The best kitchen faucet overall
The sleek and sturdy Delta Leland Pull-Down Touch2O Kitchen Faucet adds the convenience of touch activation to the versatility of a pull-down spray head.
Pros: Stylish, lifetime warranty on parts and finishes, design reduces valve wear and tear.
Cons: Electronics only have a five-year warranty, batteries need to be replaced every two years.
What really sets the Delta Leland apart from competitors is the Touch2O technology. This allows you to turn on the water by touching anywhere on the spout or handle. I can control the water with my elbow through the entire process of rinsing off the meat, breading it, tossing it in the pan, and then washing my hands.
The Delta spray head’s ergonomic tulip shape is easy to get a grip on, and its magnetic locking system connects it to the spout nice and tight. The head has a rocker-style switch for toggling between settings — standard and sprayer — without having to hold a button down the whole time. A separate button controls the spray-shield setting, which focuses the water into a thin, extra-powerful stream to blast off stuck-on food, while also creating a cone of water around the area to prevent splashing .
I was really surprised by the flexibility of the connector hose. Usually, these are stiff and rubbery. Even with a braided nylon covering, the Delta hose didn’t affect my control at all. The hose length and faucet height make it great for tasks like filling up a big pot of water on the counter, instead of having to place it in the sink.
The drawback of any touch-activated faucet is the need for a power source, and this model requires four AAAA batteries — or you could use the included AC adapter if you have an outlet in your sink cabinet.
In my personal experience replacing faucets — and several plumbers that I spoke with agree — single-handle faucets like this are eventually going to wear out and begin to leak. It’s inevitable. This is why touch activation is a great way to extend the lifespan of your faucet. That being said, if you don’t think you need the touch activation, Delta does make the same faucet in a standard style for a bit cheaper. That model still includes everything else, including the spray shield.
Even with the solenoid (an electromagnet) needed to power the sensor, installation of the Delta Leland Pull-Down Touch2O Kitchen Faucet is pretty straightforward if you have a couple of adjustable pliers on hand and an Allen key. Delta did a nice job with the instruction manual and also has some helpful videos that supplement it nicely.
$289.08 from Amazon
$292.99 from The Home Depot