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The Best Single-Lever Faucets

Last updated on January 10, 2024
Best Single Lever Faucet

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Our Picks For The Top Single Lever Faucets

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Product Overview
Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Delta Faucet Modern Single Handle Chrome Bathroom Faucet

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Delta Faucet

Modern Single Handle Chrome Bathroom Faucet

You'll get a water-saving, classy design with this bathroom faucet, which has a chrome finish. Everything you need to install the faucet is included, with support for single-hole or 3-hole, 4-inch configurations. If you have a 3-hole design, you'll need to purchase a deck plate before you can install it.

Overall Take

Water-Saving DesignThis bathroom faucet is built to use at least 20% less water than standard faucets.

 Runner Up

BWE Chrome Bathroom Faucet Waterfall Sink

BWE

Chrome Bathroom Faucet Waterfall Sink

With a clear, steady laminar stream, you'll get a consistent water flow each time. Designed for use in bathrooms, this faucet has a single handle that makes it easy to adjust the temperature and flow using just one hand. Available in seven different finishes, you'll get corrosion prevention, as well as resistance to fingerprints and smudges.

Overall Take

Seven Different FinishesYou'll get your choice of seven different finishes, including black, brushed gold, brushed nickel, chrome, copper, gold and oil-rubbed bronze.

 Strong Contender

Hoimpro Modern Single Handle 360 Rotate Spout Wet Bar Sink Faucet

Hoimpro

Modern Single Handle 360 Rotate Spout Wet Bar Sink Faucet

You'll have full washing range with this rotating faucet and spout. The stainless steel construction is rust-resistant. The faucet has a brushed nickel finish.

Overall Take

Full Washing RangeThe faucet body and spout can rotate 360 degrees.

 Runner Up

Lordear 360 Degree Single Handle Bar Sink Faucet

Lordear

360 Degree Single Handle Bar Sink Faucet

Designed for kitchens, this faucet features a leak-resistant design and durable build. The ceramic disc valve gives the handle a smooth glide while also ensuring it holds up over many uses. The spout is designed to provide a consistent spray without getting in the way of taller pots.

Overall Take

High-Arch SpoutThe high-arch sprout of this kitchen faucet keeps it well out of the way while you're washing taller pots.

Buying Guide

Your home faucets likely get a lot of use daily. In the kitchen, your faucet helps you wash your veggies and clean your dishes, and it might provide your drinking water. You need a kitchen faucet that offers a steady, strong stream of water, but it’s also important to make sure you have enough clearance for your tallest pots and pans.

For the bathroom, appearance is important, but functionality is an even bigger priority. You might not need as strong a stream as you will in the kitchen, but it’s still important to have a steady stream of water. In both the kitchen and bathroom, there’s value in having one-handed operation of a faucet. In recent years, the dual-knob bathroom faucets of the past have largely been replaced by faucets that require only one hand to control the temperature and stream.

Of course, no matter where your faucet will be going, compatibility is key. Pay close attention to the number of holes that have been drilled into your countertop and find a faucet that supports that design. You’ll also need to measure the distance between the center of the left and right holes, as well as measuring the distance between the hole and the wall behind it. You’ll want to make sure the faucet allows you to turn the knob easily without the wall getting in the way.

What to Look For

  • Water flow can vary dramatically between faucets, and it can be tough to measure that until you have your faucet installed. Your water pressure will also factor into this, but if you install a faucet and the water flow is dramatically different from the faucet that was there before, the faucet itself is likely to blame.
  • In the kitchen, a sprayer can come in handy. At one point, these were installed separately, but today’s kitchen sinks often have a piece you can pull away from the main spout to use for cleaning out the sink itself.
  • You’ll also need a drain plug if your sink doesn’t already have one. Most kitchen faucets don’t include this, but some bathroom faucets provide one that matches the spout.
  • One-handed operation is helpful, especially in the bathroom where one hand is often occupied with items like toothbrushes.
  • There are various types of handles on spouts. Many are designed with a single lever that controls both the temperature and the water pressure. With some, you’ll push up or down to go from cold to hot and pull outward to control the pressure.
  • Touchless faucets can come in handy, but they can be pricier than traditional faucets.

More to Explore

Indoor plumbing has been traced all the way back to ancient Egypt, where a water plumbing system was discovered at the pyramid of Cheops. In fact, archaeologists have unearthed signs of plumbing in Egyptian palaces going all the way back to 2500 B.C. The same material used in plumbing today, copper, was discovered in Egyptian plumbing.

Indoor plumbing didn’t become mainstream until the 1800s, but even then, it got a slow start. For the early part of the 19th century, only the wealthiest households had indoor plumbing. In 1829, the Tremont Hotel in Boston became the first hotel to offer indoor plumbing as an amenity to guests. A few years later, plumbing was installed at the White House.

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