A bathroom faucet needs to be both functional and attractive. You want to spend as much time and care choosing your new faucet as you do your bathroom flooring, tile, and countertops. Once you begin your search for a new faucet you’ll discover that there are many factors that must be considered, such as where the faucet opening is on your sink, and how much your budget will allow.
Choose Your Faucet Type
You’ll need to either fit your new faucet to the holes in your existing sink, or purchase new sink and faucets together. Generally, there are four different types of openings you’ll find, which will help you to narrow down your faucet type.
The single hole faucet is one unit that combines both the spout and usually a levered handle. In some instances you’ll find one with a bottom plate so you can cover a 3-hole opening. This style of faucet is suitable for smaller sinks.
The widespread faucet will fit a three-hole sink. This type can have either a level or two handles that fit over a six inch plate. The widespread mount comes in three pieces: the spout and two separate handles.
The wall mount faucet has a spout that extends well over the top of your sink.
Best Faucet Finish
Many faucets have protective clear-coat sealers that will protect the life of your faucet. There are many options here, including the usual polished chrome. You’ll also be able to find every type of finish, including brushed chrome, brushed, hammered, and polished nickel, bronze and brushed or oil-rubbed bronze, brass, black, gold, white, and stainless steel.
Ideally, it’s best to choose your faucet based on the look of your bathroom. Coordinate it to the other hardware in your bathroom, including towel bars lighting fixtures, and door hardware.
Other Faucet Considerations
You may also consider other features for your bathroom faucets. Some have special spouts with narrow tubes or roller-coaster curves. You may also find faucets that have articulating arms, much like there are in kitchens.
If you’re into conservation, you may also find low-flow faucets, a consideration if you must pay for water consumption in your city. In fact, in the USA, all faucets manufactured after 1992 may only have a max flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. If you haven’t already switched out all the faucets in your home, it may be time to do so.
Faucets also have aerators, which is a small screen at the end of the spout. This puts air into your water stream to make it softer and offer less splash. You can purchase a restricted flow aerator so that less water comes out.
Many faucets in commercial space are motion-activated, but you can also purchase these types for your home too.
If you ever get confused on all the choices available in bathroom faucets, remember to start with what will fit with your sink. If all else fails, choose bathroom faucets that will add to your bathroom decor.