Choosing a New Faucet for Your Bathroom Sink

Ready to remodel your bathroom? Often, even small upgrades like installing a new faucet can make a big difference to the appearance and functionality of your bathroom. Here are some things to consider when choosing a new bathroom faucet for your home.

Number of Handles
Bathroom sink faucets are going to have one handle which is turned left/right to adjust the temperature and up/down to adjust the flow, or they are going to have two handles which are turned left/right to adjust the temperature and the flow. It is generally easier to adjust the flow and temperature with a single-handle faucet, and these only require one hole. However, some people prefer one type or the other aesthetically.
Faucets are generally mounted on the sink itself. However, you also have the option of getting a wall-mounted faucet. This is a good option for people with small bathrooms because you can set the sink closer to the wall. However, the downside is that wall-mounted bathroom sinks tend to cost more and they require plumbing in the wall.

Center-set vs. Wide-set
If you choose a two-handle faucet, then you will be able to choose how widely the handles are set. Center-set faucets have all of the parts (handles and spout) in one plate. By contrast, wide-set faucets will space the handles apart from the spout without a plate connecting them all.

The finish of your bathroom sink isn’t just an aesthetic choice. The finish will also affect how easy it is to clean the faucet, how durable it is, how much it shows water spots and fingerprints, and the cost of the faucet. The main options for sink finishes are:
• Chrome: It is inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean but does show fingerprints and water spots
• Polished brass: Is easy to clean but a bit more expensive
• Satin brass: Is durable and doesn’t show fingerprints but expensive and hard to match with other fixtures
• Oiled bronze: Very stylish and doesn’t show fingerprints, but pricey
• Copper: Is very durable and has natural antibacterial properties but requires maintenance and is pricey
• Polished nickel: This is a classic look, is very durable, and easy to clean but does show fingerprints and can be pricey

Water Flow
Reduce your water and hot water heating bills by choosing a faucet which has a lower flow. WaterSense low-flow faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute (compared to typical faucet of 2.2 gpm) but deliver the same amount of pressure.

Bathroom sinks now come in all sorts of styles. You can choose one style and then choose your other bathroom fixtures so they all match, such as contemporary, vintage, traditional, or timeless.