The Ultimate Bathroom Faucet Options Guide

During your bathroom design planning or remodel, you need to think about every aspect of your restroom, including the faucets. Faucets play a huge role because you are constantly using them. You want faucets that match your overall look but also fit your wants, needs and budget. Check out this ultimate bathroom faucet options guide to learn more. 

Installation

Single-hole, centerset, widespread, vessel, and wall-mounted are the five most frequent bathroom sink faucet mounting options. If you’re replacing a faucet in an existing sink or countertop with a defined number of holes and spacing, choosing the right mounting option (number and placement of holes) is extremely critical. The number of holes in a bathroom sink or countertop is usually three, but this number might vary.

Make sure you measure the faucet centers if your faucet has more than one hole. From the very center of the left hole to the very center of the right hole, this is the distance in inches between the pre-drilled faucet holes. To guarantee that a three-hole faucet satisfies your size needs, measure the width of the combined installation holes on your countertop as well as the distance between each hole. To conceal useless holes, use sink hole covers or deck plates, as described previously. The width between handles is referred to as a faucet spread.

Single Hole

Single-hole faucets make the most of a tiny sink space by providing more accurate volume and temperature control. This style of faucet is also a lot simpler to set up. If you want a single-hole faucet but your cabinet has numerous holes, search for a faucet with an optional escutcheon plate. This is a great match if your existing sink or countertop only has one hole.

Centerset (4-inch Faucet Center)

A centerset faucet is an easy-to-install choice that works with both single-hole and 3-hole basins. This design includes a deckplate that houses both the handles and the spout. This faucet works with sinks and surfaces that have one to three holes. Centerset faucets require holes that are 4 inches apart. This is the distance between the center of the left and the center of the right holes. This is a well-liked faucet design.

Widespread (8-16 inch Faucet Centers)

In a widespread faucet, separate faucets and knobs are mounted to the sink or countertop without the use of a deckplate. For installation, you’ll need multiple holes in your countertop or sink. Widespread faucets necessitate holes that are 8″ to 16″ apart. Widespread faucets, often known as non-deckplate faucets, are the most popular choice.

Vessel Sink Faucets

Vessel sinks are higher than standard sinks, necessitating taller faucets. Vessel sink faucets are those that are taller than 4 inches and will clear most vessel sink basins. Before choosing a faucet, make sure to measure the height of your vessel sink.

Wall Mounted (8-inch Faucet Center)

Wall-mounted faucets are installed on the wall above the sink, making cleanup a breeze. Installation necessitates the use of a separate wall-mounted valve and drain. When replacing an old wall-mounted faucet, a new rough-in valve may be required.

Handle Options

Review the list below to match your bathroom sink faucet handles to the style of drawer handles, shower handles, and bathtub handles.

Single Handle

A deckplate can be fitted to a single-handle faucet to hide unused handle holes, however, this isn’t always the case. A single handle controls both hot and cold water.

​Lever Handle​

Lever handles swivel forward to turn on and off the faucet and are one of the most frequent handle forms. Lever faucets are available with two or one primary handle, and they can turn horizontally or vertically.

​Cross Handle​

To switch the water on and off, twist the cross handles left and right. Cross handles often have an antique appearance due to their more unusual design.

Automatic Faucets

Automatic faucets are just like their name — automatic. You do not need to touch a knob or handle. All you need to do is trigger the sensor, usually with hand movement, and it will turn on. This is more of a smart feature and is popular for public bathrooms. 

Double Handle

Individually mounted handles or handles integrated into a deck plate are both options for double-handled faucets. They have handles for both hot and cold water.

​Knob Handle​

Knob handles, like cross handles, twist to turn the faucet on and off. With glass knobs, these handles might have a more minimalist design or an antique aspect.

Finish Types

The finish you choose for your bathroom faucet can help you establish a coherent theme with other bathroom fixture finishes, stick to your budget, or increase the durability of your bathroom sink faucet so you don’t have to replace it as frequently. Learn about the advantages of each finish option and why one would be ideal for you.

Brushed Nickel

Because of their matte surface and the way they’re made, brushed nickel bathroom faucets are extremely sturdy and long-lasting. Because it hides water stains, this finish keeps faucets looking clean. Although brushed nickel is more expensive than other finishes such as chrome due to its superior quality, it is still a cost-effective and long-lasting option.

Bronze

When it comes to matching your faucets to other bathroom fixtures, bronze faucet finishes come in several colors ranging from golden brown to silver, so you’ll have plenty of alternatives. Bronze faucets are not only attractive, but they are also durable and stain-resistant.

Chrome

Chrome faucets have a chrome-plated finish that protects and extends the life of a metal base such as nickel or steel. Chrome coatings also provide a gleaming luster to faucets at a low cost.

Brass

For good reason, brass faucets have been used in houses for a long time. They are resistant to corrosion and rust, as well as have a long-lasting makeup that prevents them from cracking or wearing down over time. Because of their solid construction and quality, solid brass faucets are more expensive than brass-coated fixtures. Solid brass faucets prevent corrosion from the inside out.

Black

Black faucets are either manufactured of an iron-like substance or have a black finish poured over stainless steel or brass. This faucet finish complements other black fixtures in modern bathrooms. To evaluate durability, look at the base material under the specification tab on the product page.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel faucets are cost-effective, rust- and corrosion-resistant, and give your bathroom sink a clean, polished appearance.

White

With a white faucet finish, you can create a fresh, clean look. A base coating of brass, nickel, steel or another metal is generally used. White marble countertops and white bathroom fixtures go well with them.

Copper

Copper faucets are on the more expensive side of the faucet finish spectrum, but they’re also on the higher end of the quality and long-term durability scale. They not only look good, but they also resist rust and corrosion, as well as bacteria build-up, which can damage the faucet and contaminate your water supply.

Additional Things to Know

Here are additional things to know when figuring out your bathroom faucet:

  • ADA Compliant
  • Commercial
  • Made in the USA
  • Low-Flow Faucets
  • Waterfall Faucets
  • WaterSense Certified Faucets
  • Valve-Included
  • Pay for Quality

We know this is a lot of information to take in, but our skilled team of experts at Valor Home Services is ready to help. We can help explain any of these features as well as install them. Plus, we have a team of designers that can help you choose what faucet you need. To get started, give us a call today