Choosing the Right Bathroom Faucet

Yesterday I wrote about choosing the right Kitchen Faucet for your style, so I figured we’d keep this train a’ rolling with choosing the right Bathroom Faucet.  Just like Kitchen Faucets, the array of styles and finishes can become dizzying.  While shopping for your perfect faucet, you should keep a couple concepts in mind.  Start with the type of handles you prefer,  like single handle or two handle, think about your personal style and personality for that matter.  Ponder for a bit about the  finish you want and does it complement your existing bathroom accessories?  Will the faucet you choose easily fit in your current bathroom sink or will you have to hire a plumber or call your Uncle Bob to get this thing installed?  Lastly, think about the amount of George Washington’s you want to spend.  Do your research and read what you get in the box, some manufacturers package the bathroom faucet separately from the handles so you might need to buy the faucet handles separately.  Those sneaky manufacturers!  Nothing like getting a nice gift for yourself to find out it’s only two-thirds there.

The difference in price for some faucets is not what they look like on the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts and that’s doesn’t just go for faucets!  Some faucets look great at first but then soon start leaking because of the plastic parts on the interior.  This means you’ll have to buck up and spend the money you should have spent in the first place on a quality faucet.  Again, do your homework and call the customer care department if needed to figure out what exactly you’re getting.

Now, I’ll break down the most popular styles so you can get a better idea what’s out there.  Oh, by the way or BTW for all you young folks, the proper term for sink faucet is lavatory faucet.  So in your search if you can’t find what you are looking for under “sink faucet” try searching under “lavatory faucet”.

Two Handle Lavatory Faucets are the most common and come in a multitude of flavors.  There’s the traditional Centerset, thAmerican Standard Green Tea Lavatory Faucete Mini-Widespread, the Widespread and the Wall Mount.  They range from a traditional style like the Moen Brantford Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet to the contemporary side such as the American Standard Green Tea Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet which is discreetly disguised as a pull-out bathroom faucet, very cool!  (Check out the pic –>)

The next two are the Centerset Single-Handle and the Centerset Single-Hole.  The single handle styles stretch from the 1980’s with the plastic ob-longed shaped pop up handle like the Moen Chateau Single Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet (I think this was in my house when I was a kid!) to the super sleek Price Pfister Bernini Centerset Single Control Lavatory Faucet.

Lastly we have some nice faucets that are the epitome of relaxation.  The Roman Tub and Clawfoot Tub Faucets.  Roman tub faucets are a really nice piece for that drop-in, free-standing or whirlpool bath tub.  The clawfoot tub faucets are nice if your style is very classic, like early 1900’s and you’ve got a nice budget to play with.  These faucets look extremly elegant and are intricately detailed, check out the Elizabethan Classics Telephone Tub Filler with Handshower for a good example.

Delta Addison Two Handle Widespread Lavatory FaucetNow that you have a better idea of what you want, let me give you a list of available finishes.  Not all of these are available for every faucet of course but it will help you narrow down your search even more.  The finishes are: Chrome, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel, Polished Brass, Antique Brass,  Bronze, Stainless Steel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Platinum, Acrylic and Copper.  And those are just the main ones, sometimes manufactures make up their own finish names just to confuse us even more.

My biggest and best advice to you in this crazy world of faucets is to buy something that YOU like and buy a QUALITY faucet.  There are more than enough style’s of quality faucets to pick from to really let your personality shine though in your bathroom.  This is your place of solace, a place of relaxation.  You don’t want to be hearing that god-awful leaky faucet you got “on sale” every time your try to relax in the bath do you?  Until next time, happy bathing!

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