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How To Buy A Bathroom Faucet:
An Easy Buying Guide

Here is a FACT, your bathroom faucet will be the most used fixture in your home. First, you must think about how your bathroom will be used and by whom before you purchase a bathroom sink faucet. Anybody that visits your home will end up seeing it, so select a faucet that reflects your unique style and taste. With so many different styles available, you want to make sure you get the right faucet for your application and style.

Consider what you like and don’t like about your current faucet and ask yourself these 3 Basic Questions:
  1. Do you like the functionality of a faucet with one handle, or do you like the look of two?
  2. Does it feel comfortable in your hands when you use it?
  3. What type of finish matches and works with the rest of your bathroom decor?
With this in mind, follow these steps to choose the perfect bathroom sink faucet for your home!

Mounting & Installation Type:

Find out what type of Bathroom Faucet is compatible with your Bathroom Sink

Generally, I suggest picking the faucet before if you choose a sink. You can always find a sink that fits your faucet later. Next, determine whether the faucet will be mounted on the sink, counter, or wall.  Faucets are available in centerset, single-hole, wall-mount or widespread styles.

How to measure for sink-mounted faucets:

Generally, there are 1-3 holes located on the sink, counter top or wall. Measure the distance between the center of the far left hole to the center of the far right hole. The holes are usually 2-4 inches apart. Based on that, choose a faucet which is compatible. Here are some guidelines:
  1. One hole in the sink or counter - Single Hole Bathroom Faucet will fit.

  2. 3 holes 4” apart on a sink or counter - 4” Centerset Faucet or 4" Minispread Faucet will fit.

  3. Three holes 8” apart on a sink or counter - 8” Widespread Faucet will fit.

  4. Holes on the wall will only work with a Wall Mount Faucet.

  5. One, Two or Three holes in a counter with a Vessel Style sink requires a Vessel Faucet. These faucets have taller spouts that allow them to reach the sink.

Bathroom Faucet Installation:

Single Hole Faucets come with one or two handles attached to the spout itself creating a very simple design which is ideal for smaller sinks. If you like the look of a single-hole faucet but have a sink with 4” hole drillings, look for a faucet with an optional deck plate that covers the extra holes and still maintains the faucet design.

4” Centerset Faucets are compact and space-efficient, the spout and handles are attached to the base. Styles include both two handle and single lever designs.

4” Minispread Faucets are similar to the Centerset faucet and fits the same application size. The difference is that the 4” Mini Spread‘s hot handle, spout and cold handle are 3 separate pieces giving the look and feel of a larger widespread model.

8” Widespread Faucets have handles that are 8’ apart (some can extend to 16” apart). These faucets are ideal for large sinks where the scale and size of a smaller faucet might get lost.

Vessel Filler faucets are used specifically for vessel style sinks. These faucets have a higher spout reach, leaving room to go up and over the side of the sink. The necessary height and spout length of your faucet will be determined by the placement and size of your vessel sink. The height of the spout should clear the rim of the vessel usually about 3 – 5 inches from the rim is a comfortable height. The spout should end just over the drain usually 2-1/2 inches or more from the edge of the sink. Proper placement will ensure ample space to wash your hands.

Wall Mount Faucets are ideal for vessel sinks, wall hung sinks and undermount sinks without hole drillings in the sink or countertop. These unique faucets are mounted on the wall above the sink and extend over the center of the sink. Wall Mount Faucets are a great option for antique-style sinks, which often do not have hole drillings. When you choose a wall mounted faucet, make sure the spout will reach to the center of the sink basin, above the drain. This style requires water supplies that extend up the wall behind the sink. Be sure to confirm with your contractor that your application can be adapted to accommodate this type of installation.

DealYard offers a huge selection of bathroom sink faucets in many styles, finishes and configurations.

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