Moen vs Delta Faucets: Which is Better?

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If you found your way to this page, you’re probably looking for trustworthy advice on choosing between Delta and Moen faucets.

If that’s the case, this page contains all the information you ever need to choose between the two brands.

Just bear with me, and you’ll be fully prepared to make a smart, data-driven choice in 5-10 minutes.

Who am I to compare Delta and Moen?

In my time as a plumber, I’ve installed hundreds of Delta and Moen faucets.

On top of that, since I started Plumber Spot, I have put together a sizable database on all the quality aspects that make a difference for you as the buyer.

Is it worth comparing them?

Both brands are crème de la crème of the faucet industry, and you probably wouldn’t make a mistake by going with either of them.

But that won’t stop us from investing an extra few minutes to ensure we’re getting the best value for our hard-earned money (“we” being the conservative buyers of the world).

A word about this guide

I’ll do my best to make the information presented below actionable.

I’ll go beyond just comparing the two brands and offer specific product recommendations from both Delta and Moen.

Without much ado, let’s get to work.

Delta vs Moen – The History 

Short History of Delta

Alex Manoogian founded Delta in 1954 when he introduced an innovative single-handle faucet based on the ball valve.

Today, Delta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Masco Corporation family, one of the leading manufacturers of home improvement products.

Short History of Moen

It’s fair to say that Moen has an even more interesting history.

It all started in 1937 when Al Moen burned his hands using a classic two-handle faucet.

That’s when his pursuit of a smarter faucet solution started. The first fruits of those efforts came in 1939 when Al finalized his invention of a single-handle faucet and changed the industry forever.

Moen vs Delta – Head to Head Comparison

The kitchen is the ‘hill worth dying on’ for both brands. They do carry a range of bathroom faucets, but the main battle between the two titans is happening in the kitchen (there’s a sentence I thought I’d never say).

So, let us start there.

Moen vs Delta Kitchen Faucets

We’ll first take a broad approach and narrow it down to specific products in different categories.

Most people searching for “Moen vs. Delta” are looking to compare innovative tech, so let’s investigate that.

Features & Technologies

This is probably where the “meat” of this comparison is.

Along with a few others, Delta & Moen are spearheading the innovations in the industry with their proprietary patented technologies.

Most of these sound like they belong on a space shuttle and not in your kitchen, so I’ll try to cut through the clutter of industry terminology.

I’ll try to explain what the technologies mean for your day-to-day.

1. Activation

(MotionSense & U by Moen by Moen vs Touch20 & VoiceIQ by Delta)

Now, that’s a mouthful.

Don’t get spooked by it – it’s just names the brands use to describe the technologies they use to make your kitchen life easier.

Gone are the days where greasy hands were a problem.

Today, faucets from brands like Moen and Delta understand what you want to do and adjust to your actions.

However, there are slight differences in the approach to kitchen faucet activation between Moen and Delta.

Let’s break it down.

Moens Approach

Moen uses MotionSense™ in most of their kitchen faucets, and they give you the option to choose between units equipped with one or two sensors.

The one-sensor kitchen faucets (MotionSense) are simpler and allow you to turn the water on and off by waving your hand.

Two Sensor units give you even more flexibility by adding to the number of tasks you can complete without touching the faucet, like starting the flow by placing a glass underneath the faucet.

Finally, there’s the U by Moen™ smart faucets. This series from Moen is advertised with two slogans.

“What If You Could Control Water? – With Your Voice.” is the first.

It might sound like you they’re talking about another run-of-the-mill voice-controlled faucet.

The second slogan, however, tells a more complete story.

“Say hello to your new kitchen assistant.”

Let me explain what they mean by that…

It’s not just about saying “on” or “off” – faucets like that are a dime a dozen today.

A Moen smart faucet will understand a sentence like “Dispense one cup of water at 100 degrees.”

The best part – it works great every time. Naturally, you can still go a step back and use hand gestures or the handle.

Faucets with tech like this are not cheap, but it’s one of those things that makes you forget the money you spent on it within the first few days of use.

That’s at least what I’ve seen in my work.

Delta’s Approach

Delta’s Touch2O is comparable to Moen’s MotionSense.

They do pretty much the same thing – activate the faucet without touching the handle.

The slight difference is that, with Delta, you actually have to touch the faucet while Moen reacts to touchless motion.

On the other hand, Voice IQ is Delta’s response to Moen smart faucets – both giving you the option to tell your faucet precisely what you want it to do.

With the more “basic” models that don’t include voice control, it all comes down to your habits.

Some people will find it easier to wave a hand and some to touch the kitchen faucet.

In that price range, my personal preference is Delta’s Touch technology.

I believe it’s the more elegant solution.

If you have a ton of soap on your hands and don’t want to drip around the kitchen, touching the faucet with your wrist might be easier than waving, but that’s just me.

On the high-end, I prefer Moen’s smart faucets because the integration is a peg more seamless and flexible.

Winner: Tie

2. Flow of Moen and Delta Kitchen Faucets

In terms of flow control and the potential to “increase” pressure and focus the stream, I’d give Moen’s POWER CLEAN technology a minor edge.

Moen advertises this feature by saying that it gives you “50 percent more spray power.”

I haven’t measured that, but it definitely does make a difference.

The best part is, even the faucets in Moen’s lower price range come equipped with Power Clean.

Winner: Moen

3. Cleaning and Maintenance

Delta’s Touch-Clean spray holes are great, especially if you live in a hard-water area and mineral and residue-buildup is common.

So, in terms of day-to-day cleaning, Delta takes the cake.

In the long term, my experience is that the maintenance costs of Moen and Delta faucets are too close to compare.

Winner: Tie

4. Moen vs Delta Kitchen Faucet Designs

Comparing the design is somewhat of a moot point because we’re talking about two giants with products in every style and design you can think of, from classic and vintage to minimalist modern.

Winner: Tie

5. Installation

Installation of both Moen and Delta kitchen faucets is pretty simple, but I’d give this one to Delta.

Moen’s Duralock quick connect system is pretty simple but can be challenging to install if the distance between the wall and the supply line is small.

Delta’s two-screw system is just as easy to install in ‘normal’ circumstances and easier if you’re working in a tight space.

Winner: Delta

6. Sprayer Connection at High Pressures

In my experience, both sprayers performed well at high pressures. But I do have a bit more confidence in the Moen sprayer connection.

Winner: Moen

7. Finishes

Another category where comparing Moen vs. Delta is highly subjective.

Both Moen and Delta come in a range of finishes that will meet the needs of the pickiest buyers, no matter what their taste is.

With the Moen’s Spot Resist Finish to Delta’s SpotShield (designed to minimize water spots) and from Moen’s Mediterranean or Oil-rubbed Bronze to Delta’s Venetian Bronze, it’s highly unlikely that the finish will play a role in the joust between the two brands.

One caveat 

If you’re going with glossy stainless steel, Delta’s Brilliance® could be a better choice in the long run, especially if you’re in the habit of cleaning your kitchen faucet with aggressive detergents.

Winner: Tie

8. Warranty

Both Delta and Moen offer a limited lifetime warranty on most of their faucets with separate warranties on electronic parts.

The one caveat is that Moen’s warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by installing the unit wrong. That’s not a big deal because, with the Duralock quick-connect, there’s very little chance of that happening.

Winner: Tie

9. Weight System in Pull-Down Faucets

This is a very narrow quality category, but I felt compelled to include it because there are still some Delta models with older weight designs.

To be blunt, these were not great. They compromised the docking too much.

The products I’m recommending have moved away from the problematic design.

It’s something to be aware of when researching the units I didn’t cover in my guides.

Winner: Tie

10. Supply Lines

Both supply lines have zero problems handling high pressure.

Moen wins it by a hair in terms of installation and maintenance because they’re more flexible and easier to work with.

Winner: Moen

11. Cartridges of Moen and Delta

Exposing the cartridges from the two companies to high pressures (800+ PSI) results in leaks with both brands, with slightly more damage in the Delta cartridge.

Bear in mind that normal kitchen pressure is between 40 and 60 PSI and the numbers I’m talking about here are extreme.

Still, this one goes to Moen.

Winner: Moen

Specific Moen and Delta Faucets – Compared

Choosing which faucets to compare head-to-head is tricky because we don’t want to compare apples to oranges.

So, I took a statistical approach here – I’ll work under the assumption that a unit’s popularity is solid grounds to pit it against similar popularity numbers from the other brand.

For example, according to customer reviews, the two most popular kitchen units from the two brands are Moen Arbor and Delta Leland.

Moen and Delta’s Most Popular Models – Arbor vs Leland

Leland is the Delta faucet with the highest number of user reviews, and it’s at the same price point as the Arbor, which also happens to be the most popular model from Moen.

At a similar price point and water flow rate, the basic units without any frills cost almost the same.

If you choose the touch-activated versions, the 1-sensor unit of the Moen Arbor costs a tad less than the Delta Leland, while the 2-sensor costs a bit more.

If you go with the high-end, voice-controlled units, Delta Leland costs more.

Most importantly, the customer satisfaction numbers are similar (eerily so), with approximately 8 out of every 10 owners giving both units full 5 stars.

The same applies to all price ranges

It doesn’t take much research to spot a pattern – what I said about the Arbor and Leland above applies to all categories and styles.

If you’re looking for a kitchen faucet with a bit more modern pizzaz to it, you’ll find the Delta Pivotal and the Moen Nio.

Again, similar design, similar features, comparable price points, and over 80% of owners rating the faucets with full five stars.

What it means for you

It’s good news because it means that if your dilemma is “Delta vs. Moen,” you’re not likely to make a mistake by choosing either.

It also means that instead of focusing on brands first, your faucet comparison should focus on the type of kitchen sink faucet you need and how much you’re comfortable paying.

Once you have those answers down, you can move on and look at specific models.

Note: If you’re looking for a cheaper kitchen faucet, you’re probably better off with Delta because their product range is more diverse at lower price points.

Moen vs Delta: Which is Better?

There’s no simple answer to that. The comparison is one of two Goliaths in the industry.

In terms of price Delta offer a more diverse range of products at a low price point but in terms of quality Moen and Delta offer very similar faucets. It’s all up to preference and personal taste.

I’m more than happy to recommend to you either of these brands! As both of them are in our best kitchen faucets review.

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