Are you going to buy a new faucet for your bathroom? Do you know what kind of faucet will be best for you?
Well, faucets are one of the most important elements of any bathroom. You need to have some knowledge before buying a bathroom faucet from the market. Find out what aspects you have to take into account to choose the bathroom taps and not to make any mistake.
Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? If the answer is yes, surely you already have in mind a lot of things that you have to think about. It all depends on how drastic the reform is. In any case, some recommendations to choose the faucets for the sink, the bidet, and the bathtub or the shower will come in handy.
Finding the most suitable bathroom faucets is a very important issue (I recommend checking out Andrew’s article on the best bathroom faucets). They are not too cheap items. So, it is necessary for you to be clear about what type of faucets you need. It is worth investing a little more money if the benefits of the tap and its quality convince us.
When Choosing a Bathroom Faucet – Focus on These Things.
Choose the taps you need
The first thing we have to say is the type of faucet. There are many types of faucets available in the market. You will find faucets of all styles, models, sizes, finishes, colors, qualities … And, perhaps, precisely because of this, it is so complicated to decide on one or the other model.
To start, start by discarding (whenever possible) those taps that do not offer reliability. It is always preferable to trust a quality brand. It is not advisable to decide on suspiciously economic models. Keep in mind that the bathroom faucet is subject to constant use. That is why it is necessary to choose the resistant faucets if we want them to be durable.
What things do we have to take into account?
In addition to the guarantee offered by the brand, there are other things that we should value when choosing the taps. The design is important since the taps must be in harmony with the rest of the bathroom elements. Especially with the style of the toilets. It does not make any sense to choose sanitary with classic lines and retro air and some ultramodern faucets.
Well, choose a design according to the style of your bathroom (toilets and furniture). Then you will have to see what features the taps in question offer you, if it is functional if it has easy maintenance, etc.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the consumption of water and energy. Currently, there are faucets that help you save water and also energy. This is the case of thermostatic faucets for shower or bath. Consider the possibility of installing one in your bathroom.
Type of installation
In the bathroom, we have different types of faucets that can be a washbasin, bidet, bath or shower. Within this range, we find different types of installation.
Installation on a shelf: It is the most used for the sink and bidet. In case of choosing a mixer tap, it is important to look at where the handle opens to prevent it from touching the wall. It is important to make sure that the tap chosen fits the space where it will be installed.
Recessed installation: The recessed installation is a fashionable alternative for decoration in the bathroom. But if the installation is not ready to be recessed it will be expensive to adapt it. For the built-in faucets, the installation must be made to measure, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. If you want to make a total reform of the bathroom are a good option but if you are only going to change a tap that is not built-in, it is advisable to choose one that adapts to the existing installation.
Wall-to-wall installation: It is the most commonly used in bath or shower. This type of installation allows replacing the tap easily. Its main characteristic is that the pipes arrive through the wall and leave two intakes where the tap is connected. There is a wide variety of tap models: single-lever or thermostatic.
Faucets for the Washbasin
One of the important aspects, in addition to the style or finish you want for your faucet, is the height of the spout, when it comes to choosing the faucets for the sink. The decision will depend on the model of the sink that you have installed.
If you have chosen a bathroom cabinet with integrated sink, you will have to choose a low spout tap. On the other hand, if the sink is on a countertop (that is, it is supported directly on the bathroom countertop) then you will have to make a tap with a high spout.
Another option is that the hot and cold water pipes are embedded in the wall. In this case, the solution is to put a faucet to fit (the faucets are on the wall). The advantage of this type of faucets is that they leave more free space on the countertop (which can be very practical if our bathroom, and therefore our sink, is very small).
As for the color and finish of the basin faucets, the most chosen is the chrome with brightness, although there is also the option of putting them with a matte finish, brass, copper, etc.
Taps for the Bidet
They are very similar to the sink. In fact, they must be of the same style and finish. The difference is that they tend to be simpler and with fewer benefits (since they are used less).
As a general rule, they are installed over the bidet and they usually have an adjustable part in the nozzle to direct the flow of water.
There are three types of drain valves:
- the traditional
- the pulsation
Valve with rubber stopper and chain: This type of valve is never included in the tap and is currently almost in disuse. It is characterized by having a rubber stopper to close the water and a chain that connects the plug to the tap to be able to pull it. Usually, these valves go with the sink siphon and can be replaced easily.
Push valve: Pulsation or push valve (click-clack): The pulsation valves are versatile and comfortable and can easily replace those with a rubber stopper. The installation of the valve is the same as the traditional one but with a more modern appearance. It closes when we press on the valve and it opens again by pressing.
Automatic drain valve: Automatic drain valve: The automatic drain valves are usually included with the tap, they are operated by a lever located behind the body of the tap and its advantage is that you do not have to touch the water to empty the sink or bidet.
Faucets for the bath or shower
There are exclusive faucets for bathtubs, showers, or faucets that serve both. The choice of this type of faucets is important because they offer many benefits that we must have clear. It does not make much sense to pay more for things that we do not need, and yet there are characteristics of a tap that will be very practical for us.
In this sense, it is convenient to choose a thermostatic tap capable of controlling the temperature in an instant. These taps have two controls, one to control how many degrees we want the water to come out, and another to regulate the flow.
When you go to shower you just have to select the temperature you want and the tap will keep it constant from the first moment, and even if other taps are being used in the house. This is important since it helps to save energy since the boiler takes much less time to heat the water.
You also save water since you do not waste it waiting for it to reach the ideal temperature for the shower. By the way, the thermostatic faucets have a safety mechanism that prevents (unless you press a button consciously) that the water exceeds 38ºC in temperature. This prevents accidents and burns.