10 Easy Pieces: Best Budget Kitchen Faucets by

Issue 96 · The Urban Kitchen · October 30, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: Best Budget Kitchen Faucets

Issue 96 · The Urban Kitchen · October 30, 2013

When it comes to faucets, quality counts: it's the most in-demand fitting in the kitchen. For durability, look for faucets that are made of brass, and don't ignore what's under the hood. It's important that the innards have ceramic parts for long lasting, dripless functioning. 

Some tips to keep costs in check: select a chrome finish (it's the least costly), skip the sprayer option (you can live without it), and consider two-handled faucets—they're often less expensive than single-handled designs. Also pay attention to warranties both for your own protection and as an indicator of manufacturer quality.

Here, our pick of 10 faucets that combine affordability with quality.  

Grohe Concetto Faucet in Izabella's Kitchen

Above: Izabella went for a Grohe Concetto Faucet in her kitchen, featuring a dual-spray, pull-down faucet with a solid brass body and ceramic cartridges, a single lever handle, and a swivel spout; $335.82 from eFaucets. Available in super steel (as shown) and in polished chrome. 

Kohler Purist Faucet, Remodelista

Above: At the high end of our selections, the Kohler Purist Single-Hole Kitchen Faucet (K-7507-CP) is the simplest version of the top-rated Purist line. It has an 8-inch spout that rotates 360 degrees with a 9.7-inch clearance; $332.14 in a polished chrome finish through Amazon.


Elements of Design Concord Cross Handle Faucet, Remodelista  

Above: The Elements of Design Concord Two-Handle Faucet is made of solid brass with a ceramic cartridge. It has a 360-degree swivel spout and fits 8- to 16-inch-wide mounting holes; $213.91 at Wayfair.

Grohe Essence Pull Out Faucet, Remodelista

Above: Another high-quality faucet with a brass body, the Grohe Essence Pull-Out Faucet features a pull-out spray head and swivel spout. It's covered by a lifetime warranty; $396.27 in chrome at Faucet Direct.

Ikea Tarnan Single Handled Kitchen Faucet, Remodelista

Above: The Tarnan Single-Lever Kitchen Faucet has a pull-out spout. It's made of chrome-plated brass with ceramic discs and comes with a 10-year warranty; $79.99 at Ikea.

Danze Parma Commercial Style Faucet, Remodelista

Above: An affordable and practical commercial-style faucet, the Danze Parma Single Handle Pre-Rinse Faucet has a 22.75-inch-high, 10-inch-long spout with a spring-action wand that returns it to its place. Made of brass with a stainless-steel finish, it operates on spray and regular stream mode; $273.93 via Amazon.

  Chicago Faucets Wall Mounted Kitchen Faucet, Remodelista

Above: Julie uses the Chicago Wall-Mount Kitchen Faucet in her Mill Valley kitchen. With a double-jointed spout, it's well priced, well engineered, and offers a classic lab aesthetic; $249.36 at Consumer's Plumbing.

American Standard Wall Mount Kitchen Faucet, Remodelista

Above: The American Standard Two-Handled Wall Mount Faucet has all-brass construction, porcelain handles, and a gooseneck swivel spout; $209.19 at eFaucets.

Elements of Design Wall Mount Faucet, Remodelista  

Above: The wall-mounted budget choice: Elements of Design Two-Handled Wall Mount Faucet with brass construction, ceramic cartridges, metal lever handles, and a 7-inch spout reach; $68.97 at eFaucets. 


Ikea Edsvik Two Handled Faucet, Remodelista  

Above: The lightest on the wallet is the Ikea Edsvik dual-handled faucet. Made of chrome-plated brass, it has ceramic discs, individual temperature control handles, and a 10-year warranty; $49.99.

Ikea Edsvik Faucet In Situ, Remodelista

Above: The Ikea Edsvik Faucet used in a Swedish loft spotted on Elle Interior Sweden.

More ideas? See Remodelista Editor's Favorite Kitchen Faucets.

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