If you are replacing an old faucet or installing one in a new bathroom, you will have no trouble finding one to complement your décor. With an array of styles and finishes to choose from, you will find the bath faucet that best expresses your home's look without sacrificing performance.
This guide will help you understand your faucet options.
Tips Before You Shop
Are you replacing a faucet on an existing sink, or starting from scratch?
Your faucet needs to be compatible with the number and spacing of the holes on either your countertop or sink. If you are replacing the sink or countertop where your sink holes are located, choose a faucet and then shop for a sink or countertop with compatible hole spacing, or vice versa. If you plan to mount your faucet on a countertop, find out whether or not your new top will have pre-drilled holes. If not, you can drill custom holes to fit any faucet.
What kind of space do you have?
Consider the size of the space that the sink and faucet are located. Very large vanities may look great with a faucet that takes up more space, like a 3-piece faucet with the handles spread 8 inches apart, whereas tighter spaces may be better suited for smaller, more compact fixtures like a one piece, or “centerset” faucet or a single hole faucet. Also, ensure that the plumbing for the faucet you choose will fit in the space you have.
Think about the kind of sink you’re getting and how big it is. For example, a vessel sink needs a spout that is high enough to reach over the bowl, whereas using a very tall faucet for a smaller, or under mount sink could leave your countertop drenched. Make sure the faucet won’t extend too far over the sink after it’s installed. Water from the faucet should hit close to the middle or slightly behind the middle of the sink.
Choose Your Perfect Sink: Faucet Holes and Faucet Styles
Where are the faucet holes located?
Bathroom sink faucets can either be mounted on the wall, into a countertop or on the sink itself.
How many faucet holes are there?
If there is only one hole for the faucet, a single-hole faucet will work best. If there are three holes, there are more options. You can still use a single hole faucet if you have three holes, because you can cover the extra holes with a deckplate.
Faucets are generally available in four types: single hole, centerset, widespread and wall mount. If you are replacing an old faucet, your new faucet may need to be the same type as the old one, depending on the installation setup.
The design of your sink plays a large part in determining which type of faucet you’ll install.
ONE AND THREE FAUCET HOLES REQUIRED
Single Handle Bathroom Sink Faucets
Feature Benefits: Fit on sinks with just one hole, no deck plate needed. Simple to install and maintain. Compact and easy to use. Often used on smaller sinks and may have an optional cover plate. Usually have one handle connected to the spout. Some models feature separate hot and cold handles.
Vessel Bathroom Sink Faucets
Feature Benefits: Tall enough to fit over a vessel sink. Feature unique looks ranging from rustic to modern.
Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucets
Feature Benefits: Standard spread of at least 8 inches. Feature hot- and cold-water valves separate from the spout. Often more expensive than other types. Allow for a wide range of placement options. Mini-widespread faucets (minispreads) have a spread of 4 inches.
Single Handle Bathroom Sink Faucets
Feature Benefits: Fits on sinks with one or three holes. Comes with a deck plate to cover the unused holes.
Wall Mounted Bathroom Sink Faucets
Feature Benefits: Reduce clutter on the sink. Make cleanup easier. Simple, modern look.