraus and other affordably-priced pull-down models. Many fixtures at around this price point have well-made metal components, but their hoses are leaky, kink easily, and are generally a source of frustration for owners. That’s not at all the case with this one.
Despite the fact that it lacks the magnetic docking system found on our premium recommendations, the Kraus doesn’t droop or sag when you retract the sprayer.
Just like our most expensive recommendations, the Kraus Sellette is covered by a lifetime warranty.
The Kraus’s counterweight system is more effective and more durable than what’s on offer from the competition, but we definitely prefer fixtures with magnetic docking systems. That’s one reason why we suggest spending more if you’re able to.
The Kraus is by far the most affordable fixture here, but it’s still pricey for a budget fixture. Sadly, that comes with the territory: decent pull-down models are simply more expensive than comparable fixtures with separate sprayers.
It uses 1.8 GPM, which is relatively high these days (although still fine for use in most parts of the country).
2. Delta Faucet Leland Single-Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet With Pull-Down Sprayer
This Delta fixture is an excellent budget alternative for folks who want something priced similarly to the Kraus, but with a more traditional look and feel. Where the Kraus is all clean lines and straight edges, the Delta adds a few ornate touches and decorative elements that help it work better with traditional, rustic, and period decor styles.
We love the Leland because it combines old-school style and sophistication with modern functionality. Best of all, you don’t have to pay a fortune to get it!
Note: if you click on the links above, you’ll see that there are two versions of the Leland, sold through the same listing. We’re recommending the standard version, since it’s more reliable, but there’s also a touch-on option that’s very snazzy and modern.
Like the Kraus, it’s relatively affordable for a pull-down model. This one might be more than your typical kitchen faucet, but it’s still much less expensive than the other models we’ve recommended below.
It’s more ornate than the Kraus, with a mix of curves and grace notes that works with a range of decor styles. We think this is a perfect choice for anyone who wants modern functionality with a classic look.
The Delta comes in a few different finish options, which is a nice change from the Kraus! That makes it easy to find just the right fit for your space.
It’s a better all-round faucet than the Kraus. It adds a few extra inches of reach with the sprayer, it has magnetic docking for the spray head, and it has better control on the rinse mode (so you don’t have as much overspray)
The Delta ticks all the same boxes as the Kraus for build quality, with solid metal construction, ceramic valve components, and a lead-free waterway.
While you’ll want to decide whether it’s worth it to choose the touch-on version with its less-solid reliability record, the functionality is genuinely useful. It’s perfect for when your hands are dirty and you’d rather just use your wrist to quickly wash them, as well as for turning water on and off repeatedly without having to find that sweet spot temperature each time.
It’s covered by a lifetime warranty.
It’s not a great choice for modern kitchen aesthetics.
It can get pretty pricey with certain finishes, especially if you choose the touch-on option.
As with the Kraus model above, this Delta is somewhat less efficient than other models. It uses 1.8 GPM, whereas some more expensive/efficient models use just 1.5 GPM.
You’ll need some backsplash clearance. This is very space-efficient, but make sure you have a few inches back there.
It’s reliability record is very good, but not perfect. That’s particularly true of the touch-on model, which is why we suggest the standard version to most buyers.
3. Delta Faucet Kate Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet With Pull-Down Sprayer
The Delta Kate is our favorite pull-down model for multi-hole sinks. All of the models in this guide will work with multi-hole installations, but the rest of our picks will require an escutcheon plate to cover the unused side holes. This one makes full use of all two or three holes. We think it’s the best value for the average buyer, too!
The Kate carries over a lot of the same selling points as the Leland:
- Solid build quality
- Magnetic docking
- Lots of reach
- Controlled spray pattern
All in all, it’s a stellar fixture that blends form and function as well as a lot of fixtures costing significantly more.
It looks great in practically any setting. Where the Kraus and Leland have very clear looks (modern and traditional), the Kate manages to achieve something more timeless. It looks good with most traditional styles, without seeming out of place in contemporary settings.
While they might look like a marketing gimmick to the casual buyer, Delta’s Diamond-Seal components do last longer without leaks than the competition. The Kate has an excellent long-term track record for leak-free performance.
It’s covered by a lifetime warranty, just like the rest of our recommendations.
It won’t work for single-hole sinks. If that’s you, you’ll need to either drill another hole (easy or hard depending on your countertop) or choose one of our other recommendations.
Stainless steel and chrome are your only finish options.
This Delta has a great reputation for reliability. However, quality control is less than stellar out of the factory. Make sure you do a full inspection inside your return window (and before installing) so you catch any issues.
4. Moen 7864SRS Sleek One-Handle High-Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
The Moen Sleek is currently our favorite pull-down faucet on the market. It’s elegant, rock-solid, and offers peerless functionality. As long as it looks good in your space, we recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
It’s absolutely stellar on the build quality front. The Sleek is solid metal, with ceramic innards, Diamond-Seal joints and an overall feel that reeks of quality. You’ll pay a lot for one of these, but it’ll be an excellent investment.
It also looks fantastic. The Sleek looks good pretty much anywhere, and makes a statement without being over the top. It has clean lines without being squared off, and a graceful curve that melds with your sink without getting lost in the mix. We think it’s hands-down the best pull-down on the market.
It’s as functional as anything on the market, too. It sprays well, has lots of reach, and the magnetic docking assembly is simply superb.
It’s also efficient, at 1.5 GPM.
It doesn’t go with all traditional decor styles.
It’s quite expensive. Don’t get this one if you’re on a tight budget.
Which of these high-quality pull-down faucets should you buy for your kitchen?
The Kraus Sellette is the obvious choice if you’re on a budget and are after a contemporary look in your kitchen. It’s simple, classy, and rugged.
The Delta Leland is the better choice if you’re after something with a more traditional look and feel (without spending a fortune). Don’t get this if you’re working with a more modern-looking space, though!
The Delta Kate is our recommendation to the average buyer, and to anyone who wants to make the most of a 2-hole or 3-hole sink. Don’t try and make it work with a single-hole sink, though, unless you want to drill another hole.
The Moen Sleek is our ultimate pick, for those who want the best of the best in a new kitchen faucet with a pull-down sprayer. It’s built better than anything else on the market, and has stunning looks to boot. Do be aware that it’s not always a good fit with traditional decor styles, though. Be sure to visualize it in your space before buying.
There are a few things to think about as you consider our various recommendations. Below, you’ll find all our handy buying advice for figuring out your needs, navigating your options, and choosing your dream fixture.
Decide On Your Budget
Good pull-down faucets tend to be more expensive than your standard fixture. That’s because these mechanisms are fairly intricate, and they require a certain standard of build quality to work well. While it’s perfectly reasonable to choose a more affordable model, you can’t afford to be cheap when choosing a pull-down fixture. The cheapest models are infuriating to use and absurdly short-lived. Their sprayers droop, their hoses leak, and they’ll soon make you wish you’d made a better investment.
While it’s important to think about things like build quality, efficiency and functionality when choosing a plumbing fixture, remember that a kitchen faucet is the centerpiece of your space. Just as a table is the center of your dining room, the sink is where all eyes will be drawn to in your kitchen. It’s the natural center of both your workspace and your decor.
With that in mind, think about how you’d like your ideal kitchen faucet to look. Are you after something
Know Your Sink
Before you choose a new faucet, it’s important to know what you have to work with. What kind of clearance do you have around your sink? Is there plenty of room between the sink and the backsplash, or do you need to find a faucet with a handle that only moves forward? How many holes does your sink have? If there’s just one, you’ll want to choose a faucet with controls integrated on the spout. If you have a sink with three holes, you have a choice. You can either choose a single-hole model and then cover the side holes with an escutcheon plate, or you can choose a model that takes advantage of all three holes with a side-mounted control knob and a soap dispenser. You should also consider the space you have above your sink. Is there anything to be aware of? If there’s nothing above your sink, you’ve got nothing to worry about. You can choose a high-arc model and take advantage of all that space. If you have cabinets or shelving above your sink, you should make sure to take measurements, so that you can check whether a given model will fit in your space.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best pull-down kitchen faucets. Now that you’ve reached the end, you should have at least one or two models in mind for your own home. You can find out more about any of the faucets we’ve recommended in this guide by visiting the links in our reviews. For more reviews, recommendations and insights, check out our comprehensive guide to all the best fixtures!