Bathroom sink faucets can make a statement and dress up the look of your bathroom. With so many styles to choose from, the first step is to identify the type of faucet you are looking for. For a peek at 15 of the best bathroom faucets, visit our recommended faucets page.
Centerset faucets are the more common and traditional style, although there are some with a modern look. The spout and handles are close together and connected on a base. If you are replacing a centerset faucet, you will have three holes in your sink at a 4” spread. Alternatively, you could install a single hole faucet with a deck plate or cover plate at the bottom that will gracefully cover up the unneeded holes. (see below)
Like centerset faucets, widespread faucets also have separate hot and cold handles. However these handles are spaced further from the spout and are mounted on 3 holes at an 8” spread. The spout tends to have an elegant curve and this style can transition between traditional and contemporary looks.
Single hole faucets
These typically have a single handle above the spout. If replacing a three-hole centerset faucet, you can find a single hole faucet with a deck plate to cover the unneeded holes as shown here. Single handle faucets can have a sleeker look, but the water temperature control is not as precise as with 2 handles.
Wall mount faucets
These are mounted on the wall behind the sink and can be attached through a tile or stone backsplash or even through a mirror. They are often used for vessel or wall-mounted sinks, but can also be used with a more standard sink. Make sure the spout is long enough to reach above the center of the sink. Wall mount faucets can come in single or two handle models. They are less common and offer a unique look.
Vessel sinks are those where the sink bowl (round or square) is entirely above the counter as pictured above. They are usually paired with wall mounted or vessel faucets. Vessel faucets come in a wide variety of styles, but generally create a more modern look.
Other features for bathroom sink faucets
Some bathroom sink faucets come with special features, such as touchless/hands free operation or a pull down spout.
If you are concerned about making an environmentally friendly selection, look for the WaterSense logo or “WaterSense Certified” label for faucets that have met the EPA standards for water-efficiency.
Finally, when selecting your faucet consider how it compliments the other fixtures in your bathroom. If doing a complete bathroom remodel, look for bathroom sink faucets that have matching towel rings, toilet paper holders, etc for an integrated look.