4 things you will need to take into consideration
There are four main things you will need to consider when choosing a bathroom faucet: budget, design & style, features and configuration. With so many different options on the market, defining what you want in each of these categories will allow you to narrow down the different faucets available to you, while not overwhelming you with hundreds of possibilities.
Similar to many aspects of home building and remodeling, there will always be options ranging from the basic “get the job done” models to the “sky is the limit” alternatives. If you want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on faucet that is completely possible, but not recommended especially if that faucet will be located in a bathroom that will see the least amount of traffic and use in the house. Keep in mind that other hardware components may exist in the bathroom (sink, shower head, cabinets…etc.) and you may have to outfit additional bathrooms depending on the project – so keep that budget in mind. Use your contractor as a resource – with years of experience, I have a better sense of what other customers have done, and based on the size of the project, can provide you with a good price range that should meet your needs, while still providing a quality product.
2. Design & Style
Depending on your design preference, you can make the faucet a focal point in the bathroom or you can have it blend in with its surroundings. It is important for the faucet to match the other elements in the room – from simple considerations such as the finish (brushed silver, bronze, black) to the overall look and feel of the space. Are you looking for an ultra modern bathroom design that would look right at home in DWELL magazine or are you aiming for a farmhouse-style country chic?
Also consider any other elements that have already been decided, especially the sink! A beautiful clear glass basin sink will not only look odd with a standard, center-set faucet; physically those two components won’t work together from an installation perspective. Instead a wall mounted faucet or taller, one-handle faucet would be a better pick. Another thing to consider is how deep the sink is – you don’t want a very deep sink paired with a very short faucet.
These two elements do not go together.
Consider who uses the bathroom. Would it be helpful to have a faucet that is easy to turn on and off (some faucets are ADA compliant)? Do you have children who tend to forget to turn the water off? Then maybe a faucet with an automatic sensor is best for you. “Features” can also refer to basic elements such as whether you want one handle or two to control the temperature. If you are looking to save water (always a good idea in Colorado), look for the Water Sense Certified label from the EPA. This certification means that the product is at least 20% more efficient without impacting performance, ultimately reducing your water use. Additionally, an aerator can be added to further reduce your water consumption.
This section refers to the physical characteristics of the faucet that will impact installation, and will require some guidance from your contractor based on the design of the bathroom and the sink you have chosen. The types are based on how many holes are required in the sink and how the faucet itself is mounted. Or to put it this way – you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole – so you better have a round peg handy.
There are four major faucet types:
Below are examples of the four different faucet types, in order: Single hole, center-set, widespread mounts, and wall mounts.
Usually a one handled faucet which installs as one piece.
2. Center-set (aka "minispreads")
This requires two holes about 4” apart to install on a sink, and there is a center plate unifying the handle(s) and the spout. These faucets can have either one handle or two.
3. Widespread mounts
Three separate holes are required for installation, where the two handles are installed further apart from the spout.
4. Wall mount
a more modern feature, these faucets are mounted to the wall, instead of the sink, which can create a waterfall effect depending on the hardware you have chosen.
When it comes to picking a faucet, don't be afraid to get some guidance from your contractor. You want to end up with a design you like and within a budget you can afford.