Why Tub Fillers Are Great: Quick Buying Guide
Purchasing a bathtub faucet requires careful consideration and thought before making the purchase. If you choose any faucet that you like, then you could run into problems. Why?
Not all faucets work in all bathtubs.
This section will cover everything you need to know about purchasing a tub faucet.
Faucet Installation – Models
Are you replacing your old bathtub faucet?
If you are, then we recommend purchasing a faucet that has the same type of installation. This ensures that you don’t have to adjust the size of the hole or anything else.
On the other hand, those of you remodeling a bathroom or building a home will have much more flexibility on the faucet installation.
Anyway, the type of faucet installations include the following:
- Spread fit – The handles and spout are not attached, which allows you to adjust the width between them during installation.
- (Center) set faucet – These faucets have a spout that is set in the center with approximately 4 inches between the handles.
- One hole faucet – This faucet type only has a spout with a single handle. It does not have a hot and cold handle. Instead, the temperature is controlled by a single handle.
- Wall mount faucet – As the name implies, this type of faucet is attached mounted to the wall. These faucets are fine, but you do have to keep in mind that there will be some splashback onto the wall.
Faucets are simple devices. They just don’t have that many additional features to them. But there are a few to consider:
- Handles – One or two handles? One handle looks more modern, but two handles tend to be more convenient. One handle faucets also tend to break sooner than faucets with two handles.
- Diverter – Does the faucet have a diverter for a shower? Most people take showers, so this is a feature to consider before making a purchase.
Faucets have 3 primary styles:
- Transitional or hybrid
This mostly comes down to personal preference. We recommend matching your faucet to the style of your bathroom. You can, however, make a statement by having a faucet that doesn’t match the design of your bathroom.
Finish of the tub filler faucet
The finish of your faucet is also important. We recommend having the same finish on your faucet as the other fixtures in your bathroom. Here are some of the common finishes you find on faucets:
- Chrome – Reflectie, but it can stain easier than other finishes.
- Brass – A great retro finish.
- Brushed-chrome – This finish is similar to chrome, but it isn’t as reflective.
- Nickel Finish – It’s very similar to a chrome finish, but it will have a slight golden tint to it.
- Black Finish – A black finish is great in a modern bathroom. We recommend a black finish if you have a very white bathroom.
- Bronze Finish – A bronze finish is similar to brass, but it is a little darker.
Bathtub Faucets FAQ: Choosing The Right Tub Filler
What bathtub faucet should I purchase?
This is a hard question to answer without knowing the design of your bathroom. As a general rule, we recommend using a faucet that matches the rest of your bathroom.
Why is the finish wearing away?
The finish on faucets will wear off over time. Unfortunately, you cannot repair a worn away finish.
However, you can purchase replacement handles or a spout if the finish has worn off.
How expensive are bathtub faucets?
The price varies on bathtub faucets. You can find very affordable faucets or ones that cost hundreds of dollars.
Modern and vintage faucets tend to cost more than generic faucets.
Are bathtub faucets rust-resistant?
Yes. Bathtub faucets do not rust because they are made from either brass or stainless steel. They will get some corrosion buildup, though.
Can I install my own bathtub faucet?
Yes. Installation is usually not difficult. You might, however, have some difficulty depending on the situation in your bathroom. If you have any difficulty, then we recommend hiring a plumber to install your bathtub faucet.
That covers it for the best bathtub faucets of 2020. We hope that our list and buying guide provided you with some options if you’re renovating your bathroom or just looking to replace your faucet.
There are simply so many faucets that the list isn’t comprehensive, but all the faucets listed will work great for their particular use.