Pull-Out vs Pull-Down Faucets

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Last Updated: January 3, 2021
By: Charles Cole

One is more popular than the other, yet some people still have trouble deciding which style is the best for their home. There are general pros and cons to each, yet brands tend to focus more on the pull-down faucets when they make their models. This can get confusing for customers that may like the design of a pull-out faucet but can’t find one that carries the features they like. A bigger concern is not finding the perfect pull-out faucet with all of the features you want, but finding a pull-down faucet with similar features for a better price.

What is the best choice to make in that situation?

That is where this guide comes into play — to help you make the best decision so you won't regret your purchase. Returning a dissatisfactory kitchen faucet is a burden on both the consumer and the company. By using this guide, you can get the decision right the first time and not have to worry about holding off on an important installation. Below is an in-depth list of the pros and cons of pull-out and pull-down faucets.

Pull-Out Faucets

Pull Out Faucets

These are not so common in the kitchen, and in some houses, have found their way into other rooms of the house instead. Considered to be secondary to pull-down faucet style in both appeal and sales, pull-out faucets are a great example of an underdog that deserves a shot. Pull-out faucets work well in areas with small sinks because of their clever design.

Pull-down faucets often have a high arc and compensate for taking up space by offering either 190 or 360-degree swivel support. When using a pull-out faucet, that clearance is not needed and can lead to less hassle from the user. With a shorter spout, they also solve the problem with high arching faucets not being directly in the middle of the sink when stationary.

This leads to awkward designs and having to pull the spray head down just to fill a pot of water. Since pull-out faucets were designed with space saving in mind, this is not a concern for either small or large sinks. You get the best of both worlds in this regard, but the amount of pull-out faucets on offer are slim pickings compared to the pull-down models.

This leaves design and style choices at a minimum, forcing buyers to sometimes settle for a look they don’t want. Consumers that prefer the two-lever system in their kitchen faucet will also find that pull-out faucets accommodate them better. That could possibly be the main selling point for users that have still not adopted to the single-lever system.

Pull Down Faucets

Pull Down Faucets

The golden child of the kitchen faucet industry is the pull-down faucet, with millions sold per year. These beautiful high-arching faucets instantly raise the wow factor in any kitchen and come in many designs. It is exhausting to go through all the different styles and designs, but also extremely fulfilling.

They also have the best spray heads available with many functions not included in pull-out faucets. If you are going for a motionless kitchen faucet, then pull-down is the way to go and, actually, the only way to go! So for modern users designing a state-of-the-art kitchen, looking at a pull-out faucet won't help you achieve that. You will have issues if you have a smallish sink, which is why measuring precisely is extremely important when going for pull-down styles.

The position you want your faucet to be in when it is stationary is directly in the middle of the sink, without any compromise. To make up for the space it takes up, most models have swivel action but not all of them go a full 360 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal in theory, but when you’re operating with limited space, an extra 180 degrees could make all the difference in the world.

At one point, pull-out faucets had the advantage of more manageable hoses, and were less prone to issues. Over the years, this has been remedied by big-brand manufacturers with the smaller ones following suit, so now there are no major differences between pull-out and pull-down faucet hoses. Homes with weak water pressure may have some problems with pull-down faucets, but that is to be expected. Consumers will notice that in the next few years there will be considerable push for pull-down faucets as major companies continue to innovate, which in turn may leave pull-out faucets behind.

This doesn’t mean that pull-out faucets are becoming obsolete, it just means that pull-down faucets have a higher priority in the market, which has been the case for years. With more sinks accommodating the design of pull-down faucets, misaligned faucets are becoming less of an issue. Once this problem is totally eradicated, pull-out faucets will overtake other models to become the traditional choice rather than a contemporary or modern option.


After outlining the benefits and disadvantages of the two kitchen faucet designs, customers can make the call on what they want to spend their money on. Pull-out faucets are known to be a lot less expensive, but that shouldn’t be the most important criteria, especially if your purchase is meant to last for years. Take the time to read over this guide and you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for to make your kitchen a standout, stylish space.

Charles Cole

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