Faucets have become so reliable, we found few performance differences between brands. That's why we no longer rate faucets, but instead focus on the pros and cons of faucet finishes and features so that you can choose a great faucet, no matter your budget.
In the graphic below we highlight single-handle pullout faucets, a very popular style that combines a spray head and spout for convenience and flexibility. But our findings are applicable to other faucet styles too. Here's what else to consider when shopping for a new faucet.
Match the Faucet With the Number of Mounting HolesMost sinks come with mounting holes pre-drilled for faucets and accessories such as side sprays or soap dispensers. If you're keeping your original sink, you’ll need to match what you have or get a base plate to cover any extra holes. The base plate sold with your new faucet can be used to cover holes in your countertop, but don’t buy a faucet that requires more sink holes than your sink has; it's not a good idea to try to drill additional holes in an existing sink or countertop.
Spout Styles and Shapes Straight spout faucets are compact and often inexpensive, but you might need to move the faucet to fit a big pot under it. Gooseneck models have higher clearances, but can cause splashing if your sink is shallow. Whatever style you pick, make sure the faucet head swings enough to reach the entire sink, especially if you have a wide or double bowl sink. Also keep the faucet proportional; a large sink can look odd with a small faucet.
Installation and Repair Replacing a faucet and a sink at the same time is easier because the faucet can be installed in the sink, or in the countertop before the sink is put in place. Fittings that can be tightened with a screwdriver also streamline installation. Long water-supply hoses allow you to make connections lower in the sink cabinet where tools are easier to use. Though most faucets are guaranteed not to leak, if yours does, the manufacturer will give you only the replacement part—it's up to you to install it.
Although there are two main types of sink faucets, single lever and two-handled, you can also find an array of spigots designed for specific uses, such as for wet bars, prep sinks, and even for filling pots on a stovetop.
If you are considering a single-handle faucet, check the distance to the backsplash or window ledge, as the rotation of the handle may hit whatever is behind it. If you have additional sink holes, you can purchase a separate spray nozzle or soap dispenser.
Pros: Single-handle faucets are easier to use and install and take up less space than two-handle faucets.
This traditional setup has separate hot and cold handles to the left and right of the faucet. Two-handle faucets have handles that can be part of the baseplate or separately mounted, and the sprayer is usually separate.
Pros: Two handles may allow slightly more precise temperature adjustments than a single handle faucet.
The spout pulls out or down from the single-handle faucet head on a hose; a counterweight helps the hose and spout to retract neatly.
Pros: A pullout spout comes in handy when rinsing vegetables or the sink itself. The hose should be long enough to reach all corners of the sink.
The best models have an activator on the front of the faucet so it’s easy to locate. Look for the option of switching to manual operation by simply sliding a movable panel to cover the sensor.
Pros: Convenience and cleanliness. Water is activated by a movement sensor, so if your hands are full, or dirty, you don’t have to touch the fixture.
Cons: Some designs hide the activator toward the bottom or back of the faucet, making them hard to find when your hands are full or messy. Others required you to tap the faucet to get water flowing and then you'll have to wash the spot you touched.
Common in restaurant kitchens, pot-filler faucets now come scaled for use in the home. Either deck- or wall-mounted pot fillers are installed near the stove, and have articulated arms to fold away when not in use.
Pros: Ease and convenience. Filling an oversized pot directly where it will cook means no more lugging heavy pots across the kitchen.
Cons: Must be connected to a water source behind the stove. Unless you’re a serious cook, you may not need or use this faucet much.
Many high-end kitchen designs are including smaller, secondary sinks that can free up space at your main sink and make prep like washing vegetables easier, especially if there is more than one cook in the kitchen. Smaller, bar faucets are made for these sinks and often come in styles that match the main faucet.
Pros: Can be connected directly to an instant hot water dispenser, or to a cold filtered water dispenser.
Advances in finishes have made most faucets good at resisting wear. Here are additional features to consider that can affect durability and function.
Tough finishes are common on all but the cheapest kitchen faucets. The exterior of some faucets are bombarded with charged metal atoms that chemically bond to the surface of the base metal in a process called physical vapor deposition, or PVD. Different metals impart different finishes, including nickel and bronze. PVD finishes resisted our best attempts at scratching, but corrosives such as drain cleaner can stain them slightly. Chrome remains a popular finish and is pretty durable too, but a heavy-duty scouring pad can scratch it. Brushed stainless didn't show scratches or stains as easily as chrome. Bronze offers a rustic look, plus we found the PVD version performed much better.
Finger-friendly buttons located on the top or side of the spray head allow you to switch easily between spray and stream. The button should stay in the same mode through on/off cycles, or until you change the setting again.
If you have a single- or two-handle faucet and your sink has extra holes (they're usually covered over with a round metal stopper) you might consider adding a side sprayer to your sink. Installation is straightforward and instructions are widely available online.
Although not a visible feature, some single-handle faucets are designed to hold a specific water temperature even after you turn the faucet off. This is especially convenient when you are using the faucet at frequent intervals and don't want to adjust the temperature every time you turn the water on. Check manufacturer specifications for faucets that include this feature.
This feature is particularly useful in pull-out and pull-down faucets. Once the nozzle is detached from the base, it can retract most of the way back but not completely into its locked position. A magnetic lock connects it securely and locks it in place.
How much water does a drip waste? Well, it depends on how many faucets do the dripping and at what rate they drop those drips. For a quick and startling estimate of your household’s potential water waste, check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s drip calculator.
The average household’s leaky faucets can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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With older faucets, compression valves cut off water flow when a washer or seal closed; faucets dripped when the washers degraded. Modern faucets use ceramic discs that turn off when the ports are closed, so there are no washers to erode. Ceramic discs, once only a feature of high-end faucets, have merged into the mainstream.
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