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Bathroom Sink Faucets Buying Guide

Bathroom Sink Faucets Buying Guide

Allow us to help add a touch of style to your bathroom by selecting the perfect sink faucet for your home!

Adding a new faucet to your bathroom can provide a stylish accent that enhances the entire room. Select from a variety of Bathroom Sink Faucets ranging from the economical to the elegant. High-quality faucets give you precise control, have fewer maintenance problems and don't cost any more to install than less expensive units. Plan your bathroom décor around the faucet when building a new house or remodeling the bathroom. If you're replacing an old faucet, you'll have no trouble finding a new one to complement your existing décor.

It is pretty straightforward that a Single-Hole Faucet works with a Single-Hole Sink. For sinks with more than 1 pre-drilled hole you will need to determine the "faucet spread" to see what type of faucets will fit your sink.

Determine Faucet Spread

Spread

Fits

Not all faucet types work with every sink basin. To determine which type of faucet will fit your sink you will need to measure the "faucet spread" which is the distance between the center of the far left hole to the center of the far right hole.

4" Centerset Faucets
4" Minispread Faucets

8" Widespread Faucets

Types of Bathroom Faucets

Single-Hole Faucets

have a spout and a single mixing handle all in one for single-handed control creating a very simple design which is ideal for smaller sinks. If you like the look of a single-hole faucet but have a sink with 4" hole drillings, look for a faucet with an optional deck plate that covers the extra holes and still maintains the faucet design.

4" Centerset Faucets

are made for 4" pre-drilled sinks. They are compact and space-efficient by combining a spout and valves on a single base unit.

4" Minispread Faucets

are similar to the 4" Centerset Faucet and fits the same application size. The difference is that the 4" Minispread's hot handle, spout and cold handle are 3 separate pieces giving the look and feel of a larger widespread model.

8" Widespread Faucets

have a spout with separate hot and cold water handles. The handles on Widespread Faucets are 8" apart (some can extend to 16"). These faucets are ideal for larger sinks.

Vessel Filler Faucets

are used specifically for vessel style sinks. These faucets have a higher spout reach, leaving room to go up and over the side of the sink. The height of the spout should clear the rim of the vessel by about 3-5". The end of the spout should reach at least 2½" into the center of the vessel basin.

Wall Mount Faucets

are ideal for vessel sinks, wall hung sinks, undermount sinks, and for sinks requiring an extended reach. These unique faucets are mounted on the wall above the sink and extend over the center of the sink. Wall Mount Faucets are a great option for antique-style sinks, which often do not have hole drillings. When you choose a Wall Mounted Faucet, make sure the spout will reach to the center of the sink basin, above the drain. This style requires water supplies that extend up the wall behind the sink.

Bathroom Faucet Design

Along with the faucet type or style shown above, you'll also need to choose a spout, handle and valve for your new faucet.

Spouts may be aerated or nonaerated. Aerated spouts mix air with the water and utilize a screen and restrictor to limit flow while simultaneously improving water pressure. Nonaerated spouts do not have a screen and allow water to flow freely, causing a waterfall-like effect.

Handles come in a wide range of styles including ring-type cylinder, round, cross and lever. They may be a single unit or separate for customized hot & cold water control. Touchless electronic handles help conserve water by shutting off automatically as soon as you're done washing your hands.

The internal valve mechanism is crucial to high-quality operation, as it governs the flow of water through the spout. Compression valves, which feature a rubber washer to stem the flow of water, are the most common type, but they tend to drip when the washers become worn. Consider choosing a ball, cartridge or ceramic-disc valve for better performance. The chart below details some of the features and a few points to consider for each type of valve.

Types of Valves

 

Compression

  • Feature rubber washers that stop the flow of water
  • Washers eventually wear out
  • May begin to drip over time
  • Washers are cheap and easy to replace

Washerless Ball

  • Durable and reliable
  • Use a slotted metal ball to control flow
  • Must be used with a single-handle faucet

Washerless Cartridge

  • Durable and reliable
  • May be used with single- or two-handle faucets
  • Easy to repair

Washerless Ceramic Disk

  • Feature two ceramic disks that move against each other to stop the flow of water
  • More expensive
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Usually have extended warranties
  • May be used with single- or two-handle faucet

Features

Anti-Scald Protection- If you have young children in your house, you may want to consider installing a faucet with built-in anti-scald protection to protect them from accidentally hurting themselves.

Filtering- Sinks with filtration systems provide high-quality drinking water, helping you save money on bottled water.

Common-Valve Setup- Some newer sinks feature common-valve architecture that fits a number of different faucet styles, allowing you to remodel or upgrade your existing faucet simply by unscrewing the handle and spout from the top. Not having to reinstall the valve system under the sink will save you time and effort.

Adjustable Flow-Rate Restrictor- If you're concerned about conserving water or live in an area where your water supply is limited, an adjustable flow-rate restrictor will give you complete control over how much water you use.

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