What are the Best Kitchen Faucets in 2018? Review on Various Touchless & Pull Down Sprayer Models.

Are you redecorating or remodeling your kitchen? If so, you’ll need to select a new kitchen faucet before committing to any design decisions.

In any home, the kitchen sink is an ever-present centerpiece. We use our sinks to wash our hands, our dishes, our fruits, and our vegetables. We rely on our kitchen sinks as the main source of our drinking water.

Without a great kitchen faucet, the kitchen sink fails us.

Faucets seem simple on the surface. We turn them on; water flows out the spout; we turn them off. At first look, there’s little to complicate the search for a new one.

However, there’s much to consider. We’ve reviewed the best kitchen faucets, to make sure you have all the information before making your selection.

Below our kitchen faucet reviews, refer to our Buyer’s Guide to better understand what specifications will be most relevant in your search for the best kitchen faucet. Read our FAQ to make the most informed choice about which model will work best for you!

Comparison Table

ModelMaterialFlow Rate (GPM)SpoutRequired Installation HolesTouchless 
Rohl A1458LMWSTCB-2

Editor’s Choice for Classic Design
Brass1.5Swivel4No

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KOHLER K-99259-2BZMetal1.83-function pull-down1No

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Hansgrohe 10821801 StarckMetal2.2Pull-down and swivel1No

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KOHLER K-99261-2BZMetal1.83-function pull-down1No

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Blanco 441332 Culina Semi-ProBrass2.2Pull-down and swivel1No

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Moen 5923SRSMetal1.5Pull-down1No

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KOHLER K-72218-VSMetal1.8Pull-down and swivel1Yes

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Moen S72308ESRS STo

Editor’s Choice for Modern Design
Metal1.5Pull-down1Yes

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Delta Faucet 9659T-AR-DST Trinsic ProBrass1.8Pull-down1Yes

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Moen 7594ESRS Arbor


Editor’s Choice for A Bargain
Metal1.5Pull-down1Yes

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The Top 10 Kitchen Faucet Reviews 2018

Rohl Country Kitchen Three Leg Bridge Faucet – Editor’s Choice for Classic Design

The Rohl A1458LMWSTCB-2 comes equipped with two metal levers for hot and cold water, a side spray, and a swivel spout with a nine-inch reach. The Tuscan brass model is especially attractive, reminiscent of a homestyle antique but with the functionality of a modern faucet.

In addition to extending nine inches over the sink, the column spout is about nine inches tall. Water flows at 1.5 gallons per minute, and this model requires four installation holes.

Unfortunately, the aerator can sometimes cause more spray than desired, and some consumers report problems with the occasional leak or drip. The side spray must be continually pressed, so if your hands cramp easily while holding buttons, this may not be the model for you.

Pros
  • Beautiful Tuscan brass finish guaranteed to impress.
  • 5 GPM flow rate.
  • Swivel spout.
Cons
  • Occasionally leaky.
  • side spray button must be held down to function.

The Rohl A1458LMWSTCB-2 pairs a lovely, rustic design with the functionality of a modern faucet. With an excellent flow rate of 1.5 GPM, this energy-efficient model offers a traditional spout with a side spray for versatility. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen sink without straying too far from the age-old aesthetic, this model may meet your needs.

KOHLER K-99259-2BZ – Modern design with a classic aesthetic

The KOHLER K-99259-2BZ is a versatile model. Its pull-down spray head comes with three separate functions: a wide, forceful blade of water ideal for earnest cleaning; a light spray ideal for washing fruits and vegetables; and an aerated stream.

Water flows at 1.8 gallons per minute through the 17-inch spout of oil-rubbed bronze. The turned lever handle and high-arched spout would be a beautiful addition to any kitchen.

KOHLER’s magnetic docking system even ensures that the spray head remains secure in the spout.

After rigorous use, however, the spray head sometimes ceases to function as desired. Water may issue from the spout seemingly at random no matter which mode you’ve enabled.

Pros
  • Spray head offers three different spray options.
  • A relatively low flow rate of 1.8 GPM.
Cons
  • Different spray options sometimes mix together.

The KOHLER K-99259-2BZ is an energy efficient model that may be the best pull-down kitchen faucet in terms of design. Though the spray options sometimes mix together or malfunction, the three separate spray modes do make a range of cleaning options easy. With an energy-efficient flow rate of 1.8 GPM, the KOHLER K-99259-2BZ is a good choice if you’re looking to pair the modern pull-down functionality with a classic design aesthetic.

Hansgrohe Starck High Arc Kitchen Faucet – fashionable and functional

The Hansgrohe Starck offers a sleek and futuristic design for the modern kitchen. With a single handle and a 150-degree swivel spout that pulls down for maximum reach, this fashionable and functional model combines a majority of all faucet needs.

The ergonomic pull-down spray head offers both full and needle spray modes at 2.2 gallons per minute. Though less than ideal for water conservation, this model from Hansgrohe is still within the federally-accepted range for flow rates.

Hansgrohe’s magnetic docking system even ensures that the spray head remains secure in the spout, which has a height of 10 inches and a reach of nine inches.

If your hand tires of holding down a button while washing dishes, the Hansgrohe Starck allows you to turn the water on with a single press.

However, if you’re installing your faucet into a tight space, this might offer you too much range of motion.

Pros
  • Sleek, futuristic design for a modern kitchen.
  • 150-degree swivel spout with two spray functions.
Cons
  • Potentially unwieldy in a small space.
  • High flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute.

The Hansgrohe Starck offers the most minimal and futuristic design of the kitchen faucets on this list. Though the flow rate is a bit high, the pull-down spout offers two spray functions. The Hansgrohe model also allows you to turn the water on with a single press of a button, rather than having to hold the button down. If you’re looking for one that beautifully melds fashion with function, the Hansgrohe might be worth investigating.

KOHLER K-99261-2BZ – Old-world aesthetic with a modern design

The KOHLER K-99261-2BZ is a heavy duty and high-tech model.

Its pull-down spray head comes with three separate functions: a wide, forceful blade of water ideal for earnest cleaning; a light spray ideal for washing fruits and vegetables; and an aerated stream.

This model’s light, braided hose and swiveling ball joint make the pull-down spray head easy and comfortable to use.

Water flows at 1.8 gallons per minute through the 16-inch spout of oil-rubbed bronze. The turned lever handle and high-arched spout would be a beautiful addition to any kitchen.

KOHLER’s magnetic docking system even ensures that the spray head remains secure in the spout. Best of all, temperature memory technology allows you to it on at temperatures set during previous uses.

After rigorous use, however, the spray head sometimes ceases to function as desired. Water may issue from the spout seemingly at random no matter which mode you’ve enabled.

Pros
  • Temperature memory allows it to be turned on at a specific temperature.
  • Spray head offers three different spray options.
  • Spray head extends farther than the spout, similar to a side spray.
Cons
  • Different spray options sometimes mix.

The KOHLER K-99261-2BZ is an energy efficient model that may be the best pull-down kitchen faucet in terms of design. Though the spray options sometimes mix together or malfunction, the three separate spray modes do make a range of cleaning options easy. With an energy-efficient flow rate, the KOHLER K-99261-2BZ is a good choice if you’re looking to pair the modern pull-down functionality with an old-world design aesthetic.

Blanco Culina Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet – Flexible and compact

The Blanco 441332 features an award-winning design. The spout is made of a flexible steel spring, making this faucet easy to use and aim. Its nickel-plated solid brass body is hardy and durable even through extended use.

Water flows at 2.2 gallons per minute through the dual spray pull-down faucet. Hot and cold water supply lines are color-coded for ease of use.

As the handle does not rotate behind the faucet, this model is great for installing against a backsplash. The limited range of motion for the handle makes the faucet more compact.

However, some consumers report that the nickel plating peels off easily after only a few uses, and the magnetic docking system sometimes fails.

Pros
  • Great for installing against a backsplash.
  • The spout is made of a flexible steel spring.
Cons
  • The magnetic docking system does not always hold the spray head.
  • The nickel plating peels off the brass body.

The Blanco 441332 in Satin Nickel is designed for easy installation against a backsplash, where you may not have enough room for a traditional faucet. As the water flows at 2.2 GPM, this may not be the best choice for energy-conscious consumers. However, if you’re looking for a powerful jet of water delivered easily through a pull-down spout, this is one of the top-rated kitchen faucets available.

Moen 5923SRS – Industrial and durable

The Moen 5923SRS features a durable locking system for a quick connection and an easy installation. The pull-down design of the spout allows for flexible and versatile water delivery.

This Moen model offers two spray modes: an aerated stream for casual cleaning needs and a powerful rinse for heavy-duty cleaning jobs. Water flows at 1.5 gallons per minute.

The chrome finish and industrial design make this an attractive option for kitchens with a high volume of stubborn dishes. It is just over 22 inches tall. The spout offers 10 inches of reach.

However, some consumers have reported that the included parts may be defective. If you have two holes in your kitchen sink, you’ll need to buy a deck plate separately in order to install this faucet.

Pros
  • Industrial design with a dual-spray spout.
  • Durable locking system for easy installation.
Cons
  • Certain components can be defective.

Though industrial in design, the Moen 5923SRS delivers an efficient flow rate. With a dual-spray, pull-down spout, this hardy kitchen faucet would be an excellent choice for anyone tackling heavy-duty cleaning jobs. Certain parts can be defective, but the flexible and versatile water delivery options make this a safe option.

KOHLER K-72218-VS – A faucet for the future

The KOHLER K-72218-VS is a stylish, touchless model that turns washing vegetables and cleaning dishes into simple tasks.

The convenience of the touchless faucet reduces the risk of a mess and frees your hands to complete other tasks. The sensor responds within 20 milliseconds of activation. With the sleek and futuristic design, this high-tech faucet would be a valued centerpiece in a modern kitchen.

Water flows at 1.8 gallons per minute through the dual-spray spout head, which pulls down to expand the reach of the water.

However, after six months of use, some consumers report an intermittent loss of water pressure. One of the component parts tends to malfunction and reduce water pressure while limiting temperature options.

Pros
  • Sleek and futuristic design.
  • Touchless dual-spray spout head.
Cons
  • Faulty parts result in intermittent loss of water pressure.

The KOHLER K-72218-VS would be a great option for anyone designing a kitchen with an eye on the future. The touchless design makes a range of cooking and cleaning tasks much easier. It also has an excellent mid-range flow rate. Though you may have some problems with faulty parts, the sleek and futuristic design paired with its high-tech functionality make this a model worth considering.

Moen S72308ESRS STo – Editor’s Choice for Modern Design

The Moen S72308ESRS STo is an unobtrusive, touchless model with a classic and elegant design. Its stainless-steel finishing defends against fingerprints and water spots, while the quick connect hose system streamlines installation.

Water flows at 1.5 gallons per minute through the flexible pull-down hose. Though this Moen model does feature a handle, the touchless technology reduces the risk of a mess and frees your hands to complete other tasks.

Moen’s “PowerClean” technology delivers a high-pressure spray for heavy-duty cleaning.

However, the spout tends to wiggle where it meets the square base. Consumers report that this unsecured connection makes the faucet feel flimsier than the price should allow.

Pros
  • Steel finishing resists fingerprints and water spots.
  • Energy-efficient, with one of the lowest flow rates.
Cons
  • An insecure connection between spout and base.

The Moen S72308ESRS STo is an unobtrusive model that may be the best touchless kitchen faucet in terms of design. The steel finishing resists fingerprints and water spots, making it easy to keep the beautiful arch clean and shining. Water flows at 1.5 GPM, making this one of the more energy-efficient faucets available.

Delta Faucet 9659T-AR-DST Trinsic Pro – A practical, touchless faucet

The Delta Faucet 9659T-AR-DST Trinsic Pro Single Handle Pull-Down Spring Spout Kitchen Faucet offers a unique design with universal touchless technology.

Though this Delta model does feature a handle, the touchless technology reduces the risk of a mess and frees your hands to complete other tasks.

It stands about 20 inches high with a 10-inch reach for the spout. Water flows at 1.8 gallons per minute through the flexible pull-down hose.

Water temperature is indicated by color-changing LED lights.

However, some consumers report that the touchless technology can malfunction. If in touch mode, water may still drip from the spout in a steady stream, even after trying to turn the water off.

Pros
  • Unique, touchless design.
  • Color-changing LED lights indicate water temperature.
Cons
  • Less visually appealing than other models.
  • Touch mode may have to be disabled to turn off all water flow.

Though the Delta Faucet 9659T-AR-DST Trinsic Pro may not be the most attractive model available, it’s certainly one of the most functional. On the higher end of energy efficiency with a flow rate of 1.8 GPM, the Delta model uses color-changing LED lights to indicate the temperature of the water, which turns on with a simple touch.

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor – Editor’s Choice for A Bargain

The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is a curvaceous, touchless model with a classic and sturdy design. The stainless-steel finishing defends against fingerprints and water spots, while the quick connect hose system streamlines installation.

Water flows at 1.5 gallons per minute through the flexible pull-down hose. Though this Moen model does feature a handle, the touchless technology reduces the risk of a mess and frees your hands to complete other tasks.

The 68-inch hose delivers a high-pressure spray for heavy-duty cleaning.

However, some consumers report that the touchless technology this model may cease to function after a few days of use.

Pros
  • Steel finishing resists fingerprints and water spots.
  • Energy-efficient, with one of the lowest flow rates.
  • 68-inch hose.
Cons
  • Touchless technology may malfunction.

The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is one of the cheaper models available, and its touchless technology makes it a real bargain. The flow rate is encouraging for the energy conservationist. A particularly long pull-down spout makes this model from Moen an excellent deal for a robust offering of features.

Our Top Picks

Rohl A1458LMWSTCB-2

The Rohl A1458LMWSTCB-2 is the only four-hole installation model on this list, but in terms of classic design, this rustic faucet could be a great centerpiece in your kitchen. The finishing pairs an antiqued aesthetic with the functionality of a modern faucet.

Moen S72308ESRS STo

If you’re designing a more modern kitchen, and you want the best looking faucet, this might be your best option. The Moen S72308ESRS STo is a work of art in terms of design, with a lovely square base supporting the careful arch of the spout.

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor

The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is one of the most cost-effective models on this list. Considering most of the touchless models cost a good bit more, the Moen Arbor would be a great choice for anyone trying to stick to a budget without sacrificing quality. Totally the best kitchen faucet for the money in the list.

Buyer’s Guide

If you’re new to the world of kitchen faucets, you likely have questions. Industry terms are not always well defined by the manufacturers selling faucets, and you may not know where to start.

We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions, and we’ve attempted to provide clear answers. If you don’t know much about kitchen faucets, flow rates, or installation mounts, start here!

What are the Benefits of Touchless Faucets?

Touchless faucets are increasingly popular and fashionable.

Touchless faucets or “hands-free” faucets tend to be more efficient than the traditional variety. If your hands are messy or full of dirty utensils, you can touch the spout of the faucet with your forearm or gesture your hand in front of a motion sensor. The water will turn on, and you’ll be able to clean yourself or your dishes without dirtying your faucet in the process.

In addition to being convenient, touchless faucets are also more hygienic. They reduce cross-contamination. For instance, if you’ve spent the last half hour cubing raw chicken, you’ll want to wash your hands. You won’t want to touch your faucet in the process. Harmful and toxic bacteria may linger on the handle.

With touchless faucets, you’re able to deliver water to whatever needs water without finding yourself in a position where you have to clean your faucet too.

What is the Difference Between a Deck-Mount Faucet and a Wall-Mount Faucet?

A deck-mount faucet is installed on top of the sink itself or in the counter behind the sink. A wall-mounted faucet, on the other hand, attaches to the wall or backsplash behind the sink.

All the models on this list are deck-mounted.

When choosing a new one, it’s important to know how many installation holes are available in your existing sink. If you’re completely remodeling your sink, it’s best to choose the faucet first so that you can purchase a sink with enough installation holes.

Traditional deck-mounted faucets required three installation holes for the spout and two temperature handles. A fourth installation hole was usually required for the side spray.

Current industry trends are pivoting away from the traditional faucet to a single-spout, single-handle configuration. Most of these models only require a single installation hole.

How Do I Install My Faucet?

If you’re installing a deck-mounted faucet, there are two different types of installation methods.

  • Top-mount
  • Bottom-mount

The difference between these mounts deals with the direction of the screws that secure the faucet to the sink or counter. If the screw enters the faucet from underneath the counter, it’s a top-mount. If the screw enters the faucet from the top of the deck before entering the counter, it’s a bottom-mount.

Make sure to follow whatever installation instructions accompany your purchase.

What Does “Flow Rate” Mean? What does “GPM” Mean?

“Flow rate” is the rate at which water flows out of the faucet when you’ve turned the faucet on. “GPM” stands for gallons per minute. It is the standardized measurement.

When you’re researching new kitchen faucets, you’ll likely see something to the effect of “Flow Rate: 1.8 GPM.”

This means that water flows out of it at a rate of 1.8 gallons per minute.

The flow rate is an important measure of energy efficiency. If a faucet’s flow rate is too high, it means that you’ll likely be wasting water when using the faucet.

For example, if you spend five minutes washing dishes with the water running, you can waste 10 gallons of water. And each resident of the United States uses an average of 88 gallons of water a day.

Current federal standards require that faucets’ flow rates not exceed 2.2 GPM. Most of the faucets reviewed here have flow rates much lower than that.

The ideal flow rate in terms of water conservation is 1.5 GPM. Four of the ten best kitchen faucets reviewed here offer a flow rate of 1.5 GPM.

What Spray Modes are Available?

Most people are familiar with the different spray modes in shower heads. Some modes cascade softly like rain. Others deliver water in a stream of heavy bullets. Depending on the spray, water can soothe you, beat you, or sting you.

According to current trends, manufacturers are implementing this technology into their faucet designs with more frequency.

Here are a few spray modes available in the best kitchen faucets:

  • Blade spray — A thin, forceful spray of water is ideal for prying caked-on food from dishes.
  • Light like rain — Some manufacturers include gentle sprays in their faucets’ functionality. This spray is ideal for washing fruit and vegetables.
  • Aerated spray — A mid-range spray that introduces air into the water stream for a larger, softer spray.

Conclusion

Depending on its quality, a kitchen faucet can be a daily frustration or a daily delight. Most people who upgrade from a traditional one to a touchless model swear their lives dramatically improve. And most people who suffer the nuisance of a leaky, low-pressure faucet dread cooking and cleaning if it means dealing with their kitchen sink at all.

When choosing the best kitchen faucet for your home, take note of the flow rate, the number of installation holes required, and the configuration of the spout. Using these three metrics along with your own eye for design should help you to find the best faucet for your kitchen.

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