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Kitchen Faucet Choices Reviews

Updated on August 28, 2015

The world offers so much more today than ever before. This is especially true for of all things - the simple kitchen faucet. Or at least for what you thought was once a simple kitchen faucet. Yes, they now have single handle faucets and pull out sprayers verses the olden days of the separate sprayer and the separate hot and cold handles. Did you know they now have faucets with touch pads!? Yes! Amazing the technology. If you are like me and have no desire for a "smart" kitchen faucet, check out the ingenious and artistic designs. These faucets mimic nature more beautifully than nature herself and yet are fully functional. Not interested in technology and beauty, then check out the faucets for strength. Carbon fiber faucets are now available in the marketplace.

American Choices biggest concern when searching for a kitchen faucet is quite frankly none of the items we discussed. American Choices is concern about the jobs that maintained or created here in America. The good news is there are a number of options - both foreign and domestic. The domestic faucets can be frugal or expensive. Two of the largest global faucet manufacturers reside in my home states - Illinois and Wisconsin. Elkay is headquartered out of Oakbrook, Illinois with significant operations in my family's hometown of Savanna, Illinois. Elkay's luxury brand is called Phylich which is pronounced "feel rich". Kohler is of course headquartered out of Kohler, Wisconsin. Rohl is centered around Irvine, California and Texas with some outsourcing from Europe and New Zealnd.

Journey with us as we explore a number of great kitchen faucets.

Remember the one tool that is used the most besides the refrigerator is the faucet. It is critical for food preparation and cleansing and sanitizing. For those who don't know, cleaning is not the same as sanitizing.

Schematic of a Typical Kitchen Faucet

Schematic of a Typical Kitchen Faucet
Schematic of a Typical Kitchen Faucet | Source

Faucet Tap Spigot - What Is It?

Here in the United States, we call the "water tap" a "faucet". It can also be commonly called simply a "tap" or a "spigot". Essentially it is a valve that releases water - most commonly household water. In the United States, tap often is used to mean a "beer tap" or as a verb for a cut in connection rather than a water tap.


Ceramic Disc Faucets

Ceramic disc faucets are almost maintenance free. They don't wear out because they are not plastic and are harder to scratch. The good news is IF they do wear and they do start to drip, the replacement is under $25. Ceramic valves are more durable over the long run in a broader variety of water conditions than any other variety of valve on the market. Remember water can be hard, can have some sentiment in it especially if you do not have a whole house filter.

Seven Things to Look For in a Kitchen Faucet

1. Type/Function

  • Single Handle Hot/Cold
  • Pull Out Spray
  • Hands Free
  • Touch Screen

2. Height/Size

3. Construction

  • Brass/Carbon Fiber
  • Ceramic Valves/Discs

4. Color/Style/Finish

  • Chrome
  • Brass
  • Antique Brass
  • Modern
  • Classic
  • Vintage

5. Flow

6. Installation

  • Single Hole, Deck Mount
  • Multiple Hole, Deck Mount


7. Headquarters of the Manufacturer

  • Rohl - Texas and New Zealand with outsourcing from Europe and New Zealand
  • Grohe - Germany
  • Elkay - Oakbrook, Illinois
  • Kohler - Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Sino Faucet - China

Elkay Kitchen Faucets

Elkay LK7220CR Arezzo Single Lever Kitchen Faucet
Elkay LK7220CR Arezzo Single Lever Kitchen Faucet | Source
Elkay Kitchen Faucet
Elkay Kitchen Faucet | Source
Elkay Kitchen Faucet
Elkay Kitchen Faucet | Source

Elkay

Elkay was the original inventor of the "bubbler" or drinking fountain as we know it today. Perhaps most important to the history of water, Elkay was the first to develop the filter that removes lead from our drinking water. Elkay continues to be an innovator in its field and launched its innovated drinking fountain called EZH20 that fills bottles faster and easier with a modification on their drinking fountains. That is right - no need to replace, just add to. With Elkay you are sanitizing your water with UV at point of use - clean, filtered water that is lead free and now it sanitizing with light via UV.

Elkay Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet

The LK7220CR Elkay Arezzo Single Lever Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet shown here in chrome is one of the best in the world. From quality construction to overall height of close to 9", this faucet will quickly become your workhorse of food preparation.

  • Arezzo Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet

    • Top Spray Type: Pull Out
    • Deck mount installation
    • Finish: Chrome
    • Handle Qty: 1
    • Handle Type: Lever Handle
    • Overall Height: 8-5/8"
    • Spout Height: 5-15/16"
    • Spout Reach: 8-1/2"
    • Single Hole installation
    • Construction Type: Brass
    • Valve Type: Ceramic Disc Valve
    • Connection: 3/8" OD Flex 1/2" Male IPS Adp
    • Flow Rate: 2.5 gpm
    • Dual spray
    • Maximum countertop thickness: 1-1/2"
    • lkay LKGT1041CR Deck Mounted Gourmet Pull Out Kitchen Faucet, Chrome


      Elkay LKGT1041CR Deck Mounted Gourmet Pull Out Kitchen Faucet, Chrome Features:
      • Mounting Type: Deck
      • Spray Type: Pull Out
      • Finish: Chrome
      • Handle Qty: 1
      • Handle Type: Lever Handle
      • Spout Type: Integral Spout
      • Overall Height: 12 3/4"
      • Deck Clearance: 8 3/4"
      • Spout Reach: 11"
      • Holes Drilling(s): 1
      • Material: Brass
      • Valve Type: Ceramic Disc
      • Valve Connection: 3/8" Compression Hose Assembly
      • Flow Rate: 2.2 gpm
      • Code Compliance: ADA, IAPMO


      Product Details and Features
    • Manufacturer and Model: Elkay LKGT1041CR
    • Color: Chrome
    • UPC: 094902469188
    • Material: Brass
    • Oversize: No

Sino Faucet

Kitchen Faucet by Sino single handle tall in chrome
Kitchen Faucet by Sino single handle tall in chrome | Source

This faucet by sinofaucet is simply stunning. The price is phenomenal. Offering an outstanding value at $44.980. - Sino Faucet Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet Chrome - $44.90

Read the product specs for yourself below:

Features:
●Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet Chrome YJ-1018
●With versatile 360-degree swivel spout
●Drip-free operation ceramic cartridge
●Smooth single handle adjustable temperature and flow rate limitation
●Single-hole, deck mounted installation
●Water pressure tested for industry standard
●Standard size 1/2 "plumbing inlet connections
●With two 50CM flexible hoses,all mounting hardware are included

Rohl Faucet

Rohl Kitchen Faucet with single handle and tall for large pots and pans in chrome with gooseneck
Rohl Kitchen Faucet with single handle and tall for large pots and pans in chrome with gooseneck | Source

Rohl - Texas and Irvine California

The Rohl faucet is stylist and sophisticated. It is no wonder this American company has its roots in Europe.Today, many faucets are sourced from Europe and New Zealand.

Rohl is well known in the industry for its high end luxury faucets.

Hi Tech Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen

Hi Tech Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen
Hi Tech Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen | Source

Smart Kitchen Faucet with Touch Screen

This faucet is literally smart complete with a touch pad to take you to become comfortable with the Jetsons. Welcome to the new world of kitchen faucets. What can a smart faucet do other than deliver water? It can advise about water quality, water pressure and of course water temperature. Today this smart faucet can notify you of damage. Someday, I envision it will also advise you much needed change to the point of use carbon filter.

Grohe was the first "fancy" faucet I ever saw and today remains a staple in high end homes here in the Midwestern United States.

Grohe Kitchen Faucet

Grohe Kitchen Faucets - two options for pot filling with high arch in chrome
Grohe Kitchen Faucets - two options for pot filling with high arch in chrome | Source

Brizo Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet

Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet by Brizo
Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet by Brizo | Source
Brizo Kitchen Faucet Inspired by a Swan
Brizo Kitchen Faucet Inspired by a Swan | Source

Smart Touch Kitchen Faucet is Designed After a Swan

This faucet was purposefully designed after the neck of the graceful swan. What good is a swan like appearance other than beautiful? This faucet is smart, it expects your hands to be full, dirty and very busy so it responds with a simple touch. Very smart, very sensible, very stylist - but of course, very swan-like.

Kohler Articulating Kitchen Faucet

This faucet is pure genius. A folding faucet that can go where you need it! Look at the limitless possibilities.

Kohler Articulating Kitchen Faucet

Ultra Modern Chrome Faucet with Articulating Handle Integrated Faucet
Ultra Modern Chrome Faucet with Articulating Handle Integrated Faucet | Source

How to Choose the Kitchen Faucet You Need

Beyond The Kitchen Faucet - Counter Tops Too!

Kitchen Faucet in an Island with Glass Countertops. Sink by Elkay
Kitchen Faucet in an Island with Glass Countertops. Sink by Elkay | Source

Kitchen Faucet with Glass Countertop in an Island

All of these faucets are a delight, visually and functionally. Once you have made a fully informed choice, your next stop I know will be the counter tops. Try thinking out of the box and do consider glass over granite. Glass has some amazing designs and colors and has proven to be very durable. Add in a LED light under the glass and now even your counter top is multitasking.

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      American_Choices 

      3 years ago from USA

      Cindy Curel,

      One of the most important tools in the kitchen is the faucet. You made a great choice! So glad you shared your story with us. A sprayer with a magnetic grip - brilliant - kudos to the engineers who finally added in a daily convenience.

      Thank you so much for contributing.

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      cindy curel 

      3 years ago

      I love my kitchen and always make different thing in it. Faucets are very important for me. last month I bought Delta faucet.This faucet is gorgeous and substantial. I couldn't have made a better choice for my kitchen. The stainless steel look goes well with my new stainless sinks. The sprayer is easy to use and sets back into the hole with little force because of the magnetic grip. It resists stains. I am impressed with this faucet. Easy to install as well. But be careful .We have different price types in the market. I bought it on http://www.fauceta.com/best-pull-down-kitchen-fauc... and it was good deal for me.

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR

      American_Choices 

      4 years ago from USA

      Always appreciate adding in web sites that pertain directly to the hub. It shows the user another venue and it also showcases your love of your product. Thank you for sharing!

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      Susan E. Davis 

      5 years ago

      I love kitchen modeling and especially love modern style faucet for my kitchen. I have got smart touch kitchen faucet. it's stylish in its look and smart in its work.

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      Shaun Marsh 

      6 years ago from NY

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      FLUSSIG 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your support!

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR

      American_Choices 

      6 years ago from USA

      Dear Flussig,

      You have a great selection of faucets. I added a link to your store with the value priced faucets. Thank you for sharing. Great values we always need to be aware of. Saving money on home improvement is key to our future.

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      FLUSSIG 

      6 years ago

      Please take a look at the website. We specialize in high end fixtures and faucets at great prices.

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      American_Choices 

      6 years ago from USA

      Flussig,

      I want to see your online store. Read your profile and look forward to learning more. Thank you for your comments - really mean something when the source is an industry expert.

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      FLUSSIG 

      6 years ago

      Great Post! Very informative. I think many people can learn something from this one, and about choosing the best kitchen sink faucet.

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