Whether you’re doing an entire bathroom remodeling job, or you’re just replacing a leaky faucet, choosing the right faucet for your bathroom sink is an important decision. And it’s more than aesthetical, it practicality. Not all faucets are the same, in fact none of them are. Use these basic guidelines when purchasing a new bathroom faucet for a smooth installation and worry free faucet that will last for years to come.
Bathroom sink faucets come in four varieties. Based on the configuration of the sinks holes and mounting this varies. There is the widespread faucet or eight inch spread. It also comes in a four inch spread. The single hole faucet is used for top mounted single holed sink faucets. The wall mount is the least common and attaches to the wall and not the sink at all.
The more common eight inch faucets fit three holed sinks with an eight inch spread but can fit other measurements not quit eight inches.
The smaller four inch spread faucet is typically one solid piece and fit four inch sink holes. They also come in a modified three holed unit, similar to an eight inch spread, and they can adjust to slightly smaller holes if needed.
A single hole faucet is the easiest to install and only requires the one hole for both hot and cold water. These typically have one lever that operates the faucet.
A wall mount needs no sink holes as it mounts to the wall. Holes are drilled for the faucet as needed. This is usually for vessel sink.
Matching the units
The most important aspect in sink design is similarity between like products and complete differences in the rest. Sink and faucet manufacturers suit a design to fit their products. A sink from one company is more likely to not fit the faucet of another.
Measure your existing sinks holes and the old faucets spread if you plan on keeping the same sink. Creating a transferable pattern of the sinks holes and taking it into the store can really help in finding the correct product.