There is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a kitchen faucet, especially when there are so many styles to choose from. This dizzying array of styles can lead to some confusion when you’re making a purchase, and even more so with multiple purchases. The good news is that each style has distinct advantages that make it more desirable than others. Below is a list of styles that one might encounter when deciding on a kitchen faucet, in no particular order.
It's important to note that the motion detection/touchless styles on this list are still relatively new to the market and considered the hottest item in the industry right now. For consumers that are more traditional, two-handle faucets are still considered an oldie but a goodie, and will probably be around until the end of time. The two-handle faucet is a system that has been around too long to just disappear, even with heavy marketing for the newer kitchen faucet styles. Whatever one you decide on, make sure to enjoy it to the fullest extent.
A lot rarer than pull-down faucets, pull-out faucets are popular to put in kitchens that don’t have a lot of sink space. If you fill a lot of large pots and pans with water often and don’t have room to do it in the sink, then a pull-out faucet will be beneficial since you can fill them from the countertop. The spouts are also a lot shorter and not high-arching, so there's less hassle than finding a pull-down faucet with full 360-degree swivel. There are no hose length advantages to having a pull-out vs a pull-down faucet.
Pull-down is the most popular type of faucet, with a very distinct high-arching look that looks majestic in any kitchen. The spray head also comes with more refined features, and if you have a big sink, this is the preferred type. Just make sure you get a model that has 180-degree or full 360-degree movement, so in situations where even your large sink is overloaded, it won’t get in the way. Hose malfunctions that are common in pull-out faucets are not a concern with pull-down faucets, and they have superior ergonomics. If you’re doing a lot of shopping around, you will find better designs with pull-down faucets than any other kind, with some absolutely stunning pricier versions. The only con is that if you have weak water pressure, this style may not be the best for your home until you can get the water pressure issue sorted out.
3. Commercial/Fusion Style
Known more for being in restaurant kitchens than in residential ones, these faucets have become quite popular with a certain niche market, one of the popular fusion style faucets you can get from Kraus. With the high-pressure pull-out sprayer and super high arc, they can clean better than any other faucet on this list. Brand makers have caught on to the craze and created smaller residential versions that look great in the kitchen but don’t lack the power that consumers crave from the commercial version. What buyers get is a fully functioning kitchen water faucet with enough power to tackle the most challenging tasks. It is also safe to say that they are a bit more durable than other kitchen faucets due to their industrial design.
4. Separate Spray
This model is almost as outdated as the two-handle faucet, but is still popular in many homes. The popularity of a separate sprayer stems from buyers not wanting an all-in-one product because if one mechanism fails, the entire kitchen faucet is out of order. There are also many users who have rigged the sprayer to work independently of the faucet, a modification that makes it infinitely superior to any other kitchen faucet on this list in terms of efficiency and usability. Prices are dirt cheap for separate sprayers, and will continue to decline as modern kitchen faucets rise in price. Where it falters is the system function because it is based on older technology. This means it has the same issue with sprayers losing their balance, drooping after years of use, and other anomalies that are present in older models. These problems don’t plague pull-out or pull-down models that use magnets or superior weight locks to keep everything in place, regardless of the amount of use. So unless you plan on rigging up your sprayer to act independently of the faucet, pull-out or pull-down faucets are the way to go.
5. Motion Detection/Touchless
These battery operated masterpieces are new to the industry and are quite easy to get used to. Using hand movements or auto activating with objects like a cup or a pot, they don’t require physical contact at all. Design flaws have been worked on to the point where the system can be turned on and off at will without even pressing a button. This is useful in a house full of children that play with the water, or even when you have company and don’t want to make things difficult on them. This innovation will continue to progress as the prices drop, and since there are no extra steps required for installation, they will continue to sell. Look out for big advancements in motion technology in the kitchen, even including integration with WiFi products.
6. Two-Handle Faucets
Last on the list is the oldie known as the two-handle faucet, which is clinging on thanks to its familiarity rather than its function. There was a time when two-handle faucets provided the best control when it came to temperature and water stream. But the reality is they are no longer the best performers, and the one-lever system is now the way to go for superior control (lead by the brand Moen). The benefits of a one-handle system are similar to that of having a separate sprayer, for example, if one of the handles stops working, you can still use the other handle for water. Because of this and the frequency with which they are preinstalled in many houses, you can expect two-handle faucets to be around for a while.