Do you need a single-hole mount or a vessel sink style fixture? A dramatic waterfall faucet or a 3-piece set featuring cross handles?
Navigating the world of bathroom sink fixtures may seem overwhelming for the uninitiated. There are lots of terms and details to consider.
Not to worry! We’ve put together a practical guide to explain the choices you’ll need to make and give you an idea of what’s available:
Bathroom sink faucets and handles are designed to be used with different sink styles. If you’re also putting in a new sink, you can take your mount preferences into account. However, if you’re planning to replace your sink fixtures, you’ll need to make sure the mount type of the fixture you choose is compatible with your existing sink. Here are the major styles:
In this style, the sink has one hole onto which the faucet and handle can be mounted. Usually featuring a joystick for operation, single-hole mounts are simple and work well even for smaller sinks.
This mount works for 3-hole sinks and usually features two handles that are directly beside and attached to the faucet. However, there are also single-handle options that include a base that covers the two unused holes. The center-set is highly versatile for using with a wide range of handle types.
● Widespread Mounts
Characterized by three separate holes set more widely apart than the center-set mount, this sink mount type includes two handles and the faucet.
● Wall Mounted
As the name implies, this mount style involves installing the sink fixtures directly into the wall, over the sink. This style works well for vessel sinks providing the faucet is long enough.
Taller than standard, these mounts accommodate vessel sinks. For installation, they require a hole in the countertop or vanity upon which the vessel sink is placed.
Types of Faucets and Handles
In addition to the many mount types, there are also various faucet and handle combinations to consider. Here are some of the main choices:
Lever handles usually come in pairs and are operated by moving them forward or backward.
● Cross Handles
These handles come in pairs and are shaped like crosses.
Small and often featuring a faux crystal plastic covering, knobs can be turned left and right to adjust the water flow and temperature.
Joysticks usually come as the only control handle. They can be moved up and to the left or right to adjust for temperature and water flow.
These faucets operate without any controls at all. Rather, they use a motion sensor to detect when a person wants to use water. These are ideal for people with mobility challenges. In addition, they work splendidly in homes with children as the water turns off automatically. Another advantage of this style is that water temperature is also controlled automatically which can prevent scalding.
Elegant and attractive, this faucet type features water running down a small trough and out into the sink.
● Arc Size
Faucets come in a range of arcs ranging from short to high and long.
When selecting the handle type, don’t forget to consider the mobility needs of family members. For example, knobs can be especially challenging for young children and those with arthritis.
Choose a Finish
Finally, once you’ve sorted out your preferences and needs, you get to choose the finish of your new sink fixtures! If possible, coordinate the finish and color with your other bathroom hardware.
Now that you know your way around bathroom sink fixtures, you can enter the showroom with confidence and pick out a set that will look great and function perfectly.