Tips for Buying a Faucet

You may think buying a faucet is easy, but it's trickier than you'll believe. The styles, materials, finishes and prices can be overwhelming, but only if you don't make a few prior considerations.

Here's what to to keep in mind before you shop:

Go Ceramic

When it comes to valves, ceramic is usually best. That's if you want to avoid dripping. Other valves may not drip for years, but ceramic is just hands-down the most reliable and durable. Anyway, faucets with ceramic valves cost just about as much as the rest.

The Spout

Faucet spouts can vary greatly in terms of reach and height, and often, you can just pick the one that looks nice. But if your sink has a shelf above it, a tall spout may not make sense. If your kitchen sink by Trading Depot is good for three bowls, a spout with a shorter reach may not cover all of them. In the bathroom, a short reach can have you washing your hands while slopping water behind the spout.


When it comes to faucet finishes, here's the main rule: choose one that goes with the other hardware in the room. Chrome is the toughest and easiest to maintain, reason it's the number one favorite for both commercial and residential use. Nickel faucets, usually called stainless steel, brushed or satin, have a dull shine and are durable but likely to hold water spots and fingerprints. Bronze faucets are brownish and may be called rubbed or oiled bronze, but the surface is usually epoxy (or any coating) instead of metal. That would have been fine, if not for the fact that coating easily chips or scratches.

Your Sink

Sinks at  usually have three holes. Some single-handle faucets come with a cover plate that conceals the other holes., but some don't so make sure you check on that. If your existing bathroom faucet has a two-handle "wide spread" bathroom faucet but the handles are far from the spout, there's no way to decently shift to single-handle.


If you're looking for convenience, get a single-handle faucet. It's easy to adjust the water temperature and of course, you have one less handle to keep shining. 
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Your Budget

Finally, about $65 for a bath faucet and around $100 for a kitchen faucet is decent. You may get a good one for less, but quality may be lower as well. Anything more than that is usually not necessary.