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Before you purchase a bathroom sink faucet, think about how your bathroom will be used and by whom. Consider what you like and donít like about your current faucet. Does it feel comfortable in your hand? Do you want the functionality of a faucet with one handle, or do you like the look of two? Finally, what type of finish works best with the rest of your bathroom decor?

With these thoughts in mind, follow our three steps to choose the perfect bathroom sink faucet for your home.

Installation Type

Make sure you choose a faucet that is compatible with your bathroom sink. First, determine whether the faucet will be mounted on the sink, the counter or the wall. For sink-mounted (also called "deck-mounted") faucets, count the number of hole drillings in the deck of the sink (one, three or none). Measure how far apart the holes are, then choose a faucet that is compatible. When measured from center to center, holes are usually 2 or 4 inches apart.

If you have not yet chosen a sink and the faucet is an important consideration, you can pick the faucet you want and look for a sink that fits the faucet. Faucets are available in single-hole, centerset, wall-mount or widespread styles.

Centerset Faucets Centerset
Many bathroom faucets, especially those for smaller sinks, come in centerset models. Compact and space-efficient, these faucets fit three-hole sink drillings that measure 4 inches from one side to the other. The spout and handles on many centerset faucets are connected. In cases where they are not connected, the handles and spout are usually placed close together. This is called a centerspread or centerset.
Single-hole Faucets Single-hole
Most faucets that are designed for single-hole drillings have a single handle. Some models, however, fit into a single hole drilling and have two handles attached to the spout.

If you like the look of a single-handle faucet but have a sink with 4-inch hole drillings, you may be able to mount the faucet with an escutcheon plate that covers the extra holes and still maintains the faucet design.
Wall-mounted Faucets

Wall-mounted Faucets
Wall-mounted
Vessel sinks, wall-mounted sinks and undercounter sinks without hole drillings are all good candidates for wall-mounted faucets. Affixed to the wall to reach over the edge of the sink, wall-mount faucets feature a dramatic water delivery, and can be installed at varying heights. Wall-mount faucets provide a streamlined look and help keep countertops clean and clear.

Many styles of wall-mounted faucets work well in minimalist-style spaces. Others are created to coordinate with antique-style sinks, which often do not have hole drillings.

Another configuration that is popular in contemporary-style bathrooms is a spout that projects from the wall with a small single-handle control placed to one side.

When you choose a wall-mounted faucet, make sure the spout will reach to the center of the sink basin, above the drain.
Wall-mounted Faucets

Wall-mounted Faucets
Widespread
Widespread faucets feature separate hot and cold handles that are independent from the spout.

Widespread faucets can be mounted on sinks that have three hole drillings spaced between 8 and 16 inches apart, or they can be mounted on the counter behind sinks with no hole drillings. Vessel sinks, for example, are not usually designed to have the faucet attached to the sink. Most undercounter sinks also do not have hole drillings.

Another consideration if youíre installing your widespread faucet on the countertop is spout height. Faucets for vessel sinks (or other above-counter styles) need to have a high enough spout to reach up and over the side of the sink, while leaving room for you to wash your hands under the spout.
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