When it comes to upgrading your kitchen, there are places you should save and others where a splurge is needed. Faucets definitely fall into the latter category. A faucet is arguably the most-used fixture in the kitchen, so putting a portion of your budget into a faucet that's not only beautiful but—even more important—highly durable will benefit you for years to come. You're not just paying for a look: Most of the added cost in a designer fixture is due to the use of quality materials like nickel, bronze and brass, without any added fillers. Additionally, most of these faucets are crafted by hand and come with lifetime warrantees, guaranteeing a return on your investment. We've rounded up five show-stopping faucets with both high and low price tags.
1. Cottage Classic [photo above]
Danze's Dressler faucet has an Old World appeal. Pair this mixer with an apron-front sink for a quaint yet updated look for a farmhouse-inspired kitchen. Bonus: A pressure-compensating aerator ensures a clear, crisp stream of water with every use.
2. The Right Angle
Photo: Courtesy of Dornbracht
Dornbracht's Lot single-arm faucet is by no means a bargain, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. You'd be hard-pressed to find a cheaper substitute for its angular, architectural lines, which really shine in a modern kitchen. A faucet like this is equal parts high-performance utility and eye-catching design statement.
3. Commercial Appeal
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Reed
Hudson Reed's pre-rinse faucet was initially intended for commercial use—restaurant dishwashers use these faucets to tackle the dirtiest dishes. But even though it's designed for function, the look of this powerful pull-down spray speaks for itself. A coiled chrome spring wraps around the hose for dramatic height, perfect for a contemporary or industrial space.
4. Tradition with a Twist
Photo: Courtesy of Moen
Moen's Aberdeen faucet gives the traditional elements of a classic high-arc faucet an update with clean, sleek lines and modern technology. This one-handle design is built to last, with a guaranteed limited lifetime warantee. And your dollars will buy more than just good design: The faucet features a pause button that allows you to interrupt water flow.
5. Spouting Off
Photo: Courtesy of Danze
Danze's Sirius faucet is a sculptural jaw-dropper. The design is set apart from other modern high-arc faucets by its flat head and handles. The slim spigot is outfitted with high-tech design features, including the narrow spout to simulate the stream of a waterfall.