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.
Whether you want a traditional, modern, or high-tech faucet, these three beat out every other brand for the scope of their features and the wide range of faucet designs.
Premier offers fewer faucets, but its overall look is similar to that of American Standard, Delta, and Kohler.
If you’re trying to find the perfect attention-grabbing fixture for your contemporary kitchen, start here. Both brands have a design philosophy based on fashion and innovation and offer some of the most unique faucets we’ve ever seen. For luxe offerings, we recommend Brizo. For budget-and-style-conscious, go with Vigo.
The Best Kitchen Faucets
- American Standard Delancey -
Best All-Around Brand
- Delta Linden -
Best All-Around Brand
- Kohler Artifacts -
Best All-Around Brand
- Premier Faucet Waterfront -
Best Budget Brand
- Brizo Vuelo -
Best Statement Brand
- Vigo Edison -
Best Statement Brand
As a general rule of thumb, a faucet with a ceramic disc valve and scratch-proof PVD finish from any of the brands on our list will work well and last for years with the proper care. Beyond that, the right choice for your kitchen is more a matter of aesthetics. While we’ve spotlighted high-quality brands and the shining stars of their collections, it’s up to you to decide which faucet is the perfect match for your kitchen’s look. We’ve included our top brands below, as well as a guide with tips on how to choose a faucet.
American Standard, Delta, and Kohler are some of the biggest names in the faucet industry. These behemoth brands are a go-to source for everything you might need for a home remodel, whether it’s basic and understated faucets, vintage-inspired models, or high-tech features like touch control or temperature memory. Each brand’s design personality varies a little — American Standard leans a little more traditional; Delta is a little more modern; and Kohler sits in the middle — but overall, you’ll be able to find classic pieces in both traditional and modern styles. Whether you’re looking to drop $200 or $2,000, all three offer something for everyone.
Premier Faucet impressed us with its low cost. Its faucets range from $75 to $209, a fair price for high-quality components. The one thing to keep in mind is that Premier’s scratch-resistant faucets only come in one shade — brushed nickel. Still, if you’re not picky about the style of faucet you want, Premier has options similar to those from American Standard, Delta, and Kohler at a lower price.
Brizo's and Vigo's's designs emphasize fashion, modernity, and innovation. These are the brands to go to if you love contemporary design, have a unique kitchen color scheme, or are looking for a standout statement faucet. Brizo is the more expensive option ($400–$930), but backs up its luxury identity with designer collaborations and one-of-a-kind designs. Vigo offers contemporary, industrial-looking flair at a budget price ($132–$199), though with fewer options compared to Brizo.
How We Found the Best Kitchen Faucets
The world of kitchen faucets is huge. As we dipped into research, we discovered how difficult it is to navigate. There are dozens of brands making hundreds of faucets that, to be frank, often look nearly identical. Before getting into the nitty-gritty of steel and ceramic disc valves, we narrowed our field of consideration by talking with experts. All in all, we spoke with 18 contractors, cleaners, handymen, and interior designers to better understand what’s most important in choosing a top-notch kitchen faucet.
Experts agreed: Brand name packs a lot of clout.
The advice we heard over and over again? “Choose a quality brand.” In the world of faucets, brand name matters for more than superficial reasons. You’ll be relying on the brand for repairs, extra parts, and warranty fulfillment for potentially decades to come.
Anna Gibson, owner of boutique kitchen design firm AKG Design Studio, cautioned, “Buy cheap, buy twice.” What you save in buying a cheap faucet may end up costing you in repairs and replacements all the same. Don’t expect a $50 no-name faucet to last you more than a year or two, and if you have the choice, invest in a model that will serve you well for more than a few years.
We considered 16 brands in total — the ones that experts told us they trust the most, ranging from traditional brands like American Standard to Brizo, a leader in luxury designer faucets.
We wanted leak-proof valves and durable finishes, too.
What exactly makes up a high-quality faucet? According to our experts, it’s durability. They told us that no matter the design, style, or color, there are two things every faucet should have: a ceramic disc value and PVD finish.
Old faucets are built with rubber washers that are tightened on a metal washer seat. That washer breaks down and loosens over time, causing leaks and often requiring the whole faucet to be replaced. Fortunately, newer faucets have improved designs, so you don’t need to deal with this anymore.
Dmitri Kara, of the tradesmen at Fantastic Handyman (London), recommends only purchasing faucets with ceramic disc valves to prevent leaks. He told us, “Older units use rubber compression valves to stop the supply of water when a washer or seal closed. Leaks start to occur when washers become damaged one way or the other. The newer models implement ceramic discs to stop the flow when ports are shut, which means there are no washers to suffer from erosion at all.”
We made sure all of our finalist brands had faucet collections with leak-proof ceramic discs, avoiding leak-prone rubber washers.
Choosing a faucet with physical vapor deposition (PVD) finishing is the easiest way to extend its lifespan. Every brand has its own trademarked name for PVD finishing — Kohler calls it Vibrant; Delta’s is SpotShield. However, every PVD process works the same way, applying charged atoms to the faucet’s metal surface to prevent corrosion, rust, and staining. Contractor and founder of RemodelingImage.com Aleksandr Biyevetskiy told us that a PVD finish costs more but resists scratching better than a dipped or plastic finish. Your faucet will still work just fine without a PVD finish, but may start showing signs of wear after a few years. Since we’re looking for the best, we required all of our top collections to have a PVD option.
That left us with 73 top-notch collections from 11 brands.
We were left with a long list of faucets with slight but noticeable differences: Should you pick two handles or one? A spray hose that pulls down or out? What about a soap dispenser? It really comes down to personal preference.
Due to their popularity and versatility, we made sure our recommended collections offer single-lever pull-down models, but each have siblings that appeal to a wide range of tastes and needs while hitting high-quality marks.
Of our 16 contenders, 11 brands passed our filters. We choose to highlight the six with the highest number of faucets that met our criteria below: American Standard, Delta, Kohler, Premier Faucet, Brizo, and Vigo.
The other five — Grohe, Moen, Kraus, Newport Brass, and Pfister — also offer ceramic, PVD finish options, but with just one to seven faucets each. That’s not to say that any of these brands are of lower quality than our top picks — just that there are fewer options per brand. If you haven’t found exactly what you want in the other brands, or want to invest in luxury versions of cheaper models you’ve seen, they might be a good fit for you.
To help you choose among your options, we’ve grouped our finalists by brand style and design aesthetic and called out each brand's most emblematic line, but there’s no right or wrong to which faucet you prefer — all of our finalists offer stylish, durable faucets. It’s your job to pick the perfect look for happily-ever-after.
Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Faucets
Best All-Around Faucet Brands
Whether you’re looking for a gooseneck pull-out hose, straight neck, two-handle, touch-controlled, or side spray faucet, there’s plenty to choose from among the 48 faucets (averaging $300–$500) that offer ceramic discs and PVD finish options.
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. If you’re picky about features, there are also a lot of options throughout the brand: Many models come with multiple spray modes, magnetic hose retraction, and temperature memory.
Modern vs. Traditional vs. TransitionalModern faucets are sleek, with rounded edges, whereas traditional faucets might have two handles or beveled edges. Transitional designs are a blend of both.
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.
Among the collections from American Standard, the Delancey Collection was one of our favorites. We think it’s a spot-on representation of American Standard’s emphasis on tradition combined with contemporary innovation. With its single-handle pull-down model, a two-handle model, and two bar sinks, the Delancey Collection blends a modern silhouette with elegant traditional accents. The pull-down model also has three spray modes (stream, spray, and pause) with temperature memory. Out of all the collections, it’s also one of the few to offer an impressive four finish options: With polished chrome, stainless steel, polished nickel, and polished bronze choices, there’s something that will fit well in most kitchens.
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.
There’s plenty of options for the touch-tech fan too. Delta’s Touch2O feature is available within the Ashton, Pilar, Leland, Lewiston, and Linden collections. Most faucets have magnetic hose retraction and multiple spray modes, and some fancier ones such as Lewiston and Linden have automatic water shutoff and LED lights showing water temperature. Delta’s PVD finishes are called Brilliance and SpotShield, and come in a range of chrome, stainless steel, and bronze options.
Of all the choices, we especially liked the Leland and Linden Collections. We’ll be the first to admit they’re not a huge departure from the American Standard designs, but we liked how both collections offered Touch2O, a range of faucet types, multiple handle options, and a selection of finishes, including chrome, stainless steel, and bronze. Smaller but more distinctive collections include the Arabella and Allentown, which showcase delicate lines set off by unique and angular accents.
Kohler dominated our finalist list with 58 faucets. If you’re looking for inspiration, or just want to see what’s out there, Kohler is a good place to start. We were truly astonished at the range of Kohler’s offerings. From the $158 basic-definition-of-a-faucet Mistos to the $2,248 Karbon that wouldn’t be out of place in a modern art gallery, it’s almost hard to believe all these hugely different faucets come from the same brand. Variety is the name of the game at Kohler: We can’t really say all or even most of its collections have any one aesthetic, but it’s a good option for both the traditional homeowner who wants a simple faucet to the fashion-forward decorator that craves a standout statement piece — and everyone in between.
Kohler also comes in pretty strong for special features, with many models offering magnetic hose retraction, multiple spray modes, and temperature memory. There are three (admittedly small) collections with touch technology: Barossa, Beckon, and Sensate. Its PVD finish is called Vibrant. Vibrant Stainless is the most common, but some collections — the Vinnata, Tournant, Purist, Forte, Clairette, Beckon, and Artifacts — come in multiple Vibrant finishes, such as Vibrant Nickel and Vibrant Bronze.
It was difficult to choose a favorite line, as Kohler doesn’t have a distinct personality like our other top brands. However, 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. Both collections feature temperature memory, multiple spray modes, and magnetic hose retraction.
Though it pushed through our criteria with a strong team of 45 faucets, Premier Faucet initially had us a little skeptical with its modest website and disclaimer that its faucets are “sold exclusively to trade professionals.” This makes it a little harder to compare prices while browsing its website, but you can still buy its products with full warranty coverage on Amazon, eFaucets.com, Wayfair, or Build.com. Though not as famous as our big three, Premier Faucet holds its own with these heavy-hitters — 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.
We appreciate that most of Premier’s faucets averaged only $75–$200. The cheaper options, such as the Caliber line, are more traditional designs, while the $200 collections, like the 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.
We were pleased to see that most models came in multiple finishes — including chrome, nickel, and bronze — but 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.
No particular collection stands out, given that Premier Faucet doesn’t seem to have a strong design identity — but we did really like the Waterfront 300983, a no-frills gooseneck pull-out faucet. We found it on Amazon for $76, which is a steal given its resemblance to more expensive versions from Kohler and Delta, but it’s also being sold for $192 on eFaucet. If you’re set on Premier Faucet, we recommend that you do some shopping around to get the best price, which can vary a lot between vendors.
Best Statement Faucet Brands
Brizo’s faucets (averaging $580–$932) are for those who love innovation, fashion, and luxury. The brand has collaborated with fashion designer Jason Wu since 2007, and it shows in its offerings. From the swan-like Vuelo to the sleekly minimalist Solna, these are contemporary statement faucets that will demand attention as visual fixtures in your kitchen. Brizo also makes bathroom faucets, showers, and showerheads.
All of Brizo’s faucets lean contemporary, with the Artesso line being the most traditional collection of the bunch. Most of them are single-handle with pull-down hoses, though there are a few two-handle models with side sprayers.
SmartTouch technology is available for every collection, as well as magnetic hose retraction and multiple spray modes. Brizo’s PVD finish is called Brilliance, and comes in stainless, polished nickel, brushed bronze, and luxe gold. Many models also come in chrome, matte black, white, and dual finishes, but just be aware that these may not have PVD finishing.
It was hard to narrow down our favorites, but we decided on Vuelo and Litze, whose sleek silhouettes speak to the contemporary innovation and uniqueness represented by Brizo. Vuelo’s unusual design is inspired by swans, whereas the designs for Litze emphasize geometric lines. We especially liked the articulating faucets from Brizo, several of which are included in the Litze line — since it’s not encased in a metal pipe, the exposed hose offers more flexibility than even a pull-out hose, and also serves as a simplistic yet eye-catching statement in the kitchen.
Vigo impressed us with not only its contemporary, statement designs, but also 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. The brand also sells bathroom faucets, sinks, and shower enclosures.
The bulk of Vigo’s offerings are definitely modern. There aren’t too many traditional or two-handle designs, though some of its more subdued offerings, such as the Gramercy and Romano, are similar to modern designs offered by American Standard, Kohler, and Delta (sometimes at a lower price). What Vigo does especially well is stylish semi-professional faucets. There are multiple collections with these striking, coiled faucets, including the Edison, Zurich, Lincroft, Dresden, Laurelton, and Brant.
Most of the Vigo models come with multiple spray modes, swivel spouts, and magnetic hose retraction — however, 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.
Our favorite among the collections was the Edison. Resembling Brizo’s articulated faucets for just a tenth of the price, this coiled faucet gives off an industrial, edgy feel. 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.
How to Choose a Faucet
Before you start surveying dozens of faucets for the perfect look, the first step in choosing the right one is identifying 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.
Kitchen faucets come in all shapes and sizes.
Even though most people may imagine “kitchen faucet” to be just one kind of faucet — the central one in the kitchen, next to the sink — there are actually several kinds. There are different pros and cons to each, but in the end, it all comes down to a matter of preference.
Single or Two-Handle: Older and traditional faucet models are two-handled, which, according to Kara, “allows better control over temperature and water pressure.” Kara also told us that single-handle faucets are “simpler to both use and mount, while at the same time they take less space.”
Gooseneck or Straight-neck: A gooseneck faucet refers to any faucet with a high arch. HB McClure's Residential Plumbing Service Writer Travis West told us, “A gooseneck single-lever with a pull-down hose is simply the most versatile faucet available and tends to require less maintenance. It's also convenient for doing dishes and filling large pots.” However, if you have a shallow or narrow sink, a straight-neck faucet might be a better choice: the lower spout height will prevent splashing.
Semi-Professional: These larger faucets are often constructed without a pipe around the hose. That design offers more flexibility than a traditional gooseneck because the spray can easily bend and reach even the largest sinks. They also function as great statement pieces in the kitchen.
Pot Filler: Common in professional kitchens, pot fillers are installed closer to the stove in order to save you the trouble of running back and forth to the sink. If you cook a lot, it might be worth getting a pot filler — but be aware that it’ll require you to install a water line near your stove, which might be pricey.
Bar Faucets: Also called beverage faucets, these are usually installed at smaller sinks designated for pouring or cleaning drinks. Bar faucets are typically smaller or narrower, and may not come with as many features. Brands generally offer bar and kitchen faucets in the same collection, so if you want both, it’ll be easy to find the matching style.
Not all finishes are created equal.
While it’s important to have a pre-eminently scratch-resistant faucet, it’s just as important for it to fit well with the specific aesthetic of your home. Assuming a faucet already has PVD finishing, the faucet’s type of metal finish also factors into its durability. Brass, brushed nickel, and stainless steel are among the most stain- and scratch-resistant. We talked to Kara and Issabel Williams, senior marketing specialist at Bob's Handyman Services, to better understand the main differences among popular faucet finish options.
- Chrome: It's shiny but cheap — it's particularly susceptible to scratches. Williams warns that “if you choose a chrome faucet, you should know that it quickly attracts water spots.”
- Stainless Steel: A strong rust-resistant option, stainless steel usually appears alongside chrome for most faucet finish options. Kara told us it’s “considered as a slightly better option than chrome.”
- Brushed Nickel: Kara describes brushed nickel as “an option superior to both chrome and steel both in terms of durability and looks. It is known to have a longer lifespan than oil-rubbed bronze and chrome. The best part about brushed nickel is it being fingerprint and water-spot resistant.” Both Kara and Williams noted that compared to chrome, brushed nickel is much easier to maintain and clean.
Make sure your faucet fits your sink.
Before chasing down the faucet of your dreams, evaluate your kitchen space — especially the size of your sink. Gibson advises, “Choose a faucet that will not overpower the sink — there is no need for a 17-inch gooseneck faucet for a 24-inch-wide sink.” The average sink measures 22 by 30 inches, and measures 8 to 10 inches deep.
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: Travis West warns, “drilling new holes can be difficult and commonly causes expensive damage to sinks if not done properly.” If you’re set on drilling new holes, it’s best to call in professional help to avoid structural damage to your sink.
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.”
Consider upgrading with high-tech features.
Models with these features tend to be more expensive, so it’s best to evaluate your needs and decide on what features are most important to you. 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, temperature memory, and touch control are not as widely offered, and are generally found in more expensive models above $400. 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 rids of the handle entirely, only requiring a tap to start or stop the water flow. This is great for the chef or kid with messy hands, but since this technology is relatively new, and hasn’t been perfected yet, make sure you know what you’re getting into.
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.
Faucet Maintenance 101
Use a gentle cleaner.
Gibson advises daily cleaning, and to always use 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.
You’ll still need to clean PVD finishes too — they’re resistant, but not immune to scratches and stains. Be especially careful with harsh chemicals such as those in drain cleaner, which can eat through the finishing. Biyevetskiy told us, “Using steel wool on a PVD finish is not recommended, and if drain cleaner gets on PVD, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth to avoid staining. Of course, those tips apply to any finish.”
Watch out for hard water.
Hard water is water that has come in contact with rocks or soil, accumulating higher amounts of calcium and magnesium. Gupta told us, “Limescale can cause corrosion, particularly in hard water areas, and is the number one reason why people encounter problems with their kitchen faucet.”
You can call your city water supply or check its website for the latest water quality report, which includes water hardness as milligrams of calcium carbonate per liter. Compare your results to the US Geological Survey’s water hardness scale:
- Soft water: 0 - 60 mg/L
- Moderately hard water: 61 - 120 mg/L
- Hard water: 121 - 180 mg/L
- Very hard water: Over 180 mg/L
If you have hard or very hard water, make sure to clean your faucet frequently and properly. To avoid damaging your faucet, start with gentler cleaning methods before resorting to any more extreme methods. Professional cleaner from the Oven Clean Team Conor Craig suggests that “in most cases, a normal window cleaner will do the trick of removing built up minerals from hard water. Using abrasive sponges and detergents is never a good idea. However, if you have a tough case of hard water build ups you can count on the calcium, lime and rust (CLR) remover.”