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The 4 Best Kitchen Sink Faucets to Buy (and 1 We Would NOT Buy)

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Kitchen faucets at The Home Depot

New kitchens mean lots of important decisions! Your sink faucet is just as important as cabinets and countertops because it needs to be able to stand up to kitchen messes, be durable, and work efficiently. Read on for the best and very highly-rated kitchen sink faucets that we love (and one that we don’t love)!

Check out our top picks for the BEST kitchen faucets:


1. Kraus KPF-1612 Single Lever Kitchen Faucet

chrome spring faucet with white tile backsplash white cabinets and gray countertops

Buy it on Amazon$116+

Here’s why we love it:

  • Heavy duty commercial style design
  • Great swivel design for total sink access
  • A 3-function sprayer helps save on water
  • Magnetic latching system
  • Rubber nozzles are easy to clean and prevent hard water build up
  • 4 beautiful finishes that are corrosion- and rust-resistant
  • Limited lifetime warranty

“I did a ton of research and eventually landed on this faucet based on reviews, price, and awesome features. I installed it myself a few months back (easy DIY project & instructions are easy to follow). My whole family has been loving it. The hands-free hot/cold lever and sprayer work perfectly in our busy kitchen.

As mentioned by some reviewers, the water flow was a little low for our needs, so a quick email to customer service and they sent a high-flow attachment at no cost! The higher flow is still stingy enough to save on that water bill and looks great in my kitchen!”

Todd ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


2. Moen 7594C Arbor Kitchen Faucet

Moen Arbor Kitchen Faucet washing salad

Buy it on Amazon$179+

Here’s why we love it:

  • The spray head is retractable and smooth
  • 4 beautiful color options
  • PowerBoost technology for faster clean
  • 2 spray modes available in the spray head
  • The simple design is great for any custom countertops
  • Option to have a motion sensor
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty

“Our builder put this faucet in our house when we built it, and for the past 3.5 years, it has worked seamlessly! Knock-on-wood, we’ve never had any issues. My favorite feature (that I totally don’t think I could live without) is the retractable spray head. I can easily fill up large pans that don’t fit in my sink and fill up my large watering can when my houseplants need a drink. I would recommend this affordable faucet to anyone!”

Tracey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


3. Delta Leland 9178-AR-DST Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

woman wearing blue shirt holding spray head on stainless faucet rinsing off vegetables

Buy it at The Home Depot$191

Here’s why we love it:

  • 1- or 3-hole installation option
  • 360-degree swivel
  • 3-function spray wand
  • SheildSpray technology offers powerful cleaning without the mess
  • Delta MagnaTite Docking holds spray head in the perfect position
  • Diamond Seal technology offers easy to install and last longer
  • Rubber touch-clean spray holes

“I was in the market for a new faucet, and my plumber recommended this one for the quality and guarantee. I purchased it a few months back, and it feels sturdy, moves easily between hot and cold (+ all temperatures in between), and swivels easily. The pull-down sprayer is easy to pull and retracts just as easily and has never got caught. I like having a high arc spout and 360 degrees swivel, which my old faucet didn’t have. I’m so glad I purchased this faucet. I have only great things to say about it!”

Nancy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


4. KOHLER K-R10651-SD-VS Sous Pro-Style Kitchen Faucet

stainless steel kitchen faucets on store shelves in a row

Buy it at The Home Depot$259

Here’s why we love it:

  • ProMotion technology allows for effortless spray head control
  • Magnet docking arm to keep spray head in place
  • Sweep spray feature forcefully cleans and simplifies cleanup
  • Scratch shield technology ensures durability during heavy usage
  • Heavy duty ceramic disc valves

“I have been using this faucet for a few months now, and I simply love it! The installation was a breeze compared to some units I have put in before. It has a great range of motion. The resting height is great for filling and cleaning large pots, and the beautiful industrial restaurant look is really appealing to me.

It has been easy to keep clean. I have not had any sediment build up start to take any of the pressure away yet. This is the best faucet I have used to date. Not having to deal with the pull-out hose and weight ball anymore has been surprisingly pleasant as well!”

– Brad ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Here is the kitchen faucet Collin owns and is surprisingly NOT recommending…

 

1. Moen 7565EC High Arc MotionSense Kitchen Faucet

Collin pointing at Moen MotionSense Kitchen Faucet she hates

Buy it on Amazon$450+

Reasons not to love it:

  • The MotionSense is extremely touchy
  • Reaching to grab anything near the sink will turn the water on
  • Motion sensor stops working unexpectedly for many customers
  • Wastes water when you’re not even near it since it can turn on unexpectedly
  • Lightweight and feels cheaply constructed
  • Higher in price then many other similar kitchen faucets

What happens when colling reached for sponge with motion sense faucet

“I’m seriously wondering if I’m just not the “norm” when it comes to these MotionSense faucets because the reviews aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be.

Here’s why I quickly fell out of love with this faucet – whenever I go to grab a sponge or the dish soap from my sink, the faucet will turn on and soak whatever shirt I’m wearing. I get that it’s due to the motion sensor but I find it annoying that I can’t grab items to wash my dishes without getting wet (unless I remember about the motion sense and grab my items in an awkward way – but that rarely happens!).

Collin pointing at the kitchen faucet she hates

In addition, the water will turn on unexpectedly – when we’re not even near the sink if it senses something as little as a speck of dust.

I just think this faucet is a waste of money and water… and honestly would never opt to buy a faucet with a motion sense feature again. I personally would rather just turn the faucet on myself and have more control over when the water comes out.”

Collin


Which faucet is your favorite?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Comments 22

  1. Christine

    We have a touch faucet and can’t go back to a regular faucet 🙂 It’s so convenient when you have dirty hands, or hands full of dishes, or a pot to fill. We are moving and have already purchased the faucet we’ll be installing in the new kitchen as a “DAY ONE MUST DO”. One con is, when we go anywhere else, all of us are touching the faucets to turn them on, even when they don’t operate that way. We’re conditioned!! Haha…
    But yes, I agree. The motion activated ones are probably best suited for commercial situations, and bathrooms. I can just imagine how much water my cats would waste playing with them at night.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      LOL! I can see myself being conditioned to think all faucets work that way too! Thanks for the review, Christine! I’m considering one for my next faucet!

    • Amy

      We have a touch faucet too! Absolutely love! And yes we do the same thing at other people’s houses now too! I looked at the motion sensor ones but I get frustrated enough when I go to a bathroom sink at places and some of them don’t work so I felt the touch would do better and luckily it does!

  2. Ivette

    We just installed the Kraus in our new kitchen & I love it. So sleek & modern looking. I love that I can wash the corners of my single-bowl sink with it. I highly recommend.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the recommendation, Ivette! I do like the look of that one too! SO glad you are loving yours!

  3. Ali

    I am LOVING all these posts on kitchen items like faucets and counter tops. I am moving into a new house and my hubby and I are doing a kitchen remodel and this is helping tremendously!!! Keep em coming.. Thoughts on the best refrigerator??!! I really want the one with a touch screen display but have read bad reviews on the ice maker. I love hearing everyone’s input on this stuff.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How exciting! Congrats on your new home, Ali! Thanks a bunch for the sweet feedback! We will be posting about the best kitchen sinks by the end of this week and we have added refrigerators to our list! Be sure to stay tuned! 🥰

    • Amanda

      We have the Samsung family hub and love it. No issues what so ever in the year and a half we’ve had it.

  4. ArmyBrat09165

    I wonder which one would go best with my vintage kitchen. We are putting in my grandmothers old farmhouse sink we found in her barn. After cleaning it it is awesome. Not a mark on it guess cause it was covered with straw. LOL but we now need fawcetts for it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s SO cool! I bet any of these would look great!

  5. Violet

    We have the kholer one featered and have had it for two years I never had any idea one could love a faucet so much but it is one of the most loved things I have ever bought in my life ( and I have bought a lot ) it is worth every penny it reminds me of the sprayers they have in restaurants the way it sprays off food

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome to hear, Violet! Thanks a ton for taking the time to comment! SO glad you have been loving your Kohler faucet!

  6. Lesli

    Would love to hear some suggestions on bathroom faucets as well!! 😉

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the request, Lesli! I’ll be sure to pass that along to the team! Stay tuned!

  7. Linda

    I had a motion sensor faucet in a different brand and it went off all the time and got many sleeves wet. I hated it! We were so glad to sell the house and move out. I’ll never buy one again! Totally agree with you!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      DARN! Thanks, Linda! Good to know yours was touchy too!

  8. Mary W

    We have all Pfister faucets in our house. I order from the actual Pfister site and not from Amazon. Much better quality. When you buy from Lowes or Home Depot, you are getting a lower tier faucet that contains much more plastic. The original faucet will be all brass and steel. Will cost more up front but can last a lifetime.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How interesting! Thanks for the helpful tip! Good to know!

  9. Katherine R.

    We have the Brizo – Artesso Series – Kitchen Faucet – Single Handle Pull-Down With Smarttouch – – Venetian Bronze and I am in love with it. It was not cheap but it is well made and I love using it especially when I am cooking messy food like making meatballs. Highly recommend this one.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation! SO glad to hear how much you have been loving yours!

  10. Shawn P

    I have had both the kohler and moen motion sense faucets and I love the moen one. The sensor you are complaining about being touchy is the front sensor, which you can (and should) disable. This means you just use the top sensor which requires you to wave your hand above the faucet so no more oops water all over.

    The Kohler motion sense faucet has a sensor under the curve of the faucet which is a really bad place. It is always triggered by steam in the sink from say hot noodles placed into a colander. The only good thing about the Kohler is you can use the above the sink handle to adjust the water temperature. With the moen you adjust the automatic temperature under the sink, but alternatively you can still use the handle above like normal.

    After having used each for over a year the sensor has to be on top of the faucet to not be annoying. The other advantage of having the sensor visible on the top is people (house guests) can see the sensor and they learn more quickly how to activate the sink. Since Kohler tried to hide the sensor people don’t understand.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh wow! Thanks a TON for that helpful tip, Shawn P! I really appreciate it! I will be sure to do that! 🙌

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