One element that often gets overlooked by people planning to renovate their kitchens is the ever-important kitchen faucet. Faucets are one of those things that tend to get ignored until they need to be replaced. But, you shouldn’t overlook how useful it can be to upgrade your kitchen with a brand-new faucet. To help you pick out that perfect faucet, we’ve assembled a list of the best kitchen faucets 2018.
To make the process even easier, we recommend that you directly check out our pick for best faucet, the Delta Essa Single-Handle Kitchen Pull-Down Faucet for various reasons that we will talk about below.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Kitchen Faucets 2018
Friho Modern Commercial Kitchen Sink Faucet
Friho specializes in making great quality kitchen faucets that still remain relatively affordable (when compared to other high-quality faucets). This Friho faucet is no exception to that rule. Even though this faucet costs a lot less than many other high-end kitchen faucets, it’s still more than worthy of being included alongside the other best kitchen faucets 2018.
For starters, any review of the Friho has to mention its solid, durable construction. The faucet may not be all that expensive, but you can tell that when it came to the actual construction of the faucet, no expense was spared.
The faucet’s mold is made of solid brass, this provides a great foundation for the Friho. The actual faucet itself is made using very high-end stainless steel. All of this is finished off with a great looking nickel finish, which looks great in any modern kitchen. If you want a more rustic look, you can also get the same faucet, except with an oiled bronze finish.
What does this high-quality construction mean? Well, for starters, it means that keeping the faucet looking great is simple. Buffing the exterior and keeping it looking sleek is as simple as wiping it a few times with a cloth. It also means that the Friho is resistant to both rust and corrosion.
The Friho is a one-hole installation faucet, which means that it’s very easy and very quick to install, especially when compared to certain other faucets, which can have three holes or more. Hooking it up to your water line is also deceptively simple.
Like pretty much every other high-end faucet featured in the best kitchen faucets 2018 article, it comes with a pull-down head and the ability to switch between a steady stream of water and a rinsing spray just by pressing a button on the head of the faucet.
Simple, yet durable construction.
Comes in either sleek nickel finish or rustic oiled bronze.
Easy to install.
90-day money back guarantee and lifetime warranty.
Faucet is high arching, making it unsuitable for certain kinds of sinks.
Friho Brushed Nickel Stainless Steel Pull Down Kitchen Sink Faucet
This is the second Friho faucet being featured on this list has quite a bit in common with the other Friho faucet that we just reviewed. However, there are enough differences (as you will see in this short review) to warrant both being considered as some of the best kitchen faucets 2018.
Let’s start by talking about a few of the many good similarities between the two Friho faucets. For starters, this Friho faucet is constructed using the same methods as the previous model that we talked about.
This means it has the same solid mixture of brass and stainless-steel, and it also means that it has the same nickel finish. We already talked about these benefits in more detail in the previous review, so we won’t repeat those same points.
Both Friho faucets also have a pull-down head with buttons that allow you to quickly switch between a heavy spray and a continuous stream.
However, as mentioned earlier, there are some key differences between the two Friho faucets. This Friho faucet has a very different look to it. It’s a bit more modern looking, but it’s still got a very universal appeal and it works in most kitchens.
Another very useful feature of this Friho faucet is the use of ceramic disks inside the faucet. Ceramic disks are some of the most durable disks that you can use in a faucet. These help to regulate water flow, and more importantly, they prevent leaking.
Finally, it should also be mentioned that this Friho faucet doesn’t have a high arching design, this means that it can work in basically any size sink.
Modern and unique looking design.
Great construction that will last a lifetime.
Uses ceramic disks to prevent leaking.
Easily cleaned nozzle.
Water pressure is a bit lower than you are used to.
Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless Kitchen Faucet
So far, we’ve only looked at manually controlled faucets. But, no best kitchen faucets 2018 list would be complete without mentioning at least one motion sensor-controlled faucet.
Although they aren’t for everyone, motion sensor-controlled faucets can be incredibly useful.
They make it possible to use your faucet easily while having your hands full. They also prevent you from having to dirty your faucet by touching it with dirty hands.
The Moen Arbor is pretty great as far as motion sensor-controlled faucets go. Motion controls can always be a bit hit or miss. Anyone who’s ever used motion-controlled faucets in public bathrooms can attest to how spotty the controls can be. That’s not the case with high-end motion-controlled faucets, which includes the Moen Arbor.
The motion controls are always very responsive (assuming the batteries still have power in them); so, you don’t have to wave your hands in front of the controls a hundred times for the faucet to work. Likewise, the Moen Arbor also has two sensors, both in very helpful locations (directly in front of the faucet and on top of the nozzle).
In terms of style, the Moen Arbor comes in three distinct styles. The default chrome is sleek, stylish, and very modern looking. The spot resistant stainless-steel provides great protection against scuffs, while also giving your faucet a classic look.
Finally, there is the oiled bronze, which is perfect for giving your kitchen a unique or retro look to it.
When it comes to functionality, the Moen Arbor performs just as well as any other high-end faucet. The pull-down head is easy to use, and you can easily switch between spray and stream mode by pressing a button on the nozzle. The faucet’s water pressure is perfectly fine as well.
Responsive motion sensor controls.
Easy installation thanks to Duralock quick connect system.
Comes in three different styles to fit any kitchen.
Provides more water pressure than previous Moen faucets.
VAPSINT Best Modern Kitchen Faucet
This is the only VAPSINT faucet that we are considering to be apart of the best kitchen faucets 2018, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that that’s because they make subpar faucets. In fact, VAPSINT is well-known for making great quality faucets. This particular faucet carries on that tradition, which is why we are including it.
Picking where to start with the VAPSINT is hard since it has a lot of good points that should be mentioned. So, let’s start with the most obvious thing about the VAPSINT, it’s unique look.
Unlike a lot of other faucets, which opt for a fairly standard look (solid metal covering the hose), the VAPSINT uses a more unique look where the hose of the faucet is visible and covered by metal rings.
The only other faucet that has this look the best kitchen faucets 2018 list, is the second Friho kitchen faucet.
Unlike a lot of other faucets, the VAPSINT opts for a straight down style, as opposed to an arched style. This is good because it means that you can use it on any size sink. High-arched style faucets aren’t inherently bad, but they don’t work on smaller sinks and they tend to splash a lot when used.
Another great feature of the VAPSINT is its easy to clean rubber nozzle. Nozzles on faucets are subject to mineral and hard water build-up. Usually, this is very difficult to clean. But, with the VAPSINT, it’s as easy as just wiping away the mineral build-up with your finger or with a cloth.
The pull-down head provides close to 24” of reach. When combined with the ability of the faucet to be rotated 360-degrees, it makes the VAPSINT faucet very flexible and very easy to use.
Overall, this is a great faucet, and definitely more than deserving of being mentioned alongside the other best kitchen faucets 2018.
Unique looking modern design.
Affordable given the quality of the faucet.
Easy to clean rubber nozzle.
Pull-down head provides close to 24” of reach.
Can be tricky to install.
Delta Essa Kitchen Pull-Down Faucet
So, what’s so good about the Delta Essa Faucet that it can be reasonably considered to be better than the other best kitchen faucets 2018? Well, let’s begin with one of the Delta Essa’s best points, its solid construction. Nothing ruins a perfectly good day worse than a leaky faucet.
Leaky faucets, more often than not, are caused by subpar construction. While the exterior of a faucet may look solid, the internal components may not be of the same quality, which often leads to leaking. That is not the case with the Delta Essa. Every part of this faucet inside and out is made using the highest quality components.
It boasts “diamond seal technology,’’ which Delta says will keep the faucet good and leak-free for at least five million uses. If that wasn’t enough, you also gain access to Delta’s lifetime warranty, so if something does go wrong with the faucet, you’re covered.
Actually using the Delta faucet is great and very intuitive. It rotates 360-degrees (as all good faucets should), so you can use it on any part of your sink, no matter how large it is. Likewise, the pull-down head is very easy to use.
You simply pull it out, pick which mode that you want (you can easily switch between stream and spray by pressing a button on the head of the faucet), and that’s it. When you’re done with the faucet, you can simply put the head back and let the magnetized docking system snap the head back into the place.
It should also be mentioned that the pull-down head provides a solid 20” of reach and is very flexible.
Maintenance of the Delta is simple as well. Mineral build-up can be cleaned with just your finger, while the exterior can be cleaned with just a simple wipe as it’s resistant to scuffs and scratches.
Great design, resistant to leaking.
Backed up by a lifetime warranty.
Easy to clean exterior.
Faucet makes it easy to scrape away mineral build-up.
Magnetic docking head.
The handle can be very stiff.
Want To Know How To Buy The Best Kitchen Faucet? Use Our Buying Guide
So, in our best kitchen faucets 2018 list, we covered a lot of different kinds of faucets in the hopes of giving everyone at least one faucet that they could use in their kitchen, no matter how particular their tastes and preferences are.
However, we also recognize that many of you out there may not like the faucets that we picked for our best kitchen faucets 2018 list.
However, don’t worry because we aren’t leaving you out to dry. To help those who want to shop for a faucet of their own we’ve decided to make this helpful buying guide.
In this guide, you’ll get all the information that you need to pick out a faucet of your own. You’ll learn about all the different styles, features, and other information that one needs to make an informed purchase when it comes to kitchen faucets.
Know the Pros and Cons of the Different Kinds of Faucets:
Single Handle Faucets:
The primary kind of kitchen faucet is the single handled faucet. Every faucet on the best kitchen faucets 2018 list is single handled because single handled faucets are generally better for use in kitchens, as we will explain shortly.
Single handle faucets can either have a completely stationary head, or they can come with a pull-down head for easier rinsing.
Two Handle Faucets:
Two handle faucets have a separate handle for hot and cold, as opposed to one for both temperatures.
They are generally less common in kitchens (although some people do prefer them to single handled faucets) and more common in restroom sinks and in showers.
Motion Sensor-Controlled Faucets:
We only featured one motion sensor-controlled faucet on the best kitchen faucets 2018 list, but make no mistake about it, these can be incredibly useful.
When you’re cooking or when your hands are dirty, it’s incredibly helpful to be able to simply move your hands in front of the faucet and have the water start flowing.
All motion sensor-controlled faucets generally come with a handle that can also operate the faucet when the batteries run out.
These are the three main kinds of kitchen faucets that you will need to consider when shopping for one. There are other kinds of faucets out there, but they aren’t really suited to be your main kitchen faucet, and they are really only relevant if you plan on adding extra sinks to your kitchen.
So, why are single handled faucets the best? Well, for starters, they are simply easier to install because they only have one handle.
They’re also quite a bit cheaper than other kinds of faucets as well. Really, the only downside to single handled faucets is that it’s a bit difficult to get the exact temperature that you want with only a single handle.
But, this doesn’t end up being too much of a problem because you generally aren’t washing your hands a lot with a kitchen faucet, so precise temperature adjustment isn’t necessary.
Know About the Different Finishes:
Kitchen faucets come in a variety of finishes. Many of the faucets we’ve featured on the best kitchen faucets 2018 list come in several different finishes.
Nickel finishes (which are extremely common) tend to look a lot sleeker. On the other hand, stainless-steel finishes and oiled bronze finishes can be good when you’re going for a more unique look.
Although at first what finish your faucet has may seem like an entirely stylistic concern, finishes do serve an actual purpose.
Certain kinds of finishes are better at warding off rust and/or corrosion, which are big worries with any kitchen faucet.
Generally speaking, nickel finishes tend to be the best option if you really want your faucet to have the maximum amount of protection against rust.
After you’ve considered what type of faucet and finish you’d like, you can start considering what minor extras that you want. Do you want a magnetic lock for the pull-down head?
Do you want the nozzle to be easy to clean? It’s hard to write what to look for because it comes down to personal taste and how much you are willing to spend on a faucet.
We hope that you found this buying guide to be a helpful addition to our best kitchen faucets 2018 list. Finding the best kitchen faucet for your home can be a difficult and time-consuming prospect.
But, it’s a lot easier when you have all the necessary knowledge and facts before you start shopping.
Do you think we missed any useful tips? Do you think that we missed a particular good faucet that should have been included on our list?
If so, we encourage you to go ahead and leave a comment or two. Both us and the other readers on this site look forward to reading what you have to say.