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The beauty of the contemporary bathroom faucet can almost make you forget why it’s there. It seems like ancient history when bathroom faucets looked as straightforward as they functioned. The bathroom faucet options you have today are practically endless, suiting every taste, sink dimension, layout preference and budget. They become a beautiful decorative focal point of your entire bathroom, even as they faithfully churn out the water – in the pressure and temperature you desire – day in, day out.
Your Bathroom Faucet Shopping Guide:
How are your sinkholes?
The first step towards narrowing down your search in the massive bathroom faucet selection is to see what type of bathroom sink you need your faucet to service. Bathroom sinks come in a variety of configurations. Some are set with one, two, or three predrilled faucet holes – or an option for some or all of the above. The common configuration of three predrilled holes often comes with a faucet center - i.e. the gap between the center of the right and left holes – of 4 inches, particularly with narrower sinks. Wider three-hole bathroom sinks allow for centers of 8 to 16 inches.
This will determine what type of bathroom faucet you will need:
Single hole faucets – Single hole faucets are, as you guessed, made to be used with sinks that have one faucet hole. As such, the faucet structure and handle(s) come in one neat, narrow package that has a sleek twist to it, even if it has some more traditionally designed components. The handle on single hole bathroom faucets is typically a single handle on top of, or on the side of, the faucet spout. However, there is a wide selection of single hole faucets that come with two separate handles for hot and cold, making for a more prominent look.
Vessel faucets – Vessel faucets are single hole bathroom faucets that are designed for vessel sinks, which require a higher clearance for the spout. These taller faucets tend to be sleek, slender, and have one handle.
Freestanding faucets – Freestanding floor mounted faucets are a particularly unique, standout looking bathroom faucet. These faucets are mounted on one hole in the bathroom floor - as opposed to the sink deck or bathroom wall – and gracefully extend all the way over the bathroom sink.
Centerset faucets – Centerset bathroom faucets are compact and versatile, yet have a wider, more prominent look than single hole faucets. These are therefore a particularly popular choice, and work with sinks that have three holes, with a 4 inch faucet center. These bathroom faucets can be perfectly suited for both smaller and larger bathroom sinks, as well as to a wide variety of tastes in decor.
Widespread faucets – Widespread bathroom faucets are the most prominent looking and give you the greatest level of flexibility. They are a highly popular bathroom faucet choice, particularly for wider sinks. Widespread faucets work with three hole sinks, with faucet centers from 8 to 16 inches. The faucet spout and two handles are three completely separate pieces. The three pieces can each have a strong decorative character of their own, making widespread bathroom faucets particularly beautiful.
I don’t want a hole on my sink!
Wall Mount – Wall mount (or Wall mounted) bathroom faucets are a beautiful way to make a design statement, and make use of a beautiful bathroom sink that has no predrilled holes and no faucet blocking any of it. These bathroom faucets are mounted on holes in the wall above the sink, as opposed to on the sink deck. Depending on the model you choose, Wall mount faucets come in single hole, two hole and three hole configurations. Since the holes for wall mount faucets are custom made in the wall, there’s a practically limitless array of styling and layout options.
Single hole spouts are the sleekest. Wall mount bathroom faucets with one or two handles – requiring two or three holes, respectively - come as either one piece, or as completely independent pieces. The handle(s) of wall mount faucets are typically placed on the side(s)of the spout, but there are some models that have a handle placed beautifully atop the spout. Wall mount bathroom faucets really let your imagination run wild with the amount of layouts and styles available – in traditional, transitional, and contemporary/modern decors. Enjoy shopping!
What is your taste in décor?
With over 3,000 bathroom faucets to choose from, you can rest assured that QualityBath.com has one you’ll absolutely love within the price range you’re looking for.
Bathroom faucets range from the traditional - with their classic ornate touches – to contemporary/modern – with their beautiful smooth lines and luxurious luster – to transitional bathroom faucets that combine elements of both. The range of finishes in which you can get a bathroom faucet today is wide as well. Most fall within the conventional chrome, nickel and brass schemes. However, there is also a generous selection of bathroom faucets that come in just about any color imaginable, including black, white and some ultra-funky choices.
Yeah, you’ll ultimately need to pay for whatever bathroom faucet you decide to purchase. Don’t worry, though, QualityBath.com has exceptional pricing plus free shipping on all brands, and the price range for quality bathroom faucets is very wide. There will no doubt be a few faucets you love in whatever price range you’re looking at. Bear in mind that we don’t carry any bathroom faucets that aren’t high quality and manufactured by a reputable manufacturer. Shop with confidence on our entire site.