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The Ultimate Bathroom Faucet Buying Guide

In this blog post, you’ll read:Whether your bathroom is a carefully planned room dedicated to pampering or a used closet, it'll require a faucet. Finding the ideal faucet for the area is critical, but with so many options and styles, this may be challenging.

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Whether your bathroom is a carefully planned room dedicated to pampering or a used closet, it’ll require a faucet. Finding the ideal faucet for the area is critical, but with so many options and styles, this may be challenging. Whether you’re installing a new faucet in your new bathroom, vanity, or sink or just replacing an old one, let us assist you!

Faucet Types

What are the many forms of bathroom faucets? What kind is suitable for you, and where will you install it? On a vanity countertop? Directly on the sink deck? On the wall? How many holes does the faucet have for mounting it? Knowing what can be done quickly, what requires some effort, and what won’t operate in your bathroom is essential to saving time and cutting through the clutter.

**Centerset faucets**

Centerset faucets

The most famous center sets are the ones with two handles on a deck plate, which were designed to be all-in-one faucets. They’ve long been the norm in most bathrooms (though their popularity is declining), and they’re ideal for small sinks and tight spaces. These faucets need three holes in the sink or mounting surface; the distance between the handles is 4 inches (measured from the center of each hole). Suppose you’re replacing an old center set faucet. In that case, getting another centerset, a “mini spread” faucet, or a single handle faucet with a deck plate (to cover up unused holes) is generally preferable.

Widespread faucets

double hole type

Three holes are standard on widespread faucets, generally positioned 8″ apart. Adjustable versions with distances of up to 16″ are available; these faucets do not require deck plates because they have enough space between them. A comprehensive model is perfect for you if you want a more significant sink or work surface and appreciate the look/function of a two-handle faucet.

Minispread faucets

single hole faucet

Centerset and widespread faucets may have a child in the form of mini spreads (or “mini-widespread”) faucets, a cross between centerset and all-around faucets. Minispreads have handles mounted on individual stems instead of attached to the deck plate like a typical center set faucet.

Single-handle faucets

single hole kitchen sink faucet

Centersets, one-handle faucets, and wandless faucets are all popular bathroom fixtures. They generally only use one hole and can be made with a small footprint (covering just the single hole) or a large deck plate to cover any open holes on the sink deck/countertop. Some versions will remove the spout from the handle, necessitating two holes.

Wall-mounted faucets

wall mixer
different views of mixer

The kitchen is where wall-mounted faucets are most frequently found. However, they can be found in a growing number of bathrooms. You may use them anywhere, but vessel sinks that sit above the counter (or even pedestal sinks) work best with wall-mounted faucets since the height of the faucet is compared to the top of the counter. Most wall-mounted faucets have two handles and typically follow the spacing guidelines for wider faucets, with either fixed centers of 8″ or adjustable centers for less or larger separation.

Pro Tip: When it comes to wall-mounted faucets, you’ll want to take a little more time and care. The spout must extend well over the sink basin and be suitable for your various activities. Take into account the angle of the spout outlet, the height at which the water departs, and the height of the sink wall. Splashing may result in wet floors or countertops depending on how vigorously the water runs and where your hands are when washing.

Vessel faucets

washbasin faucet
Vessel faucet

Vessel faucets are the most distinctive among contemporary designs. They’re taller than usual and usually have just one handle. Tall spout faucets are tall enough to fit vessel sinks on the countertop. They’re known for their height (although some may be shorter due to different factors). You’ll want to ensure that the faucet doesn’t only clear the rim of your sink but also looks good; a faucet that reaches only 1″ over the sink will probably appear and feel strange (depending on how water exits), for example.).

Construction material

Choosing the best faucet is a difficult task. You must understand something about the internal mechanisms of the faucet to make an informed decision. The material used in the faucet’s construction and its valve or cartridge type is the most reliable indicators of quality.

Metal Alloys

Zinc gluconate is one of the various zinc compounds available for oral administration as a nutritional supplement…

Don’t be fooled when you see the phrase “metal construction” on a box. This is frequently Zamak (or Zamac), a low-quality zinc alloy mix of zinc, copper, magnesium, and aluminum. Chrome or brass-plated zinc alloy faucets are preferable to plastic-bodied ones; however, if money is tight, they should only be used as a last resort. Prepare to replace these faucets shortly.

  • Plastic:

Chemical structures and uses of some common plastics

It would help if you avoided plastic faucets. They’re inexpensive and frequently “cheap,” Plastic faucets have a shorter lifespan than other alternatives, especially in challenging water areas where internal components degrade far more quickly. The only exceptions are the more recent PEX-based faucets, which use PEX waterways to eliminate any danger of lead (which can still be legally present in amounts of up to 0.25% by weight). Metal bodies are usually used for these PEX faucets, which are typically superior to a run-of-the-mill zinc alloy faucet.

Cu, Zn, and CuZn brass alloy nanoparticles

Cu, Zn, and Cu/Zn brass alloy nanoparticles can be produced from metal amidinate precursors in ionic liquids or propylene using reduction.

Solid brass faucets remain (often) the gold standard. Solid brass fittings have a well-deserved reputation for quality and endurance. Please don’t mix them with brass-plated ones, which hide an inferior alloy beneath. Even if a solid brass faucet is more expensive than the ones listed above, it is a far better – and longer-lasting – investment.

Stainless Steel

The only other material that comes close to being lead-free is stainless steel. Stainless steel has a high level of corrosion resistance, is durable and robust. A high-quality stainless steel faucet, like a solid brass one, is comparable to the best reliable brass alternatives in terms of quality and durability. Only look at type 304 stainless steel if you want a higher grade of steel with more chromium and nickel than other types.

Valve/Cartridge Type

Compression valves and ball Valves have been the most common way to regulate a faucet’s water flow for quite some time. Still, they have essentially given way to superior cartridge technology.

  • Standard cartridges
cartridge

You can use brass or plastic (often both) to make most of them. They’re tightly sealed inside the faucet’s body or handles, with the flow and mixture of hot/cold water controlled by the opening or shutting of various chambers within the cartridge depending on where the handle is positioned. Indeed, today’s top faucets don’t use such simple cartridges. However, they are still a vast improvement over compression and ball faucets.

  • Ceramic disc cartridges

Ceramic discs are effectively utilized in faucets that regulate temperature and flow (nearly all faucets feature a single handle). Apart from their outstanding durability (many ceramic cartridges come with a lifetime guarantee) and superior performance, ceramic disc faucets are very simple to use: all it takes is a gentle quarter-turn to turn them on.

Ceramic disc cartridge

Handles & Features

Handle Type

The selection of handle type is as much about style as comfort. It is the only faucet component you will ever contact frequently, after all.

  • Knob Handles
faucet knobs

The choice of materials used in modern faucets, as well as the different types of controls and features available, is comparable to that seen in older designs. However, budget versions are increasingly likely to feature these mechanisms. They can be difficult for little kids and people with limited hand/wrist strength.

  • Cross Handles
cross handles

Handles with two or more handles are popular, especially in traditional styles. Cross handles are finish-matched, making them appear more put-together (some even utilizing porcelain to significant effect), unlike knob handles. They might be more challenging to operate than knobs, but they can present difficulties for some people. They’re also the most straightforward kind to rotate when your hands are wet.

  • Lever Handles
Lever handle

Lever handles refer to single-handled faucets with a handle that spins and lifts and two-handled faucets with no motion (such as knobs and crosses) (probably the most popular variety now). These are among the simplest handles to use, and they’re frequently used on ADA faucets.

  • Joystick Handles
Joystick Handle faucet

Joystick handles are a type of single-handle lever similar to single-handle levers. However, they are typically thinner and move somewhat differently (though just as simple). Joysticks look best in modern/contemporary bathroom designs.

  • Touch-Activated & Touchless/Motion-Activated:

These technologies, relatively new to the residential market, enable more convenient and sanitary faucet management. Some models include a handle that sets the water temperature and can be used as a manual override. In contrast, others have a control box underneath the sink. Depending on the model, these faucets will require either batteries or an accessible outlet. Metered faucets that activate with a button and remain open for a set time might also be classified as part of this family. Still, they are most often utilized in commercial environments.

Touch-Activated & TouchlessMotion-Activated

Finishing

MIXING

A traditional bath with a vintage tap is more outdated than a contemporary. It’s your space, so don’t be restricted by design cliches. “Applying old-world finishes to modern faucet forms is a big trend,” says Judd Lord, Delta Faucet’s director of industrial design. For example, Delta Faucet’s contemporary Trinsic faucet with a Venetian Bronze finish combines elegance and warmth.

cabinet faucet

A bathroom faucet’s finish is a highly distinctive design feature. Mix a contemporary fixture with an ancient-world finish (such as a Trinsic faucet in Venetian Bronze above) to give your virtual space a new look, or brighten it up with stunning gold tones (Delta’s Champagne Bronze finish, top).

Contrast

There are many finishes available to you—don’t be too creative. The key to making the style work in harmony. “Choose handles that are all polished or all brushed,” advises Lord. Champagne Bronze, which also has a brushed finish, looks fantastic with brushed nickel. Alternatively, stay within the same metal family. You may combine an oil-rubbed bronze lighting fixture with an inky Venetian Bronze faucet for your bathroom if you already have one in bronze with dark worn patina and bronze peeking through.

Chrome fixtures provide a traditional, cohesive look to a conventional bathroom while also having the capacity to match more contemporary settings like this Ara® channel faucet, which features copper and rose gold accents.

NEUTRALS

Consider them a traditional white shirt in the bath—slightly sophisticated and straightforward to match other accessories like towel holders and door pulls. The most famous bath finish is shiny chrome, which has an inexpensive price tag. The tone of the nickel is softer, and it has a more illustrious past than the nickel. In the bathroom, stainless steel looks opulent, which is still the most preferred metal for kitchens.

A bathroom faucet

A polished nickel finish, a neutral tone that looks great against the rough wood texture of a backsplash, and the chilly glass of a tile shower wall, stand out equally well in this bathroom. An H2Okinetic three-setting hand shower works as well as it looks with an integrated wall-mount faucet and an H2Okinetic® three-setting hand shower performs just as nicely.

BRUSHED METAL

Choose a brushed finish if cleaning ease is crucial to you—its muted surface helps hide fingerprints and water spots. Lord also states that because it isn’t as reflective as a polished finish, it’s better at displaying the intricacies of a bathroom faucet.

bathroom furniture

Satin finishes, like the Windemere® two-handle center-set faucet’s brushed nickel finish, display a faucet’s features and are more forgiving of fingerprints and water spots than some polished options.

GOLD BRASS

The newest brasses are nothing like the highly polished metals seen in Grandma’s house. Instead of conventional green undertones, today’s nerves are warmer in hue, similar to Champagne Bronze’s. But gold isn’t just appropriate for vintage décor; it looks fantastic on contemporary bathroom faucets and fixtures. An all-white bathroom with sleek gold accents is a popular design motif.

A bright splash of color is exactly what this bathroom needs. Color in this space comes from two Trinsic single-handle high-arc faucets in Champagne Bronze and gold accents such as mirror frame and wall light trim.

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