Ready to upgrade your kitchen faucet to something more exciting, stylish and functional? Or maybe you’re designing a new kitchen and need to a new faucet to bring it to life? Either way, a functional, modern and durable commercial-style faucet (also known as a fusion-style faucet) makes an excellent choice.
Commercial/fusion style faucets are based on the faucet style often found in commercial kitchens, which use long faucets with a high arc and a pull-out. This spring lets you pull out the faucet wand for a long reach in a large kitchen. They also often have boosted spray functions and extra water power to make cleaning dishes easy by simply powering the food and grime right off. And that’s in addition to simply looking modern and stylish.
If you’re looking to find a commercial-style faucet to complete your sink, read on. Here’s our top picks for the Best Commercial-Style Kitchen Faucets of 2018.
|Kraus Modern NOLACommercial Style Faucet||1.8 gpm||Chrome, Stainless Steel||Brass + Plastic|
|GICASA Solid Brass Commercial Style Faucet||1.8 gpm||Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Brushed Nickel, Polished Chrome||Brass|
|Moen Align MotionSense Wave Touchless Faucet||1.5 gpm||Chrome, SpotResist Stainless||Brass + Plastic|
|Pacific Bay Rainier Commercial-Style Faucet||2 gpm||Brushed Nickel, Chrome||Brass|
|Kohler K-R10651-SD-VS Sous Pro-Style||1.8 gpm||Vibrant Stainless, Polished Chrome||Zinc + Brass|
What To Look For In A Commercial-Style Faucet
How High Is the Arc? How Far Is the Reach?
Commercial-style faucets are almost always high-arc, and thus have a long reach. For this reason, it may be difficult to fit one into a smaller kitchen or into a sink underneath kitchen cabinets, etc. It’s easy to find faucets with over two feet of arc, and four-foot long hoses that reach far out into the kitchen. Likewise, you’ll likely want a faucet with 8-10” of reach from the base in the sink. Find one that is long enough to do all the jobs you need but compact enough to fit your kitchen.
What Kind of Spray Modes Does It Have?
Most commercial-style faucets (and kitchen faucets in general) have at least two spray modes – stream and spray. Stream is usually good for filling pots and general duties, while spray mode is better for cleaning dirty dishes and powering grime off them – which is what fusion-style faucets are made for, right?
Some faucets have boost modes – which increase the pressure and force at which the water comes out of the faucet without consuming more water. Others will have Pause functions, which handily allow you to stop and start water flow without needing to touch the handle and change water temperature.
Pay Attention To Water Pressure and Flow Rate
Water pressure is usually measured in terms of PSI, while flow rate is in terms of gallons per minute (commonly abbreviated GPM). Look for a flow rate of 1.8 gpm or higher, and water pressure of 60 PSI or higher 2 GPM or higher is ideal. Low flow rate and water pressure make it difficult to wash dishes and fill pots quickly and can ruin an otherwise well-built faucet.
Does it Ceramic Valves/Cartridges?
This is one of the first considerations needed when choosing any faucet: what kind of valves does it have? Ceramic disc valves are the best, providing the best combination of quality, efficient and water-tight seal, and – most importantly – durability. They use two hardened ceramic discs to create a seal, one seal far tighter than those found on rubber or compression valves, and that will last years of heavy use. Rubber valves, on the other hand, tend to give out much faster.
You may also see ceramic valves referred to as “cartridges.” It doesn’t matter which you see them as, as long as they are ceramic.
Pay Attention To The Finish
The faucet finish may be a more cosmetic note, but it’s important to choosing the right one for your kitchen. It’s also a good idea to look for a finish that is both scratch-resistant and spot-resistant, to keep grease, fingerprints and dirt off. Spot-resistant finishes can usually be wiped down with just a rag and paper towel, keeping the kitchen ensemble fresh and clean.
Best Commercial-Style/Fusion-Style Faucet Reviews
Kraus Modern NOLA 1650SS Single Lever Faucet
The Kraus Modern NOLA 1650SS is a quality commercial-style faucet at a moderate price. It has a slim, stylish single lever design that fits perfectly in any modern, contemporary or transitional-style home.
- It’s made entirely from brass, with either a chrome or a stainless-steel finish. Using fewer plastic pieces makes for a sturdier, more robust faucet.
- The spout and wand swivel a full 360 degrees. The spring-style faucet keeps it agile and flexible, and gives you extended reach over the whole sink. And since it can be rotated in any direction, you can position the handle on either side, or in the center.
- It has both Spray and Stream mode, thanks to the high-quality Neoprl aerator. This helps reduce water waste without sacrificing water pressure. And the easy-toggle button on the sprayhead makes switching between the two effortless.
- Magnetic Docking makes it easy and convenient to use: simply bring it back and the sprayhead will lock securely into place automatically. No fiddling or messing around trying to get it back.
- It will mount on both 1-hole and 3-hole sinks and countertops. An optional mounting plate is included to make sure it works on 3-hole sinks.
- The rubber nozzle on the faucet head is easy to clean. Simply wipe it to remove any grime or calcium buildup.
- Water pressure is too low. There’s not enough force or speed behind the water, and it can take a while to fill up a pot or spray down really greasy dishes.
- It’s hard to get hot water. For whatever reason, it’s hard to find the hot water setting, and choosing water temperature via the handle is not very precise.
GICASA Solid Brass Commercial Style Faucet
This handsome commercial-style faucet from GICASA is a fantastic budget option for a full-size, commercial faucet. It comes with a long reach faucet hose of 59”, providing over 20” of flexibility. And, it comes in several classy finishes that fit in virtually any kitchen style.
- It’s built entirely from brass. GICASA built a solid, durable faucet that feels hefty in your hands and won’t break easily, the way plastic usually does. It also has ceramic cartridges, which provide a tight seal and are rated to last upwards of 5,000,000 uses.
- The pulldown faucet swivels 360 degrees and has a 20” reach, thanks to the extra-long 59” hose.
- The faucet head has two modes – Spray and Aerated Stream – as well as a handy pause function. It’s awesome to be able to stop water flow without needing to use the handle and changing the water temperature.
- It’s inexpensive. This is probably the main reason to purchase it, after all. For the price point, it doesn’t disappoint, and even comes with a 5-year warranty.
- Water pressure is a solid 1.8 gpm. Not the strongest you’ll find, but more than enough for daily use, washing dishes, etc.
- It can be difficult to install. It is supposed to work on both 1-hole and 3-hole faucets with a mounting plate, but some of the fittings and washers are imprecisely made and don’t fit as well as they should.
- Selecting the perfect water temperature with the handle can be a bit tricky. It’s not as precise and accurate as higher-end, more-expensive faucet models.
Moen Align MotionSense Wave Touchless Faucet
Like the look of a commercial-style faucet but looking for something a bit more high-tech? The Moen Align incorporates Motionsense Wave, a touchless technology that gives it hands-free operation, into a stylish, modern, commercial-style faucet that works in virtually any home.
- MotionSense Wave turns water on and off with simply a wave of your hand. No need to touch the faucet with dirty hands or put items down when your hands are full. Just wave and wash. It runs off AA batteries, making operation cheap and convenient.
- Moen’s PowerClean technology increases water force and spray power up to 50%, without a corresponding increase in water consumption. A 1.5 gpm flow rate ends up functioning more like 2.2 gpm, for quick and efficient cleaning. You can even remove the restrictor to further increase flow rate.
- Installation is super easy, with Moen DuraLock QuickConnect for connecting water lines. There’s virtually no need for tools, and you can have the faucet in the counter, hooked up and running, within 15 minutes. It will also work with both 1-hole and 3-hole sinks and countertops.
- Moen includes a 5-year warranty. One of the best-known names in faucets, they generally don’t disappoint when it comes to quality and guarantees.
- The faucet body is metal. You can feel the quality. The Spotresist finish makes it easy to clean and maintain the faucet.
- The sprayhead is plastic. It would be a lot nicer to have a full-metal sprayhead that is as sturdy as the rest of the metal faucet.
- It needs plenty of clearance for the motion sensor to work properly. If you’re installing in a small kitchen with tight space, or under a cabinet, you might run into some problems. The motion sensor needs about 8-12” of clearance.
Pacific Bay Rainier Commercial-Style Faucet
Another excellent commercial-style faucet at a very affordable price, the Pacific Bay Rainier offers everything you could find in high-end models, but without except the steep price tag.
- The build is pretty high-quality. It has an all-metal construction, hefty-duty stainless steel hoses and components, as well as a ceramic cartridge for leak-free operation and years of durable use. Even at it this cheaper price range, it’s a high-quality, durable piece that should last you years to come.
- It has multiple spray modes, including regular spray, aerated stream and even a pause function. Versatility at its finest; combine that with the long-reach hose and 360-degree swivel and you can do virtually anything with this faucet.
- Magnetic docking keeps the spray head firmly in place. No drooping or fiddling around to fit the sprayhead back into place; the magnet will take care of it.
- Installation is super easy and fits on any 1-hole or 3-hole sink. An optional deck plate ensures it will fit on any sink.
- It’s very inexpensive. Compared to high-end and middle-priced models, such as the Moen Align, this thing is a bargain – but performs nearly as well.
- It drips. Especially when you first turn it off, it can drip for another few seconds; the seal is not as tight as it should be.
- You can’t start the faucet in spray mode. It always turns on as the aerated stream, and you then must toggle to spray mode with the button on the sprayhead.
- The rubber nozzle can bend and deform. This causes water to come out at an irregular angle and crooked shape.
Kohler K-R10651-SD-VS Sous Pro-Style
This Kohler faucet combines the best of a commercial-style faucet with a slightly more traditional, old-fashioned style. This makes it perfect for those homes where you want the style and function of a fusion-style faucet but have an older-style interior going on.
- The magnetic docking arm keeps the sprayhead firmly and securely in place. Just bring it near the docking station and it will snap back where it belongs.
- A scratch-resistant finish, called Scratchshield, helps it withstand the rigors of daily use while looking as good as new. Scratchshield finish comes in both Vibrant Stainless and Polished Chrome.
- The spray head and spring are detachable for easy cleaning. Just pop them off, clean inside and out, and put them back on. It also has “MasterClean Technology”, which allows you to simply wipe the rubber nozzle clean.
- It has ceramic disc valves, which provide a tight seal and ensure it will stand up to years of heavy, constant use – without leaking or breaking down.
- It’s easy to install and “DIY-friendly,” so you can have it setup by yourself in no time. The pipe fittings and hoses are all very flexible and quick-connect, taking mere minutes to install. It’ll work on 1-hole, 2-hole 3-hole and even 4-hole mountings with the proper mounting plate.
- The sprayhead has a dual-spray function, with “Sweep Spray” technology. In other words, it has both regular spray and a “wide, forceful spray” that makes cleaning dishes easy – just like on an actual commercial kitchen faucet. It also has “ProMotion Technology,” which gives smooth, easy handling and control of the faucet head.
- Water pressure and flow are strong, coming in at 60 PSI and 1.8 gpm respectively.
- Spout reach could be better. Even with its high arc, the hose doesn’t pull out as far as we might like – making it difficult to clean dishes.
- Spray mode doesn’t stay on without holding down the button. You won’t be able to do any hands-free dishwashing and need to hold the button down the entire time you use spray mode.