The best kitchen faucets: 6 top tries for every type of budget and space

With our list of the best kitchen faucets, you'll be able to pack both design and functionality into every sink.

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The best kitchen faucets for every sink

Are you designing a new kitchen? The kitchen taps/faucets (however you like to style them) can provide your kitchen sink with both class and character, thanks to the wide variety of traditional and modern designs available. 

With that said: the Real Homes team has gone ahead and sourced a handful of the best kitchen faucets from a variety of retailers to match every budget and design aesthetic. 

Don't believe us? Continue here to read our list of the six best kitchen faucets on the market. You can also take a look at the best boiling water taps for multi-functional options. 

The 6 best kitchen faucets according to our team

Bristan Pistachio Easyfit Kitchen Mixer Kitchen faucets

1. Bristan Pistachio Easyfit Kitchen Mixer Tap

The best kitchen faucets: Neat, stylishly curved and easy to install

Specifications
Best for: Sleek
Finish: Chrome
Number of holes: One
Fitting type: Deck mounted
Reasons to buy
+ It only requires a single hole + An easy fit technology for a seamless installation 
Reasons to avoid
- Lever function may stiffen over time 

The Bristan Pistachio Easyfit Kitchen Mixer Tap not only makes it easy for you to install, but it also makes it easy for you to adjust pressure and temperature, too, due to its lever style control. 

Why do we love it

Suitable for low and high-pressure water supply, this kitchen faucet is a safe all-rounder, and thanks to its curved neck, linear lever, and gleaming chrome finish, it is subtly modern, making it the perfect choice for the everyday kitchen. 

John Lewis Swan 2 Lever Kitchen Tap

2. John Lewis Swan 2 Lever Kitchen Tap

The best kitchen faucets: highlights an elegant brushed nickel finish and two separate levers

Specifications
Best for: Elegance
Finish: Brushed nickel
Number of holes: One
Fitting type: Deck mounted
Reasons to buy
+ Features an aerator to reduce the amount of water running through tap + Suitable for homes with low pressure 
Reasons to avoid
- Brushed nickel finishes can differ in color between retailers (chrome is universal) 

Brushed nickel provides a classy, elegant finish, and it doesn’t show up watermarks as much as chrome. 

Why do we love it?

The John Lewis Swan 2 Lever Kitchen Tap offers two levers instead of one. So, users will find they have greater control over the pressure and the temperature of the water. Thanks to its aerator, the volume of water decreases, which may lower the amount of water you use overall. 

If you like the two lever style but prefer the chrome finish, this tap is also available in chrome. 

Hyco Zen Solo 100°C Instant Boiling Water Tap

3. Hyco Zen Solo 100°C Instant Boiling Water Tap

The best kitchen faucets: An excellent compact alternative to a bulky kettle

Specifications
Best for: Hot water
Finish: Chrome
Number of holes: One
Fitting type: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Massive time saver + LED ring to indicate heating or ready mode 
Reasons to avoid
- Boiling tank needs to be fitted, too 

With its curved chrome finish, this hot water tap is the perfect choice if you’re looking for convenience when it comes to making a quick brew or giving the vegetables a head start on the boil. 

Why do we love it?

Yes, it is true: the Hyco Zen Solo 100°C Instant Boiling Water Tap will require the installation of the 3ltr hot water tank. Though, fortunately, it does not necessarily need to be fitted next to your sink. 

Thanks to a pull-out and turn safety lock, you shouldn’t need to worry about the tap turning on unintentionally. Though, it is worth considering that areas with hard water will require a filter to prevent it from blocking up with limescale. 

Abode Linear Nero Monobloc Kitchen Tap

4. Abode Linear Nero Monobloc Kitchen Tap

The best kitchen faucets: a matte black and chrome statement kitchen faucet for modern kitchens

Specifications
Best for: Modern
Finish: Chrome
Number of holes: One
Fitting type: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Two levers for max control + Modern finish 
Reasons to avoid
- Statement finish more for modern kitchens 

If you’re looking to make your kitchen faucet a stand-out feature, this selection from John Lewis will most definitely give your kitchen an edge. 

Why do we love it?

Blending a gleaming chrome finish with matt black stainless steel, this tap is the ideal choice for contemporary kitchens. With a single spout and one installation hole required, this tap should be compatible with most kitchen sinks; bear in mind that there’s a designer price tag attached. 

Perrin & Rowe Mayan 4338 Pillar Kitchen Tap

5. Perrin & Rowe Mayan 4338 Pillar Kitchen Tap

The best kitchen faucets: a beautifully traditional kitchen tap with two separate spouts

Specifications
Best for: Classic design
Finish: Chrome
Number of holes: Two
Fitting type: Deck mounted
Reasons to buy
+ Traditional tap design + Six bar max pressure 
Reasons to avoid
- Designer pricing 

If you’re a lover of traditional country kitchen style and quality, the Perrin & Rowe Mayan 4338 Pillar Kitchen Tap is your go-to choice. 

Why do we love it? 

This kitchen faucet features timeless cross head handles, low lead brass, and thick chrome plating, with this designer-inspired faucet standing the test of time. 

With that said, it does require two holes instead of one, so you'll need to check the fittings on the skink. Bear in mind: fitting these taps might be slightly more complex than placing your traditional standard monobloc. So, it may require additional resources or tutorials. 

Abode Stalto Professional Kitchen Tap

6. Abode Stalto Professional Kitchen Tap

The best kitchen faucet: a professional kitchen faucet with a domestic finish

Specifications
Best for: Rinsing
Finish: Stainless steel
Number of holes: One
Fitting type: Deck mounted
Reasons to buy
+ Pressure wash for rinsing  + Supplied with flexible tailpipes 
Reasons to avoid
-Letting go of showerhead may result in a wet kitchen 

Putting dirty plates in the dishwasher can block it up, so having a station where you can quickly rinse your dishes is a handy feature — and that is where the Abode Stalto Professional Kitchen Tap comes in handy.  

Why do we love it?

Although designed with professional kitchens in mind, this tap is slight enough to not look out of place in a domestic kitchen, whether ultra-modern or Shaker-style. 

With a multi-spray pattern shower head, you can choose the spray power, and because it only requires one hole, it shouldn’t be too hard to fix the tap in place either, whether it’s sink or worktop. 

What to consider when buying the best kitchen faucets? 

Kitchen tap know-how

Despite a range of finishes, the best kitchen faucets functionality is simple: one half plumbed into the cold water supply, and the other plumbed into the hot water supply. A central spout connects the lines so you can regulate the temperature of the water flowing into your sink. Unless, of course, your kitchen faucet is for hot water only. 

Which tap type to choose?

Before you go buying any of the best kitchen faucets, it’s handy to know the different types on the market, as some may not be compatible with your kitchen sink. If you’re looking at purchasing a deck-mounted faucet, you’ll need to bear in mind the number of holes in your kitchen sink. While some taps have one central connection, others may require one for hot and one for cold water, in addition to the central spout, equating to three different holes. 

Tap mounting options

It’s also worth considering that a kitchen faucet doesn’t necessarily need to attach to the sink. 

Faucets can also fix onto your countertop, giving you more leeway when deciding on the style of kitchen sink you would like in your kitchen, as you won’t find yourself restricted by the number of holes it features. 

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.

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