How to Find the Perfect Bathroom Faucet

Not only do you need a faucet for your bathroom lavatory or sink that matches your room’s theme, but you probably want something that functions as well as it looks, too. Brands such as Grohe, Kohler, Delta, and Moen have many options, and with so much to choose from, we can help you narrow it down to the perfect one.

Bathroom faucet styles

Contemporary faucets are perfect for a modern home with clean, straight lines and an almost sculpture-like appeal.


Traditional faucets, with vintage-inspired details, work great in homes that need to replicate a classic look, like rounded chrome handles. Or if you’re going for a farmhouse feel, try something with cross handles in a polished nickel finish.


Transitional faucets can make their way into just about any bathroom with their universal look. Options can range from a high arc faucet with one handle (or double handles) to a faucet with a waterfall spout design. (Note: With waterfall spouts, you’ll typically get less water pressure.)

No matter what style you choose, you’ll have ample color options, too. You could opt for something like matte black—a popular option in today’s homes—or something rarer, like brushed gold. Other colors may include:

  • Chrome (brushed, matte, or polished)
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass (antique or polished)
  • Bronze
  • Black
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Nickel

Bathroom faucet logistics and features

If you’re replacing a faucet on an existing sink, you may have some limitations when choosing your new one. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll have more freedom to explore your options as you won’t have existing faucet mounting holes to work around.

Manufacturers typically make faucets that work with three different hole configurations:

  • 8” Widespread Mount: If your bathroom sink has three faucet holes spaced 4” apart, you can opt for a widespread faucet, which includes a spout and two separate handles that are 8” apart from the center of each handle.
  • 4” Center set Mount: If you have three faucet holes spaced 2” apart with handles 4” apart, you can install a 4” center set faucet—a single unit that includes the spout and handles.
  • Post Mount: If the counter has a single hole, you can use a post-mount faucet. If you have predrilled holes, but still want a post-mount, you can purchase an escutcheon to hide the additional holes. With this option, you’ll have one handle to control both hot and cold water.

Two less common types of mounts you may come across include wall-mount faucets and vessel mount faucets (for tall sinks). At Handy Man, if you purchase a bathroom countertop, we can drill as many or few holes as you like, free of charge.

Another consideration should be the length and angle of the spout. (You don’t want a counter full of water!) Avoid shorter spouts or faucets that stream water so close to the edge of the sink bowl that your hands touch it. You can also look for faucets with angled aerators, which will give you additional distance between the water and side of the sink. In the end, you want your faucet to direct water toward the center of the sink bowl. (Notice the slight angle at the end of the spout in the photo below?)

Angled Aerator
Angled Aerator

Wherever your search for a new faucet begins, keeping these considerations in mind will save you from having regrets later on.

Ready to shop for a new faucet?

On a final note, if you’re shopping for a sink faucet, many people buy their tub and shower faucet combo or tub filler at the same time so the styles match.

We welcome you to stop by any Handy Man showroom to view and even test out different faucets. Whether you’re looking to spruce up the look of your bathroom with a new sink faucet or doing a complete remodel, “We’ll walk you through it.”

Updated December 2019