What’s The Best Bathroom Faucet To Buy?
By
Zia
| Last Updated: 06 Aug 2020
When choosing a bathroom faucet, it is always wise to explore all your options before purchasing.

Make sure it'll suit your taste, your style, and your overall bathroom design. Since your faucet is a part of your bathroom vanity, the best thing to do is to use it as your starting point when shopping for this essential fixture. To start, let’s take a look at the most popular faucet types, designs, and faucet finish available.


Sink Faucet Types


 

Centerset

A common faucet style that works well with both three-hole and single-hole sink basins. Centerset faucets require two drilled side holes in-between a 4-inch gap. It features two faucet handles attached to a deck plate and a single-hole spout faucet.

Pros:

  • Easily installed
  • A popular choice
  • Space saver
  • Better water control
  • Offers cold/hot temperature options

 

Cons:

  • Needs a three-hole countertop/sink
  • Difficult to clean

 


 

Single-hole


This bathroom faucet type is a single unit that can have one or two faucet handles that control water temperatures. It’s an ideal design for touchless or touch-activated faucets as well.

Pros:

  • Perfect for small sink spaces
  • Provides precise water volume
  • Better temperature control


Cons:

  • It’ll take for the water temperature to set
  • Comparatively lacks useful features 

 


 

Widespread 


Widespread aka “spread-fit” faucets are perfect for bathroom sinks with three-hole basins. It consists of a single-hole spout faucet and two faucet valves with a 6 to 16 inches spacing in-between handles.


Pros:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Instantly curbs your bathroom’s appeal

 

Cons:

  • Only works with three-hole basins
  • Weak water stream
  • Water temperature might take time to set

 


 

Wall-mount


These are faucets fastened into the wall and work well with freestanding basins or undermount sinks for a sleeker look. It usually comes with elongated spout faucets for further reach. Designs like these can work with single or two-handed faucet valves.

Pros:

  • Opens up more sink space
  • Modern and stylish
  • Easy to clean
  • Offers wider motion range
  • The best option for touchless or touch-activated faucets

 

Cons:

  • Huge water splashes (if the sink isn’t deep enough)
  • If damaged, parts of it aren’t easily replaced
  • Can be more expensive compared to faucets attached directly to the bathroom sink
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Vessel  

The best option for vessel-type bathroom sinks. Faucet designs like these sit higher than any other type because of its 4-inch and above height requirement. It usually comes with a wide range of styles and finishes, and commonly works well with single-handed faucet valves.

Pros:

  • Easy cleaning because of its separate faucet and washbasin feature
  • Higher rate of changeability in case a new trend comes in
  • Created a luxurious bathroom feel


Cons:

  • Prone to water overflow
  • Might not be a good match with a pre-existing vessel sink (if not checked or measured beforehand)

 


 

Sink Faucet Designs

 

One-handle Faucets

This is the most common faucet design and is often seen in many households. One-handle faucets are used by turning the handle in both directions for water temperature control. This design only requires a single predrilled hole so it is the easiest to install.

 

Two-handle Faucets

This design is in contrast with the single-handle faucet. With its dual valves, you can set the water temperature by using both handles and operate with ease. Depending on the bathroom faucet type, this two-handed design requires either one or two predrilled sink holes.

 

 

Vessel Faucets

Unlike the rest of the sinks, vessel faucets are usually installed directly into the countertop. Since it is typically installed with a vessel sink, faucets like these need to be taller than the rest of the usual designs to rise over the rim of the basin or bowl.

 

Image by Aqua Mechanical via Flickr

 

Waterfall Faucets

Waterfall bathroom faucets have unique and modern faucet spouts that are way different than the traditional ones. This design uses an aerator to direct the water flow—creating an open concept spout design.

 

Image by highfithome via Flickr

 


 

Sink Faucet Finish


 


 

Installation Costs and Other Factors

The average cost to install a bathroom sink faucet is $111.09 (with costs ranging from $69.61 to $152.56. The estimated price for labor and materials per faucet is $369.65 (coming in between $294.67 to $444.62). A typical faucet project costs $370.

 

Your actual price will depend on these factors:

  • Location
  • Job size
  • Faucet condition
  • Plumbing
  • Mounting choice
  • Faucet Design
  • Finish option

 

Has this guide helped you with your buying decision? We do hope so. If remodeling your bathroom has been a recent lingering thought, we might have a solution for you! Eano offers quality home remodeling services and bathroom renovations are one of our fortés. Feel free to contact us and let’s discuss your future remodeling options further.

 

*All images are from the internet.

 

Sources/references:

https://www.lowes.com/n/buying-guide/bathroom-faucet-buying-guide1

https://www.thespruce.com/ultimate-bathroom-faucet-buying-guide-4059891

https://www.hayneedle.com/tips-and-ideas/bathroom-faucet-buying-guide/

https://www.wayfair.com/sca/ideas-and-advice/rooms/bathroom-faucet-buying-guide-T322

https://porch.com/project-cost/cost-to-install-a-bathroom-faucet

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