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How To Choose A Bathroom Faucet
Follow our expert tips to ensure you find the perfect faucet for your bath design.
Whether you're revamping a powder room or starting a master suite from scratch, you'll need a bathroom faucet that fits. Here's how to ensure the one you pick is The One for you.
Before You Go, Consider:
- Does the bathroom see heavy traffic? If it's a morning gridlock zone, opt for a function-first faucet.
- Who uses the bathroom faucet in the home? You'll want a faucet that's easy to turn on and off, particularly if elderly family members or kids are regular users. Hands-free models make it a cinch. Or opt for a single-handle faucet, which makes adjusting the water temperature a snap.
- How deep is the sink? Smaller bathroom sinks need smaller fixtures (a faucet that's too big will leave the countertop drenched). A vessel-style sink needs a faucet tall enough to crane over the bowl.
Have kiddos or someone with arthritis in the house? Consider a faucet with Touch20® technology. The water turns on and off with just a touch - perfect for little or achy hands.
- Picking out new countertops, too? Some counters are custom-drilled to match the faucet holes, so you'll want to select the faucet first.
What To Measure:
- The thickness of the deck—that's the sink or countertop, whatever the faucet will attach to.
- The number of holes in the deck.
- The spacing in inches between each hole, measured from the approximate centre.
Things To Bring:
- A measuring tape.
- Any materials you plan to match the faucet's finish with (such as cabinet hardware), and photos of the sink area.
#1 Thing to Remember:
Most faucets come in one-, two- and three-hole configurations. If you're eyeing a single-handle (read: one hole) faucet to replace a faucet with multiple holes, go for it! Use an extra hole for a built-in soap dispenser, or cover up the holes you don't need with a baseplate.
Before You Buy:
- Match the faucet finish to that of the bath or shower fixtures. If the sink is in a powder room, match it to the cabinet hardware instead. Most faucets are available in stainless steel, bronze and chrome.
- If you're keeping the countertop, make sure the faucet won't extend too far over the sink once it's installed. The water stream should hit near the centre of the basin or just behind it.
Now you've got all the prep and know-how you need to select the perfect faucet for your needs, your home, and your budget!