In the convoluted world of consumer products, there are good quality and bad quality items from almost every company. The same applies to faucets and fixtures. Each company that produces plumbing fixtures manufacturer various lines or subbrands of their different products. Each is designed to fit a specific category, with in a wide range of pricing options.
The three categories are typically, the value models, models that are designed to be affordable. The next category is the mainstream model, which is more expensive than the value model due to more features. Finally, there is the premium category that contains the most expensive of the various lines, mainly due to the better features or finish, in the case of plumbing.
Plumbing brands function pretty much as described, with only a few exceptions. There are some that focus solely on the value market and look towards volume sales as the prime profit motivator. For those that function within the described categories, these companies are well known for their high end products and for the quality of their products overall. American Standard, Pfister, Delta, Moen and Kohler are all high end brands with the widest market appeal. There are a few brands that are considered super high end, but they do not sell to the mass market and only sell via a specialized supply system, such as restaurants supply warehouses. Therefore, for the homeowner, the top or high end market consists of these five companies.
Price Does Not Equal Quality
Perhaps unlike other markets, plumbing is one market where price does not equal quality. A value faucet can perform equal to or better than a premium faucet. There are various reasons for this. To begin with, quality control. Every company can have an off day and produce a lemon. However, the main reason for the variance in quality is really down to two basic things, installation and water quality. Installation is obvious but water quality can vary from location to location and even season to season. High levels of iron for hard water or calcium for super soft water can have an effect on the quality and longevity of a faucet. Manufacturers attempt to cover the widest possible of conditions but water quality can vary to such a degree that not every situation can be accounted for.
Top Rated Faucet on the Market
This high arch, bottom installed, American Standard 4751.732.224 Hampton Style Faucet exemplifies the detailing and styling of American Standard faucets.
This faucet is fully ADA compliant and has two handles for easy water control. The ceramic valve cartridge prevents leaks and drips. It it also has a side sprayer and a cap for non spray applications.
This faucet has a oil bronzed finish and a fully metallic internal waterway. This is an excellent faucet for those looking for a quality, high end faucet with a vintage look.
Best Faucet for the Money
This Pfister F-531-4HNY Hanover Style Faucet, finished in Tuscan Bronze, is also a classic styled, high arch water delivery system.
It has a pull down sprayer that retracts fully and accurately into the spigot. It also has a full turning radius for reaching any part of the sink. It is 3 or 4 hole ready and is fully ADA compliant.
It has two handles for precise water control and comes with a matching soap dispenser. This vintage style faucet would be an wonderful choice, for those looking for a high end faucet for any style of kitchen.
Best Single Hole Faucet for the Price
There is nothing that illustrates the exquisite look of a vintage style faucet than this Venetian Bronze finished faucet. This Delta Faucet 4197-RB-DST Cassidy Style Faucet quality faucet is fully ADA compliant and is single, side handle for excellent water control.
It is also a pull down model, where the sprayer fully retracts back into the spigot, quickly and accurately, time and time again. It uses a fully ceramic valve cartridge for leak proof and drip proof perfection. This antique styled faucet is perfect for anyone who desires a high end faucet for a classically styled kitchen.
Best Faucet to Buy
The Moen Model #CA87002 Muirfield Style Faucet has been producing high end faucets for generations and this spotless, stainless steel, faucet is an perfect example of the workmanship in their products.
This faucet is single handle for precise water control and is fully ADA compliant. It comes with a matching soap dispenser and a side sprayer. It is high arch for large pots and pans and the finish is resistant to water spots and stains. This high end faucet would look excellent in any theme kitchen and is fully resistant to leaks and drips thanks to the ceramic valve system.
Best Three Hole Faucet for the Price
Kohler K-16109-4A-CP Revival Style Faucet has been producing plumbing supplies and fixtures since 1888, and is the one to introduce the first enameled bathtub.
Their dedication to quality is clearly shown in this high end faucet. This solid brass faucet with polished chrome finish is fully ADA complaint, only requiring a quarter turn for super precise water control.
This faucet also comes with a matching side sprayer and has uses a specialized ceramic cartridge valve that resists hard water corrosion and debris. This is an perfect, high end faucet for all types of kitchens and is great for those with water quality issues.
All of these faucets are backed by a limited lifetime warranty from the respective companies. These high end faucets are great for a multitude of kitchen types and are all great looking. If installing yourself, be sure to read and follow all installation and operating instructions, especially for pull down faucets since they require exacting weigh control for the sprayer.