Introduction to the best bathroom faucets.
A faucet (also known as a tap or spigot in the UK) is simply a valve controlling the release of a liquid or gas. In any bathroom the faucet is the centerpiece, and can make or break your bathroom. There are quite a number of factors to consider when choosing what type of faucet to purchase. We have accessed a number of these variables and Below are reviews of five of the best bathroom faucets that are available.
Moen 6610ORB Brantford Two-Handle Low Arc Bathroom Faucet with Drain Assembly, Oil Rubbed Bronze
This is a beautiful, study and ornate looking Bathroom faucet. It has a slightly grey metallic look due to the Bronze oil finish. It features a two handle lever design and is also ADA compliant. It can add an intricate and polished look to any bathroom and has an easy to install design. It has a universal look that will appeal to anyone and is capable of delivering up to 1.2 gallons per minute. The Moen 6610ORB Brantford Two-Handle Low Arc Bathroom Faucet comes three top quality finishes including the beautiful reflective chrome, the oil rubbed bronze and the brushed nickel. All of these designs are unique in their own way, however the oil rubbed bronze gives off an aura of solidity as well as grandeur The aerated steam found in this model is a nice touch and it is designed so that the water volume and temperature are quite easily adjusted. It meets the criteria for Water Sense criteria with regard to efficiency for water conservation and comes with a lifetime warranty from Moen. Given the strength and durability of the water facer it is highly unlikely that it will break, however it is still nice to have the warranty. The timeless look of the Moen 6610ORB Brantford is suited to a certain type of bathroom, it has a traditional and elegant look that is not suited to colorful, overly modern styles of bathroom. One of the most accurate descriptions of this model is that is has a “strong personality”. You will know immediately it’s in the bathroom, it’s almost like it has a presence.
One of the most positively reported features of this model are how well made it fees upon first touch and also how easy the knobs turn to pressure. Installation is quick and easy. One possible downside to an otherwise excellent model is that it comes with rather tacky blue and red markers to signify the tap types, hot or cold respectively. While this may suit other faucets it tends to destroy the elegance and ageless excellence of the Moen 6610ORB Brantford Two-Handle Low Arc Bathroom Faucet. Another selling point for this model is it’s cheap price relative to it’s build and look. Retailing at $129 it is an absolute bargain at the price. It has 3 holes and comes with a flow rate of 1.5 Gallons per minute ( It is important to note that this is what it is capable of — it will only deliver 1.2 Gallons per minute). It is certified frustration free by Water Sense, and has a centerset level placement. This is an excellent model from a very reputable brand and can add much to any bathroom, but is best suited to older styles of bathroom.
Moen 6610 Brantford Two-Handle Low-Arc Centerset Bathroom Faucet with Drain Assembly, Chrome
The style of this faucet is beautiful in a different way to the Moen 6610ORB. The chrome finish is distinctive and elegant in its own way. The Moen 6610 Brantford Two-Handle Low-Ar comes with 2 lever handles, which allow for easy water adjustments. Like the Moen 6610RB it Meets Water Sense standards for it’s water efficiency Water sense are a brand certified by the Environmental Protection Agency in order to promote water efficiency. The majority of Moen products do meet the criteria as set out by the Water Sense Program, and use up to 32% less water than other models.
It also installs easily with a three hold mount and a four inch centerset design. The Moen 6610 Brantford delivers a similar 1.2 Gallons per minute like the Moen 6610RB. The faucet model also comes with a lift rod and drain assembly, like the 6610ORB, as well as hot and cold cartridges. Similar to the 6610ORB.it can be purchase in 3 finishes — The shiny chrome finish, the oil rubbed bronze look or the brushed nickel. The two lever handle enables easy adjustment of water volume and temperature and similar to the 6610ORB. It lets out a soothing stream of aerated steam which is far more pleasant to wash your hands under than simple running water. It also contains the lifetime guarantee which is more than likely unnecessary given the high quality durability of Moen products. The maximum amount of Gallons per minute is set at 1.5. The center dimension for the Moen 6610 is 4 inches. It has a metal drain assembly and a pop up drain type. It comes with two handles, is ADA compliant and the it’s dimensions are 5.2 x 10 x 5 inches. Like all Moens it is notoriously easy to install, is a little large, heavy and extremely well built. And it also has a lovely aesthetic appeal in a different way than the oil bronze finish. Whether to choose the nickel, the bronze or the chrome is largely a matter of individual taste along with what it will complement in your bathroom. The model comes with a special tool to unscrew the faucet. It is designed in such a fashion that the aerated steam flows out nicely instead of gushing out, and everything needed for installation comes in the packaging aside from possibly having some plumbers putty. This Moen 6610 Brantford model is cheaper than the previously reviewed Moen 6610ORB Brantford. It delivers much the same, but the 6610RB is just that little bit more solid and that little bit more elegant timeless to justify the price difference.
Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single Control 4″ Centerset Bathroom Faucet, Brushed Nickel, 1.5 gpm
An altogether different model that the two previously contrasted Moens. The Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single comes with a never leak guarantee and meets ADA/ANSI A117.1 requirements. Like the Meons it meets the Water Sense standards, reducing water consumption by up to 30%. The trough design offers a natural flow of water in contrast to the Moens. The flow is reminiscent of a running stream as the water trickles out the spout. In terms of aesthetic quality this is a more natural and refined look as oppose to the grand, ornate, overstated presence of the Moen 6610ORB or even the sparkling elegance of the Moen 6610 Brantford. The push and seal drain feature means no more push ups, the sink is sealed and another push enables quick release. The faucet body is constructed of brass, and the flow rate follows the standard 1.2 gallons per minute like the Moen Models. Pfister is a very well recognized and respected brand founded in 1910 and this product is no exception to their usual high standard. The Pfister F042JDKK feares a 2 inch hole mount and comes with the impressive quick connect technology which seems to be on the increase in water faucets these days.
A common problem with these type of faucets are that the waterfall design means that the water valves under the sink have to be adjusted as they have no type of regulator that allows maximum flow. Not so with the Pfister F042JDKK, which solves the problem quite neatly. The colors available for the Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single are polished chrome or brushed nickel. Just as well a brass oil finish is not offered, it would not suit the design as well as chrome or nickel. This is definitely a more modern form of design than the two previous Moens. So again when deciding whether or not to purchase this model it is best to take into account what type of bathroom you intend to install it in It will not go as well in an old style bathroom as opposed to a modern one.
The Pfister F042JDKK weighs 3.2 pounds and it’s dimensions are 18.4 x 7.4 x 3.4 inches. It can be deck mounted. And has a centerset lever placement. It comes with the deck plate for your preference. This is a beautiful model and the waterfall effect it has is worth the purchase along, not to mention it’s elegant design and high quality functionality. The Pfister F042JDKK comes in at a little more expensive than the Moen 6610ORB and is almost double the price of the Moen 6610 Brantford, mainly due to the design. It does not have the aerated, bubbly steam present in the Moens, instead trading it for more of a trickling waterfall effect. Both come down to preference, and you cannot really have both. The water comes out of the Pfister F042JDKK in low pressure, which is again a matter of preference. A moderate amount of pressure is probably best, but the whole point of these waterfall faucets is that the water flows out naturally, and is nt forced or aerated in any water. The simplicity of this model and the elegance make it worth the price if you are somebody who likes the waterfall design, and while there are problems with the functionality of many types of generic waterfall faucets none have been reported with this flawless model. Another winning point of the fister F042JDKK Jaida Single Control 4″ Centerset Bathroom Faucet is that it is suitable in most bathrooms as opposed to the Moen 6610ORB which is limited in where it can be installed.
Moen 6400BN Eva One-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet, Brushed Nickel
Another Moen model that comes in three different colors, brushed nickel, chrome or oil brushed bronze. The one handle lever on this model makes it more sleek, elegant and modern the Moen 6610ORB and the Moen 6610. In fact this Moen has more in common stylewise with the Pfister F042JDKK than with the two other Moen faucets. It features a single hole mount, an aerated flow and is ADA compliant. It has also passed the Water Sense program like the other models reviewed, ensuring a 30% reduction of water. The high arc spout is a particularly elegant feature and it also comes with a lifetime guarantee, a guarantee made confidently by Moen given it’s confidence in it’s own products. The Moen 6400BN Eva comes with a pivot action lever style handle which controls the water temperature via it’s arc. Quite a neat feature. It weighs in heavier than the Pfister F042JDKK at 4.6 pounds and the product dimensions are 20.9 x 9.4 x 3 inches. Other dimensions are – Overall Faucet Depth: 5.06, Spout Height: 4.88 inches, Spout Reach: 5.06 inches. The flow rate is 1.5 gallons per minute like the other models and it is certified frustration free. All necessary sprout hardware comes with the delivery.
The high arc feature is one of the main selling points of the Moen 6400BN Eva. When using a sink there is much more room to maneuver and much less water spilled. The high arc faucet also projects water out further from the base, out into the sink, which actually makes using the sink more enjoyable. The single handle has a nice, solid and elegant feel to it, which speaks of the typical Moen blending of elegance and quality. Another important design feature is the no leak guarantee the comes as a result of the advanced ceramic disc valve technology.
The faucet also comes with a screen which adds to the design. The brushed nickel goes particularly well with a white background and ceramic orange ceramic. There is also the option to purchase the rubbed oil finish however this requires a bathroom which suits it, and the brushed nickel, and th chrome look, can both be said to be more versatile than the oil, which is more rigid. This is the most expensive model yet listed, and is an excellent quality. Paying more to purchase the Moen 6400 Eva instead of the Pfister F042JDKK is a matter of preference. The only drawback is how easy The Moen 6400 Eva retains fingerprints. This is a standard problem with Moen, which are polished too finely, which means regular cleaning with wax or some other form of polish. It is a tradeoff, but in any case the Moen 6400 Eva is an excellent water faucet that is the mose expensive and possibly one of the best faucets on the list.
Delta 2538-MPU-DST Lahara Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet
This model comes in four different finishes, Chrome, Champagne Bronze, Stainless Steel and Venetian bronze. A definite departure from the nickel, chrome and bronze oil finish of the Moens and the Pfister F042JDKK. One of the more interesting feature of this model is the Diamond seal technology. The faucet is built to last for up to five million uses. There is a valve embedded with diamonds to ensure the faucet is constantly in top working condition and in is always good as new It meets the requirement set out by the Americans with Disabilities act so is friendly to all users. The Delta 2538-MPU-DST Lahara meets the Water Sense criteria like the other models, and elta has the addition of being recognized as a Water Sense manufacturing partner in the years Two Thousand and Eleven, Two Thousand and Thirteen and Two Thousand and fourteen.
This model is a departure from the Moen 6610ORB Brantford Two-Handle Low Arc Bathroom Faucet, the Moen 6610 Brantford Two-Handle Low-Arc Centerset Bathroom Faucet and the Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single Control in more ways than just its color. It also weighs a lot more than those faucets, weighing in at 8.1 pounds, double the weight of the others. It is also bigger than the others, with faucet dimensions of 5 x 10.5 x 5 inches. The material it is made from is zinc, also a different material from the others. It can be deck mounted and has a weaker stated flow rate of 1.2 gallon per minute. It contains three holes and also has a centerset handle placement. The handles operate incredibly smoothly in the Delta and the installation is seamless. The faucet is beautifully crafted while also being sturdy and well built.TIt also comes with a Faucet and Finish Lifetime Limited Warranty.
One critique of this bathroom water faucet is that the stainless steel model always looks dirty, however this is actually the case with many stainless steel faucets and does not accurately reflect the quality or style of the Delta 2538-MPU-DST. If water is allowed to evaporate on the surface of the faucet it can also result in leftover minerals which smear the look of the faucet. Another criticism is that the bottom of this model is not as well sealed as it could be, meaning that it is best to ensure that it is at least installed in a level surface if you intend to purchase. This faucet is priced a little under the most expensive Moen 6400BN Eva, at around the same price as the Pfister F042JDKK. It provides something different that the other models but personally I don’t think it is as well built as the Moen 6610ORB(despite claims of 5 million + uses) and does not come close to the Pfister F042JDKK in terms of elegance. Compared to other models as the second most expensive I think some of the other options are better. Especially since there are reports of a tarnished finish and possible leaks at the bottom. However it is all a matter of preference and this might just be the right bathroom faucet for you It is definitely a unique design and build and a departure from classical water faucets.
Different types of Bathroom Faucet There are a number of different types of bathroom faucet. It is important to remember to match the faucet type to the holes in your sink so they fit properly.
- Single-hole faucets combine spout and mixing handles into a single unit thus only needing one hole.
- Center-set faucets fit the basic 3 hole sinks, with the outer holes set at 4 inches apart. These are perfect for the vast majority of bathroom sinks..
- Widespread mounts have 3 pieces. A sprout and 2 handles. The usual disatance between the handles is around 8 inches.
- Wall mount faucets have gained popularity along in recent years as they tend to hat extend pleasantly over the bowl
These are just a number of faucet categories, like with any other category there are some hybrids and new items that do not fit neatly into any of the four classes listed above.
How to Choose the best bathroom faucets
There are a number of variables to be considered when choosing which bathroom faucet is right for you First there are four primary categories to be considered, including the faucet configuration, the valve type, the finish and the style. In addition to this is, of course, the cost of the faucet itself.
Faucet configuration is essentially how the faucet is mounted. Some, but not all, bathroom faucets are configured such that the handles and spout are joined together at the base. A widespread faucet has handles which are independent of the sprout. Wall mounted units, are, as the name suggests, connect to the wall. And a single hole faucet is becoming increasingly common because of its stylish design, where the sprout is connected to a single pivoting handle.
Bathroom faucets can utilize one of four main type of valve — compression, ball, cartridge and ceramic disk valves. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. These valves control the water pressure and the mixture of hot and cold water. Compression valves are the simplest type of valve and they are also the most popular. Ball valves are usually seen in single lever faucets and cartridge have fewer moving parts. Ceramic disc valves are the best and used for the most expensive brands. These consist of 2 tough discs that rub against each other. They are the most durable and best type of valve.
The finish is the material that is applied to the surface of the faucet. There is a large list of finishes to choose from however oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are ever popular. The way the finish is applied is also very important, with physical vapor deposition being the most durable. However the physical vapor deposition is almost by far the rarest and most expensive. Chrome plating is also a very popular finish, but has declined somewhat in recent years.
Style refers mainly to the functional specifications of the bathroom faucet. Most of these consideration s take account of the handle and sprout design When choosing a bathroom faucet it is always important to keep in mind how it will complement the rest of your bathroom. Other important factors when choosing a bathroom faucet are the thickness of the counter, the size of the faucet itself, the cost and what type of sink you already have installed(i.e will it complement the faucet).
How to install bathroom faucets
To install a bathroom faucet first turn off the water supply to prevent any spillages. The water valve is usually under the sink. After this disconnect the water supply from the faucet, remove the nuts from underneath the faucet and remove the drain. After has been completed you should now be ready to install the faucet. Manufacturers may have specific instructions which should be followed. Not every faucet comes pre assembled, and you may have to attached the handles to the faucet. Put the guide ring onto the bottom of the handle and tighten. Push the gasket over the drain and apply some silicone over the flange. Underneath the sink tighten the nut and gasket. Once the drain has been installed it is now time to install the drain rod, after this is complete reconnect the supply lines. Flush the faucet and turn on the water and everything should be working seamlessly. Installing a bathroom faucet is actually quite straightforward procedure, however if you are having difficulty a plumber is easy to hire and could get the job done quite quickly.
Buying the best bathroom water faucets – Conclusion
There are a number of bathroom water faucets to choose from, and a number of different consideration to take into account when purchasing. Five of the best water faucets are the Moen 6610ORB Brantford, the Pfister F042JDKK Jaida Single Control, the Moen 6400BN Eva, the Moen 6610 Brantford and the Delta 2538-MPU-DST Lahara. You can’t go wrong with any of these. And if they don’t suit there is a faucet for every type of preference.