Frequently asked questions about kitchen faucets
How long should my faucet last?
According to Horton, the best kitchen faucets should typically last between 15 and 20 years, depending on factors such as hard water, manufacturer, installation and use of the faucet. Choosing an option with a ceramic cartridge valve is an essential factor in ensuring long life.
Can I increase my flow rate?
Yes. According to Horton, you can increase the flow rate of your faucet. You can either choose an entirely new faucet with a higher flow rate or, if your aerator is the culprit, replace it with a higher GPM version. Your current aerator may be clogged with mineral deposits or it may simply be a low-flow version.
How much should I spend on a kitchen faucet?
It all depends on your expectation level. “You can get a basic model that will do the job for $50 or a faucet for $1,250 that isn't on the shelf at Lowe's or Home Depot,” Horton explains. If you're looking for a good starting point, Horton recommends that as a rule of thumb, most homeowners will live in the $250 and under replacement home range.
What type of run do I need?
You'll need to choose between rotating or stationary jet, regular jet (even jet), or dual modes (regular jet and spray), and low arc (3 to 8 inches above the surface of the sink) or high arc (aka…) gooseneck models, which more than 20 cm above the sink surface.
How do you measure a kitchen faucet?
When measuring a new faucet, you should first figure out how tall your potential faucet can be without obstructing cabinets or windows. This is easy to do with a tape measure. To determine spout depth, measure from the mounting hole (where the faucet base sits) to the center of your sink. This helps eliminate any faucet options that could cause the water to spray too far out. Landers explained that the sinks she typically buys for her clients' kitchens are 33 inches wide, and any regular pull-down faucet will accommodate something that size.
What is a Faucet Valve?
This is the mechanism that turns your faucet on and off and adjusts the water temperature. Single handle styles use one lever to control both temperature and flow, while double handle styles use two levers to control hot and cold supplies. Double handle models are less common and are generally purchased for their aesthetics rather than practicality, which is why we don't feature them here. However, double handles tend to be more stable than single handles.
Do I need a touchless or touch-sensitive faucet?
Touchless faucets, which are activated by waving your hands in front of a sensor, and touch-sensitive models, which turn on and off when you touch any part of the handle or neck, are both convenient and practical choices for many users . Landers explained that both types of faucets are becoming more common in the kitchen and emphasized their food safety benefits. By eliminating the need to use your fingers to turn a handle, these faucets can significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen when handling raw meat or seafood.
How do I install a faucet myself?
Installing a kitchen faucet is probably easier than you think. You'll need a few common tools, like a sink wrench, and a partner to lend you an extra set of hands. For the most popular faucet models, including those on our list, there are several installation videos from both the manufacturer and customers. Note that installing a touchless or touch-sensitive faucet is more involved and you may need to hire a professional unless you are familiar with working on electrical wiring.
Which brand has the best faucets overall?
Although there are several reputable brands of kitchen faucets, in our opinion, Delta faucets are the best models overall. They are built to last with high-quality components and their leak-proof guarantee combined with timely customer service gives you peace of mind that you won't be let down if problems arise. We also appreciate Delta's focus on hassle-free installation, including easy-to-access manuals and videos that are well-suited to the average DIYer. Plus, because they offer such a wide range of faucet styles – both classic and modern – and price ranges, you should easily find an option that suits your needs.