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Best Kitchen Faucets - 2017 Reviews - Armchair Empire

Best Kitchen Faucets – 2017 Reviews

Best Pull-Out

KOHLER K-15160

Best Pull-Down

Delta Faucet 980T-SSSD-DST

Best Commercial

Kraus KPF-1602SS

5 Best Kitchen Faucets Of 2017

1. Delta Faucet 980T-SSSD-DST

A fantastic faucet upgrade for any home out there. Between the "Touch 2O" technology and the built in soap dispenser, you won't be left asking for more.


2. Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST

This is hands down one of the best faucets out there. If you don't feel like digging into kitchen faucet reviews too extensively, then the Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST is always a safe bet.


3. UFaucet Commercial Faucet

This is one of the most affordable kitchen faucet options out there. If you're in a hurry, or just want a good-looking, functional kitchen faucet, look no further than the Ufaucet Commercial unit.


4. Moen 7594SRS Arbor

Moen really covers all of their bases with this exceptional faucet. It looks clean, performs well, and has some neat features to boot!


5. KOHLER K-596-CP

The KOHLER K-596-CP Simplice Faucet is, as its name implies, a simple faucet. However, it still offers many great benefits - from installation to use, the KOHLER K-596-CP is the perfect faucet.


Comparison Table - Best Kitchen Faucets

Model

Type

My Rating

Review

Kraus KPF-1650SS

Commercial

8.5

KOHLER K-15160

Pull-Out

8.4

Delta Faucet 4353-AR-DST

Pull-Out

8.3

Delta Faucet 9178-AR-DST

Pull-Down

8.3

Moen 7594SRS Arbor

Pull-Down

8.1

Kraus KPF-1602SS

Commercial

8.1

Delta Faucet 980T-SSSD-DST

Pull-Down

8.0

Kraus KPF-1640SS

Pull-Down

7.9

KOHLER K-596-CP

Pull-Down

7.9

KOHLER K-10433

Pull-Out

7.5

Purelux Tulip

Pull-Out

7.4

Ufaucet Commercial Faucet

Pull-Out

7.1

Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide (2017)

Introduction

Majority of your time in the kitchen will be spent around two things – the gas range and your kitchen faucet. Quite naturally, a clean and working kitchen faucet is vital to any kitchen. Unfortunately, repairing, changing and replacing faucets that go bad costs a lot of money. For those who live on rent, any cheap kitchen faucet available in the local home store will do just fine but if you are a homeowner then you need to think twice before purchasing the first faucet you see. Remember, there is a lot more to faucets than just the brand and price.

Thanks to the years of kitchen remodeling and designing, I have got a chance to play with various kinds of faucets and from almost all the brands. Naturally, I can pinpoint specific negatives about particular designs as well as justify the higher price tag for a more technologically advanced unit. It is all this experience and knowledge that I bring to my kitchen faucet buying guide. Unfortunately, there is a lot that I want to tell you, to help you, but space and time is limited hence, I have made a compact list of three things that you ought to keep an eye on when choosing the perfect kitchen faucet. 

Operation and Function

How does your kitchen faucet operate? Is it a stand-alone device? Does it have a single handle or maybe two handles and what about touch memory? There are plenty of functions and modes or operations that you need to be aware of.

If you like mixing your water temperature manually without having the faucet do the job for you then a double handle unit is what you need. However, if you are like me, who can never get the right temperature running, then you need a faucet with a single handle cartridge operated unit that controls the temperature based on how you position the handle. Unfortunately, the lesson to learn here is that the more complicated or feature packed your faucet is going to be, the more it will cost.

Likewise, are you interested in sprayer heads and if so, what kind do you prefer? Side sprayer, pull-down or pull-out? Each has its own limitation and plus points. And then finally, the main feature to decide on is how high is the spout going to be. Is it going to arc really high like 8 inches? Or are you satisfied with a conventional 3 to 5 inch arc?

Pull-Out Sprayer


A pull-out sprayer has a curved or angular spout that allows the head to come right off and extend straight over the sink. Most commonly seen in single handle units, such pull-out sprayers are excellent to rinse pots and pans, clean veggies or dishes. In a few models the spray head will have spray controls and a pause button too.

Pull-Down Sprayer


More industrial by design, such faucets are preferred in commercial kitchens and restaurants. They have a high arc spout and a spray head that comes down as it detaches from the spout. Once more, these spray heads can have buttons to control the water flow or they may rely on one to two handles for the same.

Side Sprayer


Sprayers as an independent unit are not common nowadays but you can find them if you search hard enough. Such units are mounted away from the spout faucet and they need their own hole in the sink. Naturally, this makes it more complicated to mount side sprayers with all the extra plumbing lines required.

Mounting Mechanism

For those who are building a brand new kitchen, this particular step really does not matter. You can basically select anything that you like regardless of how the faucet mounts on the sink. However, for those replacing a faucet, you need to find out what kind of mounting mechanism your old faucet uses. Remember, there are faucets that use a single piece deck plate and then there are units that simply mount on the wall and need no sink holes at all.

There are subtle variations to mounting mechanisms but most countertop ranges require anywhere from 1 to 5 holes depending on the number of accessories alongside the center spout. This also includes how many handles your faucet has or requires.

Style and Finishing

At the end of the day, after deciding on the mounting functionality, cost and compatibility with your existing setup – it all boils down to whether the finishing of your selected faucet suits your existing kitchen and décor? The last thing you want is to have your kitchen faucet stand out like a sore thumb and so learning about styling and finishing plus understanding just how to mix them with different kinds of kitchen setups goes a long way in aesthetically completing your kitchen.

Thankfully, you have me to help guide you on this step. Everywhere else, you are the judge but when it comes to styling and finishing, you should take my judgement as final. After all, my day job revolves around designing and remodeling kitchens!

Installation

For me this isn’t a huge concern but for an average homeowner looking to replace an old faucet, it can get impossible quick! Rust, clogged pipes, figuring out the right connections, hole sizes are just a few of the hurdles one has to cross. The painless solution is to hire a handyman or a plumber. Unfortunately, that is going to cost but unless you aren’t 100% sure of your DIY abilities, it is always safer to hire professional help. In my reviews I mention just how difficult or easy a faucet is to install just in case you go the DIY route.

Measurement

That shirt may look good on the mannequin but if it doesn’t fit you or your profile, it is worthless to you. Same applies to kitchen faucets and your sink area. You just can’t pick up any and every faucet that you fancy expecting it to sit perfectly with the existing setup.

First you have to measure the size of your sink and figure out just how much leeway you have in terms of the faucet length and breadth. What about the backsplash zone – is it far enough to allow for longer or larger handles? Do you have sufficient holes in your sink for the kind of faucet you want? And speaking of holes, does the size meet the requirements of your potential faucet?

Usefulness

Paying big bucks for something that you will hardly ever need is just plain waste of money. You could invest that money into a better oven or a barbeque, whatever is your weakness. After looking at the measurements, styling it is time to weigh the utility of a faucet. Utility is the top priority after styling for me and the best kitchen faucet review tends to have every feature I personally adore without compromising on style elements. Just to name a few – pull-out or pull-down head, aerator, multiple spray modes and more.

Gimmicks

Some actually go for faucets that offer something out of the ordinary such as a touch sensor or a temperature memory. Now while technology is a boon, in my opinion it isn’t worthwhile if you end up paying triple the amount but lose out on longevity. Remember, the more delicate or intricate a faucet is in its operations, the greater number of things there are to go wrong. Nevertheless, some of you are more interested in such gadgetry and that’s why I also review kitchen faucets on those extra defining features that set them apart from the rest of the crowd.

Kitchen Faucets Wrap-up

There you have it. Now you know what I know so go check out my reviews and use your newfound knowledge to select that perfect kitchen faucet for your home. Like I said in the beginning, selecting a new faucet is no big deal when you know what to weigh and balance.