According to the most recent Globe Newswire research, the international faucet market grew at a healthy rate of 7-percent between the years 2014 and 2019.
Rather than depress the home improvement trend when Covid struck, people hunkered down in their abodes triggered a revolution in renovations, noted Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing at Houzz.com.
Hausman documented a 40-percent jump in kitchen remodeling during this time in close association with advances in design that added to the existing plethora of choices homeowners already enjoyed within the faucet niche.
From brass, steel, die-cast zinc to chrome-plated plastic, experts predict that the international market will continue to thrive between now and 2025 and with no let-up in sight.
There are countless of kitchen faucet brands and manufacturers in the market. In this article we have collected some of the best and most reliable brands around the world.
Below you will find German, USA and Italian manufacturers, ranging from luxury models to more mainstream and affordable options.
What is a kitchen faucet?
Faucets usually consist of a “handle, cartridge, spout, mixing chamber, aerator and inlet source,” per the International Global Faucet industry.
They may be categorized as pull-down, pull-out, hands-free, bar, pot and side spray units. Single and dual control cartridge faucets function differently.
Single control variants employ a metal or plastic core offering vertical operation while dual control models require a metal ball with spring-loaded rubber seals to function.
Is there a race to see which nation dominates the international market? Not likely. Styles and features are too distinct and national pride is destined to remain the biggest factor of all!
German Faucet Manufacturers/Brands
Founded in Germany in 1936, Grohe was launched as a sanitary fittings manufacturer from its original place of business in Hemer and headquarters in Düsseldorf.
Among the kitchen faucet innovations found in the company’s kitchen sink collections are touchless, hands-free and foot-controlled sink models within 4 currently available faucet collections.
Grohe’s kitchen faucet products are stunning and include pull-down, pull-out, semi-pro, bar and pot filling types in 5 size options (XS to XL).
The company also produces kitchen faucets that deliver on-demand chilled and sparkling water. For example, their “Blue Chilled and Sparkling” models can deliver filtered and chilled water right from the faucet itself.
This German tap and shower specialty company was established in 1901, so it’s been around decades longer than Grohe.
Founder Hans Grohe launched his metal pressing workshop in Schiltach within the Black Forest, where it remains today the company’s headquarters.
Choose between home-focused and professional designs, all of which combine cutting-edge design, swivel spouts, pull-out or pull-down spray options.
Shoppers can choose a design and that comes in 3 spout heights and EcoRight, a water reduction system that is eco-friendly.
Finish options include black, gold stainless steel, chrome, nickel etc.
Now we are moving into more luxury brands and models, like the ones manufactured by Dornbracht.
If you crave multiple color options when choosing a kitchen faucet, this company offers polished chrome, platinum matte, dark brass matte, dark bronze matte and dark platinum matte, designer shades that add elegance to the uber-sleek and sophisticated faucets produced by Dornbracht.
Headquartered in Iserlohn Germany since 1950, kitchen faucets are grouped by collection name.
These include a mix of traditional and ultra-modern options found within 10 design libraries. Form meets function in models dispensing hot or cold filtered drinking water and offer homemakers innovative sprayers plus choices of pull-down and pull-out control.
Blanco’s history began when Heinrich Blanc founded the company in 1925, launching a family-owned business that is currently headquartered in Oberderdingen in the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
A leading provider of quality sinks and mixer taps for domestic kitchens, Blanco is also a leading manufacturer of sinks, but the company doesn’t come up short in the kitchen faucet department.
Possessing “a long track record of success with its kitchen mixer taps,” Blanco’s product portfolio offers an exceptional variety of materials and designs; so many so, collection options are too many to list here.
Search the list to choose your favorite shape, function and control features in either single- or twin-lever style in chrome or stainless steel at https://www.blanco.com/gb-en/kitchen-taps/full-tap-range/.
Jörger’s collection of faucet designs fit all types of kitchen styles and décors, including the company’s 5 most well-known tap collections.
Harmonious design plus hand-worked, sophisticated surfaces are the hallmarks of a company known for offering shoppers trendy finishes that include chrome, mink, platinum, sunshine, bronze and gold plus matte versions of these colors.
This family business comes with quite the intriguing background: Founder Bernhard Jörger furnished all of the bathroom installations at the palace of Friedrich II of Baden in 1909.
That stated, if you visit the company website, all contemporary credit for design, sales, marketing and product development are credited to Gerhard E. Jörger and Oliver Jörger who re-imagined the company and its product lines in the late 1960s.
USA Faucet Manufacturers/Brands
Let’s now see some USA kitchen faucet brands which are among the most popular options for home owners.
As one of the U.S.’s best-known brand names, the Kohler Company has been (as noted on the company website) “improving the level of gracious living by providing exceptional products” since 1893.
Included among the company’s faucet lines are pull-down, pull-out, single and two-handle styles and faucets are also categorized by the number of hole mounts contractors seek (from one to four).
Kohler faucets come in six popular finishes that include polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel, stainless steel and matte black and there is no shortage of unique shapes available.
Shoppers can select a favorite from Kohler’s current library of 7 best-selling collections. Kohler’s product line also includes pot fillers and faucets designed for bars and professional kitchens.
American Standard may be the senior U.S. brand since it was established from its grandfather company “Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company” around 150 years ago (in 1875).
Name a kitchen faucet type and you’ll most likely find that it’s made by this manufacturer: filtered, 4-function, pull-down, pull-out, wall mount, deck mount, single- and two-handle faucets plus the company’s signature MeasureFill and hands-free products.
Offering an array of choices for commercial kitchen installations as well as spouts for homes and businesses, models currently available in American Standard’s collections come in all of the trendiest colors: estate bronze, legacy bronze, matte black and hues unique to specific styles.
Like faucets produced by Kohler, prices on American Standard products appear to be more budget-friendly than those designed and produced abroad.
According to the faucet page on the Pfister website, you’ll find a veritable buffet of choices when it comes to style, features and pricing.
Among those options are pull-outs, pull-downs; single- and double-handled and touchless options.
The list includes built-in filtration systems, pot fillers and faucets that work with food prep, bars and utility sinks.
The Pfister style menu includes traditional, transitional and contemporary design categories that give shoppers the look they envision for all kitchen styles and the company’s history includes bragging rights.
Pfister was the first faucet company to be certified as an EPA-approved WaterSense manufacturer in addition to pioneering body shower sprays with ceramic discs capable of lowering fixture installation costs.
Moen, launched in 1956, offers as many variety, styling and options as the other U.S. manufacturers on this list and they include today’s trendiest technology such as Touchless kitchen faucets with MotionSense™ controlled by a wave of the hand.
Moen is also the innovator of the Power Clean faucet that vanquishes caked-on foods on pots and plans so elbow grease is diminished.
The company’s proprietary Reflex™ system offers exceptional range of motion.
Shop by category to find the right one- or two-handle, pull-out, pull-down, bar or the company’s unique “butler/filtration” model.
Shoppers are given a variety of finish choices, too: bronze, matte black; chrome and spot-resist stainless steel, all of which are available from popular big box, DIY and boutique bathroom supply retailers.
Delta has been in the faucet business since 1954, the year the company introduced the single-handed faucet to the market.
Over time, an extensive selection of residential and commercial products have been developed and sold under the Delta brand and the company also owns the Peerless® brand and products.
Inventions credited to Delta include Touch2O® Technology that activates faucets with a single touch and the company’s DIAMOND™ valve that extends the life of Delta faucets up to 5 million uses.
Consumers can opt for single- and two-handle designs, pull-out and standard spouts, tall arcs plus bar, pot filler and beverage styles, all of which can be found in Delta’s current 9 collection options in either chrome or stainless steel.
The Krause brand wasn’t launched until 2007, so you might call it the new kid on the block.
Headquartered in New York and aiming at dominating the plumbing fixture market with the ambitious goal of “ revolutionizing affordable kitchen & bath design,” Krause is not shy about showcasing its proprietary features that include pull-down, pull-out, commercial, bar and sensor-driven faucets.
Krause sells so many different collections (despite being so young) that browsers will need extra time to consider them all at https://www.kraususa.com/kitchen/kitchen-faucets.html.
What Krause feature is unique to the company? Magnetic docking that locks the spout in place so it won’t droop.
The company also extols the virtues of its Spot Free all-Brite™ Stainless Steel, a finish that won’t show fingerprints or water spots, but if you prefer a different finish, you’ll have 15 others from which to choose!
Popular fashion icon Jason Wu has lent his name to one collection of Brizo faucets, all of which are marketed under the brand motto, “Brizo products are more than fittings; they’re inspired pieces of art.”
Faucets showcased on the Brizo website are bundled by type (pull-down, pull-out, articulating and bridge), collection (5 categories) and finishes that include black matte & gold, chrome, nickel, gold and stainless steel.
All Brizo facets are available as single and two-handle options; some feature touch-clean, SmartTouch, VoiceIQ and/or electronic valve technology.
Interested in knowing more about Brizo? Visit the Masco Brand website where you’ll learn that Masco is also the parent company of Delta, Hansgrohe and Peerless faucets.
If you love to be seduced by origin tales, Sigma’s should warm your heart. The company is built on the legacy of a family business producing hand-forged brass candlesticks in County Cork Ireland.
The descendants of this lineage established the Sigma brand to focus specifically on the designer faucet market.
Currently, Sigma markets three distinct collections of faucets and when you see how many finishes from which shoppers can choose, you’ll be impressed (https://www.sigmafaucet.com/finishes).
Folks concerned about the planet will appreciate the brand’s commitment to “zero discharge” source metal plus PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishing, a sustainable coating used on many of Signma’s products.
Italian Faucet Manufacturers/Brands
Despite its exotic brand name (it’s officially “The House of Rohl”), this fixture company is headquartered in California (made in Italy though), but every faucet in the extensive Rohl library has a distinct continental vibe when it comes to design.
This company produces faucets that fall into one of three design types: traditional, transitional and modern. Among the company’s best sellers are options featuring touchless technology.
Select from three faucet categories and a daunting list of finishes for kitchens, bar & prep areas (there’s also a beverage category) when you shop.
All of these types are available within collection segments and a visit to the website is a must since Rohl lays claim to 208 different kitchen faucets, all of which are currently available. If you hate making choices, you may want to skip this company’s impressive product list!
There are some imaginative, exotic kitchen faucets in the Lacava library but you’re going to have to do your homework to find them since this company is extremely diversified in terms of its product mix.
As a result, you have fewer choices in the kitchen faucet department than other companies on this roster.
That stated, some styles do have Italian names despite the fact that Lacava is currently headquartered in Chicago.
Styling is definitely this brand’s strength. Faucet finishes include matte black, titanium, brushed gold, chrome, nickel and gold and there are plenty of awards hanging on headquarter walls that attest to this company’s devotion to design and quality.
You won’t find these faucets at DIY or home improvement retailers, but the Lacava website is happy to point the way to the closest boutique retailer.
If you’d like a kitchen faucet manufactured in Italy, MGS is your brand. Headquarters are located in Gravellona Toceand and while MGS is owned by a Swiss conglomerate, manufacturing still takes place in Lugano.
Slim, minimalist silhouettes, Italian styling and Swiss engineering set the tone for the company’s design standard.
MSG specializes in morphing high-quality, surgical-grade stainless steel materials into fixtures that lack the flourish and embellishments found in traditional collections but you’ll discover enough choices and innovations to make you happy.
They include docking capability on pull-out and pull-down spouts, single and duel heads, spray control, child safety features and automatic switch off.
Choose from finishes that include matte or polished versions of black, titanium, rose and yellow gold. Faucets manufactured for U.S. distribution all conform to EPA WaterSense flow-rate requirements.
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