5 Kitchen Faucet Trends (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 28, 2018  |  3 Min. Read

Faucets  |  Kitchen Lighting

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We show about 60 faucets and sinks in Dorchester and about 42 in Framingham including the ones in our live kitchens. However, it’s time to remodel our showrooms (again). We have spent quite a bit of time researching the latest trends in faucets.

If you are renovating, most appliances are stainless, black stainless or paneled. We have noticed most tend to go with a gray granite and white tile backsplash for their kitchen.

One way to distinguish your style and kitchen from your like-minded neighbors is from your lighting and plumbing selection. In this article, we’ll cover emerging trends, new products, and a few classic faucets.

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Unfortunately, all we show are classic styles in our showrooms. That will change by April, because it is boring and visually unappealing. There are plenty of new products.

Here are some emerging faucet trends to consider.

Semi-Commercial Faucets

Semi-Commercial Faucet - Houzz Kitchen

Semi-Commercial Faucets are often found with a professional range. It makes sense, because professional ranges emulate commercial ranges. Even slide-in ranges look more commercial these days.

Look at the Waterstone Gantry and other faucets from Kalia, Rohl, and Franke.


Distressed Polished Brass

Brass Trends - Houzz Kitchen

Distressed Polished Brass is the new finish. 

(I love this kitchen, BTW. See how the faucet matches the door pulls and the lighting all with an excellent contrast).

When I started at Yale in 1986, polished brass was the finish in lighting. Nothing was close. Then, the trend went towards the metallic finishes like satin, polished nickel, chrome or stainless sell.

Now you see more brass than ever. You can and should be comfortable with mixing finishes like stainless appliances and brass plumbing fixtures.

Black Steel and Oil Rubbed Bronze 

Photo by Habitat by Resene - Houzz

Black Steel accounts for 30% of the appliance packages. The faucet is an elegant departure from stainless. You will see many black faucets paired with brass lights in interior magazines or online.

Oil rubbed bronze is a great finish especially with traditional and dark wood cabinetry.

Oil-rubbed bronze- Houzz Kitchen

Bridge Faucets

Bridge Faucets

Bridge Faucets are now the faucet of choice for traditional and apron front sinks. A bridge faucet is defined as a faucet attached to both hot and cold controls.

Rohl and Perrin and Rowe manufacture the best bridge faucets, which are now popular for traditional adaptations.

Steve's Sink and Faucet

I bought this Waterstone faucet not too long ago. The instant hot was a great addition to my kitchen for making formula for my then baby. It is also great for teas. The air switch to the right allows you to turn on the disposer right at the sink.

You can also buy water purifiers, instant hot and cold water, as well as soap dispensers.


If you do not want something trendy, then a polished or satin nickel pull down is still incredibly popular. We probably show 90 of these combined in both showrooms.

Final Words

The best brands you should consider are Waterstone, Kalia, Rohl, Perrin and Rowe, and Franke. You will see these brands and the latest trends at Yale by April 2018.

Lastly, remember, kitchen plumbing is a great way to separate your project with others’ kitchen designs. Don’t be afraid to try a new finish or mix finishes in your kitchen.

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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