How to Choose a Bathroom Sink Faucet

Written by: Erica Spangler

Entire bathrooms are often designed around the faucet. The following video and article will help you determine which type of faucet you need for your bathroom sink.

Installation Types

Note: Make sure to measure your faucet centers. This refers to the distance, in inches, from the very center of the left hole to very center of the right hole. Make sure to measure the distance between your faucet holes to the wall and measure for any other obstructions, such as mirrors and cabinets.
Single Hole Bathroom Faucet

Single-hole

  • Typically comes with one handle (sometimes two)
  • Ideal for smaller bathrooms
  • Sleek, simple design

Single-hole faucets provide more precise volume and temperature control. Additionally, a single-hole faucet results in a far quicker install job than any other installation type.

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Centerset Bathroom Faucet

Centerset

  • Comes with two handles
  • Can be used on sinks with single-hole or 4-inch faucet centers
  • Spout and handle(s) are fixed on a base unit that’s mounted on the sink

Very popular installation type, thanks in part to its versatility, and is a nice fit in a bathroom of any size.

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Widespread Bathroom Faucet

Widespread

  • Most commonly comes with two handles
  • Most popular installation type
  • Features faucet centers from 8 to 16 inches wide

This is a very versatile installation type with the most style options. Handles are not attached to the spout-mounting base.

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Vessel Bathroom Faucet

Vessel

  • Single lever handle
  • Fits perfectly with vessel sinks
  • Provides elegant focal point

Faucets are taller to accommodate the higher lip of vessel sinks.

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Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet

Wall mount

  • Mounts to wall
  • Creates unique bathroom centerpiece
  • Can include one or two handles

This faucet is a fashion-forward alternative to traditional sink-mounted faucets.

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Handle Types

One Handle Bathroom Faucet

One handle

  • Offers optimal temperature and volume control
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Two Handle Bathroom Faucet

Two handles

  • Usually provides a wider range of styles and sizes
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Touchless Bathroom Faucet

Touchless

  • No handle
  • Water turns on and off when it senses a hand in front of it
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Handle Styles

Lever Handle Bathroom Faucet

Lever

  • Most contemporary handle type.
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Cross Handle Bathroom Faucet

Cross

  • Combines traditional looks with modern day ease-of-use.
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    Knob Handle Bathroom Faucet

    Knob

    • Standard rounded handle found on the most affordable bathroom faucets.
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    Finish Options

    Construction

    Brass Construction Bathroom Faucets

    High quality material

    Most high-quality bathroom faucets are made of brass (solid brass or cast brass). This is the preferred material for bathroom faucet construction to ensure durability and reliability.

    Ceramic Discs in Bathroom Faucets

    Ceramic disc cartridges

    Ceramic discs are becoming standard in bathroom faucets. Ceramic discs have replaced rubber discs inside the spout for a lifetime of drip-free and leak-free performance.

    Other Features

    WaterSense and Eco-friendly Faucets

    WaterSense

    Bathroom faucets with the WaterSense label feature an eco-friendly flow rate that’s guaranteed to save water and money.

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    Pullout spouts

    As a feature you typically see in kitchen faucets, a few bathroom faucets actually offer pullout sprays. Now you can easily clean every area of your bathroom sink.

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    Low-lead Bathroom Faucets

    Low lead

    Recent legislation requires that new faucets being installed by customers located in Vermont, Maryland, and California must be free of lead.

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    Easy installation

    Many manufacturers have simplified installation with easy-to-install water lines.

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