Are you in need of a faucet for a farmhouse kitchen sink?
Maybe you’re working on a kitchen renovation. Maybe your existing faucet has seen better days.
Or maybe you’re just looking for a simple, affordable way to help refresh your kitchen.
Whatever your reason for looking for a farmhouse sink faucet, this buying guide will cover everything you need to know about faucets for farmhouse sinks.
We’ll cover what makes a faucet good for using with a farmhouse sink, what the different types are, how to choose a farmhouse kitchen sink faucet, and, of course, our top five best kitchen faucets for farmhouse sinks.
Farmhouse style kitchen sinks started becoming more popular several years back and show no signs of going out of style. They’re even showing up in kitchens that aren’t otherwise really farmhouse style at all.
So, while a farmhouse kitchen certainly brings to mind a particular decorative style, a faucet for a farmhouse sink doesn’t necessarily need to match that style. In fact, it’s probably best for your faucet to match your kitchen’s overall aesthetic whether that’s farmhouse, industrial, bohemian, or something else.
Even within the farmhouse decorative style there are varying nuances so you might be looking for a faucet that’s more rustic, traditional, or modern, depending on the rest of your kitchen.
Farmhouse sinks can be either drop in or undermount and you should have plenty of faucet options for either style. In fact, most faucets should work with both.
However, if you go with a drop in sink, you’ll want to make sure your sink has at least the same number of holes as the faucet requires. But don’t feel like you have to get a faucet that requires more holes just because you already have them in your sink and/or countertop.
There are tons of different accessories out there that can be used with extra holes, ranging from as affordable as a soap dispenser to as luxurious as an instant hot water dispenser or filtered water dispenser, or you can just cover them up with a deck plat or sink hole cover.
In the next section, we’ll talk about some of the different styles of faucets to help you choose the right one to pair with your farmhouse sink.
What Are The Different Types Of Faucets For Farmhouse Sinks?
There are three major types of faucets that are most often paired with farmhouse sinks.
A bridge faucet is a more traditional-looking style of faucet. These faucets are great for more rustic and vintage-looking kitchens and pair well with classic farmhouse sink materials like fireclay and porcelain.
A bridge faucet has two pipes that come out of the countertop side by side, one for hot water and one for cold water, which joins in the middle of the faucet itself, forming the “bridge.” Bridge faucets can provide an interesting, attractive detail to your kitchen, especially if you need a wall-mounted faucet.
Single Hole Faucets
A single-hole faucet or “old world” faucet, as you can probably guess, only requires one hole out of the counter. The hot and cold water connections may still join within the faucet but travel up into the faucet right next to each other before joining, or they may join underneath the counter before entering the faucet.
Single-hole faucets may have one or two handles for temperature and water flow control, but typically just have one these days. They may have an additional side sprayer, but more commonly have a sprayer that pulls down from the end of the spout.
Single hole faucets are available in a huge variety of different styles but are a particularly great choice for those going for a more contemporary or modern style kitchen.
Commercial Style Faucets
Last up is commercial-style faucets or restaurant-style faucets. These faucets have a longer spout that’s made out of hose, as opposed to the rigid spouts of the other two styles we’ve discussed, allowing the faucet itself to act as the sprayer.
They may also have a second lower spout that’s rigid.
Commercial style faucets tend to offer greater water flow than other faucet styles, so they’re also great for people that cook large portions or hand wash lots of dishes. They also tend to be more heavy-duty and durable than other faucet styles.
Commercial style faucets add an industrial edge to your kitchen’s style, but that doesn’t mean they have to feel cold or clinical. The right finish and style can feel elegant or even homey or luxurious, especially if paired with the right other decorative elements.
What Do You Look For In The Best Farmhouse Sink Faucet?
When choosing a faucet for a farmhouse sink, there are a few things that you need to consider.
A faucet’s appearance is one of the most important features for many homeowners. You need your faucet to match your sink, countertops, and the overall style of your kitchen.
Consider if you’re going for a modern farmhouse kitchen, a more vintage feel, something in between, or something else altogether. What finish will best coordinate with the other features in your kitchen?
Your faucet doesn’t necessarily need to match all other metal elements, but it should at least coordinate and not clash.
Fortunately, no matter what style of faucet you want to go with, you can still get modern kitchen technology.
This brings us to the factor that will actually make the biggest difference in your day to day life:
This covers a number of different features.
A sprayer is one of the most obvious. A side sprayer separate from the main faucet is more traditional, but these days most new sinks use a pull-down sprayer head at the sink’s spout.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
A side spray is more traditional and can fill an extra existing hole in your sink, but pull-down sprayers don’t require a trigger to spray and tend to have higher pressure. They also don’t take up extra space on your countertop.
The water controls are another obvious feature. You can choose a one or two-handle faucet.
Two-handle faucets are the more traditional choice, while most modern faucets only use a single handle. Two handles give you more precise control over the water temperature and flow, but a single handle allows for easier operation with a single hand.
And speaking of flow, the water flow rate is another functional consideration, but because it’s less visual it’s often overlooked.
A lower flow rate should lead to lower water use, but the lower water pressure may end up with you actually using more water to clean off more stubborn messes, especially if you hand wash a lot of dishes. Higher flow rates will also fill up large containers faster.
If you’re just changing the faucet, easy installation is more important, particularly if you don’t know much about DIY plumbing to begin with. On the other hand, if you’re already paying someone to renovate your kitchen, the plumber or contractor probably won’t have too hard of a time figuring out how to install a faucet.
Durability & Construction
Finally, you want a faucet that’s well made and will last you for years to come. It should be well-made from quality materials to stand up to the constant use that kitchen faucets experience.
The faucet should be drip-free and shouldn’t leak or corrode.
Best Kitchen Faucets For Farmhouse Sinks Reviewed
Now let’s talk about our favorite kitchen faucets for farmhouse sinks.
One of the main advantages of the Moen Arbor Touchless One-Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet is the MotionSense technology. It allows you to turn on the water hands-free, which is great for when your hands are full or dirty.
There are two motion sensors, one on the top of the faucet and one on the front of the base, for extra versatility. There is, of course, a lever handle as well.
This faucet comes in Chrome, Matte Black, Oil-rubbed Bronze, and Spot Resistant Stainless finishes and is also available with standard, single sensor, or voice controls.
Limited lifetime warranty on trim and five year warranty on electronics
Some buyers report that the faucet may begin to leak after a few years
3. Moen Waterhill Two-Handle Traditional Bridge Kitchen Faucet With Side Sprayer (Best High End)
Our best high-end recommendation, the Moen Waterhill, is also the only bridge faucet on the list.
It has a two-handle design, which allows you to make more precise adjustments to the water temperature and flow rate. This elegant faucet features a lovely curved spout with an aerated stream, as well as a separate handheld side spray hose.
The faucet can be installed with or without the side sprayer.
This faucet comes in Chrome, Spot Resistant Stainless, Oil-rubbed Bronze, and Wrought Iron finish, but the latter two are especially well suited for creating a timeless, antique effect.
Limited lifetime warranty
Duralock quick connect system
Some may find the waterflow to be too slow
Sprayer may sit crooked
Some buyers have had problems with the sprayer dripping while using the faucet
5. Kraus Artec Pro Commercial Style Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet
Our last recommendation is the Kraus Artec Pro Commercial Style Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet.
This faucet has a pull-down spray head with magnetic docking as well as a secondary swivel pot filler. The pre-rinse sprayer features a powerful spray to remove tough messes from dishes before putting them in your dishwasher.
QuickConnect allows you to easily attach water lines for quick, convenient installation while the solid brass body and stainless steel spring spout for durability.
The Kraus Artec Pro is available in nine different finish options and can be purchased alone or with a deck plate or soap dispenser.
And that brings us to a close on the best faucets for farmhouse sinks.
The Moen Arbor Motionsense Kitchen Faucet is our favorite because of its versatile design and touchless convenience, but all of these sinks are great options. The Moen Waterhill Bridge Faucet is a great option for a more traditional, vintage look, while the WEWE Single Handle High Arc Kitchen Faucet is great for shoppers on a budget.
The Delta Faucet Leland provides a transitional feel that works well with both modern and traditional kitchens and the Kraus Artec Pro provides a stylish commercial option with enough finishes to choose from to provide choices for virtually any kitchen.
You can’t go wrong with any of them, though, so just go with the faucet with the features, looks, and price tag that best fits your particular needs.