Bathroom Faucets Buying Guide

Are you in the market for a new bathroom faucet? Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing bathroom, or simply replacing your faucets, our buying guide gives you helpful advice on making the purchase that’s perfect for you.

Types of Bathroom Faucets

Types of Bathroom Faucets

Faucets installed with a sink -- as opposed to those on the shower and tub -- are called lavatory faucets.

Widespread Faucet Sets

On widespread faucet sets, the spout and handles are separate pieces, so three different holes must be drilled for their installation. Space needed for widespread faucet sets typically ranges from 8 inches to 16 inches. This configuration can be more pricey but offers more flexibility in placement.

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Center-Set Faucets

Center-set faucets combine the spout and handles on a single base. Hot and cold handles may be separate or combined in a single-handle mixing lever. A center-set faucet is more compact than a widespread faucet set with a standard spread of 4 inches. Center-set faucets work best with smaller sink basins or those that are predrilled. They are also the most common, least expensive, and easiest to install.

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Hansgrohe
$84.99 $76.49

Updated Description Faucet Type: Bathroom Number of Handles: 1 Faucet Finish: Chrome Handle Shape: Lever Spout Reach: 4 Faucet Hei...ght: 6 Spread: 4 Centerset AB1953 Certified: Yes Maximum Deck Thickness: 1 Features: Solid Brass Construction Includes... read more

Kingston Brass
$79.99

The rounded lines and contemporary styling of this Kingston Brass Yosemite 4-Inch Centerset 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet bring a moder...n feel to your bathroom décor. The all metal handles and the washerless cartridge provides reliable drip-free operation. read more

Kingston Brass
$53.99

Update your bathroom decor with this satin nickel centerset faucet. This bathroom faucet includes a drain assembly in matching fin...ish. Faucet type: Bathroom Number of handles: Double-handle Faucet finish: Satin Nickel Faucet style: 4-inch Centerset... read more

American
$45.99

This popular lavatory faucet model features a single loop handle for precise temperature and volume control, a machined brass valv...e body and a heavy-duty chrome-plated finish. You will enjoy using it in your home bathroom. Faucet type: Bathroom Number... read more

Single-Hole Faucets

Single-hole faucets have a spout and single mixing handle in one unit, allowing you to operate the faucet with one hand. Often used on smaller sinks, they are compact and simple to install.

Wall-Mount Faucets

Wall-mount faucets require separate valves that are mounted in the wall, and the spout and handles are three separate pieces. You’ll want to consider this type of faucet if you are installing vessel sinks or other above-the-counter basins, as the faucet’s spout is extended so the water flows into the center of the basin. While this configuration is more difficult to install, it leaves more deck space and makes cleanup easier.

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Frame a Patent
$36.20

This is a Patent Print of the Mixing Valve for Tub and Shower Baths Patent invented in 1925. Size: 20x24. Color: Burgundy.

Frame a Patent
$21.20

This is a Patent Print of the Mixing Valve for Tub and Shower Baths Patent invented in 1925. Size: 13x19. Color: White.

Magic
$20.29

Pre-shaped, flexible trim with pre-applied butyl adhesive, Quick and easy alternative to regular caulk, Can be used over existing ...caulk for the finishing touch, Mildew resistant & seals out moisture, No mess, no tools, Simple peel & stick application,... read more

Frame a Patent
$18.20

This is a Patent Print of the Mixing Valve for Tub and Shower Baths Patent invented in 1925. Size: 11x14. Color: Midnight.

Product Features

Product Features

Important lavatory faucet features include long-term performance, water savings, ease of use, and distinctive style.

Spouts

Spouts may be aerated or non-aerated. Aerated spouts mix air with the water, giving them a lower flow rate that results in less water use. In non-aerated spouts, the water flows more freely; you can feel the difference between the two.

Handles

Handles come in various configurations, including: Lever handles, which are easiest to grip and turn. Cross handles, which offer a vintage look and feel. Round handles, which are most common and often budget-friendly. Touchless electronic handles, which save water by shutting off automatically when no motion is sensed.

Valves

Valves are crucial to the operation and long-term performance of faucets, as they control water flow. Compression valves are most common, but when washers become worn, drips result. For better performance, choose washerless valve construction such as ball, cartridge, or ceramic-disk valves. Choose the best your budget will allow.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Lavatory faucets are available at a wide range of price points, so it’s important to know your budget before purchasing. High-quality lavatory faucets work well, last a long time, look beautiful, and cost no more to install than economy models.

Configuration

If you’re planning a new bathroom, you can choose any faucet configuration. But if you’re simply replacing an existing faucet, you’ll need to know its configuration, because the replacement unit must fit in the holes drilled into your sink deck -- drilling new holes is not easy.

Sink

If you’re installing a predrilled sink, your faucet configuration must match that of the sink; a single-hole sink requires a single-hole faucet. If you’re installing a vessel or above-counter sink, a wall-mount faucet’s extended spout best accommodates the extra reach needed for water to hit the basin at its deepest point. If your sink is uniquely shaped -- say, with a curve on one side -- that might affect the location of the faucet.

Style

Faucets with smooth, sleek curves or geometric shapes blend well with clean-lined, contemporary bathrooms, while detailed faucets complement a more traditional style. Period-style faucets lend a vintage look. And matching your faucets to other bathroom accessories -- such as towel racks, robe hooks, grab bars, and toilet tissue holders -- makes for a thoughtfully complete look.

Finish

Your faucet's finish plays a key role in the character of your bathroom, so ideally it should complement wall, tile, and textile colors. Many faucets are available in finishes guaranteed not to tarnish; others, such as some bronze finishes, are meant to gain a well-used patina over time. Chrome finishes can be polished, brushed, or matte, and all are timeless, durable, and attractive; gold plate won’t tarnish, but it's more expensive; nickel comes in brushed or satin finishes and is stylish in any setting; and stainless steel won’t show water spots, but it's pricier.

Water Savings

For many of us, saving water is a priority, in which case aerated faucets provide a payoff -- by doing the right thing by the environment and by reducing utility bills.

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Improvements
$34.99 $19.95

The powerful shower head that conserves water too! Now you can enjoy an invigorating spa-like shower every morning while conservin...g water. The Skincare™ Series Oxygenics® Shower Head utilizes a patented design (no moving parts) to turn your shower into... read more

Kingston Brass
$249.95 $162.47

Kingston Brass KBX8148NDL Nuvo Fusion No Finish Two Handle Tub & Shower Faucet. Tub & Shower Faucets > Two Handle. Kingston Brass ...Two Handle Tub & Shower Faucet, Nuvo Fusion Collection, Included Shower Head, Arm, Flange, Valve & Tub Spout, Durable... read more

hansgrohe
$2,600.00 $1690.00

hansgrohe 15473001 PuraVida Polished Chrome Freestanding Tub Filler Trim 5.5 GPM. Tub Only Faucets > Freestanding. Solid Brass, cU...PC Listed, Mounts on Floor Beside Tub, Joystick Ceramic Cartridge, Diverter for Handshower, Comprised of: PuraVida 120... read more

Rohl
$1,051.00 $788.25

Rohl A1408XC-TCB Viaggio Tuscan Brass C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet. Bathroom Faucets > Two Handle Widespread. Swarovski Crys...tal Cross Handles, 1/4 Turn Ceramic Valves, 3 x 1-3/8" Hole Cutouts, 5" Spout Reach, 1/2" NPT Connectors, Matching Tub... read more

Delta Faucet
$574.40 $402.08

Delta Faucet T17T297-SS Cassidy Brilliance Stainless Single Handle TempAssure 17T Series Thermostatic Shower Only Faucet Trim. Sho...wer Only Faucets > One Handle. Delta Faucet MultiChoice 17T Series Shower Trim Only, Cassidy Collection, Classical design... read more

Rohl
$835.00 $626.25

Rohl A1408LC-PN Viaggio Polished Nickel C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet. Bathroom Faucets > Two Handle Widespread. Swarovski Cr...ystal Levers, 1/4 Turn Ceramic Valves, 3 x 1-3/8" Hole Cutouts, 5" Spout Reach, 1/2" NPT Connectors, Matching Tub Fillers... read more

Kohler
$171.70 $128.78

Kohler K-T395-4SE-BN Devonshire Vibrant Brushed Nickel Single Handle Lever Rite-Temp Pressure Balance Tub and Shower Faucet Trim 2....0 GPM. Tub & Shower Faucets > One Handle. Kohler Pressure Balancing Bath and Shower Faucet Trim Only,2.0 gpm, Devonshire... read more

Elements of Design
$365.95 $237.87

Elements of Design ES1971PX Universal Polished Chrome Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet. Bathroom Faucets > Two Handle Widespr...ead. Elements of Design Widespread Lavatory Faucet, Universal Collection, 1/4" Turn Ceramic Disk Cartridge, Porcelain... read more

Kohler
$1,023.40 $767.55

Kohler K-T14428-3-BN Purist Vibrant Brushed Nickel Deck-Mount Two Handle Roman Tub Faucet with Cross Handles Less Valve 16.0 GPM. ...Roman Tub Faucets > Two Handle. Kohler Two Handle Roman Tub Faucet Trim Kit, Purist Collection, Purist Deck-Mount... read more

Kingston Brass
$239.95 $155.97

Kingston Brass KB3975BL Vintage Oil Rubbed Bronze Two Handle 8" To 16" Widespread Lavatory Faucet With Retail Pop-Up. Bathroom Fau...cets > Two Handle Widespread. Two Handle 8" To 16" Widespread Lavatory Faucet With Retail Pop-Up, Drip-free washerless... read more

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