Everything You Need To Know About Bathroom Faucets

Here are some things to know and consider before purchasing a new bathroom faucet.

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Even though they’re small, bathroom faucets are an important element of your home. If you’re ready to head to the store to search for new bathroom faucets, then you should know the basics about the different brands and finishes so you can get the best possible deal – and the best possible product for your individual home.

The first thing you should know is that when a customer talks about bathroom faucets, they are typically referring to sink faucets, not tub faucets. Although tub faucets are still considered faucets, they normally aren’t referred to that way by customers. That means you can safely refer to your purchase as a bathroom faucet and workers should know exactly what you’re searching for and will be able to assist you. 

However, you shouldn’t rely on retail workers to know what will work best for your specific bathroom when they’ve never been inside themselves. That’s why you should do your research ahead of time to figure out what type of faucet and finish will look the most stylish in your home. In order to make those choices, here are a few basic things you should know about bathroom faucets: 

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Why Are Faucets Important?

When it comes to buying faucets, you need to select a type and finish that is going to complement your design style, not clash with it. Even more importantly, you need to make sure you choose a faucet that is functional. The wrong faucet can turn a beautiful bathroom into an uncomfortable space by spraying water onto your shirt while you’re trying to wash your hands or being so low to the ground that it’s impossible to wash your face efficiently. When choosing a faucet, you need to make sure you select something that is both stylish and functional. Something that looks good while it’s not in use but also does its job properly.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Bathroom Faucet?

Installing a bathroom faucet is going to cost you somewhere between $150 and $550. If the job includes removing an old faucet in addition to installing the new one, then you will probably have to pay at least $225 to $275 more, depending on whether or not the water lines need to be adjusted. If there is any pre-existing damage, then the cost will run even higher. However, installing a bathroom faucet isn’t impossible for an amateur, so you can avoid calling a plumber by doing the job yourself. It shouldn’t take you any longer than an hour as long as you have a basin wrench, a putty knife, and supply lines in place. 

Related: Bathroom Renovation 12k Budget 

Do Sink And Shower Faucets Have To Match?

Your sink faucets and shower faucets don’t have to match perfectly. It’s okay if they are purchased from two different companies or if they consist of two different finishes. However, it’s recommended that you think about whether those finishes are going to match well or whether they are going to look unflattering in the same room. Some finishes, like chrome and brass, can work well together and create a cohesive, stylish look. However, you probably don’t want to pair a copper finish with flash black. You have to take the time to really look at your current bathroom, consider the home design style you already have in place, and decide what type of faucet will fit in the room seamlessly.

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What Brands Of Bathroom Faucets Are There?

There are dozens of different brands that sell bathroom faucets. Since there is such a wide array of options, you want to do your research. You need to pick a brand you can trust to create durable, stylish, high-quality products. Here are some of the most well-known, reputable companies that specialize in bathroom fixtures:


Delta believes water has the power to transform the way people feel every day, which is why they have thoughtful features, breathtaking designs, and durable products that are built to last you a lifetime. They even have faucets that are activated with the tap of your hand or elbow, which is much more sanitary than traditional knobs and handles. These faucets also allow you to easily shut off (and save) water when your hands are full and you don’t want to put down your laundry, towels, or children. It makes washing your hands easier, and more hygienic than it’s ever been before.

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Kohler is known for its plumbing products, even though they also manufacture furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. When it comes to their faucet selection, they offer a diverse range of styles in multiple finishes starting as low as $78. They even sell coordinated pieces in case you want to match your sink faucets with your tub faucets. Kohler can even help you complete the rest of your bathroom with accessories like towel bars, tissue paper holders, and robe hooks.

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Grohe has award-winning designs and industry-leading technologies. In order to give customers excellent products that they can trust, they perform rigorous internal tests and external certification processes on all of their products. They have also made a serious corporate commitment to protecting the planet by creating sustainable product solutions. Not only are their products good for the environment, but they are also ergonomic and visually distinctive.

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Brizo is a luxury fittings brand that combines form and function in order to create beautifully crafted kitchen and bath products. They have over twenty different collections, so you can find the perfect faucet for any type of home. Brizo pays close attention to every detail and constantly pushes the limits on design, craftsmanship, and innovation, so any faucet you choose will be durable and reliable.

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Moen offers a diverse selection of kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, and accessories. When it comes to their bathroom products, they offer widespread faucets, single hole faucets, center-set faucets, and wall mount faucets. These faucets come in a wide variety of finishes, such as black, chrome, oil rubbed bronze, spot resist stainless, brushed chrome, matte black, polished brass, wrought iron, brushed gold, matte black, polished nickel, brushed nickel, Mediterranean bronze, and spot resist brushed nickel. They have faucets for every style of bathroom, so you won’t have to worry about finding something to match your aesthetic.

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Who Makes The Best Bathroom Faucets?

Kohler is considered one of the top makers of bathroom faucets and kitchen sink faucets. They have been providing exceptional products and services since 1873 and are fueled by more than 36,000 associates worldwide. Customers trust them because they strive to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations through design, craftsmanship, and innovation. 

However, if you aren’t interested in adding any Kohler products to your home, Delta and Moen are two more trustworthy companies with reliable, affordable products. Delta was founded back in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handed faucet and has been creating thoughtful, fashionable innovations ever since.

Moen also created a single-handle faucet back in 1937 they believed would revolutionize plumbing. The idea came when Al Moen, the company founder, was washing his hands with a two-handle faucet after work. All of a sudden, a burst of hot water hit him, which inspired him to create the single-handle faucet. Since then, Moen has introduced many more innovative products, such as motion sense faucets that give customers hands-free convenience in the kitchen and bathroom.

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What Types Of Bathroom Faucet Finishes Are There?

Once you decide which type of faucet you prefer and which brand you’re going to be buying from, you have to decide which finish will match your bathroom’s décor the best. Whether you’re hoping to match your showerhead exactly or hoping to mix and match finishes that pair well together, you need to be careful about the color you choose. Here are some finishes you probably want to consider:


This is a neutral that flatters and complements any décor style. It works well when paired with bold, geometric shapes and patterns, bright colors, and edgy decorations. However, it also works with more traditional, simplistic bathrooms. If you choose a nickel finish for your faucets, then you won’t have a hard time finding accessories for your bathroom because anything will match. 

Brushed Chrome

A brushed chrome finish has the silver color of chrome, except with a brushed, matte finish. It’s the perfect solution if you like the look of chrome but don’t want too much shine. This finish is one of the most versatile types you could choose and goes well with any style of bathroom. It’s also the most inexpensive finish. It’s easy to clean, easy to maintain, and easy to match.

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Polished Gold

Gold works well with old-fashioned, vintage décor. However, chic gold accents can also look stylish in modern bathrooms. No matter what type of décor style your home has, the polished gold will give your faucet a shining, elegant look. It will transform any bathroom into a classy, luxurious space where guests will feel welcome.

Antique Black

If you’re interested in a dark shade for your old-fashioned bathroom but are worried about matte black coming across as too modern, then you can choose an antique black instead. This will give your bathroom an aged, distressed look. It will work well with more rustic furnishings, so it won’t clash with your traditional aesthetic.

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Oil Rubbed Bronze

This is a dark, luxurious color that works well with traditional, Tuscan, or Mediterranean settings. Oil rubbed bronze is classy, durable, and easy to clean. It’s more expensive than chrome or brushed nickel, but if you’re on a budget, you don’t have to buy matching accessories. You can use a brass darkening solution on light switch plates and cabinet knobs in order to make your hardware match.

Polished Brass

This durable finish will give your bathroom a vintage look. It’s easy to clean, easy to find, and easy to match with other fixtures and bathroom accessories. It works well with modern, traditional, and eclectic settings. The only downside is that it is more expensive compared to brushed nickel and chrome.

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Flash Black

This finish works best in modern, contemporary bathrooms. Black faucets are rapidly increasing in popularity because the color hides dirt, fingerprints, and water spots. Plus, it’s easy to coordinate black fixtures with other bathroom accessories and will contrast well with lighter countertops and sinks.

Related: Black Bathroom Accessories 


This rich color is eye-catching and bold. It works well with farmhouse and Tuscan styles, but it can also be paired with subtle materials, like marble countertops. The only downside is that it’s hard to match other fixtures with a copper finish since the color changes over time. However, copper has antibacterial properties that allow it to heal itself, so if it ends up getting scratched, the damaged piece will eventually become darker and blend with the patina.

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Polished Nickel

If you aren’t interested in a chrome finish, but still like the smooth and shiny look, you can choose polished nickel instead. Like chrome, it works well in modern, contemporary and traditional homes. It’s easy to clean and highly durable, but it’s more expensive than other finishes and hard to find matching products.


This warm, deep golden color works best in retro, antique, or traditional bathrooms. It’s bold without being too showy, which allows it to work wonderfully as an accent color. Although it can be quite expensive, it is classy, durable, and doesn’t show fingerprints or water spots.

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Brushed Nickel

This color has stood the test of time. It’s one of the most durable finishes and keeps its color longer than chrome or oil-rubbed bronze. Not to mention, it doesn’t show wear, fingerprints, or water spots. Even when it does manage to get dirty, it’s easy to clean. Although it’s slightly more expensive than chrome, it’s still affordable and works with almost every style. It just doesn’t go well with stainless steel because it will blend instead of acting as a statement piece.

Brushed Copper 

This finish is perfect for traditional and transitional bathrooms. The best thing about brushed metals is that their muted surface masks fingerprints and water spots, unlike polished finishes, which show smudges. Plus, brushed metal is much better at showing off the details in your faucet.

Related: The Best Bathroom Ideas To Inspire Your Next Renovation

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How Should I Go About Choosing A Bathroom Faucet?

You should choose a bathroom faucet based on your home décor style, but you should also keep in mind the amount of space you have to use. You should make sure you choose the right installation type for the size and shape of your bathroom. You don’t want to take up too much space in a tight area and have your vanity appear cluttered, and you don’t want to take up too little space and have your vanity appear unbalanced. 

When you’re looking at faucet styles, there are a few you’re going to see again and again. There are center-set faucets, which have a spout and two handles that are drilled four inches apart. There are widespread faucets, which contain three separate components, allowing you to decide how far apart you want them each installed. There are single-hole faucets, which are a single unit with one handle controlling both the hot and cold water. And there are also wall-mount faucets that are installed in the wall as opposed to the sink or countertop.

When it comes to choosing a faucet, there is also a wide range of styles. You can choose a modern faucet with angular, sharp corners and waterfall designs. You can choose a traditional style with curved spouts and ornate handles. Or you can choose a transitional style which features elements from both traditional and modern faucets. 

If you’re planning on redesigning your bathroom, make sure you decide which type of faucet, finish, and style works best for your home. You can never do too much research before making your purchase!