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Best Kitchen Faucets for 2018
As one of the most-used items in the kitchen, having a kitchen faucet that meets the needs of you and your family is of utmost importance. However, with so many different units on the market, it can be hard to narrow down your options.

From design, to efficiency, to various functionalities, there are a myriad of things to consider when on the hunt for the best kitchen faucet. This post contains comprehensive reviews, a comparison chart, and buyer’s guide, all meant to assist you in zeroing in on the perfect faucet for your kitchen.

Delta 9113-AR-DST Essa – Editor’s Choice 2018
With the perfect combination of sleek design, high functionality, and relative affordability, the Delta Essa wins our editor’s choice award. While all ten represent some of the best options on the market today, the Essa represents a combination of all three values.

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Design-wise, we love how elegant, sleek and simple the Essa is. Tall, but not too tall, with a simple and beautiful arch, this kitchen faucet would fit in with any design style. It was designed to specifically be a soft, modern take on euro design with subtle detailing accents, allowing the faucet to blend with both contemporary and transitional styles. It has a tall but not too large footprint at 15.2 x 1.2 x 11 inches. Nothing is bulky or overbearing on the faucet; it all flows (no pun intended). Adding to this, Delta gives you the option to purchase the faucet in four different finishes: arctic stainless, chrome, Venetian bronze, and matte black. This choice will further articulate your particular design sense. Additionally, depending on what look you are going for, you have the choice to use the included escutcheon—the metal base—or install it directly into your counter for a more minimalist look.

Functionally, the Essa is topnotch, and also ADA compliant. The high-arch spout swivels a full 360 degrees for complete sink access. And the pull-down spray wand features a 62-inch hose length that provides an impressive 20-inch reach. With the Essa, hard-to-reach, hidden corners of the sink that you can’t clean will be a thing of the past. The faucet also features a Delta exclusive technology, “MagnaTite docking”. A powerful integrated magnet keeps the pull-down spray wand firmly in place, so it stays docked when not in use. As you raise the wand to dock it, the magnet embedded in the spout pulls it precisely into place. This protects against drooping over time, which tends to happen with pull-downs. The pull-down is also equipped with a push button that allows you to toggle between spray and stream water flow.

The Essa is capable of flowing water through the faucet at 1.80 gallons per minute, which means that pots will be filled and dishes washed in a very timely manner. It also has an automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes helps conserve water, making it very water efficient. We absolutely love the faucet’s TempSense technology, so that you’ll never burn your fingers again. The color indicator at the base of the faucet changes color based on the temperature of your water: blue to pink to red for 80 to 95 to 110 degrees fahrenheit. And, perhaps our favorite feature, another Delta faucet exclusive is the Touch-Clean Spray Holes, which allow you to easily wipe away calcium and lime build-up with the touch of a finger. The last, and very exciting, optional feature is upgrading the Essa to Delta’s Touch20 technology. While adding a little bit to the price tag, you get the luxury of being able to turn your faucet on and off with just a touch.

The construction of the Essa matches the quality of design and functionality. Its InnoFlex PEX supply lines—which are included—keep water inside the faucet out of contact with potential metal contaminants. This effectively reduces your need for an additional water filter and keeps your costs lower. The faucet is also lead-free certified. Furthermore, the one-piece construction of InnoFlex PEX waterways removes joints and seals, which are a common source of leaks. Another Delta exclusive, the DIAMOND Seal Technology uses a tough, diamond-coated valve. This effectively removes the risk of leaks. It also increases the longevity of the faucets life to up to five million uses, which is twice as long as the industry standard. Delta believes in this technology so much that they back it with a hugely impressive Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The Essa faucet also boasts a flexible installation, compatible with both a 1-hole and 3-hole deck mounted installation. It requires a 3/8-Inch water supply connection and a 1.5-Inch minimum clearance to backsplash. If you’d prefer not to deal with installing the faucet, look into expert installation. Quality services are provided by a handpicked local handyman and your handyman will ensure that your product is carefully inspected for safety.
As you have probably noticed, this is the second Delta faucet on our kitchen faucet article. Very similar—nearly identical—in build and technology to our editor’s choice, the Delta Essa, the Leland’s design was inspired by the simple forms and beautiful lines of the Taj Mahal. It offers a combination of traditional style and sophistication, and may be a better choice for you if your kitchen isn’t as contemporary as the Essa. Slightly smaller in stature, its dimensions are 12 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches. And with the Essa, you also have the option using the included escutcheon metal base, in order to slightly change the look of the faucet. Within the same design style, you also have the option to purchase a soap/lotion dispense as well as a kitchen air gap. Finally, it comes in three four options: arctic stainless, chrome, Venetian bronze, and matte black.

Functionally, the Leland has many of the same high quality features as it’s sister Essa, and also ADA compliant. The high-arch spout swivels a full 360 degrees for complete sink access. And the pull-down spray wand features a 59-inch hose length that provides an impressive 20-inch reach. With the Leland, hard-to-reach, hidden corners of the sink that you can’t clean will be a thing of the past. The faucet also features a Delta exclusive technology, “MagnaTite docking”. A powerful integrated magnet keeps the pull-down spray wand firmly in place, so it stays docked when not in use. As you raise the wand to dock it, the magnet embedded in the spout pulls it precisely into place. This protects against drooping over time, which tends to happen with pull-downs. The pull-down also allows you to toggle between water-efficient spray and stream modes or a higher flow for quick fills.

The Leland is also capable of flowing water through the faucet at 1.80 gallons per minute, which means that pots will be filled and dishes washed in a very timely manner. It also has an automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes helps conserve water. We love the faucet’s TempSense technology, so that you’ll never burn your fingers again. The color indicator at the base of the faucet changes color based on the temperature of your water: blue to pink to red for 80 to 95 to 110 degrees fahrenheit. And, perhaps our favorite feature, another Delta faucet exclusive is the Touch-Clean Spray Holes, which allow you to easily wipe away calcium and lime build-up with the touch of a finger. The last, and very exciting, optional feature is upgrading the Leland to Delta’s Touch20 technology. While adding a little bit to the price tag, you get the luxury of being able to turn your faucet on and off with just a touch, which is a huge help when your hands are full or messy.

The fully brass, certified lead-free construction of the Leland matches its quality of design and functionality and is comparable to the Essa. Its InnoFlex PEX supply lines—which are included—keep water inside the faucet out of contact with potential metal contaminants. This effectively reduces your need for an additional water filter and keeps your costs lower. Furthermore, the one-piece construction of InnoFlex PEX waterways removes joints and seals, which are a common source of leaks. Another Delta exclusive, the DIAMOND Seal Technology uses a tough, diamond-coated valve. This effectively removes the risk of leaks. It also increases the longevity of the faucets life to up to five million uses, which is twice as long as the industry standard. Delta believes in this technology so much that they back it with a Faucet and Finish Lifetime Limited Warranty.

As previously mentioned, the included optional escutcheon allows for the Leland to be conveniently compatible with both a 1-hole or 3-hole deck mounted installation. It requires a 3/8-Inch water supply connection and a 2.5-Inch minimum clearance to backsplash.
As a close runner-up to our editor’s choice, the Leland offers all of the technology, functionality and convenience with a more traditional design. If you don’t want your faucet to be quite the talking piece, but still want it to live up to all of your functional and durability needs, the Leland is your best bet.
Kraus is a relative newcomer in the kitchen and bath market. In fact, they have only been around since 2007. They were founded in Port Washington, New York; however, today the company has a global reach. Even though they are a younger company, they know how to keep their customers happy by creating innovative and high-quality products. You will find everything you need for your bathroom and kitchen remodel from Kraus.

Kraus manufactures their kitchen and bath products keeping their three goals in mind: quality, creativity, and design. Making the highest quality products is extremely important to Kraus. This means that they only use the best quality materials, components, test rigorously, and spend a large amount of time on quality control. The creativity component of Kraus’ products ensures that everything they produce is beautiful as well as functional. Finally, the design component of all Kraus products guarantees that good looking and functional products are also affordable.

One final aspect of Kraus’s offerings that sets their products above the pack is their commitment to eco friendly practices. Creating bath and kitchen products that also help to preserve our Earth is an important and enviable goal for the company. If you want to purchase something from a company that also cares about the environment, then a Kraus product is for you.

Kraus’s KPF-1610SS Bolden Single Handle 18-Inch Commercial Kitchen Faucet upholds all three of the company’s three ideals and their commitment to the environment. It is water efficient, which both cuts down on your water bill but is also better for the water supply. It also has a rocker switch on the spray-head, which allows you to choose one of two spray options. You can either use the faucet in stream or spray mode. Your choice will influence how much cleaning power the faucet has, and also how much water it uses.

In terms of design and affordability, you cannot beat the KPF-1610SS. Its commercial profile gives it the professional look you may be looking for as well as providing a pull-down spray-head that has unparalleled reach. For people with large sinks or who cook/create a lot of dishes, the 18-inch height and 180-degree swivel spout give you plenty of room to work. With Kraus’s smooth-retract technology, you will never have to worry about the spray-head not retracting correctly.

Finally, the user-friendly nature of the Kraus KPF-1610SS faucet is unmatched in the industry. The product comes ready to install with a one-hole installation kit. However, if you have a sink with three hole and want the KPF-1610SS, never fear, Kraus also sells a three-hole installation kit. The Kerox single-lever cartridge has been tested to 500,000 cycles, so the faucet is durable as well as easy to use.

If you want an affordable but still stylish professional-looking faucet, then Kraus’s KPF-1610SS is the product for you. You can’t beat the company’s high standards on design and cost. In all, this is a great deal for the money.
Another popular and trusted name in water appliances is Kohler, and they definitely don’t fail to deliver with their Bellera kitchen faucet. The first thing you notice is it’s clean, modern arch with some more traditional embellishments. What makes this design choice so great is that this faucet would fit right into both a traditional or more contemporary kitchen. With its dimensions of 28.8 x 12.2 x 3.0 inches, the faucet has a reasonably sized footprint to make a statement designwise. The high-arch gooseneck spout is both dramatic and beautiful. We also love that Kohler gives you the option to purchase the faucet in three great colors: vibrant stainless, polished chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze. And all Kohler finishes resist both rusting and tarnishing.

Functionally, the Bellera also provides a great deal for the user. Within the faucet is a ceramic disc valves that has been proven to exceed industry longevity standards. This means that you can rest assured that the faucet will have durable performance for life. Externally, the single-handle integrated valve makes turning water on and off as well as adjusting the temperature super simple. The faucet allows for an impressive water flow of 1.80 gallons per minute. Its high-arch spout can rotate a full 360 degrees, which offers an incredible amount of clearance for whatever your task may be, from filling the biggest of pots to cleaning the far corner of the sink.

The arch has a pull-down spray head which allows, again, for easy cleaning and pot filling. The spray head uses ProMotion technology—made of a light, quiet nylon hose and ball joint, the spray head is easier and more comfortable to use. And you never have to worry about the pull-down starting to drag or droop thanks to Kohler’s DockNetik, which is a magnetic docking system located within the spout that smoothly glides and securely locks the spray head into place. The spray head comes equipped with three full functions: stream—perfect for filling pots, sweep spray—great for cleaning, and pause—when you need to shut off the water but only momentarily. And you can toggle between all three functions with just the touch. Finally, its MasterClean Sprayface withstands mineral buildup and is very easy to clean.

Where the Bellera really shines is its compatibility with virtually every kitchen. Earlier we mentioned that its design could fit in every style of kitchen. Here we explain that Kohler has made it such that the Bellera can be installed with every kind of sink. They include the optional escutcheon (metal base plate), which allows for a single-, two-, three-, or even four-hole deck mounted installation. Kohler also includes flexible supply lines and an installation ring to simplify installation. You also have the option of purchasing and including a complimentarily designed soap or lotion dispenser and air gap cover. If you’d prefer not to deal with installing the faucet, expert installation may be worth it. Kohler also stands behind their products and offers a limited lifetime guarantee on the faucet.
Moen has been recognized as the #1 faucet brand in North America. And it is easy to see how they live up to that title when you see their high end and thoughtful design and experience the advanced technology and durable construction of their products. Their kitchen faucets are no exception; we absolutely love the Moen Arbor.

From a design standpoint, Moen created a faucet that remarkably fits perfectly in either traditional or more contemporary kitchens. With just one handle and a pull-down spray head, the look is clean but not as minimalist as some other faucets on our list. They have tailored the faucet perfectly to this end. The handle has a slight flair and the spout have a subtle curve, which creates a transitional look that works with all decorating styles. And its 24.8 x 12.2 x 3.5 inch dimensions provide an impressively tall arch which will be sure to add the right flair to your kitchen. Functionally, the high arch also provides the height and reach to easily fill and clean large pots.

To further add to the Arbor’s design flexibility, Moen offers it in four colors: chrome, spot resist stainless, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black. Stainless is the most popular choice for most kitchens, and we love that the Arbor’s stainless option is actually “spot resist”. This topnotch finish does just what it says—resists fingerprints and water spots, resulting in a cleaner looking kitchen. This means that you get to spend more time enjoying your home and less time cleaning it with.

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The faucet also features a pull-down spray head system. This pull-down ability in conjunction with an impressive 68 inch hose makes for incredible maneuverability when cleaning or rinsing cookware and dishware of all sizes. It also makes it easier to keep the basin of your sink clean without straining. The pull-down spray head is equipped with Moen’s Reflex system in which the hose automatically returns to its original position, docking smoothly and securely. Even if you forget to return the spray head to the faucet, you never have to worry about it getting stuck in its extended position or starting to droop over time.

Another incredible feature of the Arbor is its PowerClean technology, which provides more water pressure to remove sticky, caked-on messes in the kitchen sink and dishes. The end result is dishes that get cleaned faster and a reduction in the amount of residual water in and around the sink. With water a flow capacity of 1.50 gallons per minute and the perfect pressure, you’ll always have enough water and pressure to accomplish any cleaning or cooking task. The pull-down wand gives you two spray modes to cover everything from washing produce to scrubbing heavy pots and pans. With a simple flick of a switch, you can toggle between a steady aerated stream for everyday cleaning and a more powerful rinse for heavy-duty applications.

Moen has created a new Duralock Quick-Connect installation system, which makes installing the Arbor quick and easy, without the need for any tules. It actually allows water lines to be securely connected in just one quick, straightforward step. The Arbor is compatible with a single hole mount—which provides the cleanest look against custom countertops, or a 3-hole mount. An escutcheon—metal base— is included with the faucet to allow for a 3-hole mount installation. Before installing, also consider the option of purchasing a coordinating kitchen soap and lotion dispense.

As one of the best faucet brands in the industry, it is no wonder that Moen stands fully behind their products, offering a limited lifetime warranty.
If it seems like Groundhogs day, it’s not—this is the second Moen Arbor to make our kitchen faucet reviews list. As mentioned before, Moen is dedicated to designing and delivering beautiful products that last a lifetime, worldwide. From their finishes that are guaranteed to last a lifetime, to faucets that have the ability to perfectly balance your water pressure, it’s no wonder that Moen has been named the #1 faucet company in North America. They definitely set the standard for beautiful design and reliable, innovative construction. And so it is no wonder that they would make our list twice.

However, what’s more extraordinary is that the “Arbor” actually makes our list twice. As reviewed above (and will be mentioned again below), the Arbor and the Arbor with MotionSense are truly amazing faucets that would fit into any kitchen. And this version comes equipped Moen’s amazing MotionSense technology. MotionSense provides the convenience of having a kitchen faucet that can actually sense what you’re trying to accomplish and respond to what you need, the moment you need it. A simple hand movement will trigger the flow of water through two advanced sensors at the top and base of the faucet. Hands-free not only adds convenience when your hands are full or messy, but it actually means that your faucet will need less cleaning and will help you control the spread of germs (think raw chicken hands).

As noted above, Moen created a faucet—in the Arbor and Arbor with MotionSense—that remarkably fits perfectly in either traditional or more contemporary kitchens. With just one handle and a pull-down spray head, the look is clean but not as minimalist as some other faucets on our list. They have tailored the faucet perfectly to this end. The handle has a slight flair and the spout have a subtle curve, which creates a transitional look that works with all decorating styles. And its 26.5 x 14.8 x 4.1 inch dimensions provide an even taller arch than the Arbor, which will be sure to add the right flair to your kitchen. Functionally, the high arch also provides the height and reach to easily fill and clean large pots.

To Arbor with MotionSense is offered in three colors: chrome, spot resist stainless, and oil-rubbed bronze. Stainless is the most popular choice for most kitchens, and we love that the Arbor’s stainless option is actually “spot resist”. This topnotch finish does just what it says—resists fingerprints and water spots, resulting in a cleaner looking kitchen. This means that you get to spend more time enjoying your home and less time cleaning it with.

The faucet also features a pull-down spray head system. This pull-down ability in conjunction with an impressive 68 inch hose makes for incredible maneuverability when cleaning or rinsing cookware and dishware of all sizes. It also makes it easier to keep the basin of your sink clean without straining. The pull-down spray head is equipped with Moen’s Reflex system in which the hose automatically returns to its original position, docking smoothly and securely. Even if you forget to return the spray head to the faucet, you never have to worry about it getting stuck in its extended position or starting to droop over time.

Another incredible feature of the Arbor with MotionSense is its PowerClean technology, which provides more water pressure to remove sticky, caked-on messes in the kitchen sink and dishes. The end result is dishes that get cleaned faster and a reduction in the amount of residual water in and around the sink. With water a flow capacity of 1.50 gallons per minute and the perfect pressure, you’ll always have enough water and pressure to accomplish any cleaning or cooking task. The pull-down wand gives you two spray modes to cover everything from washing produce to scrubbing heavy pots and pans. With a simple flick of a switch, you can toggle between a steady aerated stream for everyday cleaning and a more powerful rinse for heavy-duty applications.

Moen has created a new Duralock Quick-Connect installation system, which makes installing the Arbor with MotionSense quick and easy, without the need for any tules. It actually allows water lines to be securely connected in just one quick, straightforward step. The Arbor with MotionSense is compatible with a single hole mount—which provides the cleanest look against custom countertops, or a 3-hole mount. An escutcheon—metal base— is included with the faucet to allow for a 3-hole mount installation. Before installing, also consider the option of purchasing a coordinating kitchen soap and lotion dispense. In order to utilize the MotionSense technology, also be sure to purchase the Adapter Service Kit for Moen Kitchen Faucets with MotionSense.

As one of the best faucet brands in the industry, it is no wonder that Moen stands fully behind their products, offering a limited lifetime warranty.
With one of the lower price points on our kitchen faucet reviews article, the American Standard Colony is an amazing choice for a durable, quality faucet with a few less of the bells and whistles that you might find with some of our other best picks. This falls right in line with the American Standard Brand’s determination to provide performance and style. They are focused on putting consumer design-driven selections on the market. They are also intent on their products having exclusive performance features that eliminate the dreaded leaky faucet, reduce installation time, save water, and add durability and dependability. We found, and expand upon in the following review, that American Standard certainly accomplished these design and performance goals in the Colony.

Design-wise, the Colony has a beautiful, contemporary feel with more subtle and softer lines allowing it to fit into any kitchen design easily. Its dimension of 22 x 14 x 3.3 inches indicate a moderately high arch that will add a stunning design element to your kitchen as well as more functionality in filling and cleaning large pots and pans. The Colony is constructed of pure brass and comes in two color options of stainless steel and polished chrome. And the one-lever, brass swivel spout keeps the faucet looking clean and easy to function. The brass construction allows the faucet to hold up to prolonged exposure to water, as brass has naturally corrosion resistant properties. These natural properties of brass also make it the best material for applying colors and finishes, allowing the finish to able to become part of the faucet itself instead of simply an outside coating. Because of this true fusion between structure and finish, the Colony is scratch, tarnish, and corrosion resistant. This means that even after years of use, the faucet will still look new!

Functionally, the Colony was designed with the user’s convenience in mind. The high arch kitchen faucet features a pull-down sprayer, which has an adjustable spray pattern between stream and spray, and even a pause feature. With an impressive water flow rate capability of 2.2 gallons per minute, the Colony has the ability to fit pots and clean at a faster rate than any of the faucets on our kitchen faucet reviews list.

We were also very impressed in the expert construction of the Colony. In particular, the faucet features a ceramic disc valve which helps to keep the faucet maintenance free and provides smooth handle control, even in extreme temperatures or hard water conditions. The valve is tested to withstand over one million on-and-off cycles without failure. The end result is assurance that your kitchen faucet will never drip for its lifetime. American Standard took safety into consideration as well, meeting the NSF Standard 61/Section 9 and Prop 65 lead requirements set forth by the government. It also has an ADA approved handle with memory position valve. The memory position valve allows you to quickly turn on and off the faucet without worrying about accidentally changing the temperature. This would be incredibly useful for young kids using the sink, so that you never have to worry about them accidentally burning themselves with hot water.

Installation is deck mounted and is compatible with both a 1-hole or 3-hole sink. If choosing the latter, you can use the supplied escutcheon (metal base). You may also be interested in purchasing and installing a complimentary soap dispenser.

American Standard backs the Colony with an impressive lifetime function and finish limited warranty. Specifically, the faucet is warranted to be free from defect in materials or workmanship for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which it is installed.
Definitely the most unique faucet in our top ten best kitchen faucet list, we totally dig the Kraus Single Handle. This heavy duty commercial-style faucet features a unique industrial aesthetic that creates a dramatic look with contemporary appeal. Some, with a very traditional aesthetic, may find this ultramodern faucet too out there, but we love that it’s quirky and makes a statement. With 23.5 x 12.2 x 3.0 dimensions, it has an impressively tall arch. But what makes this faucet even more of a statement piece is the exposed coil on the pull-down sprayer with a spring around the spout, as well as the commercial spray head. This look isn’t for everyone, but we think the professional looking faucet would add an incredible design element to any kitchen that is willing to take a fun risk. And although not your average kitchen faucet, the color choices of flawless commercial grade stainless steel or a chrome finish allow the Kraus to still coordinate with your other fixtures and appliances. The commercial grade faucet boasts superior rust-free finishes.

As far as durable construction goes, it doesn’t get much better than the Kraus. It functions more like a faucet you would find in a commercial kitchen, where efficiency and effectiveness are both key. To ensure maximum durability, this faucet is constructed with certified lead-free brass. It also avails itself of industry leading technology, including its Kerox ceramic cartridge (tested with over 500,000 cycles) that allow for lasting, drip-free use. It is also outfitted with a high-performance and low-flow Neoperl aerator, which is used to reduce water waste without sacrificing pressure. And its “LiteTouch” single lever allows you to easily control water flow and temperature control.

Its commercial kitchen qualities don’t only apply to its design. As previously mentioned, the Kraus features a high-arch industrial-style open-coil spout, which makes the faucet a statement piece. However it also increases the faucet’s functionality by swiveling 360 degrees for added flexibility, providing the ability to reach every part of the sink. The Kraus also has an ergonomic pull-down sprayer embedded with rubber nozzles to prevent hard water and limescale buildup. This keeps your maintenance duties to a minimum. The spray head includes an integrated diverter that makes it easy to instantly switch from spout to powerful pre-rinse spray. When you press the sprayer’s lever handle, it diverts the flow of water from the main spout while maintaining the faucet’s impressive 1.80 gallons per minute water flow rate.

Single-hole mounting allows you to seamlessly integrate this faucet with your sink. Kraus keeps installation even easier by providing all mounting hardware with purchase. However, if your sink requires more than 1-hole for installation, be sure to purchase a corresponding escutcheon.

We found Kraus to be a leading manufacturer of kitchen (as well as bathroom) fixtures. They are dedicated to ensuring exceptional quality in their products, always made with the industry’s finest materials and cutting-edge designs. This kitchen faucet is no different, and Kraus backs it with an impressive limited lifetime warranty.

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