Stainless steel and chrome might be popular with the contemporary kitchen crowd, but if you’re redoing your kitchen in an Old-World, European or Victorian style, you need a finish for your kitchen faucet that’s a bit more timeless – like Bronze.
Bronze has been around for thousands of years and has been a mainstay of home and kitchen hardware for centuries. The material lends a certain amount of elegant, sophisticated style and a patina to your home fixtures that chrome or stainless steel simply can’t. While you aren’t likely to find many kitchen faucets made of pure cast bronze (at least, not for an affordable price), there’s a vast selection of faucets with adorned with bronze finishes out there from which to take your pick and outfit your kitchen.
Keep reading to see our pick for the best Bronze Faucets of 2018.
|Moen Brantford High Arc Pull-Down Faucet||Oil-Rubbed Bronze|
|Runner Up: Oil-Rubbed Bronze Faucet: GICASA Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet||Oil-Rubbed Bronze|
|Delta Essa Single-Handle Touch Kitchen Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer||Venetian Bronze|
|Moen Weatherly High-Arc Kitchen Faucet||Mediterranean Bronze|
|Pfister Hanover Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet||Tuscan Bronze|
Are All Bronzes The Same?
It can be difficult to keep track of all the different bronze finishes you’ll come across, but a few common ones include Oil-Rubbed (or just Rubbed) Bronze, Venetian and Tuscan Bronze, and Parisian Bronze or Mediterranean Bronze. You might even see some faucets available in Antique Bronze or Aged Bronze.
Each of these different bronze finishes has its own unique shade, ranging from warm, almost-reddish brown shades to darker hues similar to chocolate or coffee – but with a bit of shine. Each one also has different accents and undertones; Oil-Rubbed Bronze has deep gold undertones, while Tuscan and Venetian Bronze have light brown, nearly-gold accents on the edges and corners. Antique bronze usually has strong accents and streaks that evoke an aged and worn patina.
Which finish is best depends on your personal preference and the style of faucet that looks best in your home.
Best Oil-Rubbed Bronze Faucet: Moen Brantford High Arc Pull-Down Faucet
The Moen Brantford is an excellent, stylish pull-down faucet, that comes in a gorgeous, antique oil-rubbed bronze finish and includes a host of worthwhile features that make it effortless to use and worth the very attractive price tag.
- It has Moen’s Power Clean technology. This technology boosts spray power by 50%, powering dirt and grime off dishes without an increase in water pressure.
- It’s also got Moen’s Reflex system. The 68” long hose is smooth and quiet, and docks back into place firmly and easily.
- There are two spray modes: spray and aerated stream. Switching between the two is as easy as pushing a button.
- The DuraLock Quick Connect System makes setup and installation easy; it can be done in a matter of minutes and you don’t even need tools, making the Brantford an excellent choice for a DIY-enthusiasts like yourself.
- It fits both 1-hole and 3-hole sinks. It’s designed for 1-hole sinks but includes an optional mounting plate.
- Moen stands behind it with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They make quality faucets and are confident in their offerings.
- Flow rate is very low. At only 1.5 gpm, it could certainly be better. Thankfully, the Power Clean mode increases spray power enough to keep it useful.
Runner Up: Oil-Rubbed Bronze Faucet: GICASA Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet
The GICASA Semi-Pro is an affordable option for a commercial/fusion-style faucet – a style usually found at more expensive price points. It comes in a smooth oil-rubbed bronze for a classic Old-World look, with light and dark accents to add some sophisticated flair.
- The body is 100% copper, with a bronze finish. This is a big step up from the plastic faucet bodies usually found on faucets of this price point. It’s durable and built to last a lifetime.
- The spout swivels 360 degrees for reaching the entire sink. With a 68” hose, you can often use it to reach various spots of the kitchen, too.
- It’s built with ceramic cartridges, which provide a leak-free and tight seal and smooth handle operation and will last years of use.
- Water flow is strong. At 1.8 gpm, it’s not the strongest out there, but enough for virtually any job.
- The sprayhead features a Pause function. This is always a nice and intuitive feature that makes washing dishes, and virtually every other task, easy. Turning the water off with the handle isn’t necessary; just pause it the flow and start it again when needed. The sprayhead also toggles between both spray and stream function.
- Installation is simple and easy, and can be DIY. It’ll take a matter of minutes, even for a beginner.
- The sprayer button is not durable. It tends to soften or break after a certain amount of time, making switching water modes difficult.
- It’s huge. This is a more of an aesthetic matter, and one of personal preference, but means it may not fit all sinks.
Best Venetian Bronze Faucet: Delta Essa Single-Handle Touch Kitchen Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer
The Delta Essa is a beautifully-crafted faucet, with a touch-activated sensor and a handsome Venetian Bronze finish. The quality is apparent, but it’s not nearly as expensive as most other touch-activated faucets. In other words, it’s an excellent choice for a bronze pull-down faucet.
- Touch20 sensors lets you turn the water on with a tap of your hand. Hands full? Dirty hands? No problem. Just touch and wash.
- LED lights on the front, termed “Tempsense,” tell when you the water is hot or cold. Three lights red, blue and purple –alert you to the corresponding temperature. There’s also a light to alert you when it’s time to replace the batteries.
- Delta uses a Touchclean sprayhead, made of a soft silicone that can be easily wiped clean. It also resists calcium and mineral buildup, making it necessary to clean less often.
- The sprayhead locks back into place with magnetic docking. It’s firm, secure, and doesn’t droop. Delta calls this Magnatite Docking, and it’s a reliable, firm system.
- Water pressure and flow are strong and useful. You’ll have no problems do the dishes. In fact, if you’re your house has particularly strong water pressure, it may be too strong and send water splashing everywhere.
- The internal components are plastic. This affects its overall durability and makes springing leaks more likely.
- It can be messy. Thanks to its gradual spray angle and a strong water flow, combined with strong water pressure in your house, it often sprays water all over the kitchen.
Best Mediterranean Bronze Faucet: Moen Weatherly High-Arc Kitchen Faucet
You’re looking for something with classic, old-world style, as well as a functional side sprayer. But you don’t need any fancy technology or features; old-fashioned works just fine for you. In that case, you’ll probably love the Moen Weatherly. It’s a simple faucet, without a pull-out wand, a touch sensor or hi-tech LED lights of any kind. What it does have, however, is a sophisticated Mediterranean Bronze finish, with light and dark brown accents giving it stately, Old-World elegance.
- The side sprayer pulls out from the countertop for washing dishes, spraying down countertops and even reaching into the dishwasher. Side sprayers are more traditional than pull-down sprayheads and add their own decorative flair.
- It fits in both 2-hole and 4-hole sinks and countertops. The side sprayer necessitates at least a second hole, and there’s an optional mounting plate included, allowing you to install in 3-hole sinks as well.
- Installation is quick and easy. You can have it set up and have water flowing within just a few minutes, with minimal tools and know-how. If you have any problems, Moen also it up with a limited lifetime warranty and reliable customer service.
- The exterior is built from brass, and the faucet has ceramic valve cartridges. Sturdy and reliable, and made to last years of hard use.
- It’s affordable. If you’re on a budget, you really can’t go wrong with the Weatherly.
- Flow rate and water pressure are a bit weak. Flow rate is between 1 and 1.5 gpm, which is pretty low; spraying down dishes and filling up pots can be difficult.
- The spout doesn’t swivel 180 degrees. Being able to move the faucet out of the way of the sink entirely is often a lifesaver, but the Weatherly only goes side to side.
Best Tuscan Bronze Faucet: Pfister Hanover Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet
The Pfister Hanover is another sophisticated, European-style faucet, this time in a Tuscan Bronze finish. If you’re looking for an elegant faucet that combines modern features like a pull-down sprayhead with old-fashioned details like soap dispenser and light brown antique accents, this is another first-rate option.
- Pfister’s “Pforever seal” uses ceramic valve cartridges to create a leakproof, durable seal. You can count on this faucet to work smoothly for years to come.
- The pull-down sprayhead lets you adjust spray volume. A slider on the side of the sprayhead lets you twist with your fingers or the palm of your hand, selecting a faster or slower flow rate. You can also toggle between spray or stream mode at the same time.
- The Pfister “Accudock” docking system ensures the sprayhead goes back smoothly and locks right into place. A magnet keeps it docked firmly, just like on Delta’s MagnaTite Docking.
- There’s a top-filling soap dispenser, complete with matching escutcheon for installation. You’ll need at least four mounting holes to install the entire setup.
- The soap dispenser is plastic. Plastic construction is disappointing when the rest of the setup is made of solid brass, and compromises sturdiness.
- The flow rate is foten very weak. It’s supposed to be at around 1.8 gpm, but is often only 1.2 to 1.5 gpm –too low for effective everyday use. This is apparently a common problem with the Hanover.