We may scoff at commercials like the one where a couple consulting with their architect ask him to design a bathroom around a sink faucet, but there is more wisdom to this than you might think. While the bathroom faucet may not seem like the most important consideration for your remodel, selecting the right one can make all the difference. You won’t see the difference between faucets at big box stores and local suppliers at first glance, but mass-produced faucets take a hit in terms of quality. Big box faucets are made with lower quality brass and finishes. When you buy from a local supplier, you’re purchasing a faucet of greater quality – the increase in price reflects an increase in quality and longevity. In order to select the right bathroom faucet for your remodel, start with some of these key considerations.
Style and Finish
Although your bathroom faucet may seem insignificant, it can easily become a flub or the final, crowning flourish in your bathroom remodel. Of course, you want the faucet to match the overall style of your bathroom remodel. Do you need a basic, clean and contemporary faucet? Or do you prefer something more sleek and sophisticated? There are multiple finish types to consider, including brass, bronze, brushed nickel, chrome, Spot Resist™, and wrought iron. Consider the finish of other elements in your bathroom, like lighting, shower faucets and shower heads, and bathroom accessories. Generally, you want your finishes to match, but note that this will require a side-by-side comparison. Finishes vary by brand, though finishes within the same family like brass should match well.
Depending on the aesthetics of your bathroom, there are multiple types of faucets to choose from. While some faucets require a single hole for installation, others require multiple holes. Be sure to discuss space considerations and installation procedures with your installer.
- Single hole faucets have a spout and single hand control attached to the faucet body.
- Center set faucets sit on a deck plate with two handles attached to the spout body.
- Mini-spread faucets have three individual pieces – faucet and two handles – not connected by a deck plate.
- Widespread faucets are separated, like mini-spreads, but by a greater width, with features spaced 8 inches apart.
- Vessel faucets have a taller faucet that sits on top of the counter.
- Wall-mounted faucets are installed to the wall above the sink, rather than the countertop.
Once you’ve chosen a type of bathroom faucet, you’ll need to consider different handle features as well.
- Lever handles are the most common and accessible handles – they’re great for children and older adults.
- Single handles are also easy to use – just one handle controls water, with a range from hot to cold depending on the angle.
- Knob handles are often made with grooves for easier grip, but they are slightly more difficult to use than lever handles.
- Cross handles are similar to lever handles, but with a cross or “t” design; these are commonly used in vintage or antique-inspired bathrooms, paired with pedestal sinks, but they are slightly harder to grip.
- Motion or touch activated handles help conserve water and reduce germ exposure; they’re powered by an electrical connection and are set to a pre-determined water temperature.
Bathroom remodeling requires close attention to every detail, from the shower and bath to tile work to the bathroom faucet. For help getting started on your remodel, contact us at Crystal Shower & Bath Company. We’ll happily provide you with a free quote and answer any questions you may have about your bathroom remodel.