There is a very unfortunate certification for faucets which is named “lead-free” but means the faucet can contain 0.25% lead. If you are concerned about lead you want to look for 100% lead-free faucets.
The ones I have seen that are 100% lead-free are made of 100% solid stainless steel.
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Options for 100% Lead-Free Faucets:
- MGS an Italian company makes 100% stainless steel faucets (pricy). They made some bathroom fixtures free of brass as well as kitchen. Single hole mixer bathroom fixtures do not have any brass inside.
- Nivito in Canada
- Bay Castle makes 100% stainless faucets.
- Trywell makes a 100% stainless steel spigot for RO systems. Affordable.
- Waterstone has some stainless steel options (100% stainless) and their options with brass use brass made without lead or bismuth.
- Signature Hardware, Bennet
- Build Essentials from Build with Ferguson
- Kraus Purita made with lead-free brass, it says 100% lead free on Amazon but in an email they said it only complies with the 0.2% law.
- Delta uses PEX lines in their faucets so there is no contact between the metal and the water.
- American Standard has replaced the lead in brass with bismuth. Though they say the faucets still have trace amounts of lead. But lead-free brass is a definite improvement.
Next Best Options
If you cannot source a 100% lead-free faucet you can add a certified filter to the tap like this Brita one which will remove lead.
It’s ideal to also have a whole house system or reverse osmosis (RO) as well to remove contaminants.
The type of system needed depends on if you are on city or well water, and which contaminants your water contains.
If you are on well water, a RO or charcoal system is not advised without having a primary UV or ceramic filter to take care of microbes first.