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Different Types of Bathtub Faucets – Explained by Industry Experts

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Written by Lewis Turner

The world of bathtub faucets is a big one. The sheer amount of options with regards to design, functionality, aesthetics, practical applications, and installation processes can be overwhelming. If you’re remodelling your bathroom and are facing the choice between all the different types of top-quality bathtub faucetsyou’ve come to the right place. Let’s discuss the 8 most common designs found.

Bathtub Faucet Types

1. Single-Hole Faucets

Single-hole bathroom faucets get their somewhat self-explanatory name from the fact that there only needs to be one hole punched for these. This is due to the fact that their housing contains everything needing to bridge the hot and cold and as such connect singularly. If you want to make as little permanent change as possible these are a good bet. They are also very common and in-demand and as such there is a very wide variety to choose from spanning the entire bathtub faucet price range. They are most commonly made out of stainless steel or copper, but there’s more than that if you’re looking for it.

2. Three-Hole Bath Faucets

These bath faucets, also known as centerset faucets, are the kind you see with three separate sections. Two handles for hot and cold respectively, and the spout. The separation of these pieces allows for greater control with regards to water temperature and velocity. This is especially helpful in avoiding mistakenly turning on the wrong temp and getting burned. The flipside of these is their installation. Three separate holes need to be drilled and the plumbing takes longer to set up. As a result installation fees run higher with these than with many others.

3. Widespread Three Pieces Faucets

These, like the three-hole faucets, come with three separate fittings for each handle and the spout. The difference here is they are all connected by a plate, and spread quite far out. This allows for addition of extra features to the faucet setup such as shower spray heads or a soap dispensing system. There is more space between each fixture and thus greater practical application. The installation also requires more holes but the ability to add extra faucet features may just make it worth your while.

4. Wall Mounted Faucets

This faucet type is a winner in the sense that because the faucets are mounted to the wall instead of the floor or tub, it allows total space around the edge of the bath. These faucet types come in a wide range of aesthetic designs and finishes and an equally wide price range. The look of the faucets coming out the wall can also be quite appealing. The installation of these however, is a bit trickier as it requires you putting some holes in your wall, possibly needing to remove wall tiling as a result

5. Floor-Mounted Faucets

Honestly, floor mounted faucets have a very unique look to them. There’s nothing that says a postmodernist would like some long faucet stems reaching out of the ground and over into your bathtub. Add a chrome finish to that, just wow! Their price range is similar to that of their wall-mounted friends. The downside here is the fact that you have to punch some holes in the floor, and possibly lay piping for the water source too. The job can get quite expensive and is above the head of the average amateur DIY lover.

6. Deck Mounted Faucets

Deck mounted faucets are faucets that are attached to a single block of either wood, porcelain, or stone. They are incredibly nice to look at and they offer freedom with regards to placement. These faucet types give you more freedom to place your bath where you want it and they are quite compatible with most bath types. Their installation is no big deal but they do come at a slightly higher general price than many other faucet types.

Delta Faucet Classic 2-Handle Widespread Roman Tub Faucet Trim Kit, Deck-Mount, Chrome T2705, 7.50 x 10.00 x 7.50 inches
  • Rigid, slip-on spout
  • 7 1/2 long, 5 3/16 in. high spout
  • Metal lever handles for ease of operation
  • Order rough valve separately
  • Trim kit only, must purchase rough-in R2707 separately to complete the unit

7. Minispread Faucets

These are almost exactly the same as the widespread faucets. The difference being that instead of the fixtures being 8 inches from each other, they are 4 inches from each other. This means you get the same extra control but with a slimmer, sleeker look. The installation is pretty much the same, still requiring three holes. The prices are quite similar too.

8. Vessel Filler Faucets

Vessel fillers are faucets designed for the basin in your bathroom. They feature a high neck and serve to look stunning when put together with a vessel basin. Their installation is easy and their cost is reasonable considering the aesthetic value you get from it. Some vessel fillers come already attached to the basin but they can certainly also be bought separately.

Tips to Finding the Best Bathtub Faucet for You

When looking around for a faucet the first thing you want to look at is affordability. Not just of the fixture itself but of the installation and replacement process too. The more holes needed, the more complicated the plumbing setup, the more you will pay for the install.

Another thing to keep in mind is space. If you have a lot of space to work with then faucets such as the widespread are for you. These faucet types however will not serve you well at all if you are low on overhead or breadth space a long your tub or basin.

You should also consider the style, height, size, and placement of the current fixtures in your bathroom. If you have a corner-installed tub, floor-mounted faucets will be impossible or at the least extremely impractical.

If one considers the above he/she should be able to narrow the decision down quite extensively and save both time and money on potentially wasted buys.

There is an incredible range of designs and styles to choose from when deciding what faucet you want and thus knowing the general points of differentiation between faucet types is helpful in helping determine what best suites you. I hope I’ve provided some insight and assisted in making your burden of choosing somewhat easier!

About the author

Lewis Turner

Market Researcher

Lewis has been a contributor to FaucetsReviewed for the last five years. After graduating in Marketing and Business Administration, he joined a multinational farm that used to be a leading manufacturer of plumbing fixtures and appliances. His professional experience opened doors for him to the diversity of the industry. His deep insights and product analysis add to the site’s authenticity. He is an avid reader and spends most of his past time studying. Lewis is also a trained photographer. He does the most photography of the site. His in-depth reviews are highly informative and insightful.

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