The Best Kitchen Faucets

Any faucet will produce running water, but the best can adapt to different kitchen needs and endure decades of daily use. We talked to 18 experts, pored through hundreds of offerings from over a dozen brands, and contacted manufacturers directly to find out who’s making the best faucets on the market.

The 6 Best Kitchen Faucets

Now for a closer look at our top six brands. We highlight a few of our favorite models in the reviews of each brand, but they all have dozens of faucets worthy of consideration. If you want to look at everything the brand has to offer, you can click the links in the list below. Links in the reviews will take you to the specific models shown.

American Standard: All-Around Brand
American Standard Delancey
American Standard Delancey

American Standard Pekoe
American Standard Pekoe

American Standard Portsmouth
American Standard Portsmouth

Why we chose it

Plenty to choose from

Whether you’re looking for a gooseneck pull-out hose, straight neck, two-handle, touch-controlled, or side spray faucet, American Standard has plenty to choose from. The company offers 48 faucets (averaging $300–$500) that feature ceramic discs and PVD finish options.

Modern and classic aesthetics

Most American Standard faucets are understated, classic pieces that would blend in well with a variety of kitchens. Though it offers both traditional and modern models, they were all designed with clean, soft, rounded lines.

Multi-spray mode and more

The pull-down model of the Delancey line, for example, has three spray modes (stream, spray, and pause) to handle a variety of cleaning tasks. In addition to this, it also has temperature memory which, as the name suggests, remembers the last temperature setting you used.

American Standard Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Delancey, Pekoe, Portsmouth. Images: American Standard

Points to consider

Lack of finish options

The one thing we found rather lacking among American Standard faucets was a lack of finish options. You’ll be able to choose from chrome and stainless steel for most models, but only a handful offer additional finishes like Bronze or Nickel. It’s also worth noting that if you want PVD, you’re also limited further regarding finishes; only stainless steel and polished nickel have PVD.

Delta: All-Around Brand
Delta Linden
Delta Linden

Delta Arabella
Delta Arabella

Delta Allentown
Delta Allentown

Why we chose it

Bold design

Delta's faucets (averaging $350–$400) could be cousins to American Standard’s. They’re also classic and versatile, but the overall design personality is a little bolder. These faucets will still fit into any kitchen, but the sculpted designs give off a more youthful energy and draw more attention than American Standard faucets.

High-tech

Delta’s Touch2O feature is available across several of its collections. Most faucets have magnetic hose retraction and multiple spray modes, and some fancier ones such as Linden have automatic water shutoff and LED lights showing water temperature.

Range of finishes

Delta’s PVD finishes are called Brilliance and SpotShield, and come in a range of chrome, stainless steel, and bronze options.

Delta Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Linden, Arabella, Allentown. Images: Delta

Points to consider

Hose length

While it didn’t come up during our testing, there were some online reviewers that expressed some minor disappointment about the hose length. These reviewers claimed that hose was advertised at 59 inches and it measured about 54. Not necessarily a dealbreaker, but consider that point if you tend to max out your hose’s length.

Kohler: All-Around Brand
Kohler Purist
Kohler Purist

Kohler Artifacts
Kohler Artifacts

Kohler Forte
Kohler Forte

Why we chose it

Range of looks from traditional to futuristic

If you’re not sure what kind of aesthetic you’re looking for, Kohler can show you the world of possibilities out there. The Artifacts and Purist collections are good representations of the range of what Kohler offers: The Artifacts line is based on traditional, vintage aesthetics that would fit well in a period piece, whereas the Purist line is purely sleek and modern. It’s almost hard to believe all these hugely different faucets come from the same brand.

High-tech features

Kohler’s faucets feature temperature memory, multiple spray modes, and magnetic hose retraction. This allows for greater versatility when you’re in the kitchen cleaning plates or spraying down the sink.

PVD Vibrant

As we mentioned before, physical vapor deposition (PVD) finishing extends the life of a faucet. Kohler calls its PVD finish Vibrant, and features several finishes across its collections. Vibrant Stainless is the most common, but some collections — like the Purist and Artifacts — come in other Vibrant finishes, such as Vibrant Nickel and Vibrant Bronze.

Kohler Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Purist, Artifacts, and Forte. Images: Kohler

Points to consider

Possibly overwhelming options

Kohler offers 26 product families and more than 100 faucets, which makes it a great place to start browsing. But if you frequently find yourself overwhelmbed by having too many options, that range might leave you a little paralyzed. If that’s the case, we recommend Premier Faucet so you can browse a more digestible catalog of nine lines.

Premier: Budget Brand
Premier Faucet Waterfront Pull-Out Spout
Premier Faucet Waterfront Pull-Out Spout

Premier Faucet Essen
Premier Faucet Essen

Premier Faucet Westlake
Premier Faucet Westlake

Why we chose it

Budget-friendly

Though not as famous as our big three, Premier Faucet holds its own with these heavy-hitters. We appreciate that most of Premier’s faucets averaged only $75–$200. The cheaper options are more traditional designs, while the $200 collections, like the Premier Faucet Essen, were more sleek and contemporary. If you’re looking for a quality, durable faucet that won’t bankrupt you, Premier Faucet is a great place to start your search.

More than just faucets

In addition to kitchen faucets, the brand also makes bathroom faucets, mirrors, vanities, toilets, and sinks. If you’re looking to refit your bathroom and kitchen on a budget, we recommend browsing through Premier’s options.

Premier Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Waterfront, Essen, Premier Faucet Westlake. Images: Premier

Points to consider

Lacking extras

We were a little disappointed to see that PVD finishing only came in the shade “PVD Brushed Nickel.” There aren’t a lot of special features, either. Some of the models come with two spray modes, but you won’t find hands-free tech or temperature memory among its offerings. Still, for less than $200, we think that’s pretty fair.

Brizo: Statement Brand
Brizo Litze
Brizo Litze

Brizo Vuelo
Brizo Vuelo

Brizo Solna
Brizo Solna

Why we chose it

Elegance

Brizo has collaborated with fashion designer Jason Wu since 2007, and it shows in its offerings. The swan-like Vuelo is only one example with its graceful curves and immaculate finish.

Modern touch

In addition to its sleek and modern design, the Vuelo also handles like a faucet of the future. Despite being encased in metal pipe, there is a pull-down wand that runs flush with the rest of the housing—almost hidden, in a way. There’s also Brizo SmartTouch Technology, allowing you to activate the water just by touching any part of the faucet body, handle or spout.

Brizo Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Brizo Litze, Vuelo, Solna. Images: Brizo

Points to consider

A bit pricey

Even the cheapest faucet Brizo offers — somewhere in the neighborhood of $580 — can be a little pricey compared to some of the other brands we covered. If you’re looking for that same refinement and dependability at a lower price, we suggest looking at something in the American Standard Delancey collection.

Vigo: Statement Brand
Vigo Edison
Vigo Edison

Vigo Dresden
Vigo Dresden

Vigo Brant
Vigo Brant

Why we chose it

Cheap coil faucet

Vigo models resemble Brizo’s articulated faucets for just a fraction of the price. The Edison coiled faucet, as an example, gives off an industrial, edgy feel for less than $200. It’s also constructed out of durable solid brass, has multiple spray modes, and comes in four shades, including matte black. For the person who wants a contemporary, stylish kitchen on a budget, we think it’s hard to go wrong with Vigo.

Surprisingly low prices

Vigo impressed us with its contemporary, statement designs, as well as its surprisingly low prices. Ranging from $170 to $260, these faucets are slick statement pieces that offer partial-to-full brass construction, multiple unique finishes, and eye-catching silhouettes at wallet-friendly prices.

Vigo Collage for Kitchen Faucets

From left to right: Edison, Dresden, Brant. Images: Vigo

Points to consider

No touch tech or chrome PVD

None of them offer touch tech, so if you’re looking for a touchless statement faucet, Brizo might be a better bet for you. Vigo told us that all of its finishes, except for chrome, have PVD — so whether you fall for a stainless steel, matte black, bronze, or duo-tone faucet, rest easy knowing it’ll be resistant to scratches and stains.

How to Find the Right Kitchen Faucet for You

Identify your kitchen needs and habits

“Keep in mind that if the faucet leaks or its form doesn’t fit your functional needs, its attractive appearance will soon lose its charm. Design and functionality should fit the way you work in the kitchen.”

Do you handwash dishes frequently, or have low cabinets? Is your sink shallow, deep, or somewhere in between? No matter your lifestyle, the ideal kitchen faucet should combine both stunning looks and foolproof function.

Make sure the faucet will fit your sink

Avoid faucets that have dimensions close to or even larger than your sink, which will both look disproportionate and cause splashing. Designer Natasha Gupta also recommends being aware of headroom: “If you have cabinets above the sink, it is more likely you will need a short spouted faucet with a pull-out option.” Also, be sure to measure the clearance between your sink and backsplash and compare it with the dimensions of the faucet you’re considering: If it’s too tight, the faucet handle may hit the wall when you move it back.

Make sure your sink has the right number of holes required to mount the faucet, too. Faucets can require one to four holes, depending on how many separate components it has (think multiple handles, a soap dispenser, or separate spray nozzle. We don’t recommend trying to “make it work” if the numbers don’t match up: HB McClure's Residential Plumbing Service Writer Travis West warns, “drilling new holes can be difficult and commonly causes expensive damage to sinks if not done properly.”

Consider high-tech features

The most common special feature is multiple spray modes, which allows you to switch among two to four streams of varying water pressure, so you can change the pressure as needed when you’re handwashing dishes, or cleaning your sink. Some spray modes also allow you to pause the spray, so you don’t need to move the handle.

Automatic shutoff saves water by turning off the flow after a set amount of time. Temperature memory, similar to pause mode, lets you to return to the last temperature set. Touch control gets rid of the handle entirely, only requiring a tap to start or stop the water flow, which is great for the chef or kid with messy hands.

That said, you should know that this technology is relatively new, and hasn’t been perfected yet. According to Biyevetskiy, “The sensor should be on the neck near the spout,” If it’s located elsewhere, the sensitivity might be off, and not turn on when you tap it — or worse, turn off and on when you’re moving near the faucet. West also warns that touch faucets “require battery changes (annually for most models), which can be an inconvenience to the user.” That’s not to say you shouldn’t get a touch faucet — but just keep the potential drawbacks in mind as you’re searching for the right one.

Kitchen Faucets FAQ

How does PVD finishing work on a faucet?

Physical vapor deposition (PVD) finishing applies applying charged atoms to the faucet’s metal surface to prevent corrosion, rust, and staining. Every brand has its own trademarked name for PVD finishing — Kohler calls it Vibrant; Delta’s is SpotShield. Don’t worry, though — all our top picks use PVD finishes.

What if my sink has multiple bays?

If your sink has multiple compartments, or “bays,” “it’s common for the holes for the faucet installation to be off-centered,” says West. “If this is the case, be sure to choose a kitchen faucet, such as a gooseneck, that can completely reach both bays.”

How do I clean my faucet?

Anna Gibson, owner of AKG Design Studio, advises daily use of cleaners free of ammonia, bleach, and acid — this is a good rule for all our kitchen surfaces. For oil-rubbed bronze, use Windex only with a soft microfiber cloth. For tougher grimey build-up, she recommends tackling it with baking soda or white vinegar on a toothbrush. PVD finishes are not immune to scratches and stains. In cleaning these, Biyevetskiy advises against using steel wool and says, “If drain cleaner gets on PVD, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth to avoid staining.”

The Best Kitchen Faucets: Summed Up

American Standard Delta Kohler Premier Faucet Brizo Vigo
All-Around Brand All-Around Brand All-Around Brand Budget Brand Statement Brand Statement Brand
Averaging $300–$500 Averaging $350–$400 Averaging $370–$750 Averaging $75–$200 Averaging $580–$932 Averaging $170–$260