If you aren’t an expert in bathroom fittings, you could be forgiven for thinking that all faucets do pretty much the same job. While this is partially true in that they all dispense water, there is a surprising amount of features and variations to consider when choosing the best bathroom faucet for you.
Certain faucets are suitable for certain types of sink or for different sink depths. Some faucets may not be appropriate for your bathroom sink due to the fixtures and fittings, and some may look terrible when paired with the rest of your bathroom design.
In this article, we’ve put together a guide on finding not only the best looking and most reliable bathroom faucets, but also on how to choose the exact model that will suit your home best. We’ve featured some in-depth bathroom faucet reviews as well as a detailed buying guide to aid your decision.
11 Best Bathroom Faucets
- Moen 6191
- Flow Rate: 1.2 GPM
- Dimension: 20.9 x 9.4 x 3 inches
- Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Number of Handles: 1
- Made In: USA
- Warranty: Lifetime Limited
- American Standard 7871.712.002 Hampton
- Flow Rate: 1.5 GPM
- Dimension: 5 x 6.2 x 3.3 inches
- Item Weight: 8 ounces
- Number of Handles: 2
- Made In: USA
- Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
- Delta Faucet 559LF-MPU
- Flow Rate: 1.2 GPM
- Dimension: 5.00 x 1.88 x 5.00 inches
- Item Weight: 3.26 pounds
- Number of Handles: 1
- Made In: USA
- Warranty: Lifetime Limited Warranty
- Premier Faucet 284446
- Flow Rate: 1.5 GPM
- Dimension: 6.5 x 5.2 x 7.4 inches
- Item Weight: 3.95 pounds
- Number of Handles: 1
- Made In: USA
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
- KOHLER K-13461-CP
- Flow Rate: N/A
- Dimension: 25.8 x 7.8 x 4.2 inches
- Item Weight: 6.15 pounds
- Number of Handles: 0
- Made In: USA
- Warranty: Five year limited
- Hansgrohe 04552005 Metris
- Flow Rate: 1.2 GPM
- Dimension: 6 x 1.8 x 6.8 inches
- Item Weight: 6 pounds
- Number of Handles: 1
- Made In: Germany
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
Moen 6191 Align One-Handle Low Arc Bathroom Faucet
The first of the Moen bathroom faucets to make our list is the 6191. This is a faucet with a modern and simplistic design that is both simple and effective. It has a mirror-style finish, which is a popular feature among bathroom designs. While the 6191 is most commonly bought in chrome, black and brushed nickel designs are available so you can purchase the color best suited to your bathroom.
All of the functions can be controlled from a single handle. This is levered up and down to control the flow, and also side to side to control the temperature. Moen boasts that this model features a laminar flow;this means the water comes out elegantly in one single flow rather than splashing all over the place.
The high-arc neck looks great but also provides a lot of clearance underneath the flow of the water. It provides up to 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute) of water, which is plenty for most bathroom users.
As you would expect, this has met the EPA watersense regulations, and even comes with Moen’s famous lifetime warranty to protect the buyer.
- Fits both one-hole and three-hole sink designs.
- Laminar flow means water looks and feels good when dispensed.
- Available in multiple colors.
- Limited lifetime warranty offered by the manufacturer.
- Can develop water spots if not cleaned properly and frequently.
- Not at the cheaper end of the market.
American Standard 7871 712 002 Hampton Two-Porcelain Lever Faucet
This is what is called a ‘widespread’ faucet. It is split into three parts: the faucet itself and two classy, porcelain handled levers, which give a classical look. The manufacturer describes this as being inspired by old English designs. The look and build quality make this a high-end bathroom faucet.
Having three parts to install can be tough and is usually a downside; however, American Standard have turned it into a positive. The ‘speed connect’ drain effectively means you only have to install one segment. The faucet pieces are effectively pre-attached. Installation is also simplified by the ‘handle alignment system’, which lets you choose exactly where you want the handles to be.
For those looking for a complete bathroom design, the Hampton range has both bathtub fillers and shower valves in exactly the same style to go with your porcelain handle bathroom faucet. This can give continuity to the look of your bathroom, which adds to the classic feel.
The incredibly well-made ceramic valves are built to last a long time, and also ensure no drips start to emanate from your faucet after a month or two! A ‘lifetime’ finish means that this faucet has been designed not to scratch or spot over time.
- One of the simplest two-levered faucets to install.
- Classy look inspired by English designs.
- Incredibly well made and resistant to drips or damage.
- Only available in one finish.
- Expensive compared to many competitors.
Delta Faucet Trinsic Single-Handle Bathroom Faucet
The delta trinsic bathroom faucet is a popular choice for those who want an efficient faucet that fits one, two and three-hole designs.
The installation versatility is one of the biggest plus points. It includes a deck plate that converts the Trinsic ready for installation in three-hole sinks.
As well as being easy to install in a variety of different sink designs, this also has ‘WaterSense’ technology. This technology has been developed by Delta, and basically means that its products do the same job as other faucets while using 20% less water. Over the life of a faucet this can save you serious money.
Incredibly, this is available in five different finishes, which not many faucets are. To keep continuity in your bathroom decor, it even has a matching drain assembly.
Like some of the other brands, Delta has given this a limited lifetime guarantee, which speaks volumes for the product’s quality. The promotional literature claims this model lasts twice as long as competing models.
The tall neck gives a lot of clearance over the sink, and the simple design is easy to use with one lever controlling both the flow and temperature.
- Available in multiple finishes and colors to suit your bathroom.
- Comes with leakproof supply lines.
- WaterSense technology can save 20% of the water used by the faucet.
- Some users have reported this as being a very loud faucet.
Premier Faucet 284446 Sanibel Faucet
Premier Faucet 284446 is another good quality faucet option with a single lever to control it. If you are looking for a waterfall bathroom faucet then this could fit the bill as it has a spout that flows in a waterfall style. In spite of this, it has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM, and is WaterSense approved, meaning it uses less water to provide the same end result.
This can be purchased in three different designs including a parisian brass, which gives quite a unique look and is great for those wanting to make something of a statement. It has a spout based on old-style water pumps.
This can be installed in either one or three-hole sinks. The ½-inch connection is also relatively standard, so the process of getting up and running isn’t too taxing. If you have some knowledge of DIY then you may be able to do it without the help of a plumber or other professional.
The elegant design is definitely a big plus point, and three different finishes mean you can find something to suit the color of the bathroom, but it is quite unique in style, and may not look as good in modern, contemporary looking bathrooms.
- Unique design.
- Choice of three different finishes to suit your home.
- Relatively simple installation for confident DIYers.
- Water comes out at an angle, not flowing straight down.
- Can be prone to water spots over time.
KOHLER K-13461-CP Sculpted Single-Hole Touchless Faucet
Kohler is offering this incredible touchless bathroom faucet at a relatively good price. Though it’s certainly not the cheapest option on the market, it is hard to find a touchless option with such impressive features that is able to rival the K-13461.
The combination of water and electrics can be a tricky thing to get right, but with a high-quality shroud that is completely waterproof, the components are kept separate from the flow of water.
The product runs using infrared, which triggers the faucet without you having to touch it. There is also a temperature control option within the handle.
The water flow is very efficient; it runs at 0.5 GPM, which is not as high as many other models, but the water is aerated so it still feels good and gives thorough washing power.
The connection is via one supply line, and installation isn’t too difficult. You can purchase a plate to cover previous holes on the top of the sink if you are switching from a larger design.
The Kohler requires two AAA batteries, which isn’t a problem itself, but it can be tough to replace them once they run down. Fortunately, they are designed to last three years.
- Touchless design means no fingerprints on your faucet.
- Modern and classy design.
- Extremely efficient water use.
- Runs using batteries, which eventually have to be replaced.
- Aerated water can splash more and doesn’t provide a steady flow.
Hansgrohe 04552005 Metris Bathroom Faucet
This is another simple, single-lever bathroom faucet that offers good value for money and a couple of different finishes to suit your decor. The Hansgrohe has a very clever and unique design via their silicon aerator. This is designed to help in hard water areas and prevents limescale clogging up your water supply over time.
The base plate means that it doesn’t matter whether you install it on a one or three-hole sink, it will work equally well on both, and the cartridge within is designed to stop it from leaking. Combine this with a lever lock, which stops the lever from losing its sturdiness over time, and you have a very well-made faucet.
The 1.5 GPM flow rate is quite standard for these types of faucets; it is fairly economical without being as amazing as some of the competitors. At this price, it is hard to argue with the quality of this faucet. This is especially true when you consider the lifetime limited warranty offered by the manufacturers. Many of the more expensive faucets do not even offer this benefit.
- Very sturdy and built to last many years.
- Available in two different finishes.
- Prevents limescale, great for areas with hard water.
- Water can build up on its flat surfaces if not wiped down.
- Requires regular cleaning to avoid water marking.
Moen Eva One-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet
There are a lot of Moen bathroom faucets out there and this is a very tall, high-arc option from their extensive range. If you are in the market for an oil-rubbed bronze faucet, this might be one of the few options you have! It is available in three designs, including a more simple chrome finish.
This is another single-lever option, and many modern faucets follow this design. Moen’s Eva range is WaterSense certified. In spite of having more classical and elegant looks, it is extremely modern and efficient, and the Eva provides a water flow that won’t hurt your bank balance.
The Eva finish is another huge bonus. Moen has perfected ‘anti-tarnish’ styles, which means they don’t scratch or get marked as easily as many other faucets. This is a frequent criticism of many budget models, but not Moen.
This model can be extended with a pedestal, too. This can add another five inches of height, so this is suitable even if you need a very tall bathroom faucet.
- Can be purchased with an extension kit to make it even taller.
- Anti-blemish and anti-tarnish finish to keep it clean and in good condition for longer.
- Can be installed in one or three-hole sinks.
- Some buyers have reported that the aerator can spray the water somewhat.
Delta Faucet Dryden 2-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucet
The Delta Dryden model is great for combining modern, clean lines with a more classical widespread faucet. The handle on either side is quite a traditional setup.
It is WaterSense certified to cut the use of water by nearly a quarter and save you money while working effectively. The Dryden is also relatively simple to install, but will only work with three-hole sink designs due to the fact it has two separate handles for hot and cold water.
Delta bathroom faucets are great for creating coordinated looks. This model has a drain assembly designed to match the faucet. As well as this, Delta makes products such as shower rails and bathtub fittings in the same design so you can kit out your entire bathroom with the same finish.
As well as the design being suitable for both modern and classic bathroom designs, it is also available in an incredible six different finishes. This means that no matter what your bathroom style currently is, there is probably a Dryden two-handle faucet to match.
- Available in six different finishes.
- WaterSense technology.
- Limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
- Some users have reported difficulty installing due to the thickness of surface required.
- Only works with three-hole sinks.
Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single Control Faucet
If you are in the market for a four-inch bathroom faucet, the Pfister F042JDKK is a smart, efficient and well-reviewed model that looks great in pretty much any bathroom design.
It has an optional deckplate so you can install on the counter or in the sink however you prefer. It is suitable for both one and three-hole sinks and is simple to install.
This model meets ADA standards, meaning it is accessible for people with disabilities.
The Pfister technology includes a ’Pforever’ seal; this is a ceramic valve designed to stop your sink from ever developing a leak, which is backed up by Pfister’s lifetime guarantee. On top of this, the F042JDKK not only meets but exceeds the WaterSense standards, which so many faucet manufacturers are aiming for. This means that the brand can offer a 30% reduction in your water usage and save you money on your bills in the process.
The unique design of the spout, which points outwards, is designed to have a natural flow of water, similar to how water flows off a rock. The 1.5 GPM flow rate is pretty standard for faucets but the way this flows is different to many competitors and gives a nice look and feel.
- Well built, with ‘Pforever’ seal to ensure no leaks.
- 30% lower water use than standard faucet designs.
- Simple to install.
- Prone to water spots.
KOHLER Devonshire K-394-4-CP 2-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucet
The Kohler range is impressive, and this is a relatively affordable offering in terms of widespread faucets, which has a more old-fashioned look than some competing products.
It comes with all you need to install it, as long as you have a three-hole sink or space to install on the counter. The supply lines and even the drain are included with the purchase of the Devonshire faucet; this means you don’t have to make extra trips to the hardware store to get everything you need.
The product description claims that the ceramic disc valves are better than many other faucets and increase the lifespan of the Devonshire faucet, though some reviewers have said this is not as high quality as described. You don’t need to be concerned about the quality too much due to the lifetime warranty.
There are six different finishes to choose from in a variety of colors suitable for your bathroom’s decor. Though they don’t have a black bathroom faucet, the Oil-Rubbed Bronze is dark enough to be suitable if you are looking for a darker style.
- Available in six different finishes.
- Tarnish resistant.
- Not as well-built and durable as some other options due to the materials used.
- Some users have reported this as being tricky to install.
- Not as water efficient as some other faucets.
Friho Modern Single Handle Brushed Nickel Waterfall Bathroom Faucet
The Friho is a tall bathroom faucet with aheight exceeding 12 inches. It is included in our list of the best bathroom faucets because of its quality, but also its incredible value for money. This is one of the cheapest faucets that still manages to get top reviews.
The waterfall style has become really popular in recent years and comes from a rectangular spout in this model. The flow and temperature are also controlled via a single lever, which is very simple to use.
The installation is equally simple; the hoses are included, and is the standard ⅜-inch size to fit your plumbing. It does need to be mounted on a surface rather than on the sink itself, which can be tricky for some.
The quality is good. There are faucets out there that are built with better materials, but considering the price there is a good amount of durability on offer with the Friho. The manufacturer has tested the cartridge to check it can survive 500,000 uses.
- Hard-wearing and long lasting.
- Very good value for money as this is one of the cheapest faucets on the market.
- Simple to install.
- Can develop water spots over time.
- Not as durable as some other faucets on this list.
- Not suitable to install directly on a sink.
- Not the most efficient with water.
Buying Guide – How to Choose a Bathroom Faucet
Choosing the right faucet is not an easy thing to do. There is a surprising amount of options, not only in terms of looks, but functionality and installation, too. You need to ensure that it will fit in your bathroom. Some options don’t fit certain counters, for instance. Doing a little research and reading our faucet buying guide should help you to make a more informed decision and get the right product for you.
There can also be a lot of terminology and ‘jargon’, which can be confusing if you don’t know the industry or have never purchased a faucet before. While some is self-explanatory, some of it also needs to be broken down and discussed in our buying guide.
Top Bathroom Faucet Brands
In the world of bathrooms, just like many other industries, certain brands have really made a strong name for themselves. These brands are often a very good indicator of quality. Good brands consistently offer great options in the bathroom faucet market.
Brands with a big range of high quality products include Moen, who offers many different faucet designs to suit any bathroom, available with one handle or two.
Delta also offers a big variety of designs, all built and finished to a high standard. Many of the classical faucets in its range are among its most impressive products.
Pfister makes a lot of bathroom fittings. Its ‘Pforever’ seal is designed to prevent leaks and is a signature of its faucet range.
Kohler’s bathroom faucets are also popular, and its range includes some excellent touchless options—a stylish, modern and hygienic choice.
Centerset vs Widespread Faucets
One of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether you need to buy a widespread or a centerset faucet.
A widespread option is basically a faucet with a much wider surface area. It usually has three separate elements: the taps on either side controlling temperature, and the faucet itself in the middle.
Centerset faucets are an all-in-one design. These will usually have a single-lever that controls both the flow of water and the temperature by levering up and down or from side to side.
The decision may be made for you in some circumstances. If you have a one or three-hole design already in your bathroom then it may be easier to choose a faucet that suits. Luckily, as technology has improved, many faucet designs can be fitted on either three or four-hole sinks and surfaces. This is especially true if you have a three-hole design, as many centerset and one-hole designs are able to be used in this scenario. There are more unusual designs such as wall-mount bathroom faucets, but these will probably require some specialist knowledge to install.
High-Arc vs Low-Arc Faucets
This is another decision you will need to make. It comes down to both personal preference and what is most functional for your sink. If you have a small sink then a high-arc faucet that reaches well over it might look and feel wrong. It can also lead to the water splashing around as it falls from such a height.
In terms of looks, high-arc is usually associated with a classy finish or a more classical, historic look. If you want to make a statement and create a fashionable look in your bathroom then some of the high-arc options really stand out. Also, if you have the space for it, a high-arc option may be more aesthetically pleasing than a low-arc that may not sit as proudly on the top of your sink.
Low-arc options definitely have their place, too. In a compact space with a smaller sink, a high-arc faucet can look out of place. Low-arc options often work well in deeper sinks, too. If your sink is shallow, a low-arc design, depending on its curvature, can lead to the water dripping back off the side of the sink rather than heading straight downwards.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer as to whether high or low will best suit you. The sink itself and the features (and size) of the faucet will need to be taken into consideration.
Size is definitely something to consider along with the arc style of a faucet. Faucet size is tied to sink size, though there is no specific rule or calculation that can work this out for you. If you are replacing a faucet, the old one can be used as a guide. You may have an idea of whether you want something larger or smaller for the next design.
The style of your fittings will also play a part. If you have a big, lavish bathroom then a large faucet will look good, but if you have a small bathroom and a small sink then it can end up looking disproportionate.
Every Amazon listing for the products listed in our guide features the measurements of the faucet. By measuring your existing model, or even sketching out something roughly this size on paper, you should see whether the faucet will be an appropriate size for your bathroom.
Classical or Modern Design
You will instantly notice when shopping for a bathroom faucet that most designs either feel very ‘clean’ and modern, or more ‘classical’. These are quite abstract design terms if you don’t know a huge amount about interiors, so it can be tough to work out exactly what they mean.
Classical designs are usually those that have fancy detailing and designs. It can also come down to the finish and materials. Brass bathroom faucets with lots of details and curves will usually fit the ‘classical’ mold. Some of the models on this list are designed that based on water pumps or old English interior design; these are also in a classical style. Classic looking faucets will often have two handles.
Modern designs are often sleek and simple. You could imagine these working for a modern apartment or newly built home. Either one or two-handle models can be modern in their appearance, but a lot of compact, one-handled faucets are more suited to modern bathrooms.
There are also ‘hybrid’ designs. Those that, either deliberately or not, suit both modern and classical bathrooms. These are often quite subtle looking. Design is obviously a matter of personal preference, and having options is the main thing to ensure you can find what you are looking for.
The finish of a faucet is key for a few different reasons. It is an integral part of both the design of the faucet and also how resistant it is to wear and tear.
As well as a variety of metal styles and colors, finishes can also have extra features in the form of anti-scratch coatings, or even coatings that make them easier to clean and discourage water from settling and causing marks on the faucet. This means your faucet can last a lot longer before you need to replace it, and keeps it looking good for far longer.
In terms of how the finish impacts the looks of the faucet, there are a variety of metallic finishes and even specific colors available. Whether you want a black bathroom faucet with a modern feel or a traditional looking brass design, there is bound to be something perfect for you.
Chrome finishes are very popular due to their versatility, and the fact they work well in both modern and more classical designs, but some of the faucets we’ve listed here have up to six different finish options;everything from matte black to oil-rubbed bronze bathroom faucets. Once again, there is no one correct option; it comes down to what best suits your bathroom.
While not a ‘feature’ as such, this is something you should consider when looking at the finish and size of your faucet. It goes without saying that fittings throughout a home should be kept as similar as possible. If you have a bathroom with some modern, chrome finished items and others that are classical and made of brass or nickel, all with a slightly different look, chances are it won’t look good.
Some of the options on our list including the Delta Dryden range have numerous other products within the same range, designed with the same coating and finish. For a classy look, having as much consistency as you can is vital.
This is another matter of personal preference. You may prioritize economy and performance from the water flow, and this can save you a lot of money. WaterSense and other, similar features are approved certifications that show that a faucet uses the minimum water required to get the same results. Some of the more efficient models can save hundreds of dollars a year.
Flow also comes down to whether you are looking for a waterfall faucet, an aerated flow, a strong, high-pressure flow or a water-pump style trickle. Each model has its own specific way of aerating and dispensing the water through the cartridge.
This is something that always has to be considered to some extent when purchasing a kitchen faucet, just like any other household item. While some faucets can cost under $50 and do an adequate job, if you are looking for a statement piece or an elite product, you can easily spend $300 or more on your faucet. The range of prices in this market is wide.
How to Fix a Leaky Bathroom Faucet
If you have sprung a leak in your bathroom faucet, you might think it is time for a replacement. Though this is often the case, a leak doesn’t always mean it is terminal for your faucet.
Disassembling the faucet—first,by switching off the water, then removing the screw that keeps the faucet handle in place on the stem—can show you the inner workings of the faucet. The O-rings or washers are the most common culprits of leaks. If there is any damage to these then a replacement can be purchased from a hardware store and fitted. If the leak persists, there might be a more sinister problem and a new faucet might be needed.
How to Install a Bathroom Faucet
If you are totally new to any sort of plumbing and DIY, it might be worth getting a professional to install your faucet. This can add over $100 to the cost of the whole replacement, but it will ensure you don’t do something wrong and then spring a leak in the future.
Your faucet can probably be installed without too much trouble if you are confident in fixing things around the house. It should come with installation instructions that can be followed without too much difficulty. The basic process involves unscrewing the nuts under your sink, connecting the water supply lines and then connecting your faucet into either the one or three-holes that should be already in your sink for the faucet to slot into.
For a detailed guide and a more visual way of learning how the process works, there are some excellent YouTube videos to help you along the way.
If you are looking for information on how to change a bathroom faucet, the process merely involves loosening and removing the faucet already in place before getting started with the installation. This may require some WD40 to help the process along, especially if the existing faucet has been in place for a long time.
As you can see from reading our buying guide, it is virtually impossible to recommend one ‘best’ bathroom faucet. What works best for one person may not for another. Brand, personal preference and other aspects such as lifetime guarantees should all come into consideration.
Faucets may seem like an incredibly simple household item. Once you start considering the finish, how easy they are to clean, how durable and hard-wearing they are, or even how the water itself flows out of them, you will quickly see there are many decisions to be made.
The reviews in this article are an excellent starting point, covering a wide variety of the subcategories of bathroom faucets and giving adequate choice for most bathrooms.