Imagine carrying on your daily kitchen activities without a faucet! Well, neither can we.
Being the only thing which channels water from your rusty plumbing to your hands in a smooth, satisfying micro-shower, faucets deserve more love than they’ve been getting.
If you find yourself to have neglected your faucets all this while, now is a good time for a fresh start. Fortunately, Moen makes some good faucets which you and your kitchen will appreciate!
While choosing the perfect faucet from Moen’s massive lineup can be difficult, we’ve selected the best three products for you to consider to make your life easier.
But first, a little about the brand itself.
Moen was founded by Al Moen, a resident of Seattle who, on an evening in 1937, burnt his hands a little as he accidentally turned on the hot water on his two-handle faucet. Inspired by this mishap, Al pioneered the single-handle faucet, something that would cement Moen’s position as a key industry player.
Since then, Moen has continued to innovate and bring original and effective products to the market, and their current lineup reflects not only their commitment to quality but also the variety they offer.
Moen offers faucets for a wide variety of applications. They manufacture them for your sink, for bars and for niche categories such as beverage faucets and laundry faucets.
Their models are available in two spout types, namely pulldown and pullout spouts. Pulldown spouts have a traditional “HighArc” shape and are best suited for cooking, whereas the shorter pullout spouts are best suited for modern bathroom sinks.
The faucets are available in a large variety of finishes (too many to list here!) and the quality of the finish on the ones we reviewed is excellent. Spouts are available in HighArc and LowArc styles.
A vast majority of Moen’s models are available for mounting on your deck only but a few are available as wall mount faucets as well. Similarly, a vast majority of them are one-handle faucets but you can get a few two-handle (and even a hands-free item!) faucets as well.
Moen has something for light, medium, and heavy-duty applications, with flow rates ranging from 0.7 gallons-per-minute to unrestricted rates.
Now, onto three of Moen’s best.
Moen Kitchen Faucet Reviews 2020
Single Handle Pull-Down
12.2 x 8 x 3.5 inches
Single Handle Pull-Down
15.5 x 7.9 x 2.3 inches
Single Handle Pull-Down
22.5 x 10 x 2.1 inches
Single Handle Pull-Down
24.1 x 12.2 x 3.8 inches
Arbor One-Handle High-Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
The Arbor continues Moen’s single-handle faucet legacy. It is available in a single high-arc style only and four different colors, namely chrome, matte black, oil-rubbed bronze, and spot-resist stainless.
The Arbor brings with it a whole host of features. It has Moen’s new Power Clean technology, which provides 50 percent more spray power when compared to faucets without the technology.
We tested faucets with and without the technology, and while we’re not sure about a 50 percent hike, there is a noticeable improvement.
The faucet also features a Pulldown Reflex system, which allows the hose to extend up to 68 inches for convenience. The hose is also self-retracting, meaning you won’t have to fiddle with it to get it back into place. We found the retractable hose to be an absolute boon as it eliminates hassle to a great extent.
Unfortunately, what we didn’t like was the quality of the hose, so it seems fitting that others have complained of their hoses cracking and leaking. You’ll have to be careful while operating it.
The faucet also sports a Duralock quick connect system, which makes light work of installation. Speaking of installation, the faucet can install over one or three-hole countertop configurations.
The flow rate is a claimed 1.5 gallons-per-minute, and the spout reaches 7.88 inches.
- Pulldown Reflex technology for minimum hassle
- 68-inch extendable hose
- Power Clean technology for better cleaning
- Duralock system for simple installation
- Variety of color options and beautiful finish
- Hose quality needs to be improved
- Not available in other styles
Brantford One-Handle High-Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
The Brantford is another top-class product from Moen. It is available in the high-arc style only and three different colors; chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and spot-resist stainless (no matte-black color option here).
Spec-for-spec, the Brantford is similar to the Arbor, which means it comes with Power Spray technology for increased spray power, Pulldown Reflex technology for greater convenience, a hose length of 68 inches and Duralock for easy installation over single or triple-hole countertops.
However, the Brantford does have an additional feature over the Arbor. It has dual spray modes, the first mode being a consistent aerated stream while the second is a more intense stream for rinsing.
Unfortunately, like the Arbor, the extendable hose is quite flimsy and prone to cracking, making usage tricky and demanding caution from the user.
We found the finish to be gorgeous, especially when we tried the spot-resistant stainless model. It does not accumulate any dirt or grime on it whatsoever, meaning you will spend less time cleaning it and more time using it. This faucet will complement even the most beautiful of kitchens.
The faucet accepts ⅜ inch size connection hoses, and water consumption rate is 1.5 gallons-per-minute.
- Available in three color options
- Power Spray technology for better cleaning
- Pulldown Reflex technology and a 68-inch hose for those hard-to-reach crevices
- Duralock system for easy installation
- Two spray modes for flexibility
- Beautiful fit and finish
- The hose is weak and prone to cracking
- Only one style available
5923bl Align One-Handle Pre-Rinse Spring Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
The 5923bl is a true oddball. It is oddly named, and it looks odd. However, that is no reason to discount this faucet; rather, its quirky nature is all for function and utility.
It is, as expected, available in a single high-arc style and three different colors; chrome, spot-resist stainless, and matte black.
The extended spout offers four times the reach of conventional residential faucets at 10 inches. The hose is ultra-flexible and pulls down to make light work of difficult to clean items.
It features the aforementioned Power Clean technology for superior cleaning and Duralock technology for simple installation. It sports the dual spray modes that the Brantford featured. The hose, the Achilles’ heel of the other two models, seems to have been reinforced and didn’t appear as flimsy as those of the previous models.
The rest is typical Moen fare, with the flow rate being rated at 1.5 gallons-per-minute. You should choose this faucet if you’re looking for something which is built to last and has a slightly industrial aesthetic.
- Duralock technology for easy installation
- Reinforced hose for heavy duty
- Available in three colors
- Extended spout reach
- Dual spray modes
- Industrial aesthetic may not appeal to all
- Only a single style available
Zabelle One-Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
Pulldown reflex system
Moen Zabelle comes with a long hose for infinite maneuverability that makes the everyday kitchen tasks more manageable. When you’re preparing a meal, you’ll find several reasons for using the sink, whether it’s for washing vegetables or utensils.
And with a pulldown faucet, it gets even more convenient to get the work done. After you’re done with washing, you can just let go of the hose, and it will return to its original position, docking securely and smoothly.
The Zabelle range features a high arc design that provides the required height and reach to clean and fill large ports quickly. Plus, the pull-down spray head system makes it easy to wash dishes of all sizes.
Most of the faucets by Moen comes equipped with the power clean spray technology which helps to reduce the residual water by a substantial amount from inside and around the sink. It also consists of a single handle that makes it more convenient to set the required temperature and water pressure without having two separate handles.
You can adjust the water flow easily that makes it suitable for heavy-duty cleaning, and that’s mainly because it supports a high amount of pressure.
And the best part? The design ensures that even if you’re using the faucet at the highest speed, there won’t be any splashbacks if the faucet head is secured correctly. The spray power is relatively higher than the other faucets that are found in the market. Nevertheless, this is one of the main advantages of purchasing this unit because it delivers exceptional efficiency.
Fast and easy installation
It features a quick-connect installation system that eliminates the need for professional services to install the faucet. On top of that, it has an entirely hassle-free installation, making it a bonus for its price range. This pulldown faucet can be fixed in place within a maximum of 10 minutes without using any tool.
If you’re looking for a faucet that has a DIY-friendly installation procedure which is quick and easy, then this unit will most likely suit your needs.
This is possible due to the Duralock installation system that allows you to connect the water lines in one single step securely. All in all, the operation is as simple as the installation process that helps to enhance the efficiency of this unit even further.
What could’ve been better?
Although we like the functionality of this unit and its overall design, there is one downside that is worth mentioning: it’s the hose feature.
If the faucet is adjusted to high-pressure spray and the faucet is turned on, splashing is the main result. This can be quite annoying, especially when it gets challenging to attach the hose smoothly to the spout.
However, this is not a dealbreaker at any cost because if the faucet is handled carefully, then you won’t have to face such issues regularly.
- Doesn’t get dirty quickly due to its matte finish
- Sleek design and flexible functionality
- Simple and straightforward installation process
- Easy to operate
- It can be challenging at times to reattach the faucet head to the spout
Moen, an industry leader in the faucet industry, has an illustrious history marked by innovation and improvement. Their latest models live up to their reputation, and any of the three models mentioned here would be perfect for your designer kitchen.