Moen is one of the biggest names in kitchen faucets and has a pretty excellent reputation. In fact, at least one Moen faucet makes it onto just about every kitchen faucet round-up we write.
Homeowners love them for their excellent quality, functionality, and durability.
But even if you know you want to go with a Moen faucet for your kitchen, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. Their selection is huge and with so many options to choose from, trying to narrow down your options is overwhelming.
Fortunately for you, we’ve assembled this guide to make things easier. We’ll talk a bit about what makes Moen faucets so good, the different types of faucets that Moen offers, and how to choose the right Moen faucet for you.
Then we’ll go over our top five picks from Moen to help you make your choice.
Moen Incorporated was started by inventor Al Moen.
One of the most distinguishing aspects of Moen’s history is that Al Moen actually invented the single-handle faucet. He got the idea back in 1937 after he burnt his hand with hot water while using a two-handle faucet. He finished his design in 1939 and manufacturing began in 1947.
To this day, virtually all Moen faucets, whether for the kitchen, bathroom sink, or bathtub, still use the single handle design. (But if you are looking for a two-handle design, don’t worry. We’ve included one in our recommendations below.)
In the past, most Moen faucets have used brass or plastic cartridges to control water flow. These days, however, they use a ceramic disc cartridge, because ceramic is more durable and corrosion-resistant.
In addition, Moen is dedicated to balancing environmental responsibility with product performance, so many of their faucets boast a low water flow rate (all of the ones on this list have a 1.5 GPM flow rate) without sacrificing water pressure.
Another great feature is the Duralock Quick Connect installation system, found on most Moen faucets. This system allows you to quickly and easily attach the water lines with no tools required, so there’s no need to call a plumber to get your faucet installed.
Moen faucets are also available in a variety of finishes and aesthetic styles so there are options for virtually any home. And almost all kitchen faucets are available in spot resist Stainless Steel finish and some in a SpotResist Brushed Nickel finish too.
SpotResist finishes prevent water spots and another hard water buildup to keep your faucet looking its best.
Finally, all Moen products are protected by a limited lifetime warranty. However, on sinks with electronic components, such as motion sensors, those components have a five-year warranty.
The rest of the sink is still covered by a lifetime warranty though.
What Are The Different Types Of Moen Kitchen Faucets?
The main difference in the types of Moen kitchen faucets is the spray head. Moen faucets can have a pull-down sprayer, a pull-out sprayer, or a separate sprayer.
A pull-down sprayer is attached to the end of a faucet with a high arc spout. The angle of the spout means that to use the sprayer, you pull it down from the end of the spout.
A pull-out faucet is similar but is attached to the end of a faucet with a shallower angle. As such, it pulls out from the end of the faucet.
Pull-out faucets may also have more handles to them to make them more ergonomic to use.
Separate sprayers aren’t attached to the spout at all. They have their own separate hole in the countertop (or sometimes the deck plate).
Activating the sprayer still reroutes the water from the spout though, so they aren’t totally independent from the faucet.
How Do Moen Kitchen Faucets Work?
We’ve established that almost all Moen kitchen faucets are single-handle kitchen faucets, but let’s go more into exactly what that means.
These faucets use a single handle to control both water temperature and flow. They have a single cartridge that controls the flow of both hot and cold water.
Turning the handle, and therefore the cartridge along with it, one way widens the section of the cartridge through which the hot water flows, allowing more to come into the spout. Rotating it the other way does the same thing for cold water, allowing more to flow into the spout.
The hot and cold water mix within the faucet after exiting the cartridge.
Similarly, lifting the handle opens both sections, allowing more water of both temperatures to enter the spout. Lowering it reduces the water flow and lowering it completely turns the water off.
What Do You Look For In The Best Kitchen Faucet From Moen?
When choosing a kitchen faucet, durability and functionality are among the top concerns. However, with Moen faucets, there’s already something of a guarantee of durability.
Functionality, on the other hand, is a bit more subjective. With that in mind, there are a few things to consider when choosing a Moen kitchen faucet.
The faucet’s dimensions are one of the most important parts of functionality. The spout height, measured from the base of the faucet to the spout, should generally be tall enough to fit your largest pots, vases, pitchers, etc. underneath.
However, you can also use a sprayer to fill large containers, in which case you can get away with a lower spout. If you have a separate pot filler, that also gives you the freedom to choose a lower spout.
You also need to consider the spout reach, which is the horizontal measurement from the center of the faucet’s base to the center of the stream. The spout reach needs to be far enough to give you enough room for washing, rinsing, and filling containers without banging against the back of the sink or having to awkwardly balance or position items to get them under the stream of water.
And speaking of stream, you’ll also want to consider the different spray modes your faucet offers. At a minimum, you can expect a faucet with a sprayer to offer an aerated stream and a higher pressure rinse spray.
However, some have additional modes.
For example, some Moen faucets offer Boosted Rinse and Boosted Stream modes. They’re similar to the above, but with greater water flow to offer more pressure and fill large containers faster.
Some Moen faucets have a Pause function that allows you to momentarily stop water flow without having to turn the faucet off completely.
This brings us to the next factor: the faucet controls. As we already know, almost all Moen faucets have a single handle design. However, some faucets also offer additional options for controlling the faucet.
Faucets with Moen MotionSense technology allow for hands-free activation thanks to integrated motion sensors. U by Moen smart faucets even allow for voice control.
Style & Finish
One final factor to consider is the appearance of the faucet. Obviously, you want your faucet to work for your lifestyle, but you also want it to look good in your home.
Consider the style of your cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and other kitchen features. Choose a faucet in a style and finish that coordinates well with these other elements.
Best Moen Kitchen Faucets Reviewed
Now that you know more about Moen kitchen faucets, let’s talk about the best kitchen faucet that Moen has to offer.
1. Arbor One-Handle High Arc MotionSense Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
The Moen Arbor One-Handle High Arc MotionSense Pulldown Kitchen Faucet is one of Moen’s most widely recommended faucets, so it’s no surprise that it earned the top spot here too.
This faucet uses Moen’s MotionSense technology, which incorporates Motion activation for hands-free use. It also incorporates Moen’s Power Clean technology, which boosts spray power by 50 percent compared to Moen faucets without Power Clean.
The gooseneck spout houses the Reflex system, which makes it try to move and retract the sprayer smooth and simple.
If you’re looking for a more high-end faucet, the Align MotionSense Wave Pulldown Kitchen Faucet is a great option. Like our top pick, the Align is a touchless kitchen faucet with motion sensors.
The Align, however, is a commercial-style faucet, giving it a more professional, modern, and somewhat industrial feel. This faucet comes in Spot Resist Stainless, Black Stainless, Matte Black, and Chrome finishes.
The faucet comes ready to accept 6 AA batteries to power the electronic components, but you can also purchase a separate AC adapter.
Great for lots of dishes or washing large pots and pans
This last faucet is unique from the others that we’ve discussed in that it has a pullout design.
Like most of the other faucets we’ve discussed, the Camerist One-Handle Low Arc Pullout Kitchen Faucet is a single lever faucet. And like the Arbor and Brantford faucets, it also incorporates Moen’s Reflex system.
The design is simple but modern and the Camerist is available in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Chrome, and Spot Resist Stainless finishes. A matching deck plate is included.
All of these are excellent faucets, but if you’re still not sure, be sure to look at Moen’s other kitchen faucets as well. And don’t forget that Moen also makes other great fixtures for your kitchen too!
Another advantage of going with a Moen faucet is the option to add a coordinating beverage faucet. These are small cold water taps that can be outfitted with a filtration system for pure, fresh-tasting drinking water.