Selecting the Right Bathroom Faucet for Your Space
There are seemingly endless options in bathroom faucets available at Immerse. It can daunting to select just one. By working closely with your designer and an Immerse specialist, you’ll find a comfort level with understanding all the parameters necessary to pick a lav faucet that’s perfect for your “most used room in the house.”
Here are some tips that should help:
Know your design style
Whether your bath is contemporary, modern, rustic, or anywhere in between, your bathroom faucets should complement your sink, and fit into the overall design and look of the project.
Select the height
Your faucet will need to fit with the height of the sink you’ve selected. If you choose a vessel sink, for example, you’ll need a taller bathroom faucet than for an under mount sink. The height will affect the splash of water in and around your sink.
Determine the number of handles
Deciding on faucet handles is determined by function as well as style preferences. By choosing double handles, you’ll need both hands to adjust both handles in order to obtain the desired water temperature; with a single handle, use can use only one hand to easily obtain the desired temperature. You can also find motion or touch activated faucets with no handles at all!
The stream of water should hit pretty close to the bottom of the sink, rather than the side, to reduce splashing and provide ample space for hand washing. However, the water stream does not need to hit the drain, as is sometimes mistakenly assumed. It should just hit somewhere in the bottom area of the basin.
Select your installation or mounting type
There are four standard choices:
Widespread, with two separate handles and spout measuring 8” or 16” from side to side; requires three holes.
- Pros: Most traditional type, best for use when replacing an existing 3-hole.
- Cons: Some people prefer a single handle.
Single-hole is most common in contemporary and modern design. Typically they have one integrated handle, though both dual handle and touchless faucets are also available, which have a sensor instead of a handle.
- Pros: Can require less drilling during installation, and can be easier to clean. Water temperature is adjusted with one movement instead of two with single handle faucets since one handle controls the flow of both hot and cold.
- Cons: Some people prefer a more traditional look.
Center set combines handles and spout on a base which measures 4” from side to side.
- Pros: Usually less expensive; easy installation, can cover three holes.
- Cons: Can look less dramatic; this is more common with lower-end options.
Wall-mounted require a separate wall-mounted valve and drain.
- Pros: Quite a design statement! Frees up counter space.
- Cons: Is usually more difficult to install and is typically a long-term commitment. These are best for new construction or a complete renovation.