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6 Best Contemporary Kitchen Faucets For 2019 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

October 15th, 2019 | 4 min. read

By Amy Zuckerman

Contemporary Kitchen Faucets At Yale Appliance

contemporary kitchen from Waterstone with a contemporary kitchen faucet

Whether you are remodeling a kitchen, building a new home, or simply replacing your existing faucet, there is a lot to consider before you renovate.

Choosing a kitchen faucet should be one of the most straightforward tasks on your list, and it's often overlooked. Your faucet is one of the most used gadgets in your kitchen.

Thus, you need a faucet that's functional and still visually appealing to match the rest of your kitchen renovation.

In this article, we'll show you the best contemporary faucets to consider and how to choose the right faucet for your home based on durability, affordability, and style.

First, let's talk about contemporary style and how it's applied in kitchen design.

Contemporary Style

Contemporary style is a mix of modern with some traditional elements using clean and sleek shapes. When most kitchens are white cabinets and gray counters, your faucets, lighting, and cabinets become the only points of distinction and personalization.

Now that you have an understanding of contemporary design let's take a look at the five best contemporary faucets.

For more of the best kitchen styles to consider, click here for our free Plumbing Buying Guide with everything you need to know about distinguishing your kitchen space. 

6 Best Contemporary Faucets For 2019

Before we get started, the following faucet is the most popular. It's a simple pull-out faucet that has been popular since the 1990s. We sell this Kalia faucet for $271, and it still looks high-end.

Kaila Surfer Single Handle Faucet

Kaila Surfer Single Handle Faucet Pull-Down Chrome

If you buy this style or faucets in general, you want to inspect for quality. Pull it out if you are looking at a display.

Plumbing is different from appliances in that respect. The decent brands perform similarly, but there is a wide variety of performance in faucets or plumbing in general.

Now check out the following faucets for the best contemporary faucets for 2019. 

Rohl Quartile Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet


Rohl Quartile Pull-Out With Side Lever Kitchen Faucet In Polished Chrome

This faucet looks great with a 10mm radius stainless steel sink, and is $560.

Adding this faucet rounds the edges of your kitchen sink for a soft square design. This design should echo throughout your kitchen and cabinets.

Kalia Sky Bridge Kitchen Faucet

Kaila Sky Bridge Kitchen Contemporary Faucet

Kalia Sky Bridge Kitchen Faucet In Stainless Steel 

The Kaila Skybridge faucet's design gives a wink to the typical industrial style of faucets. This workhorse of a faucet has a bent handle for more hip design. This shape is what I would replicate with your kitchen hardware and your lighting.

It's usually priced between $600-$700. 

Waterstone Hunley Kitchen Faucet


Waterstone Hunley Kitchen Faucet In Chrome

The Waterstone Hunley faucet starts at $1,350.00 and is available in numerous finishes, again made to order for your kitchen. This is a heavy-duty yet substantially sleek faucet usually used in larger kitchens. You need to have the space for this piece to be appropriately admired.

Perrin & Rowe Holborn Kitchen Faucet

Perrin & Rowe Holborn Contemporary Kitchen Faucet

Perrin & Rowe Holborn Kitchen Faucet In Polished Chrome

The Perrin & Rowe Holborn faucet has a crisp square shape. It's simple with some curve in the spout. You can complement this faucet with your hardware and lighting.

Take the fundamental shape of your faucet and subtly carry it throughout the design of your kitchen. You can do this by adding it to your cabinet pulls and accenting it with your light fixtures.

It creates continuity and adds a layer of personalization and uniqueness to your kitchen.

This faucet starts at $1,000 and comes in five finishes. 

Waterstone Industrial Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Waterstone Industrial Pull Down Kitchen Faucet

Waterstone Industrial Pull Down Kitchen Faucet In Bronze

The Waterstone Industrial Pull Down faucet comes in many finish combinations. Each faucet is made to order in the USA.

This beauty starts at $1,500, depending on your finish of choice. It's a visual centerpiece for your kitchen. On an island, faucets do grab most of the attention in your kitchen.

Waterstone Gantry Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Waterstone-Gantry-Pulldown-Contemporary-Kitchen-Faucet-2Waterstone Gantry Pulldown Kitchen Faucet In Chrome

This faucet is unique and functional. It's called the Gantry designed by Chris Kuran and made in the US. The design is based on LA's gantry cranes.

It's a magnificent piece of construction, and it's the highest functioning faucet available. It's part throwback as you have the commercial spray along with another faucet with well designed, good looking contemporary design.

This faucet starts at $3,400. 

For more of the best kitchen faucets to consider, click here for our free Plumbing Buying Guide with everything you need to know about choosing a kitchen faucet and sink. 

Best Contemporary Faucet Finishes

Contemporary Kitchen Faucets At Yale Appliance

Eighty-five percent of new kitchens today have gray counters, white cabinets, and some subway tile.

A way to distinguish your kitchen is through your plumbing, your hardware, and decorative lighting.

You may pay more for appearance, but a faucet with a unique faucet finish adds just enough style to distinguish your kitchen from your friends' kitchens.

Let's look at a few finishes other than chrome or stainless steel before you choose a faucet.

Polished Brass

Polished Brass Kitchen Faucet, Photo Courtesy of HouzzPolished Kitchen Faucet 

When I started 30 years ago, everything was polished. Then nothing was. Now polished is experiencing a limited renaissance but in the uncoated version, more natural and soft tone.

Satin Brass

Satin Brass Kitchen Faucet, Photo Courtesy of Houzz
Satin Brass Kitchen Faucet Finish

Satin, antique or distressed Brass has been popular for a while. It's a contemporary element in a traditional kitchen and a traditional component of a contemporary kitchen. In other words, your kitchen will be a transitional, industry parlance for entertaining.


Bronze Kitchen Faucet, Photo Courtesy of Houzz
Bronze Kitchen Faucet Finish

Once again, bronze can be lighter or darker, and it can distinguish itself in the right kitchen in a contemporary or traditional way. With almost every company on board now you will have many to choose from.

To learn more about the best kitchen faucet finishes, click here for our free Plumbing Buying Guide. 

Which Contemporary Faucet Should You Buy?

All of these faucets are high quality and will last you years. It ultimately depends on what you value.

If you value affordability and durability, Kaila is great for function and style that could serve well in any kitchen for decades.

If you value style, Rohl or Waterstone are great choices. They make great centerpieces in your kitchen.

Our Final Advice

Always look for a faucet from a well-known brand name. There are tons of inexpensive, contemporary styled faucets. However, you want to touch and feel before you buy or check the return policy before you buy online.

Most faucets today offer a "limited lifetime warranty" so you want to make sure they are in business when it comes time to use it.

If you value durability and affordability before style, you can buy a great faucet for $250 that will give years of good service. Kalia offers a great selection of faucets for affordable prices with good quality.

However, if you want a truly unique piece, consider a Waterstone, Rohl, and Perrin & Rowe to separate your kitchen from your neighbors.

Additional Resources

Get the Yale Kitchen Plumbing Guide with plenty of how to’s and pictures to help any kitchen project. Over 600,000 people have already found answers in a Yale guide.

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