Kitchen faucets are one of the few highly functional items for the home that are selected mainly on aesthetics and cost considerations. Often aesthetics take a higher priority over cost, not something found in other functional items in the home.
So, how does reliability factor into the purchasing question? There is no doubt that every consumer of a plumbing product expects a level of reliability and dependability but usually, this consideration is wrapped up in the name recognition of the brand of faucet. In fact, reliability and dependability are directly related to brand recognition in faucets due to the unique nature of the product and the longevity expected, in terms of years, of the product. Therefore, most of the well known brands are also well known for their quality.
Reliability in Faucets
Plumbing fixtures are relatively unique in the fact that they see a high amount of use while being subject to conditions external to the home. In the example of the kitchen faucet, the faucet is subjected to large amounts of use over varying time periods and is subject to not only temperature extremes in the home but from the water itself.
Coupled with water quality issues, hard, soft, filtered, etc., the strain and stress can take a toll on its functionality and reliability. Given this unique nature, manufacturers have taken extra effort to use both quality materials and innovations to make certain their product is up to expectations. One of the biggest innovations in recent decades is the use of more advanced materials in the valve area, with most using a ceramic material for the valve cartridge.
This means there is no rust, no pitting due to water quality issues that could cause leaks and the elimination of washers that could be a failure point over time. With reliability being the highest determining factor, here are 5 highly dependable faucets for consideration.
Best Two Handle Kitchen Faucet
This two handle faucet with side spray in chrome – Peerless Model #P299578LF Two Handle Kitchen Faucet is fully ADA compliant and is water efficient to California standards at 1.8 gallons per minute.
It is a thin brass internal construction with external chrome plating. It has a high arch for large pots and pans and swivels for easy use with two basins.
This is an excellent, traditional style kitchen faucet that is found all over the country in kitchens everywhere. Users love the simple but robust design and how easy it is to install.
Top Rated Pull Down Kitchen Faucet
This is a faucet of the single handle, pull down sprayer variety. The American Standard Model #4175.300.002 Colony Kitchen Faucet is finished in polished chrome and the sprayer pulls down from the spigot, easily and accurately returns.
It is fully ADA compliant and is efficient at 2.2 gallons per minute. The spigot is high arch for large pots and pans and the sprayer has an adjustable pattern and has a pause feature.
It uses a ceramic valve for millions of hours of leak proof performance. Users love the easy of installation and the easy of an integrated sprayer.
Best Single Handle Pull Down Faucet
This all brass faucet with Arctic Stainless finish is a single handle pull down faucet. It uses Delta’s patented technology to ensure the sprayer retracts to the proper position time and time again. The Delta Model #9159-AR-DST Arctic Kitchen Faucet is fully ADA complaint and the single handle offers precise water control. It is efficient at 1.5 gallons of water per minute and the sprayer has multiple setting at the touch of a button.
Users remark about the simple and easy installation and how well the sprayer retracts. It uses a ceramic valve cartridge for leak proof performance.
Top Rated Kitchen Faucet
Kohler has been making plumbing fixtures since 1888, and this faucet – Kohler Model #K-560-2BZ Bellera Kitchen Faucet follows in that fine tradition. It is a single ADA compliant handle for precise water control and a pull down sprayer. It is also high arch for large pots and pans and swivels 360 degrees to be where you need it most.
It is finished in oil brush bronze and has a vintage styling. It uses a ceramic valve cartridge for leak proof performance and is super easy to install, which is one of the features users love the most.
Most Reliable Kitchen Faucet
This vintage looking, in a oil rubbed bronze finish is a innovation in faucet technology. Not only does the Moen Model #7185EORB Brantford Kitchen Faucet have a single handle for precise water control but it is also one touch activated for even easier water start and stop.
It has a pull down sprayer that retracts fully and accurately time and time again and is of full brass internal construction. The ceramic valve cartridge provides leak proof performance year after year and the faucet is fully ADA compliant. Users love the great look and the simple installation and the technology is reliable and performing.
As with any product, be sure to follow the installation instructions as these pull down faucets require room for weights to fully retract the sprayers.
The number one cause of lackluster retraction is impeded movement of the weights. These faucets would make an excellent looking addition to any style of kitchen.