Bathroom sink faucets are no longer style-less commodities. Our expert shares tips to help you…
Certainly you’ll want a style that suits your decor but there’s also the configuration to consider, the type of finish the faucet has, the kind of use the bathroom typically sees and the configuration of sink the faucet will serve.
Then of course, there’s the budget to consider. Good bathroom sink faucets can be had for reasonable prices but at the farther end of the style spectrum, prices can get steep. Understanding what your needs are in a bath faucet and knowing what’s available will help you make informed buying decisions by striking a balance between those needs and your budget.
How Do I Make The Best Choice?
Choosing a bathroom faucet doesn’t have to be a mind-blowing experience. Depending on your objectives it could be very straightforward, such as buying a simple replacement faucet for an existing bathroom.
On the other hand, if you’re building a new home or remodeling and several bathrooms are involved, or you’re looking for some style along with functionality, then it may take a little more hunting. But if you follow some basic steps, it shouldn’t be difficult.
There’s no “perfect” way to go about this but the following process should give you a solid footing toward making a good faucet choice.
1. Determine the style, finish and price point you prefer
You can check local home centers but your range of style options will be limited. Instead, check the manufacturer’s websites as well as online merchants that sell bathroom faucets to become familiar with available styles and price points.
2. Determine what features and configuration you want
Do you want a pullout faucet or will a standard fixture with no bells and whistles do? If you have a choice (meaning, you’re not constrained by your existing sink style) do you prefer a small centerset style or individual handles and spout like with a widespread faucet? Consider who will use the faucet and how much use it will get to help decide.
3. What kind of sink will you use with the faucet?
Make sure the sink and faucet you choose are compatible from a configuration standpoint. The number of holes and the spacing on the sink needs to be congruent with your faucet choice.
4. Understand when the faucet needs to be installed
When choosing a bathroom faucet make sure you understand when it’s needed for installation so that it won’t be the holdup in your remodeling schedule. Some faucets aren’t available off the shelf, particularly some high-end models with unique finishes. This is an area where your choice can affect a builder’s schedule.
5. With the prior considerations done, make your purchase
If you’ve thought through the preceding considerations you’re in good shape to make the right choice. Narrow your choices down to a short list then pull the trigger on the one that suits you best. Don’t labor over this too long or you’ll get into decision paralysis!