10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Faucet

Does shopping for a bathroom faucet make you feel like a fish out of water? Expert tips simplify the selection process.

The Perfect Faucet

Bathroom Faucet

"Changing a faucet can give a whole bathroom a new look," says Delta Faucet product manager Allison McKinney. Though seemingly innumerable options exist on the market today, you can find the perfect design by focusing your search on three criteria—style, function, and fit.

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Shape and Style

Faucet Shape

When choosing a faucet style, shape is usually the first consideration. Whether curvy and traditional or angular and modern, designs can be found to suit every taste. Here, Kohler's Revival collection boasts scroll lever handles and a silhouette of smoothly rounded details.


Finish Considerations

Faucet Finish

Having settled on a shape for the faucet, you must next decide on a finish. While polished chrome and brass are perennial favorites, the old standbys are now sold alongside luxury finishes, such as brushed nickel and champagne bronze, shown here.


New Technology

Touch Faucet

Among the innovations in faucets today is touch technology, which uses motion sensing to automatically turn water on and off—a plus for families with young children who tend to leave the faucet running!


Matching Accessories

Wrought Iron Faucet

If you fall in love with a particular sink faucet that showcases an eye-catching shape or an unexpected finish (like these wrought iron designs from Moen), check to see whether matching accessories are available before making a purchase.


Practical or Pretty?

Faucet Durability

Select a style based on the amount of traffic the bathroom is likely to see. Chic silhouettes and fanciful finishes are well-suited to powder rooms or master baths, while high-traffic kids baths warrant something sturdier.

American Standard

Period Influences

Period Faucet

Porcelain handles, a high-rise spout, and a beautiful satin nickel finish give Victorian flair to this design from Kingston Brass. If you are creating a period bath, there's no shortage of historically influenced fixtures available to complement your vision. 


Flow Options

Low Flow Faucet

Eco-conscious homeowners may seek out a specialized low-flow bathroom faucet, some of which feature a luxurious "waterfall" effect, like this one by Sumerain. Saving the environment never looked so good!

Fixture Universe

Vessel Sinks

Vessel Sink

A tall, single-handled faucet is the prefect accompaniment to a vessel sink. Shown in English Bronze, this graceful faucet design from Newport Brass is available in 26 additional finishes.


Lasting Quality

Oiled Bronze Faucet

Faucet models with lifetime warranties may cost more, but considering that your faucet will be exposed to water and wear on a daily basis, insurance might be a worthwhile expense. 


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