Best Kitchen Faucets under $200 in 2018

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It’s not always necessary to shell out large amounts of money to get the kitchen faucet of your choice. There are quite a few great options within the $200 mark, which is considered to be the ideal budget for an average middle class home and manufacturers are constantly striving to come out with more and more products that are priced well within this budget.

We have made a list of some of the best kitchen faucet available in this range. All these products have been carefully chosen from the leading manufacturers so that we do not compromise on the quality or the facilities that these kitchen faucets offer even while fitting in your budget snugly.

Best Kitchen Faucet under 200 reviews

The Delta Leland Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet, 917SP-DST is no exception. The faucet design is a perfect conglomeration of tradition styling and modern functionality. While the curves in the inverted bell base, the handle and the spout head give the faucet a traditional touch, it has most of the features that you may want your kitchen faucet to have. It comes in chrome, Arctic Stainless, SpotShield Stainless and Venetian Bronze finishes. The Venetian Bronze model is a little higher priced compared to the rest while the chrome model is the cheapest.

The SP-DST model refers to the Spot Shield Stainless finish and there is a reason for choosing this model over the rest. This is because this finish comes with a Delta Spot Shield Protection. As the name suggests, the Spot Shield Protection resists the fingerprints and water marks from developing on the faucet body. It also prevents odor forming microbial growth and is responsible for a maintenance free clean kitchen faucet. It can be easily installed in a single hole or three hole installation unit. You do not have to purchase an escutcheon plate separately in case of the latter as it is included in the unit kit.

This high arc goose neck kitchen faucet has a single handle that controls both the water flow as well as the temperature. This is in turn brought about by the presence of ceramic valve with a sharp diamond coating. This unique diamond seal technology not only brings about longevity or durability to the product but also makes it leak proof.

The faucet has a spout height of 14-7/8” and a reach of 9-1/8”. The spout can swivel up to 360 degrees. The pull down spout is attached to a 59” hose which has a reach of 20” that enhances the coverage area. The pull down spout head automatically retracts smoothly into position and is held securely by the MagnaTite Docking system which ensures that there is no drooping even after prolonged use. The Spout head has Touch Clean rubber nozzles that do not allow deposition of minerals and can be easily cleaned by brushing with hands. The spout head has a small switch at the back of it that allows you to toggle between a stream mode and a spray mode of water flow. While the stream mode is more suited for filling pots the spray mode aids in rinsing and cuts through the messes. The innovative shield spray mode enhances effective cleaning and reduces splatter.

The faucet is ADA compliant, comes with all the necessary accessories required for installation and is backed by the limited lifetime warranty of Delta on the faucet and finish.

PROS:
  • High arc durable faucet
  • Spot Shield protection finish
  • MagnaTite Docking System
  • Touch Clean Rubber Nozzles
  • 59” pull out dual mode spray head

CONS:
  • The plastic retainer of the hose springs free

Yet another Delta faucet to make it to our list, the Delta Essa Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet,9113-AR-DST, differs from the Leland model basically in the design. Essa moves away from the traditional design of Leland and is more inclined towards the euro design. The smooth sophisticated design with subtle accents gives it a contemporary look. This model is available in four different finishes viz. Standard Chrome, Arctic Stainless, Venetian Bronze and Matte Black. Only the Matte Black model is above the $200 mark. We will be dealing with the Arctic Stainless finish for this article. Though all the models have the same features except that the finish color changes. The Arctic Stainless model goes almost with any kitchen decor. The faucet can be easily installed without any professional help to a single hole or a three hole installation unit. The escutcheon plate along with InnoFlex PEX supply lines is included within the kit.

The Delta Essa faucet has a solid brass built which gives it an edge over its competitors in terms of durability and strength of the material. A single handle is used to control the water flow as well as the temperature and is coupled with Diamond Seal Ceramic Valve to give you a lifetime of leak free service. The high arc goose neck faucet has a spout height of 15.25” and a spout reach of 9.25”. The pull down spray head is held in position by the MagnaTite Docking system unique to Delta faucets. The 360 degree swivel of the spout along with the 20” reach of the hose will giving you maximum working area under the sink. The dual mode spray head has Touch Clean rubber nozzles and you can easily toggle between the spray and the stream mode by a simple switch placed at the back of the spray head. It has a flow rate of 1.8GPM but the high pressure makes you feel that you are using more water while you are actually not.

The faucet is ADA compliant, Lead free, ASME certified and water efficient and is backed by the limited lifetime Delta warranty.

PROS:
  • Brass built body and handle
  • Diamond Seal Valve
  • MagnaTite Docking System
  • Touch Clean Rubber Nozzles
  • 59” pull out dual mode spray head

CONS:
  • The reach of the spout head will make water splash to the user if the sink is small.

American Standard is a reputed North American brand with over 140 years of experience in the industry. It has been constantly delivering superior quality products which are known to last more than a lifetime. The Colony Soft Pull Down Kitchen Faucet is one of the most sought after products in this category. The design itself talks a lot about the product. American Standard has a very simplistic yet modern approach towards designing its products. It has bold lines with a touch of elegance and sophistication added to it.

This simple kitchen faucet is available in Polished Chrome, Stainless Steel and Matte Black finishes. The Matte Black finish is priced over our budget range but the other two finishes are available at a price much lower than the $200 mark. Let’s have a look at the standard stainless steel finish.The faucet has a strong brass built swivel spout and a metal handle. The brass is naturally corrosion and scratch resistant and has a natural property to merge with the color and the finishes. In this faucet the finish becomes a part of the faucet unit and is not just a coating of color over it and hence lasts a longer period of time. It can be easily installed in a single or a three hole installation unit and comes with the escutcheon plate required for a three hole installation.

The water flow as well as the temperature can be controlled by the single metal handle which is supported by ceramic valves for a lifelong drip free performance. The valves are tested to withstand more than 1 million operations. The handle has a memory option wherein the memory position will give you the same water temperature every time you operate it without the need of any adjustment.

 The high arc faucet has a spout height of 14-5/8” and a reach of 8”. The pull down spray head has an adjustable spray pattern with a pause feature to minimise water wastage. The switch that lets you toggle between the spray modes and the pause is situated at the back of the spray head and calls for single handed operation. The faucet has a water flow of 1.5GPM

The faucet meets the NSF standards and is ADA compliant. The limited lifetime warranty covers both the faucet as well as the finish.

PROS:
  • Brass built body and metal handle
  • Ceramic valves
  • Memory valve handle
  • Spray stream and pause mode
  • Meets NSF standards

CONS:
  • Water flow rate is low compared to the standard 1.8GPM

Founded in 2007, Kraus is pretty new to the industry but has already mad a mark for itself and with quite a few awards it it’s kitty has already emerged as one of the leading manufacturers of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and has a wide array of beautiful and versatile products. KRAUS MODERN NOLA SINGLE LEVER COMMERCIAL STYLE KITCHEN FAUCET, KPF-1650SS is an industrial style kitchen faucet with a high arc open coil design. The Nola design combines precision engineering with premium materials and components for a long lasting performance. It is available in chrome and stainless steel finishes and we would be discussing the stainless steel model for convenience. The finish is of high quality and is corrosion and rust resistant and is backed by the lifetime warranty. The faucet comes with a simple DIY installation kit and can be easily installed in a single or three hole installation unit.

To start off with the faucet has a all brass body and handle construction. The slim streamline design is accentuated by a slim handle that controls both the water flow and the temperature. Kraus imports its ceramic disc cartridges from one of the leading manufacturers in the world, Kerox. The Precision Kerox Cartridges are responsible for drip free prolonged use and Kraus does not leave any stone unturned to use the best for its faucets. Furthermore it gives importance to the most used yet the most under appreciated component, the aerators, which control the overall delivery of water and softens the water stream. Kraus imports them from NeoPearl, Switzerland the leading manufacturers of high end speciality aerators.

The spout has a height of 7.5”and a reach of  8-13/16”. The dual function pull down spray head has a smooth retractable hose and is secured to its position by the magnetic docking system. It has two modes of water flow, spray and stream controlled by the simple push of a button. The easy clean nozzles resist mineral build up and along with NeoPearl aerators will give you a steady stream without compromising on the pressure but conserving water in return. The faucet has a water flow rate of 1.8GPM.

The faucet is backed by the limited lifetime warranty and is highly certified (cUPC (UPC&CSA), NSF 61, NSF 372, AB1953, EPA, CALGreen, MASS, FTC, DOE, CEC and ADA)

PROS:
  • All brass built
  • Kerox ceramic cartridges
  • NeoPearl aerators
  • Magnetic Docking system
  • Limited lifetime warranty and highly certified
  • Water efficient

CONS:

Another model from the Kraus Company, the KRAUS MODERN OLETTO SINGLE LEVER PULL DOWN KITCHEN FAUCET, KPS-2620SFS, is a way different from the industrial design the KPF-1650SS poses. It has a simple minimalistic and ergonomic modern design to suit almost all kitchen decors. It is available in chrome stainless steel and spot free stainless steel variants. We would be dealing with the spot free stainless steel variant in this article. The spot free variant as the name suggests has a stainless steel finish that resists watermarks and fingerprints and will aid in keeping you faucet clean with minimum maintenance. It can installed easily in a single hole or a three hole installation unit.

The high arc single lever handle faucet has a all brass built and is supported by the Kerox Cartridges that guarantee a drip free performance for life. The single handle controls both the water flow and the temperature. The high arc goose neck faucet has a spout height of 8.25”and a reach of 8.75”. The pull down spout head is accompanied by NeoPerl EZ glide for smooth non obtrusive operations. The NeoPerl aerators along with soft silicone nozzles are responsible for the uninterrupted soft stream of water that flows through the spout head. A small button on the spray head helps you toggle between the spray and the stream mode.

The faucet is backed by limited lifetime warranty.

PROS:
  • All brass built
  • Kerox ceramic cartridges
  • NeoPerl aerators
  • 60” hose length and 360 degree swivel
  • NeoPerl EZ glide

CONS:
  • Spout not very high
  • Toggle button not very user friendly

Priced much below the $200 mark, the Pacific Bay Rainier Pull down Kitchen Faucet is gaining much popularity in recent times. Though not as reputed or with as much experience as the Delta or American Standard or Kraus, this American company with a strong USA based customer support will definitely not disappoint you to say the least. The Rainier faucet has a modern and light industrial design and features a detachable pull down coiled sprayer. It comes in two finishes viz. Chrome and Satin Nickel.

The faucet has a Lead Free Brass built and can be installed in both single hole and three hole installation units. The Stainless steel braided spray resists corrosion and tarnishing.The optional base plate comes with the unit and you do not have to purchase it separately. The water pressure and temperature are controlled by a single lever metal handle which is in turn controlled by ceramic valves that will last you a lifespan.

The faucet has a spout height of 22” and a reach of 9.4” while the hose has an extended length of 28”. The detachable coiled spray head has a strong docking system in the shape of a lock bar and features a dual mode wand with silicone nozzles for easy cleaning. The dual mode spray lets you toggle between the aerated stream and spray mode easily.

The faucet has a flow rate of 2GPM and is Lead Free certified. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

PROS:
  • Lead free brass built
  • Ceramic valves
  • Silicone rubber nozzles
  • Lock bar docking system

CONS:
  • Not a branded manufacturer

CONCLUSION:

This list will give you the best kitchen faucets that are available under the $200 mark and you can well feel that they are worthy of every penny of your investment. They have stood the test of time and have emerged successful in the long run and there would be a sense of pride once you own one.

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