If you are planning to do a little remodel in your bathroom or if you just want to know; here are some helpful tips and info for choosing the right bathroom faucet for your needs.
The first thing anyone should know when buying a new faucet for your bathroom is whether it will fit on your current sink. This is because there are a few different styles of or bathroom faucet specifications:
- Single whole sinks are the most common variety among smaller sink types. They accommodated one and two lever faucet designs.
- Four inch three hole sinks can accommodate center set faucets which require three separate holes for the levers and spout. They are also commonly found in smaller sink types.
- Widespread or eight inch three hole setups are usually found in larger variety sink types. It is basically the same design as the four inch three whole just with eight inch holes for larger, more powerful faucets, also commonly with two separate levers and a separate spout.
- Wall-mounted setups speak for themselves, but basically they are fastened to the wall which means if you are upgrading to a wall-mounted setup you will have to get another sink too. However, they are a very versatile design but you would require you to chop into the walls and adjust the piping to accommodate.
- There is a host of speciality faucets such as vessel, non-touch and illuminated for example. Some even control the flow of water to save as much water as possible while still being as effective as possible. Non-touch faucets can be turned on and off or ever change water temperature without having to handle the actual faucet itself. Waterfall styled faucets are beginning to be popular in modern bathroom designs, even incorporating non-touch and waterfall together. Some need to be bought with the inclusion of the sink to make its design feasible. But most importantly,if you are looking at a faucet that no one has heard of, get a professional to come and see what the situation requires because most of the time the installation will be situational based and different for most bathrooms.
So now that you know what kind of sink you have, you need to buy the actual faucet and a large variety of faucet styles use the same specifications.
- Bridge faucets were most common back in the day, but today that offer a fresh look from the past. They utilize two levers for hot and cold and combine a mixture of the two via a ‘bridge’ design to produce warm water that comes out of a single spout.
- Single-handle faucets designs utilize a single handle, single spout system that opens the flow of water when pushed up or down and changes the temperature when moved from left to right.
- Centre set faucets typically have two levers, but sometimes have just one and one spout. Mostly they come in one unit that uses the four inch three hole design either on a sink or countertop.
- Spread-fit setups have a split spout and handles with the connection often times hidden below the sink. This set up is great for tight fitting situations.
If you are looking for faucets for your heating devices, look for color coded ones in red color.