Buyers guide to bathroom faucets

Buyers guide to bathroom faucets

Bathroom faucets have a massive price range depending on the technology, design, and color of the faucet. They can range anywhere between $100 and $2000. As the name implies this faucet is fit to a single hole on a counter-top, most commonly it has a single lever which regulates water temperature as well as pressure. This type of faucet is simplistic in form and function making it a popular and convenient option for a modern bathroom. Single-hole faucets are the ideal for smaller sinks.

Center-Set Faucet:

These are the longtime standard faucets but have recently fallen in popularity in favor of single-hole faucets which are more appealing to modern-day aesthetics.  Center-set faucets are fit to three holes with the distance between the two outer holes being four inches apart. They can have either two handles or a single lever.

Widespread Faucet:

Such faucets have three separate components. The two handles are fit eight inches apart with the spout being placed center. Widespread Faucets have a tendency to be larger than average for bathroom faucets and are used primarily for larger sinks. Many such models have smaller variants that would fit a more standard four-inch system.

Wall mount Faucet:

A niche type used primarily for vessel sinks that require longer spouts to be extended over the top. They are fairly none standard coming in larger variance.

Color options:

Faucets these days come in a variety in colors.  Most common is shiny chrome followed by brush nickel finishes. These are the colors often used for shower fixtures and other accessories in the bathroom. Faucets are also available in off colors like bronze, white, ebony, gold etc. Some faucets come in decorative ceramics as well.

Water Flow:

For those who are trying to go green, you will be glad to hear that most modern day faucets are being engineered to have the lowest amount of flow rate possible but at the same time providing adequate pressure. Lower flow rates mean less wasted water. As of 1992, the United States created a standard for the maximum allowable flow rate in the Federal Energy Management Act which required that faucets not exceed a flow rate of 2.5 GPM (Gallon per Minute). Since then the Environmental Protection Agency has enacted the Water Sense program which would set the criteria of 1.5gpm. Any faucet that is EPA approved under Water Sense Criteria has incredibly efficient flow stemming from either the construction of the body of the faucet or its aerator.

Aerators:

An aerator is a piece at the end of the faucet. Its job is to restrict the flow rate of water while adding air bubbles. The adding of air to water as it flows from the faucet has two major purposes. The first is to soften the water to the touch, making much more pleasant to wash your hands. The second is to minimize the amount of splash when the water hits the sink.

 

 

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