How to Choose the Right Faucet for your Bathroom Sink
Whether you are remodeling or building your bathroom, you will have to choose a faucet that fulfills both your functional and aesthetic needs. There is an array of faucets available for your bathroom sink. To buy a faucet that that gives you hassle free performance for years, you should consider factors such as material and finish of the faucet, configuration of the bathroom sink and more. This guide will help you choose a long lasting bathroom faucet that fits all of your needs
Configurations of Faucets
This type of faucet has a deckplate that holds the spout and the two handles. It can be installed on sinks with one to three holes set 4 inches apart.
The widespread faucet has three independent elements in it, the spout, and the cold and hot handles. It can be installed onto the sinks with three holes that are 8 inches to 16 inches apart.
Single Hole or Single Handle
As the name suggests, the spout and the handle is integrated in single unit in single hole faucets. These compact faucets can also be conveniently fixed in 3-hole faucets by using a deckplate, also called escutcheon.
The wall mount faucet is installed on the wall behind the sink. This type of faucet is usually used for vessel sinks that have no holes.
The valve technology is another important factor to be considered while buying a bathroom sink faucet. There are four kinds of valves used in bathroom faucets: compression, ball, cartridge, and ceramic disk. Read our detailed article on valves for better understanding of each type.
Both the faucets and sinks are available in standard sizes set by the plumbing industry. Bathroom sink faucets come in 4 inch and 8-inch width configurations. While buying a new faucet for your bathroom sink, you must measure the spacing between the holes from the approximate center.
Also, you must check the depth of the sink. Smaller sinks would need small faucets and for deeper sinks like the vessel sinks, tall faucets or U faucets are used to avoid splashing of water over the countertop.
After figuring out the construction features and valve type of the bathroom sink faucet, you should plan for the style and look. In general, there are three design styles available: traditional, modern, and transitional.
The traditional faucets are ornate and have curved spouts and handles.
The modern faucets have an angular design with sharper lines.
The transitional faucets have a blend of traditional and modern design.
The finish on a faucet is the outer surface that provides color and protection to exterior parts of a faucet. There are some standard finishes available such as chrome, brass and nickel, brushed copper, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, satin gold and many more. You should look for a finish that is durable and scratch resistant and matches the décor of your bathroom.
Once you have made up your mind for the type of faucet that would fit well into your sink, it’s time you consider the features that you want in your faucet. Faucet manufacturers offers a plethora of features in bathroom sink faucets but before drawing towards any feature, you must analyze its value for you. If children and elderly are going to be the main users of the bathroom, go for faucets that are easy to use, sturdy and have easy clean finish. Delta stainless steel bathroom faucet is an ideal option. If your bathroom will be high traffic, and you are a hygiene and technology freak, you can go for touchless faucets. Moen’s Hands free sensor operated faucets gives a smooth touchless experience.
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