The kitchen faucet: a piece that can easily be overlooked by a design novice when it is, in reality, one of the centerpieces of your kitchen.

Think about it, few items need to serve both an aesthetic and a useful function like the faucet does. You're likely using it all day, every day and if it doesn't have a clean, appealing look to it — well, you're going to be explaining to a lot of guests that the water is actually "okay to drink."

Yikes.

If your old faucet could use an upgrade, that is a splurge we are fully behind! That expensive new backsplash can take a backseat to this kitchen necessity. But, honestly, you might be wondering where to even begin.

No one really teaches us how to choose the best faucet, right?

Well, to help you choose the perfect faucet for your needs, we've compiled the Top 5 selections of the year, complete with prices, stats, finishes, and anything else you'll need to know.

1. Moen Arbor Motionsense Touchless

If you love having the most up-to-date tech in your home, then this may be the faucet for you. The Moen Arbor is a touchless faucet, which means it automatically turns on and off when it senses motion. And with two high-tech sensors for a speedy response, there won't be any flappy your hands around, waiting for the faucet to pick up your movement!

The Moen Arbor produces 1.5 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) and it's easy to install without hiring a professional; it can adapt to either one or three holes and comes with a Duralock quick connect system for simple installation.

You can get this tech-savvy model for $350 on Amazon.

2. Delta Leland 9178-AR-DST

An Amazon's Choice product, this brass pull-down provides a 1.8 GPM for just $178 on Amazon (down from nearly $360.) Now that's a deal.

The Delta comes with Diamond Seal Technology which makes DIY installation less of a hassle and helps your faucet perform like new for life, reducing leak points and lasting twice as long as the industry standard. This model also uses a powerful integrated magnet that keeps your spray wand firmly in place so it stays docked when not in use and doesn’t droop over time.

Also, just a side note, the "Venetian Bronze" finish is absolutely stunning.

3. American Standard 4175.300.002 Colony

Looking for a new, high-functioning faucet for a little less? Then you'll love what the American Standard has to offer.

This lead-free, brass pull-down provides an incredible 2.2 GPM, for only $111 on Amazon. Yep, you read that right.

Not only that, but this model is incredibly easy to install yourself! Talk about plenty of bang for your buck.

4. Delta 9113-AR-DST Essa

The "pros" list for this faucet goes on and on. With 1.8 GPM, the Delta model works with one or three holes and has a convenient, magnetic docking spray head. Not only that, but it comes with a lifetime warranty, so you'll be set with an incredible faucet for life.

Its high-arc spout swivels 360 degrees for complete sink access and the Touch-Clean Spray Holes make mineral build-up easy to remove. All this for only $179 on Amazon, down from the original $200.

5. KOHLER K-596-VS

There's a lot to love when it comes to this stainless steel faucet — such as a 1.8 GPM, a three function sprayhead, and MasterClean sprayface that resists mineral buildup and is easy to clean. Say goodbye to obnoxious hard water stains!

Best of all, this amazing faucet is only $205 on Amazon, down from $331. With all the amenities it offers, we definitely see why it was originally priced $126 more, so grab it while the sale is hot.

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