Feeling stressed about finding the best bathroom and kitchen faucets to complement your home? Believe it or not, we totally get it! Faucets are not just standard home fixtures; they are an essential element that complete the look of kitchens and bathrooms.
Selecting the perfect faucet can be tricky, considering the variety of styles and finishes to choose from. Looks aren’t everything, though. It’s crucial that you pick a type that doesn’t compromise on practical factors, like the faucet’s spout height or reach.
Let’s take a closer look at each consideration below!
Just like how clothes and shoes help to define a person’s character, faucets are a statement piece that can add personality to anyone’s bathroom or kitchen.
You should consider a faucet type that will help you add to your room’s overall design. Below are a few types of faucets, along with their features and ideal uses:
Single handle faucets use a singular lever or knob to control the water flow and temperature. It's one of the easier styles to install since you really only need a one-hole configuration on your sink. Since you only have one handle to work with, they’re a good choice for families with young children or elderly family members.
Single handle faucets come in three types:
As the name suggests, a Widespread faucet occupies a wide space. It has three separate pieces—two handles and a spout. Although widespread faucets take up additional space, they add a sense of symmetry to the counter. This type of faucet is more common in bathroom sinks than in kitchen sinks.
A wall-mount faucet is mounted directly to the wall. It gives the advantage of creating more space on the countertop. Many modern homes use this style in both their kitchen and bathroom.
Like widespread faucets, Centerset faucets have two handles and one spout. The main difference between a Centerset and Widespread faucet is that a Centerset faucet has all of its pieces connected together by a 4-inch baseplate while a Widespread faucet’s pieces are all separate. A Centerset faucet can be used on sinks and countertops with two or three holes, depending on the plumbing configuration of the spout.
Pull-down and pull-out faucets have the same pulling mechanism but differ in approach. The former uses a spray wand that pulls straight down into the sink, while the latter has a handle that is pulled out. Both faucet types are the most common, if not, the best kitchen faucet choices.
Most people know that a good home interior has a matching theme or style so your furniture should be chosen to match that aesthetic accordingly. Well guess what? The same thing applies to choosing a bathroom or kitchen faucet. You should aim to pick a faucet finish that blends in with your nearby cabinets, towel bars, and other household equipment.
There are plenty of faucet finishes, but the following are the most popular:
While looks are essential, you should also consider practical factors like the spout height and reach. It’s important to address the size of the faucet size as it can greatly how you use it.
As a general rule of thumb, your faucet should accommodate the items you will wash or fill. The higher the spout, the easier it’s for you to fit tall pots under it. If you plan to install or already have a shelf above your sink or a wide window ledge, getting a tall faucet may not be ideal. For instance, Lulani's Soneva kitchen faucet, shown above, is the tallest in our kitchen collection at 27.44 inches tall. You wouldn't necessarily be able to install a faucet of this height if you had shelves or ledges above your sink.
You should also check how far the spout extends into the sink, otherwise known as the faucet’s reach. The reach of the faucet you choose depends on the size of your sink. Be sure to select one with a suitable reach to ensure convenient washing.
Sinks and countertops can be drilled a few different ways. When searching for the best bathroom or kitchen faucet, you’ll need to take these sink hole configurations into account in order to know what type will work for your setup.
Common setups are typically configured for Centerset, Widespread, and Single Handle faucets. Aside from visually seeing how many holes are configured for your sink, you may need to measure them a bit.
Measure the distance from the center of the hole on the left to the right. If the measurement is 6 inches or higher, you can install a Widespread or 8-inch spread faucet. If it measures less than 6 inches, you’ll need a Centerset or 4-inch spread faucet. A Single Handle faucet can be installed in a 1-hole or a 3-hole configuration. For the latter, you’ll need a baseplate to cover the surrounding holes, as shown in the image above.
Conversely, if your sink has one hole, you need a faucet that has a handle attached directly to its body. A sink with two holes, on the other hand, requires separate mixing taps or two single faucets.
Whether you’re replacing your old faucets or shopping for faucets for your new home, you must look beyond the aesthetic factors, such as faucet type and finish. Things like faucet spout reach and height, and sink hole configuration also matter because they relate to overall convenience and utility.
At Lulani, we have a wide selection of faucets that will suit your palate and needs. From Widespread to Centerset, Single Handle, Pull-Down, and Pull-Out—we have elegant and durable pieces that will look great in your bathroom or kitchen.
Check out our complete faucet line here.
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