Sinks & Faucets

A colorful bathroom faucet creating a steamy bathroom

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top bathroom faucet manufacturers. This list of top bathroom faucet manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top bathroom faucet manufacturers have been held in high esteem for valve assembly, style, water pressure, and spout productivity. 

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A lemon colored and shaped bathroom sink

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top bathroom sink manufacturers. This list of top bathroom sink manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top bathroom sink manufacturers have been held in high esteem for cleanability, cot effectiveness, style, and size.

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An X shaped bathroom faucet handle

Getting a Handle on Types of Faucets and Controls

When you’re selecting a faucet, make sure that it’s compatible with the sink you choose. Lavatory sinks are drilled for faucets with a distance of 4 inches (center-set) or 8 inches (widespread) between the hot and cold faucet handles. A single hole accommodates most single-control faucets. Many sinks are also available with centered single holes, and some have no drillings for faucets mounted directly on the countertop or on the wall.

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A decorated bathroom sink basin

Looking at Types and Styles of Basins

Before you walk into a bathroom design center to look at basins and faucets, do some noodling about who uses the bathroom, what the priorities are, how often it will is used, the style you like, and how maintenance friendly you want the room to be. Yes, a snappy red pedestal sink would be a knockout, but in a family bathroom, a better choice is a countertop sink with a vanity for storage in a light color that doesn't show soap scum and is easy to clean.

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Faucet with crystal handles

Showdown at the shut-off valves

A shut-off or stop valve controls the water flow to your faucets, so it's a good idea to have them installed for every faucet (one for the hot water and one for the cold). Many homes have them, but surprisingly not all of them do. The valve is important because it stops water supply lines so that when you need to fix a leak, you don't have to shut down the water supply to the entire house. It’s a safety precaution too, so if there's an overflow, you can stop the flow of water to the faucet.

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Hands free faucet

Look ma, no hands!

You know how handy it is to wash your hands at the airport washroom? Well, we think it is, too. It won't be long before the price of those electronic "hands-free" faucets will come down in price and become a popular choice in today's busy family bathrooms. Maybe the cost of water will have something to do with it too, because these faucets are very thrifty. The least expensive one we found costs about $300 (by Delta Faucets), but it's not that easy to install. One of the advantages to the no-hands electric faucets made for residential use is that you can change the water temperature. You can't do that with commercial models, which are set at a fixed temperature. Remember that you heard it here first: Electronic faucets will be playing in your neighborhood soon.

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Riser tubes under a bathroom sink

 

Choosing riser tubes

The thin flexible tubes under a sink are called supply tubes or riser tubes because they direct water from the main water valve to the sink. The ones we prefer are made of stainless steel mesh and have a polymer lining. They are sold in a variety of lengths and don't rely on compression nuts. They attach directly to the tailpiece of the faucet and stop valve to form a strong and flexible connection.

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A pedestal sink beside yellow lilies in a vase.

Picking a Pedestal Sink

What it lacks in storage space a pedestal sink makes up for in good looks and high style. The small-bowl pedestals are a good choice in a powder room because they take up little floor space, and the wider console styles with a basin ledge for toiletries make a handsome addition to anyone's bathroom. Assuming you're replacing a wall-mounted sink, installing a pedestal sink is relatively easy. You can hook the new sink up to the old plumbing.

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