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A kitchen faucet is a necessity for washing hands, doing dishes, and dispensing water, but it’s also a focal point in many kitchens. “When choosing a faucet for your home, it’s important to consider two things: functionality and aesthetics. The right faucet should be practical for your needs and look amazing,” says interior designer Allison Ruda. We researched and tested the best kitchen faucets based on mount type, style, finish, and features like touchless operation or attached soap dispensers.
Your final choice will depend on your sink configuration and faucet type, but our overall favorite is the Kohler Sous Pro-Style Sprayer Faucet because it is powerful, easy to install, and features a pull-down sprayer that any cook (or designated dish cleaner) will love.
Below, the best kitchen faucets for any type of sink.
Our best overall pick is the Kohler Sous Pull-Down Kitchen Sink Faucet, which earned high marks for its professional look and functionality. For a more affordable option that is still stylish and functional, we recommend the WEWE Single-Handle High-Arc Brushed Nickel Pull-Out Faucet.
Kitchen faucets come in a variety of types—including single-handle, double-handle, pull-down, and pull-out faucets. Other specialized types of kitchen faucets include bridge faucets, bar faucets, or pot fillers. The type of faucet you choose will largely depend on your sink configuration, along with what functions or features are important to you. For example, a single-handle faucet makes it easy to adjust water temperature using just one hand, but double-handle faucets can provide more precise temperature control.
Be sure to factor in the style, size, and mounting holes of your sink before choosing a kitchen faucet. As Ruda points out, “The sink and the faucet have to ‘work’ together.” Start by determining how many mounting holes your sink has; one to four holes are typical. Then choose a faucet that is compatible, keeping in mind that some faucets include a deck plate that covers unused holes.
Don’t overlook proportion, either. Sinks come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, so you need to determine what type of faucet will compliment your sink. As an example, if you have a large farmhouse sink, a taller faucet with a pull-down sprayer would look great and provide balance.
Style and Finish
When it comes to the style of the kitchen faucet you choose, there are options for just about any design style. You can find fixtures that complement traditional, modern, farmhouse, or industrial spaces. It’s important to choose a style that fits your taste and decor since the faucet is often a focal point in the kitchen. You may wonder if it’s acceptable to mix-and-match finishes in your kitchen—for example, a gold kitchen faucet with stainless steel appliances. Ruda provides this advice: “I like to do no more than two finishes in a space. Take note of the finishes of your cabinet hardware and other fixtures and either match the finish or choose one that complements it. When in doubt, match it.”
You’ll also need to decide between low and high-spout kitchen faucets. Ruda stresses that choosing a low versus a high spout style depends on the look you like best and the available space. “You might have a window sill or cabinet that a tall spout may not fit under. You also want to make sure the spout can reach the whole sink bowl so that it functions well,” she adds.
Additional features can enhance the function of your kitchen faucet. Some of the most innovative faucets are touchless, using a sensor—or even your voice—to start and stop the water flow. You might also consider a faucet with a pull-down sprayer to make cleaning your sink or dishes more efficient. Additional accessories mounted next to the faucet, like a side sprayer or soap dispenser, are also practical choices if you have a sink with multiple installation holes.
To replace a kitchen sink faucet, you will need to start by shutting off the water supply lines underneath the sink. Then, using a basin wrench or channel-lock pliers, loosen the nuts of the existing kitchen faucet and remove them. Remove the faucet from the top of the sink.
To install a new kitchen faucet, follow the specific installation instructions provided by the manufacturer. In most cases, you’ll start by ensuring that the deck gasket is fitted inside of the faucet. If you’re using a deck plate cover to hide unused sink holes, put it into position before proceeding with installing the faucet body. Then, working from the top of the sink, you’ll drop the supply tubes through the sink deck hole. Align the faucet body with the hole.
Next, from underneath the sink, feed the supply tubes and faucet tailpiece through the corresponding holes in the provided support plate. Use the included mounting hardware to secure the plate over the faucet and water supply connections. Before tightening all the way, double-check that the faucet body is in the proper place on top of the sink. Finally, connect the faucet’s water supply tubes to the hot and cold water supply pipes. Open the shutoff valves to turn the water back on.
When installing your new kitchen faucet, “keep in mind that every installation has its challenges,” advises Richard Epstein, The Spruce’s Home Improvement Review Board member. Epstein has had experience installing faucets from almost every major manufacturer, and recently replaced his high-end Rohl with a Kohler—the same brand our best overall pick comes from. “My most recent challenge with this replacement was the thickness of the granite countertop and the hardware Kohler gives you to secure the faucet.” He had to make some adjustments, extending the overall installation and setup time.
Kitchen sinks may have one, two, three, or four mounting holes. Usually, you’ll choose a kitchen faucet that matches the sink holes you have for installation. However, even single-handle faucets can be installed on sinks with more than one installation hole—you’ll just need to use a deck plate to cover the unused holes.
Other factors to consider when deciding if a faucet will fit your kitchen sink include the clearance between your sink and the backsplash, especially in the case of faucets with a handle that rotates to adjust water temperature and flow.
Finally, you should check the size of your water shutoff valves. Most faucets have 0.37-inch water supply tubes, so if you have an older home with 0.5-inch water shutoff valves, you may need to install new 0.37-inch valves to fit a new kitchen sink faucet.
If your faucet has sprung a leak, it may be a fairly simple fix. Most kitchen sink faucets leak because of a worn sink cartridge. To fix a leaky kitchen faucet, you’ll need to replace this part. Keep in mind that sink cartridges are specific to each brand and model of faucet. The process to replace the sink cartridge involves unscrewing the faucet handle, removing a retaining nut that holds the cartridge in place, and inserting the replacement cartridge before re-installing the handle. Keep in mind that you should also turn off the water supply before starting any plumbing repairs.
This article was written by home product expert Erica Puisis. To find the best kitchen faucets, she researched the most popular faucets on the market from top brands like Moen, Kohler, Delta, American Standard, and more. Options for single-handle, double-handle, pull-down, and pull-out faucets were all considered, and individual faucets were evaluated based on their installation type, features, and finishes. We also tested a top-rated industrial-style model, the Kohler Sous Pro-Style Pull-Down Sprayer Faucet, in the home of a product tester, who evaluated the faucet based on its ease of installation, user-friendly features, and aesthetics.
In addition, Erica spoke with interior designer Allison Ruda to learn more about selecting a kitchen faucet that is compatible with your space and suits your style. She offered advice on sink configuration, faucet type, and choosing a finish that will look good for years to come.
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