Kitchen Sink Faucet Buyer’s Guide
Here are some things to consider before purchasing a kitchen faucet.
We have included the dimensions of each faucet in our comparison chart. Height is the most important metric because the arch is the most important stylistic element. Width and depth are also important as that ensures that the faucet will fit in your sink/counter space.
Other dimensions to note are minimum clearance to backsplash, spout reach, the escutcheon size, hole size, and water supply connection size.
Material & Finish
Brass or stainless steel are the most common and best materials.
Composite is a good low budget option.
Different finish colors are also available such as stainless steel, bronze, chrome, and matte black. You definitely want a tarnish, rust, and corrosion resistant finish. Some faucets have spot resistant technology that prevents smudges, but this isn’t common.
Kitchen faucets come in a variety of sizes and designs. We narrowed our search to arched faucets with pull-down spray heads since they have the most design and technological advances. Plus, they generally receive the best reviews.
There are still a variety of designs available from traditional to more contemporary to ultramodern and even industrial. Faucets with a more transitional design are also available.
Our top ten kitchen faucets list represents the full range of design aesthetics. We’re confident you will find one that you like.
There are a few construction aspects you should consider before purchasing a faucet. You obviously want a lead-free faucet. This generally isn’t a problem since modern companies do not use lead, but still something you should know.
The construction of the faucet also impacts the flow rate. Flow rate (measured in gallons per minute) tells you how much water flows per minute. All the faucets we cover have a flow rate between 1.50 and 2.20 GPM.
You should also consider valve quality. A high-quality valve is less likely to drip. Many faucets include an extremely durable ceramic disk valve as well.
The Delta faucets on our list have a valve coated in diamonds, which prevents leaks or drips. One piece construction also prevents drips.
Spray Head Features
Most people find the pull-down sprayer the most beautiful type, but they do droop over time. Make sure to choose one that has an automatic return, which means that it will not droop.
Spray Face Maintenance
Spray faces tend to get mineral buildup that requires maintenance. You can still find faucets that don’t get much buildup. You can even clean some with just the touch of your fingers.
Hose & Sprayer Functionality
A long pull-down hose with a long reach is important. It’s especially important if you have a deep sink. You should consider the functionality of the sprayer too. Spray settings to look for include spray, stream, and pause. The faucet will usually have button on the sprayer that makes switching modes simple.
All the faucets on our list are surface or deck mounted, which means that they are mounted on the countertop. However, you must check the number of holes your faucet works with. Most sinks have 1 or 3 holes, but some have 2 holes. They may have 4 holes on rare occasions.
An escutcheon is required if you have a multiple hole faucet. Look for a faucet that includes an escutcheon and note the hole compatibility. All this information is in our Comparison Table.
Another thing to consider are the connection lines. Flexible lines are easier to install.
A faucet that comes with lots of parts is obviously better than one that lacks parts. It makes installation easier and it saves you money.
Finally, you can hire a professional to install the faucet if you don’t want to do it yourself. The manufacturer will provide you with a qualified and licensed handyman to install it for you.
Kitchen faucets generally have excellent warranties. Our selection of faucets even include a few with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
There are some rules with a limited lifetime warranty though. Some are “no questions asked” and some are only under warranty for the original purchasor. Read the fine print before making a purchase.