Sinks & Accessories

About Bathroom Faucets


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Adding a new faucet to your bathroom can provide a stylish accent that enhances the entire room. Select from a variety of options ranging from the economical to the elegant. High-quality faucets give you precise control, have few maintenance problems and don't cost any more to install than less expensive units. Plan your bathroom décor around the faucet when building a new house or remodeling the bathroom.

Faucets are generally available in four styles, including single-hole, center-set, widespread and wall mount. If you are remodeling or building a new house, you'll be able to choose from a wider range of styles and finishes. A good valve is crucial to long life, so consider installing the best one your budget will allow.

Styles: The design of your sink plays a large role in determining which style of faucet you decide to install. If a sink has only one hole, you'll need to install a single-hole faucet. These units often have one handle connected to the spout, though some may have separate handles for hot and cold water. Center-set faucets combine the handles and spout on a 4" base unit. These are the most commonly used faucets and are usually the least expensive and easiest to install. Widespread models feature hot- and cold-water valves that are separate from the spout. They are often more expensive than other styles but allow for a wide range of placement flexibility. For something different, choose a wall-mounted faucet. Pair one with an above-counter basin for an especially striking look. While they may be more difficult to install, wall-mounted faucets reduce clutter on the sink and make cleanup easier.

  • Single-hole faucets are simple to install and maintain and are compact and easy to use
  • Single-hole faucets are often used on smaller sinks and may have an optional cover plate
  • Center-set faucets are ideal for smaller, predrilled or preexisting basins
  • Widespread faucets have a standard spread of at least 8"
  • Mini-widespread, or mini spread, faucets have a spread of 4"

Design: Along with the style, you'll also need to choose a spout, handle and valve for your new faucet. Spouts may be aerated or non-aerated. Aerated spouts mix air with the water and utilize a screen and restrictor to limit flow while simultaneously improving water pressure. Non-aerated spouts do not have a screen and allow water to flow freely, causing a waterfall-like effect. Handles come in a wide range of styles including ring-type cylinder, round, cross and lever and may be a single unit or separate for customized hot- and cold-water control.