Best Pull Down Kitchen Faucets

Looking to redo your kitchen interior? Or just looking for a new, stylish and functional faucet to replace your old, leaky, plastic one? One of these modern and high-end pull down faucets will suit it nicely. Faucets may seem like an afterthought when designed a kitchen, as cabinets, countertops and appliances seem to get all the attention, but the right faucet can make or break the design, with subtle style that adds to the room without distracting.

Pull down faucets are perhaps the best combination of style and utility. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Old World style, or something entirely modern, a pull down faucet will provide you with some extra function; being able to pull the spray head out on a retractable hose gives your versatility for all sorts of tasks, and makes washing dishes that much easier.

Keep reading to see our picks for the best pull down faucets of 2018.

FaucetFinishesGPMMaterial
Moen 7594BL Arbor One-Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet Featuring Reflex, Matte BlackMoen Arbor One-Handle High Arc Pull-Down FaucetChrome, Matte Black, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Spot-Resist Stainless1.5 gpmMetal
Hansgrohe 10821801 Starck High Arc Kitchen Faucet, Steel OptikHansgrohe Starck High Arc Kitchen FaucetStainless Steel2.2 gpmMetal
Delta Faucet Essa Single-Handle Touch Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer, Touch2O Technology and Magnetic Docking Spray Head, Arctic Stainless 9113T-AR-DSTDelta Essa Touch2OArctic Stainless, Matte Black, Chrome, Venetian Bronze1.8 gpmBrass
Concetto Single-Handle Pull-Down High Arc Kitchen FaucetGrohe Concetto Single-Handle Pull-DownSilver, Starlight Chrome1.75 gpmBrass/Plastic
KOHLER K-596-VS Simplice High-Arch Single-Hole or Three-Hole, Single Handle, Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet, Vibrant Brushed Stainless with 3-function Spray Head, Sweep Spray and Docking Spray Head TechnologyKohler Simplice Pull-Down FaucetMatte Black, Polished Chrome, Vibrant Stainless1.8 gpmBrass

What Do You Want To Look For In A Pull Down Faucet?

In addition to the usual things you need to pay attention to when choosing a faucet for your kitchen, there’s a few things you want to keep in mind when selecting a pull down faucet.

How Many Mounting Holes Does Your Sink Have?

Sinks and countertops generally come pre-drilled with holes for mounting a faucet – usually one, but sometimes three holes or more. Multiple mounting holes allows you to mount faucets with multiple handles, side sprayers, or even soap dispensers. As pull down faucets don’t have side sprayers, most single-handle models will work with just one mounting hole and will require a mounting plate or escutcheon to fit on a 3-or-more hole sink.

How Tall Is The Faucet Arc and Reach?

If your sink is small, you’re going to want a tall faucet with a large arc. This is especially true of pull down faucets, where you need the extra room to pull out the spray wand comfortably. It’s good to have plenty of room underneath the faucet, to fill a large pot of water and wash dishes easily. Taller faucets also look great in large, open, and spacious kitchens, as they take up a bit more room.

Does It Have Ceramic Valves?

Ceramic valves (also called disc valves) can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding leaks and drips over time. They don’t usually cost any more than faucets with rubber washers, but ceramic but can add years of drip-free lifespan to your faucet. Ceramic valves also make the faucet handle and selection much smoother, and the water turns on with only a slight twist of the handle.

Do The Spray Wand and Hose Retract Smoothly?

Everybody’s experienced a cheap pull down faucet at some point and knows how bad they can be; the hose is weak and low-quality, barely retracts into the faucet, and the spray wand just dangles there loosely. High-end faucets, thankfully, are nothing like this. Most now have features such as Moen’s Reflex system or Delta’s Magnatite Docking (with integrated magnets) to help the hose retract sharply and strongly and ensure the spray wand locks firmly into place.

What Spray Modes Does It Have?

Most pull down faucets will have two main spray modes – jet and spray. These can usually be toggled at the push of a button and locked on. Many faucets will have even more modes to choose from.

How About Flow Rate? Water Pressure?

Water Pressure is important and shouldn’t be overlooked. Nothing is more annoying than a faucet with weak water pressure, where filling up a pot of water can take ages, and powering food and grime off dishes is nearly impossible. Look for a faucet with a flow rate of at least 1.75 gpm; 1.8 to 2 gpm is even more preferable.

Best Pull Down Faucet Reviews

Moen Arbor One-Handle High Arc Pull-Down Faucet

First on our list of the best pull-down faucet handles is the Moen Arbor One. It’s a sleek and minimalist faucet that matches both modern and traditional kitchen interiors and has a host of features that make it an easy-to-use, effective piece in any home.

Pros

  • It has Moen’s Power Boost spray technology. This increases spray power by 50% without an increase in water Consumption, and at the press of a button. Turn on the water with your hands full, or just keep the faucet clean and stop the spread of bacteria.
  • Moen’s Reflex system makes the faucet head easy to use. It pulls out smoothly, retracts smoothly, and features a magnet to keep the head securely docked into the faucet.
  • Tempsense LED lights indicate water temperature when using the touch technology. It will also let you know when batteries need to be replaced.
  • Thanks to the DuraLock quick connect system, it’s super easy to install. Installation takes a matter of minutes and requires no tools. It’s almost Plug-and-Play; just insert the faucet, connect, and tighten the included bolts. The Arbor also works on both 1-hole and 3-hole countertops, with an included escutcheon.
  • It comes in 4 finishes, including Chrome, Matte Black, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Spot Resist Stainless. Spot Resist repels fingerprints and grime for less cleaning and shinier kitchen.

Cons

  • Flow rate is low. At 1.5gpm, flow rate is lower than most other pull-down kitchen faucets in the same price range, and water comes out very slowly. Filling up a large pot of water can take a long time.
  • The spray head is plastic. While the rest of the faucet is made of sturdy metal, the spray wand just isn’t as durable and quality. Not surprisingly, when leaks do arise, it’s usually around the spray wand and faucet head.

Hansgrohe Starck High Arc Kitchen Faucet

If your budget allows, the Hansgrohe Starck is easily one of the finest kitchen faucets you’ll find – both in terms of looks and quality. With one of the sleekest, most-modern aesthetics around, it works well in modern and contemporary kitchens, but makes an excellent piece in traditional-yet-simple designs. Try it out, and you’ll be hooked.

Pros

  • It’s gorgeous. Made pure stainless steel, it’s one of the best-looking, highest-quality and most-durable faucets out there. The sleek look is as modern as it gets.
  • It has a very high flow rate – 2.2 gpm. This is 25-50% more than most other pull-down faucets and delivers powerful water pressure and spray.
  • MagFit is a magnetic docking for the spray head, so it locks firmly into place and stays there. No drooping or falling out, and no fishing around trying to get the spray head back into the faucet.
  • It rotates 150 degrees for easy access to the entire sink. The extra-tall faucet height also means it’s easy to use with large cooking pots.
  • It has both laminar and jet spray and can be toggled easy with a single button. There’s also a non-locking spray diverter.

Cons

  • It’s expensive. Spending this much on a faucet might seem a bit silly and can make some of the other options seem a bit more attractive.
  • There’s no aerator. For the price tag this faucet asks, an aerator would be a welcome addition.
  • The spray wand doesn’t snap back into place super-smoothly. It can take a bit of finicking to get the spray wand in just right.

Grohe Concetto Single-Handle Pull-Down

Like the Hansgrohe Starck, the German-made Grohe Concetto is another modern and minimalist faucet, that feels right at home in the sleekest of contemporary designs but is simple enough to work in more traditional kitchens as well. The design also has some nice, convenient features built-in to make your everyday easier, and improve the faucets performance.

Pros

  • A Grohe SilkMove cartridge, made from double ceramic discs, gives a perfectly smooth, precise turn of the handle. Controlling water flow and temperature is precise, easy and gradual, and the cartridge is designed to last decades of regular use.
  • It has a SpeedClean anti-lime and calcium system on the faucet head, which makes it easy to clean. Like the Delta TouchClean, all that needs to be done to remove grime, is wipe it with your finger.
  • Stainless Steel Flex lines mean it’s easy to install and will hold up much better against leaks and holes. Installation takes a matter of minutes and requires no tools.
  • Choose from two different spray types: spray and jet. You can toggle between them with a locking diverter.
  • Grohe StarLight finish is super easy to clean; just wipe fingerprints, grease and spots right off with a paper towel or rag.

Cons

  • The spray head is plastic. This compromises its durability, and when you’re paying this much for a faucet, you want one that is durable and will last a lifetime.
  • The water pressure can be very low. It takes a long time to fill a pot of water, and it can be hard to powerwash gunk and grime off dishes with the faucet alone.

Kohler Simplice Pull-Down Faucet

The Kohler Simplice has elegant, transitional styling that looks at home in virtually any kitchen – contemporary or traditional. It’s smooth and inviting, with sculpted handle and a high-arc and 360-degree swivel that make it as functional as it attractive.

Pros

  • It has Kohler’s ProMotion technology. A braided hose and swiveling ball joint give it a smooth, quiet, easy-to-use operation.
  • DocNetik magnetic docking locks the sprayhead firmly into place.
  • It’s very easy to clean, thanks to the MasterClean sprayface. MasterClean resists mineral buildup and allows you to simply wipe any calcium and mineral buildup directly off.
  • The sprayhead has three functions – Stream, for regular use; Sweep Spray for washing dishes quickly; and a Pause feature, to save water between tasks.
  • It’s very durable, made of metal and with a stainless finish, and with no plastic pieces in sight. Even the spray wand and head are entirely made of metal.

Cons

  • It develops leaks after a while. Not uncommon for faucets in this price range but discouraging nonetheless. Leak are usually around where the handle meets the faucet. If you want to be sure of zero leaking, you may need to look elsewhere.
  • Water flow can be somewhat low, especially on hot temperatures. It’s advertised at 1.8 gpm, but many people say it seems much lower than that in actual use.

Delta Essa With Touch20

The Delta Essa is another great option for a pull-own faucet that works in virtually any kitchen, but also includes Touch technology for easier access. It’s smooth and slick enough for modern designs, but simple and traditional enough for more old-fashioned aesthetics, and has all the technology and features you expect from a trusted name like Delta.

Pros

  • It has Touch2O technology, which allows you to turn the water on or off with a simple tap on the faucet.
  • Tempsense LED lights indicate water temperature when using the touch technology. It will also let you know when batteries need to be replaced.
  • Delta’s DiamondSeal Technology embeds the valve with diamonds. This makes it easier to install, much more durable, and eliminates leak points – helping it get a better and seal and last much longer than most other faucets.
  • The spray wand docks tightly and firmly with MagnaTite docking. MagnaTite docking embeds a magnet into the faucet that helps the wand nap into place and holds it there.
  • It’s very easy to clean, thanks to the rubber TouchClean spray holes on the faucet head. You can simply wipe off any calcium or lime buildup and any dirt or grime with your finger or a rag.
  • It rotates 360 degrees. The high-arc pull down makes it excellent for smaller sinks where it can be tough to fit in large pots and cookware.
  • It works with both 1-hole and 3-hole faucets. You’ll have to buy an additional escutcheon plate for the 3-hole mount, however.

Cons

  • It leaks after a while. The seal between the faucet and the wand is not as good as it could be, and after a few months of use, many users have reported broken, leaking seals.

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