Kitchen faucets can add to the design appeal of a kitchen but they also prove essential when it comes to cleaning up after a good meal. Pull-down kitchen faucets are great for maximizing what your faucet can do while also allowing  greater control over where the water goes. Our top ten picks for best pull-down kitchen faucets are some of the best in the market today, and we’ll be going over exactly what you need to know before picking out your favorite to help tie together your kitchen.

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Top 10 Best Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets

  • Industrial design combines residential design with commercial functionality
  • Dual-function sprayer and 180 degree swivel offer lots of versatility
  • Heavy duty brass construction built to last
  • Comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty

  • Multifunctional 3-way spray offers lots of different ways to clean
  • Included and optional escutcheon allows homeowners to cover excess mounting holes
  • Includes adapters to match any water hose
  • Includes a Lifetime Parts Warranty

  • Touch operation allows for hands-free cleaning
  • Magnetic docking ensures that the sprayer never droops
  • LED light informs users of the temperature of the water
  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty

  • Simple, easy-to-use design puts a great focus on affordability
  • 2-hole design is unique and may be best for those with 2 holes in their sink
  • Multifunctional sprayer head allows for water to be stopped and started effortlessly
  • Includes a 1-year limited warranty

  • Features an elegant 3-hole design with a matching soap dispenser included
  • Elegant brass, old-world design
  • Spray volume control gives homeowners advanced control over their water supply
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Features a unique rectangular design that certainly draws attention
  • Touch operation is quick and painless
  • Built-in LED light tells homeowners what temperature their water is
  • Includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Sensor-activated touches design offers a unique alternative to the standard spout-touch operation
  • Extra-long hose length allows for further reach than most
  • Included deck plate allows for installation on 3-hole sinks
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Unique 3-hole design includes a dedicated soap dispenser
  • Easy-clean sprayer manages to make maintenance a breeze
  • Magnetic docking mechanism keeps sprayer from wilting over time
  • Includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Modern commercial design marries industrial looks with residential functionality at a low cost
  • Multifunctional sprayer head makes it easy to clean without making a mess
  • High spout height means filling large vases and pots shouldn’t be an issue
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Unique all-black design will fit in with stark modern kitchens
  • 360 spout can reach pots no matter where they may be
  • Built-in deck plate is great for 3-hole sinks
  • Includes a 10-year limited warranty

The Kraus KPF-1610SS offers bold design choices and the simple functionality of a commercial kitchen faucet, along with a few extra considerations. It features an exposed spring design that’s sure to draw attention. Because of this design, you can actually see the hose coming out from under the sink as you utilize the 20 inches of hose reach to fill pots, pans, coffee makers, and other products.

The single-hole design allows for this faucet to be utilized just about everywhere that has the overhead clearance, although we would have preferred receiving a deck plate or escutcheon to cover up any excess holes some homeowners have. Beyond these consideration, the price is certainly right and the quality is far higher than we would have expected. Should anything fail, the lifetime limited warranty can get your sink back up and running in no time.

Pros

  • Great construction
  • Modern design
  • Effective nozzle
  • Dual-function spray head

Cons

  • No included escutcheon
  • No soap dispenser/spray nozzle offerings

The WEWE Single Handle A1001L offers a simple design and lots of control over the way you wash your dishes. The multifunctional outlet makes it easy to momentarily stop water and move the faucet to the desired location. There’s also a specific focus on easy installation. With the WEWE Single Handle, almost everything is set up right out of the box. If you need to cover excess mounting holes, the included escutcheon has you covered.

And while the price is certainly low enough to make most budget-seekers happy, we do wish the construction was entirely stainless steel as opposed to the mix with hard plastics. Likewise, there are no included extras like a soap dispenser or spray nozzle. Still, the WEWE Single Handle succeeds as a product that’s built to last at a price that’s sure to appease most.

Pros

  • Great nozzle
  • Included escutcheon
  • Easy assembly
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Overall build quality is low
  • No soap dispenser/spray nozzle offerings

For anyone who is waiting for a touch faucet, this model from Delta certainly checks off all the boxes for a great kitchen nozzle. The Delta Trinsic 9159-AR-DST utilizes 6 AA batteries (or plugs into a wall outlet) to power the touch functionality feature. By pressing any amount of skin to the spout, you can turn the water on. No mess, and no dirty sink handles.

Also of note is the LED indicator functionality, which will glow blue, purple, or red to indicate the temperature of the water. This makes it easy to avoid unhappy accidents and scalding water. Overall, we’re struggling to come up with any serious drawbacks to this faucet that doesn’t involve the price. It isn’t cheap, but provided it falls near your price point, you should be satisfied in purchasing this Delta faucet.

Pros

  • Touch functionality
  • Water temperature indicator
  • Premium build quality
  • Great design choices
  • Optional escutcheon

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Will require periodic maintenance to keep touch functionality working

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Delta Trinsic 9159-AR-DST is the KES Brass L6980F-2, which puts affordability above most other metrics. This faucet from KES sits comfortably in the two-figure range, which is significantly lower than just about anything else you’d see on this list. Aside from the price, this faucet also features a unique 2-hole installation model, which is certainly going to propel it to the top of the list for those with this unique setup.

It’s worth noting that there’s no included deck plate or escutcheon, so if you’re working with any more or less mounting holes, this may not be the product for you. Likewise, the construction quality reflects the price a little too accurately for our taste. For a category as unique as the 2-hole faucet design, though, there’s little else more effective (or more affordable) than this.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Unique 2-hole design
  • Effective nozzle
  • Easy assembly

Cons

  • No included escutcheon
  • Overall build quality is mediocre
  • Pull-down functionality is somewhat weak

Those who want a focus on design and elegance without sacrificing functionality will be very pleased with the Pfister Hanover F5314HNY. This faucet model uses a classic 3-hole design that separates the hot and cold handles to facilitating finding a specific temperature. Likewise, the included soap dispenser means that you can replace every sink fixture to end up with a completely new sink look after installation.

We also really appreciate the unique water volume control, which gives greater leverage to homeowners and will prevent splashes. However, with no included deck plates of any kind, this faucet will only work for those with 3 or 4 mounting holes. While we would have preferred a larger faucet overall, the Pfister Hanover F5314HNY is going to fit in perfectly with rustic to modern homes and comes in at a price that won’t break the bank.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Included soap dispenser
  • Great water control
  • Premium build quality

Cons

  • No escutcheon included
  • Small in size
  • May be too constricting on water pressure

The Delta Pivotal 9193T-KS-DST is Delta’s second faucet of three on our list and focuses on high-end design and premium build quality. The first thing you’ll notice is its angular design, which makes this faucet pop out from others in a modern kitchen setting. Like the Delta Trinsic, this Delta Pivotal faucet includes a magnetic docking system for the sprayer and an LED indicator to keep you from burning your hands.

A soap dispenser is offered from the company but currently is not included with the faucet itself. We would have preferred a similarly angular deck plate to go alongside this faucet, as well a more affordable price, but with four colors to choose from, there’s no reason this faucet can’t be a perfect fit for your modern space.

Pros

  • Great touch functionality
  • Modern design
  • Effective sprayer storage
  • Optional soap dispenser
  • Premium build quality

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • May not fit large mounting holes

The Moen Arbor 7594ESRS operates on touch-based operation. Utilizing two sensors, the water can be turned on without ever making contact with the faucet itself. The hose length on this faucet is also quite long, so you should have no issue extending this hose sprayer to just about anything in the kitchen. In addition, the single-hole design also comes with a deck plate for installation on sinks up to 3 holes.

While the price for this faucet is reasonable, we would have appreciated a little more modernity in Moen Arbor’s design. Still, if touchless operation is up your alley, and you’re working with a single or 3-hole design, then the Moen Arbor 759ESRS might be right for you.

Pros

  • Touchless operation
  • Excellent hose length
  • Quick installation process
  • Great sprayer head

Cons

  • Somewhat lackluster design
  • No included soap dispenser/spray nozzle offerings

The third and final Delta faucet on our list, the Delta Kate 16970-SSSD-DST, manages to outperform much of the affordable faucet market with a unique design and handy features. You only need two holes to mount this Delta model, but it’s really designed for three: it offers a hole for the spout, the handle, and the dedicated soap dispenser, respectively. For anyone who is hoping for a soap dispenser, this faucet may be for you.

The Delta Kate faucet also offers a magnetic sprayer, which is harder to find at this price point. This will prevent the pull-down faucet from struggling to retract over time. And while we would have greatly preferred touch functionality on this faucet, the rest of the offerings speak for themselves. We think this Delta faucet is a good choice for a unique design that all but guarantees a dedicated soap dispenser for the home.

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Included soap dispenser
  • Affordable
  • Great for 2-hole sinks

Cons

  • No touch functionality
  • No included spray nozzle

Anyone who appreciated the industrial aesthetic of our Kraus faucet pick might be interested in this Avola Single Handle 43239-100089, which uses an exposed design that’s reminiscent of the industrial stylings of a commercial kitchen. The included multifunctional sprayer, however, offers far more control over the water than a kitchen in a restaurant ever would.

Also included is a variable hose length design that’s going to appease many. The installation of a longer hose underneath should grant a further reach on the surface. Overall, for the cost, this is one of the best-built products on our list. The lack of deck plate makes sense from a design aspect, but homeowners with a 3-holed sink may be frustrated at the choice. Likewise, we would have appreciated further reach from the gooseneck spout. Nevertheless, we highly recommend the Avola Single Handle 43239-100089 as a more affordable alternative to the Kraus faucet.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Multifunctional sprayer
  • Excellent variable hose length
  • Premium build quality
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No included escutcheon
  • No soap dispenser/spray nozzle offerings

Our final pull-down faucet pick. the Peppermint Black Single PM-16Y,  is technically a pull-out faucet, but the features and design fit are far better with most pull-down designs. This faucet uses a matte black design that stands out almost more than any other faucet on our list. We greatly appreciate the built-in escutcheon as well, which will prevent a headache for homeowners who didn’t notice the single-hole functionality.

For the price, this is one of the most elegant faucets on our list, and with just two lines to connect, it is simultaneously one of our most simplistic. While the pull-out design is somewhat frustrating at times, we still have to hand it to Peppermint for giving a full range of motion to the spout to counter this problem. We highly recommend the Peppermint Black Single PM-16Y for its ease of use, elegant design, and water efficiency.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Water efficient
  • Affordable
  • Excellent reach
  • Built-in escutcheon

Cons

  • Somewhat-limited hose
  • Low spout height
  • Plastic sprayer head

Pull Down Kitchen Faucets Buyer’s Guide


Each of these ten faucets brings something a little bit different to the table. For the uninitiated, the small differences between faucets can help make the difference between a good and a great product.

Only you know your kitchen’s design, so if you want to make sure the faucet you pick is going to match your style while also working well, we recommend considering the following before making a purchase:

Pull-Out & Pull-Down Faucets

While pull-out and pull-down faucets are often confused with each other, there are a few major differences to keep in mind.

Pull-out faucets are designed so that the hose extends out either horizontally or, more often than not, slightly upward. Pull-out faucets tend to be found in older homes, and the design is not as popular today as it once was. Pull-out faucets also tend not to have the high arcing design that most of our picks have, so if your kitchen has limited vertical space above the sink, then a pull-out faucet might be a good choice.

However, pull-out faucets tend to have less reach as a whole, and you’re not going to get as flexible a hose on a pull-out faucet as you would with a pull-down model. Filling larger items outside of the sink may be easier if the pull-out faucet offers better reach.

At the same time, pull-down faucets offer sleeker designs and are far more popular in kitchens across the world. Pull-down faucets utilize a craning design that may be frustrating to those with low water pressure in their homes. Otherwise, the flexible hose can be extended outward far further than with pull-out models, and the craning design leaves lots of metal and brass to be utilized as a way to activate touch models.

Still, filling a larger pot with a pull-down model will be less convenient than with the pull-out model, as you’ll often be stuck at the sink, holding the nozzle outward and towards the pot. A simple way to understand the difference in reach between the two models is that pull-out models reach further when not extended, and pull-down models reach further when extended.

Mounting Holes

Once you’ve purchased your new faucet and received it in the mail, you’ll need to go over the task of replacing your old faucet and attaching the new faucet to the mounting holes. Unless you’re replacing your sink alongside your faucet, you’re going to be forced to purchase a faucet with either the same number of mounting holes or more.

Mounting holes give the kitchen faucet access to the water supply, and depending upon the design of the faucet itself, that could be in a single centralized location or spread across two or more. You’ll also need a separate mounting hole for a kitchen spray nozzle as well.

We’ve taken care to note the minimum number of mounting holes needed to operate each of our ten picks, but if you want to utilize the included spray nozzle or other fixtures, you may need more. If you already have a sink with several mounting holes but want to transition to less, you can utilize an escutcheon. Faucet escutcheons (also referred to as deck plates) cover the extra mounting holes often to the immediate left and right of the central hole. Several of our picks here include escutcheons, so be sure to make sure you know the number of mounting holes you need and whether or not an escutcheon is needed.

Hose Length & Hose Reach

The length of the hose itself can be a complex topic. Many faucet manufacturers ship their products with all of the hoses and connections needed to get started right away to save you an extra trip to the hardware store. Because of this, though, the reported hose length often gets confused with the hose’s reach.

To clarify: the length of the hose itself, from connection to the water supply all the way out to the faucet itself, is called the hose length. The hose length makes up a portion of the hose’s reach, which is the length the hose can extend outward from the faucet by pulling the faucet head down.

Since many homeowners don’t replace their faucets often enough to know the difference, some manufacturers boast about long hose lengths when the reach itself is far shorter. And when it comes to pull-down kitchen faucets, the hose reach is far more important than its length. While almost every faucet will offer enough hose length to connect to the water supply, fewer will offer the reach you may be looking for. And in some instances, faucet manufacturers don’t report their hose reach at all.

Touch Sensors

There are a few faucets on our list that offer touch sensors for simpler operation. These sinks allow homeowners to turn on their faucets just by making skin contact with any part of the spout or handle. These sensors can be a bit of a double-edged sword. While the operation of these sinks is far simpler for many, you’ll need to account for batteries and other electrical components to power the touch functionality. Likewise, touch faucets cost a great deal more than regular faucets.

While having touch functionality is great for many, the high cost makes it difficult for homeowners to implement it in many parts of their homes and kitchens. We recommend seeking out a touch faucet only if you know that the feature is worth the price.

FAQ

How do I mount my new pull-down faucet?

Replacing and mounting a kitchen faucet isn’t as hard as it may seem. You’ll begin by turning off the water supply to the faucet itself and placing a bucket underneath the values to catch any water. Then, turn on your faucet to release pressure, and once it’s cleared out, disconnect the water supply lines underneath the sink and use a wrench or basin wrench to remove the nuts.

You can remove the old faucet at this time and threat the new faucet through the associated mounting hoses. Tighten down the faucet and connect the new supply lines to the correct valves. You may need to first run the faucet without the aerator, which can typically be removed by hand. After checking for leaks, replace the aerator and get to using your new faucet.

What about soap dispensers? Do I need an extra mounting hole for the soap dispenser?

Soap dispensers and spray nozzles are both extra features that many sinks include. Like we mentioned in our Buyer’s Guide, it is vital that you purchase a faucet that can operate with the number of mounting holes in your sink. If you’ve purchased a faucet with a soap dispenser head, and your sink currently offers a soap dispenser, then you can simply swap out the old head with the new one. Otherwise, you may be left with an extra component to your faucet that you cannot use.

Do I need to match my chosen faucet to my water pressure? How do I find out my water pressure?

Most modern faucets are going to work with the water pressure in most homes. For reference, the average pressure in an American home is 50 psi. To determine your home’s water pressure, you’re going to need the help of a pressure gauge, which can be purchased at your local hardware store. Next, make sure all of the water in your home is turned off and not running. Go to your outside hose bib and connect the pressure gauge. If possible, adjust the pressure accordingly by adjusting the nut on your water pressure valve.