The bathroom faucets in your bathroom are the standout features that people really notice. They may not remember the towels you had hanging up or the decorations, but they will remember the bathroom faucet you had and how well it worked. We did extensive research on a large number of bathroom faucets and compared them against one another in the areas of ease of installation, style, construction, finishes, features and much more. The three bathroom faucet choices we have below topped the charts in all of these categories.
Bathroom Faucet Comparison
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Bathroom Faucet Buying Guide
What is a Bathroom Faucet?
There are five common bathroom sink mountings. Choosing the right mounting option, which is the number of holes and their placement, is very important if you are installing a brand new faucet into a sink you already have. What is already there Is preset and unless you are changing the sink and the mounting configurations, you will need to know what the current mounting configurations are. The five common mountings are:
- Single-hole – single hole faucets know how to make the most of a small sink area. The single-hole provides volume and temperature control. If you have multiple holes in your existing cabinet you can get an optional escutcheon plate. This will help you convert the sink to fit the single-hole faucet.
- Centerset – Centerset faucets work great with single hole and 3 hole sinks. Centerset models are very easy to install. It has a deckplate that contains the handles and the spout on one plate. The centerset designs need holes across the sink with 4” centers. This style is a very popular with many consumers.
- Widespread – Widespread bathroom faucets have 8-16” centers. They are versatile and fit many different types of configurations. They are also called non deckplate faucets and are a very popular option with consumers. In the widespread design, the handles and the faucet are mounted individually rather than together on a deckplate.
- Vessel – A vessel sink sits above the countertop and require taller faucets to clear the sides of the basin. These should be taller than 4” so they clear the sink basins. The super tall faucets that clear vessel sinks are called vessel faucets. If you have a countertop sink in your bathroom, be sure to measure the sink before you purchase a faucet.
- Wall mounted – A wall mounted faucet us hung above the sink and is attached to the wall. This makes clean up on the counter super easy. You will need a separate wall mounted value and drain for installing a wall mounted faucet. You may also need to provide a new rough-in valve. A wall mounted or single-hole style is perfect for the touchless or touch activated faucets.
There are many different kinds of faucet handles that you can choose from. We have outlined the different styles and have told you some information about each one.
Single Handle – Single handled faucets most often come attached to a deckplate to cover up any unused handle holes. Both the hot and cold water is operated through one handle.
Lever Handle – A lever handle is one of the more common styles of faucets. Lever handles swivel forward to turn the water on and off. They come in a few different styles that may turn horizontally and vertically. Level handles can come in one or two handle designs.
Cross handle – Cross handles twist left and right to turn on the faucet. Cross handles have more distinctive designs and in many cases has a terrific vintage look.
Automatic Faucets – An automatic faucet features motion sensing technology that turns the water on and off. This is great for those who are looking for a hands free situation which means less germ transfer and less passing around of illnesses. It also has an element of green living since it can’t be left on while no one up.
Double Handles – The handles of a double-mounted for extra stability and can be separate or from a deck plate or integrated into one. On a double handle bathroom faucet, there are separate handles for hot and cold water.
Knob Handle – This type of handle is like the double handles. The know twists to turn the water on and off. You can choose from a multitude of looks with this design, from a modern design to vintage glass knobs.
Common Finishes Available for Bathroom Faucets
Many of the manufacturer’s that create bathroom faucets create finishes that will not tarnish over time. This provides bathroom faucets that look great for decades. Below we have listed the most commonly used bathroom faucet finishes that are popular with consumers.
- Chrome – Chrome can have polished, brushed or matte finishes. They are super durable and long lasting as well as being economical too.
- Brass – If you love traditional decorating, brass is an excellent choice for your bathroom faucets. Many companies offer brass finishes with lifetime warranties that resist scratches, corrosion and fading so they look just as beautiful 5 years later that they do when they are first installed.
- Colored – Colored bathroom faucets can be baked on enamel or coated with epoxy. These faucets are super easy to clean.
- High Quality Gold Plated – This is a more expensive choice, but you won’t have to worry about wasting your money since these gold plated bathroom faucets won’t tarnish or peel.
- Nickel – This can be brushed or satin and is super easy to clean. It is very stylish and easy to clean as well.
- Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is another bathroom faucet finish and material that won’t show water spots and won’t tarnish or fade. It is a little more expensive than some of the other choices.
- PVD – This stands for physical vapor deposition. This finish is super durable and long lasting. It also resists abrasions and discoloration as well.
Advancements in Faucet Technology
There are several things that have been added to bathroom faucets over the years. These advancements are usually the result of finding a solution to a problem or by making things easier. We’ve listed a few of the more well known and often used features that show just how much technology has added to the bathroom faucet industry.
- Sanitizing Faucets – These sanitizing faucets are ozone-activated and anti-bacterial. Streams of ozone are injected into the faucet water stream, killing the germs as the hands are washed. It can either be built into the faucet itself or be added as a retrofit kit to the aerator. Companies claim that this technology can kill up to 99% of all the bacteria but is still safe to drink and wash with.
- Motion-Activated – This type of bathroom faucet lessens the likelihood of spreading germs and involves holding your hands in front of a sensor to get the water to come on. Some drawbacks to this technology are that it can cut off too soon and you’ll have to keep waving your hand under the sensor. When the sensor is highly sensitive and comes on easily, it can be a great feature.
- Laminar Flow – There’s a technology for people who want their water to feel soft and silky called Laminar Flow. This is created by standard aerators that add air to the water stream. The result is that the flow of water feels lighter. Laminar flows are dozens of tiny, parallel sheets of water that flow in a solid, clear stream. One of the benefits to laminar flow is that the water won’t splash while you’re washing your hands.
With all of the different styles and kinds of bathroom faucets on the market, it might feel daunting to try and choose one that you want in your bathroom. Choosing a bathroom faucet is not like a shower curtain that can be changed in minutes. You want the bathroom faucet you choose to last decades and that means that you want it to look good years later.
The information in this buyer’s guide is designed to help you sort through all of those different styles and choices and make an informed decision on the right one for your family’s needs and preferences. With the proper knowledge you will be confident in the choice you make and know that it will last for a long time.