If you’ve struggled to get water where you need it in your kitchen, a pull-out faucet could be the answer. Once you’ve tried one of these ingenious gadgets, you’ll wonder how you managed without one. But how do you pick one that will work well in your kitchen?
Start by taking a look at our reviews of seven of the best pull-out kitchen faucets out there. Then check out our buying guide to help focus down on the features that really matter.
The Forious kitchen faucet is a great choice for anyone who loves the convenience of a touchless faucet.
This one features a single infra-red sensor in the base. Just place your hand or a pot in front of it and the water switches on. Take it away and the water stops running. The sensor will detect anything within about four inches. And the water will switch off automatically after three minutes.
The spray head is just as easy to use. When it’s pulled out of the faucet, the water will automatically begin running. Push it back into position, and the water cuts off.
There’s maximum flexibility when it comes to directing the stream too. The spray head will rotate through 360 degrees, enabling you to reach any awkward spots with ease.
You’ll choose between two different settings – a spray or a solid stream of water. The stream is more powerful and great for washing away stubborn debris. Use the spray for more delicate items, like cleaning soft fruit. Switch between modes using a trigger, conveniently located on the back of the spray head.
The sensor for touchless operation means that this faucet requires a power source. Fortunately, there’s no need for any tricky wiring. The energy is supplied by four AA batteries. They’ll give you about two years of use before needing to be changed.
At just over 16.5 inches high, this is a tall faucet. It will be a stylish feature in any kitchen – just make sure there’s room beneath any shelves or wall cupboards.
Installation is simple and it will work with either a one- or three-hole sink. If you’ve got a three-hole version, just add the deck plate at the bottom to cover the voids. That’s included as standard.
The body of the faucet is made from copper, so it’s nice and sturdy. The spray head, though, is lighter weight. And when it’s fixed in position, you’ll find the water leaves the faucet at a slight angle. Some people may find that takes a bit of getting used to.
These are minor niggles, though, for a well-designed faucet offering plenty of handy features.
Choice of spray or continuous stream
Water turns on automatically when the spray head is pulled down
Touchless operation via the battery-powered sensor
WEWE’s kitchen faucet offers bags of style at a very reasonable price.
It has a high arcing design and is finished in an attractive brushed nickel. Its sleek lines will look particularly good in a modern kitchen.
The pull-out faucet has a 23-inch reach and offers a choice of three different settings: spray, stream or pause. The stream setting is aerated, increasing pressure whilst minimizing your water bills. It offers plenty of power for filling kettles or pitchers quickly.
Switch to the spray setting for rinsing off plates without splashing, or for more delicate jobs like washing berries.
The pause setting allows you to interrupt the flow of water whilst you move the faucet. It’s handy if you want to fill a nearby coffee maker without removing the carafe. And you’ll be able to water indoor plants without drenching the worktop.
The spray and stream modes are selected using a rocker switch on top of the spray head. A second button further back operates the pause function. All are conveniently positioned so it’s easy to use the spray head one-handed.
Both the faucet itself and the pull-out spray head can be rotated through 360 degrees. The water flow and temperature is controlled by a single lever at the side of the faucet. And while there are no sensors here, the upside is that you won’t have to maintain power to the faucet.
The pull-down hose and water line are both pre-installed inside the faucet to make installation easy. The whole job shouldn’t take more than thirty minutes. And even those less confident in their DIY skills should be able to handle the task themselves.
All this comes at a very competitive price. So are there any compromises?
Well, a couple. The first is that there’s no magnetic catch to grasp the spray head when it retracts. The head sits neatly inside the faucet, though, so this is a minor niggle.
The second issue is that the water lines are a bit short. Depending on your set up, you may find you need to extend them. It’s simple and inexpensive to do, but means a bit of extra work.
Kohler’s K-596-Vs faucet offers a similar style to the WEWE model, but with some nice extra touches. You will, though, need to pay more: it costs almost half as much again as the WEWE version.
It’s available in a choice of three finishes: stainless steel, polished chrome, and matte black.
The pull-down design has all the buttons to control the water on the spray head. That means you’ll be able to operate it with one hand, leaving your other hand free for other tasks.
The buttons are sculpted, so they’re easy to use even when your fingers are wet. And they’re hidden at the back of the faucet, so they won’t interfere with the clean look when not in use.
This is another spray head with three different settings, but they’re a bit different from those on the WEWE model.
With this one, you can choose between stream, boost and sweep spray. The stream setting provides a continuous solid water flow, good for washing. Air is mixed with the water, cutting the amount of water used for everyday tasks by up to 45 percent.
The sweep spray is great for rinsing off plates, creating a wide blade of water that minimizes splashing.
And the boost setting provides a more powerful flow of water, increasing the flow by up to thirty percent. It’s great for filling up pans or pitchers quickly or to give more oomph when washing off dried-on dirt.
One issue to be aware of is that it will stay in whatever setting you’ve used last. If you’re used to a kitchen faucet with a default stream setting, this may take some getting used to.
There are a braided hose and swivel ball joint to make it easy to pull down the spray head. And it can be comfortably guided into any position.
When you’ve finished using it, you’ll appreciate the clever magnetic docking system. It will help you guide the head securely back into place after use.
This faucet can be installed in sinks with either one or three holes, and there’s a choice of height too. Choose from a little over 16 inches or just under 15.5 inches. Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the reassurance of a lifetime warranty.
Just beware that the combination of aeration and a faucet that finishes high above the sink can make this prone to splashing. Adjust the water volume using the lever at the side to take care of any problems.
Stream, boost and sweep spray settings
Good quality magnetic docking system
The braided hose and swivel joint make this very easy to maneuver
Will take some getting used to if you’re familiar with faucets with a default stream setting
Prone to splashing – though this is easily fixed by adjusting the water volume.
If a touchless faucet appeals to you, Moen’s Arbor design should make your shortlist. This uses not one by two infra-red sensors for maximum touchless control.
The first sensor is positioned as standard for most touchless faucets, at the base of the spout. Just place a pot or pan in its way, and the water will come on. Remove it, and the water switches off again.
But there’s also a second faucet positioned on the top of the spout. This allows you to turn the water on and off simply by waving your hand over it.
And if you prefer to use it in manual mode, you can. Simply move the lever at the side of the faucet to adjust both the temperature and flow rate.
So far, so much fun. But what about the pull-out spray head?
This one has a flexible hose that’s very easy to maneuver. There’s minimal resistance as you pull down the head. And the hose will retract all by itself when you’ve finished with it. That means you won’t need to fiddle around to get the spray head locked back into position.
A neat button on the back of the spray head allows you to select from the two different settings. You can choose from a steady stream of water or a spray setting that works well for rinsing off plates.
It uses a standard 3/8 inch connection and can be installed in sinks with one or three holes. The deck plate is included as standard.
The finish is designed to resist fingerprints and spots from water. And the faucet comes with a lifetime guarantee.
So is there anything here not to like?
Well, there are a couple of niggles to be aware of. One is that if the batteries powering the sensors die, you won’t be able to use the faucet. Annoyingly, this applies to manual mode too. So make sure you keep some spares on standby.
The second issue is that the sensors need to be calibrated correctly on installation. Get it wrong and they’ll switch themselves on and off at seemingly random times. And unlike other Moen faucets, there’s no option to disable the sensors with this model.
Two sensors allow versatile touchless control
Self-retracting pull-down spray head
The faucet won’t work if the batteries die – even in manual mode
Take care when calibrating the sensors or they’ll be unreliable.
If your faucet needs to fit below low shelves or cupboards, this one from Ufaucet could be a good choice. Rather than a high arc, this has a straight spout that slopes upwards. The overall height is just under 8 inches – less than half that of other faucets on our list.
It’s also extremely cost-effective. So what do you get for your money?
Well, the build quality is not at all bad. The body of the faucet is made of solid brass, and there’s a ceramic cartridge inside. That will keep it working drip-free for around 500,000 uses. That’s more than enough to last the biggest households a lifetime.
The pull-out sprayer comes with a good length of hose – 20 inches. And you can choose between two different settings – an aerated stream or a powerful spray. It’s easy to select your preferred mode using the toggle switch on the sprayer.
The middle section of the faucet can be rotated. That means water can be dispensed into either side of a two-bowl sink, even without using the sprayer.
And there’s a detachable deck plate, giving you the flexibility to use this with either one- or three-hole sinks.
The attractive price tag does, though, come with some compromises. The faucet overall is a bit smaller than most. And finding a happy medium between a trickle and a geyser can be a challenge. If you have high water pressure in particular, this won’t be the best choice.
Low profile allows it to fit comfortably in smaller spaces
Choice of aerated stream or spray
Will fit one- or three-hole sinks
The body of the faucet is on the small size
You may find it tricky to get the right water pressure.
Comllen’s faucet is a classic high arc design in a choice of brushed nickel or matte black finishes. Both are stain and corrosion-resistant. And it costs only a little more than the much smaller Ufaucet model.
It’s 16 inches tall, which is about standard for a faucet of this design. Note that if you have a three-hole sink, you’ll need to purchase the deck plate separately. It will, though, fit either a ½ inch or 3/8 inch water supply hose.
The faucet will swivel through 360 degrees – great if you’ve got a two-bowl sink. And the pull-down head offers a choice of stream or spray modes. The flexible 20-inch hose also means it can be moved beyond your sink to fill coffee makers or water plants.
The different modes are selected using a simple switch on the spray head. The button is made of black rubber, so your fingers won’t slip on it when it’s wet. Oddly, though, it’s positioned on the front of the spray head – so it’s always in sight. We’d prefer it hidden at the back, to maintain the minimalist look.
The volume and water pressure are controlled by a stylish lever at the side of the faucet. It’s light and easy to move, and looks good into the bargain.
Despite the competitive price – this costs less than half as much as similar-looking faucets on this list – the materials are good quality. The body of the faucet is made of brass, and there’s a ceramic cartridge to prevent leaking. Installation is simple, with clear instructions to help.
At this price, you may be thinking this is too good to be true. It’s not – this is a good, cost-effective option. But it isn’t perfect.
The pull-out spray head doesn’t retract as smoothly as we’d like, and there’s no magnetic docking. We’ve heard of some issues with the head not sitting tightly in its housing.
And some people have found that the spout itself wobbles slightly at the base. Reaching out to Comllen has provided a fix in some cases. The faucet comes with a lifetime warranty, and customer service seems to be responsive to any issues.
The Bolden commercial kitchen faucet stands 18 inches high, making a real style statement. But make sure you measure the space between any cupboards or shelves to be sure it will fit.
The striking range of finishes all resists corrosion and rust. Choose between stainless steel, chrome, matte black, stainless steel with chrome, or stainless steel with black accents. The glamorous coiled spring that winds around the spout makes this a real talking point.
The pull-down spray head comes with a flexible hose that will reach up to 20 inches. That will give you plenty of room to clean the biggest sink. The hose retracts smoothly, and the faucet itself rotates through 180 degrees.
The lever pulls forward to adjust the temperature and water pressure. That means you won’t have to worry about leaving additional clearance space behind the faucet.
The spray head has two different modes, an aerated stream or a more powerful spray. This is another faucet where the switch is situated on the front of the head. It’s easy to use, but we still think it would look better at the back.
The body of the faucet is made of heavy-duty lead-free brass with a stainless-steel finish. And there’s a ceramic cartridge to provide a lifetime of drip-free use.
One weaker point, though, is the spray head itself. It’s made of plastic rather than stainless steel. You won’t notice the difference visually – but it is lighter weight when you come to use it.
And beware that there’s no deck plate with this one. So if you have a three-hole sink, it won’t be the one for you.
That brings us to the end of our reviews. Have you got a front-runner in mind? Or are you feeling confused about where to start? If so, check out our guide to find the features to focus on as you make your choice.
Make sure it fits your sink…
It might sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget that whatever faucet you choose has to fit your sink!
If you have a two-bowl sink, make sure you pick a faucet that can rotate through at least 180 degrees. You don’t want to have to hold the pull-out spray head in place to fill the basin.
And if you’ve got a three-hole sink, make sure your faucet comes with a deck plate to cover the blanks. Many of those on our list have a deck plate included, while in other cases you’ll need to buy it separately.
…and your kitchen!
While high arc designs look great, check how much clearance you have between your countertop and cupboards. You don’t want to buy a tall and elegant faucet only to find you can’t fit it in!
Remember to consider the finish too. If you’ve got lots of stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel faucet will look great. But shiny chrome may not work as well in a traditional farmhouse kitchen.
And think about your water pressure. Faucets that aerate the flow are great at creating higher pressure. But if you have high pressure already, some may cause issues with splashing.
What settings do you need?
All the faucets on our list allow you to choose from a spray or stream setting. Others offer different options too.
Would it be helpful to be able to pause the water flow? If you regularly fill a nearby coffee maker, for example, this could be a good option. And if you need to clean off stubborn dirt, a faucet with a boost function could be a wise investment.
Check whether your faucet has a default setting. If you prefer stream and your faucet defaults to spray, it will be a regular annoyance. Other faucets will stay on whatever setting you’ve used last.
Time to choose!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of seven of the best pull-out faucets on the market today. Hopefully, you’ve now got some ideas about what will work best in your kitchen.
Our top pick is WEWE’s elegant single-handled faucet. It looks fantastic, has bags of clever features, and it won’t break the bank. And you’ll have the reassurance of a lifetime warranty too.
Whichever pull-out faucet you choose, you’ll be giving your kitchen a real upgrade – and making washing up a breeze. That sounds pretty good to us!
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