If you are building a new home, renovating your kitchen, or just replacing the faucet, you'll need to think about what is the right faucet for you. Everyone's situation is a little different, but most people have a budget, so here I have a breakdown of the best 5 kitchen taps as arranged by price range.
1. Best Less than $100 Kitchen Faucet.
Mainline 131-WSCP: It's very hard to find anything at this price, especially if you want any extra options like multi spray options or a pullout spray. The best one with a side sprayer is the Mainline 131-WSCP. This is a cheap faucet and does not have the quality that I would recommend for a standard house. You can also get this faucet without a side spray (131-CP). Where this would be recommended for use is in profit oriented projects such as income property. Many land and property owners want to put the cheapest faucets into the rented units to keep costs down, and consequently increase profit.
Another notable mention would be the Moen Chateau kitchen tap (product #7445) which is better quality than the Mainline, for close to $100 but does not come with a side spray. It will give less problems, and last a little longer than the Mainline, but is still a cheap faucet. This was a highly popular faucet through the 1990's and still sells well today.
2. Best $100-$150 Kitchen Faucet.
American Standard Reliant+ (product #4205104). This tap is about the same quality as the last ones, but the reason it's more expensive is because the sprayer is much better. Instead of coming out the side, it has a spout that pulls out and has a multi-spray function. These types of sprayers typically have a better quality hose than the side sprayers. They also have a cleaner look and function smoother. This faucet is suitable as an entry-level faucet for your own home.
3. Best $150-$250 Kitchen Faucet.
Kohler Forte Pullout (product #K-10433): Kohler offers many great products at a great price, and I chose this faucet for the $150-$250 for that reason. Like the American Standard faucet it has multi-spray pullout spray, but the difference is not only in quality but in style. The Forte faucet is built to last, and looks great. Here at Jaytech Plumbing we have put in a lot of these problem free. Also look at the Kohler Simplice: same quality and function, but different look.
Kohler also offers faucets that have great quality without a pullout sprayers. I would definitely recommend these also in the $100-$150 range.
4. Best $250-$400 Kitchen Faucet.
Grohe Concetto (Product #32 665 000): Grohe make plumbing products of exceptional quality as well as design. For Grohe, $400 for a kitchen faucet is considered to be a cheaper faucet, and what they have available for that while maintaining their reputation of quality is the Grohe Concetto. This is a single hole, single handle tap with a pullout spray, and a very clean, slick, smooth look. This is a very heavy duty, well functioning faucet and worth every dime.
5. Best $400+ Kitchen Faucet.
At this price people are looking for a little more than just quality and function. Style and design play a very large role and therefore these are very much subject to personal opinion. Here are a few examples of same good taps/faucets and their list prices.
Grohe Bridgeford: List $1,115
Kohler Karbon : List $1,250
Kohler Torq: List $811
Moen Waterhill: List $756
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