When you’re renovating your kitchen, the biggest costs tend to be new appliances and new cabinets.
But just because smaller additions to your kitchen like the faucet are less expensive doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend time picking the right faucet for you.
Fixtures like these can have a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of your kitchen, and therefore your home.
There are many different types of modern kitchen faucets, though, so if you’re in the market for one it can be tricky to know where to start.
The following article will break down some of the best pull-down kitchen faucets available- meaning kitchen faucets that feature pull-down or pull-out technology.
We’ll also be providing a buyer’s guide to kitchen faucets to give you an idea of the sorts of things you should be looking for when buying a new faucet, as well as the things you’ll want to avoid.
Then, we’ll be providing answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding kitchen faucets.
For years Delta has been a cut above most of the faucet market, and the Trinsic Touch faucet is no different.
Made from brass of the highest quality, this sleek faucet will fit in well in just about any kitchen, and there are as many features as you could ask for.
There’s a pull-down spout that features magnetic docking, it can be activated with just a light brush using Touch20 technology, and there are also LED indicator lights so you’ll always be aware of the water temperature.
Thus far you might never have even considered that a faucet would have lights on it- you might even be thinking they’re redundant- but they add worlds of convenience, as does the faucet as a whole.
Its flow rate is an impressive 1.8 GPM, and the pull-down hose allows for utmost precision when it comes to spraying the water.
The faucet also comes in multiple different models: the Venetian Bronze model, the SpotShield Stainless model, the Chrome model, and the Arctic Stainless model.
The only potential downside to this faucet is that the supply lines tend to be a bit stiff, making for trickier installation than is ideal- but there’s going to be extra steps anyway because of the battery pack and the solenoid.
The price of the faucet is a little higher than most because of all the extra features, and because of the high-end brass, but it’s well worth it.
You certainly won’t be needing to replace the faucet any time soon- if ever.
- Durable construction - The brass is bound to last a very long time.
- Loads of extra features - for optimal convenience
- Precision spray - allows you to use the sink with ease
- The extra features come at a cost (naturally).
- Batteries are required for access to touch activation technology.
Also Available at: Lowes
Another of the most highly regarded names in the modern faucet game, Kohler has long been manufacturing top-of-the-line kitchen products.
This faucet shows off all the best features that Kohler has to boast, and improves both the cleanliness and the hygiene of your entire kitchen in the process.
The tech involved in this faucet could hardly be more responsive. It’s the perfect fixture if you’re looking for a faucet that promises a little more.
Not only can you activate or switch off the faucet with just a brush of your hand, but it will also respond to objects, which is ideal if your hands are full.
It’s a precise sensor, though, so you don’t have to fret about it turning on or off when you don’t want it to.
The faucet has all of the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect from the top-of-the-line faucets, like the gooseneck design for easier access, the pull-down spout, the option of a more powerful spray, and magnetic docking.
It comes in four different finishes, too, and at least one of them is bound to fit well with your kitchen.
The materials that make up the Simplice are also very high quality, so it’s likely to last you many years. Installation is very simple, but you will need an AC outlet.
- The motion sensor is highly responsive - meaning the faucet only turns on when you want it to
- Precise faucet - ensures there are no disasters.
- High-quality materials - ensures durability and longevity
- While there is the option for a more powerful spray, the flow rate is generally a little lower than that of other faucets of its kind.
The fact that you need an AC outlet to install the faucet might be an additional cost (depending on if you already have the appropriate outlet or not), which isn’t ideal considering the price of the faucet is high as it is.
Also Available at: Kohler
A smaller operation than the likes of Kohler and Delta, WEWE kitchen products are arguably just as reliable.
The company also produces faucets for bathrooms, as well as other shower and bath-related products.
This faucet features just one handle, and the faucet itself is designed as a high arc for convenience.
There are three different settings when it comes to the faucet’s spray, and these include a spray dedicated to rinsing, a spray for filling up containers or pots (or anything) with water, and pause mode, which will help to prevent any splashing.
Both hoses are already installed when the faucet arrives, meaning you won’t have to fret about tricky installation.
Generally, the faucet is a lot easier than some of the more feature-laden faucets to set up in your kitchen, which is probably because there are no high-tech electronic features.
- Variety of spray settings - spray, stream, and pause allow you to get the right setting for your needs.
- Price a lot lower than some other modern faucets - making it great for most budgets
- Strong water flow - means the pressure is never a problem
- The spray head could be deemed somewhat flimsy compared to higher-end models.
- The docking system isn’t magnetic.
Also Available at: WEWE
Moen 7594SRS Arbor One-Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet Featuring Power Boost and Reflex, Spot Resist Stainless
A very aesthetically pleasing faucet, this product features Moen’s staple, the Duralock Quick Connect, which allows for remarkably easy, and fast, installation.
You won’t have to fret about stiff tubing getting tangled with the Moen 7594SRS; all of the tubing is flexible, including the hose, which is 68 inches in length and can be moved in any direction with zero resistance.
The boost stream feature allows the faucet to control water flow with utmost efficiency, and you can increase the speed of the water flow immediately with a simple button push.
There are four different models to choose from when it comes to the Moen, and these include stainless steel, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black.
It’s similar in price to the highest end Delta faucets, but is lacking in the touch activation department- you’ll need to turn this faucet on and off the old fashioned way (which you’re unlikely to even mind if that’s the kind of thing that you’re used to).
This Moen faucet is both simple, and high quality, and it’s in no way overpriced considering what’s on offer here.
The water flow isn’t quite as strong as that of competitors, but it’ll certainly get the job done, and is still higher than the average faucet (especially with the option to boost the water flow at the touch of a single button).
- Constructed of alloy steel - this faucet is bound to last you a very long time before needing to be replaced (if it ever does need to be replaced, and it may very well last your whole life).
- The option to boost the water flow is very useful - allowing you to get as much water as you want (although you might need to use it more than you’d have hoped).
- Installing this faucet is a simpler process - compared to other modern faucets currently on the market- you’ll be up and running in no time at all.
- The location of the handle can be a little awkward.
- The faucet tends to drip a little (usually just once or at most twice) once you turn it off.
Also Available at: Home Depot
There’s a reason this is the second time we’ve mentioned Delta on this list.
They might just be the world leader when it comes to modern, convenient faucets, and Leland is leading the charge.
It combines the style of traditional faucets with a range of handy features, so while it may look fairly simple at first glance, there’s more to the Leland than meets the eye.
Featuring a pull-down spout, a gooseneck design, and a single handle, this faucet can also be activated with just a touch of your hand.
Much like other high-end faucets, the touch technology allows you to very quickly and very easily turn on and off the water flow, and the magnet technology allows for precise docking.
This faucet also comes with LED lights that indicate the temperature of the water, which should completely prevent any chance of you burning yourself on water that’s unexpectedly hot.
There are multiple different options available when it comes to your preferred finish, too, which include Venetian bronze, arctic stainless, chrome, and brushed stainless.
Because of the electronic features, there are a couple of extra steps involved in the installation process (namely the installation of your battery pack and your solenoid), but it’s not much extra effort in the grand scheme and is beyond worth it for such convenience.
The water flow is ideal, too.
- Lots of features - allows you to get the most out of your faucet
- Easy to use - allowing you to get up and running straight away
- LED temperature lights - means you never need to guess the temperature of the water
- Excellent water flow - means filling the sink has never been easier
- The installation process is a little tricker and takes longer than other faucets on the market
When you’re in the market for any fixture that’s going to be part of your kitchen for (with any luck) a very long time, it’s vital that you take some time to do your research, so you can know exactly what you should be looking for and what you should be avoiding.
The following guide will help you to narrow down exactly what kind of kitchen faucet you’re looking for.
There are three main types of handles on modern faucets. First, there are the single-handle faucets.
These tend to be a little easier in the installation department, and they don’t take up as much room as, say, a double handle faucet.
The only downside to these kinds of faucets is that they don’t tend to be quite on the same level as double handle faucets in terms of adjusting the temperature of the water.
Double faucets, on the other hand, tend to be far more precise in that arena, because they have separate valves for cold water and hot water, much like a more traditional tap.
These handles will either be part of the main faucet or installed separately on your sink.
They’re trickier to install, purely because there’s more to them, and naturally, you’re going to need to use two hands to quickly tweak the temperature.
The most modern models come with touchless technology, meaning you can turn the faucet on and off with just a slight swipe of your hand.
They tend to be a little pricier than both single-handle faucets and double handle faucets, but it’s well worth it if you’re looking for that kind of convenience.
This kind of motion sensor technology is fairly new to faucets, though, so you should check the reviews of specific products, just in case there are any reports of the motion sensor coming up short.
The mounting style of faucets can vary quite a bit.
Some faucets will be easy to install on just about any sink, but others (such as faucets that are replacing another faucet in your existing sink) will need to match the exact countertop holes.
You must consider this before purchasing a faucet- you wouldn’t want to bring it home and realize it’s barely compatible with your sink!
Other faucets can be mounted to the actual wall, rather than to the sink.
This tends to be quite rare; it’s usually only people who want their faucet near their stove that would mount the device in this way.
GPM (Gallons Per Minute)
Another thing to consider when you’re in the market for a new faucet is how many gallons per minute it is capable of generating.
It’s worth noting, though, that while higher water flow rates used to be what people would aim for, it’s now far more commonplace for the flow rates to be lower.
This is because the building codes in many regions require the flow rate to be no higher than 1.8 gallons per minute. In other regions, that number is as low as 1.5 gallons per minute.
So, anything over one gallon per minute is ideal, in this day and age, especially since it’ll save you a ton when it comes to utility bills.
It’s also worth noting that if the water flow doesn’t seem strong enough for particular tasks, a lot of faucets will allow you to boost the flow for a short time, often at the touch of a button.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of the most commonly raised queries on the topic of kitchen faucets.
Are Electronic Faucet Features Safe?
Concern regarding the electronic features of certain faucets is justifiable, considering the combination of electricity and water can be such a lethal mix.
But when it comes to this technology, particularly Delta’s Touch20 technology, there are measures in place to ensure that the electronic features are perfectly safe to use.
Touch20 is a great example of this; they use Diamond Seal Technology, which features waterways that are completely free of lead. What does this mean?
Essentially, when the water is within the faucet, it at no point touches any metal contaminants or electronic components.
So, these features are completely safe.
Is There Much Difference Between A Pull Down Faucet And A Pull Out Faucet?
The terms are often used interchangeably, but there is some difference between a pull-out faucet and a pull-down faucet.
Pull-down faucets are ideal for sinks that are going to be filled with large items (like pans and dishes) because they’re designed with more of a higher arc.
Pull-down faucets, on the other hand, are quite the opposite.
They don’t need nearly as much headroom, so if you have cabinets installed directly above your sink, it won’t be a tight squeeze to get the faucet installed.