11 Best Bathroom Faucets to Upgrade the Sink Area
With the help of a plumbing expert, we researched, compared and evaluated dozens of bathroom faucets to deliver the top options to you.
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If your bathroom is starting to feel outdated or boring—hey, we’ve all fallen victim to home design trends at least once—consider swapping out the faucet for a new and improved version. With a huge variety of styles, finishes and designs to choose from, modern bathroom faucets can affect the look and feel of your bathroom more than you might think. Plus, they’re relatively simple to install. Considering that you use the bathroom sink every day (and its obvious hygienic importance), choosing the best bathroom faucet for you and your space is important.
After extensive online research and evaluation, and with the input of an expert in the field, Charles “Chuck” Pound, virtual plumbing expert at Frontdoor, we landed on the best bathroom faucets.
Best Overall Bathroom Faucet
Moen Genta LX Bathroom Faucet
With a clean, minimal design, user-friendly control lever and a variety of finishes available, this Moen faucet is an easy choice as our top pick. The top-mounted lever easily adjusts the flow, which comes out in a twisting ribbon stream, and the high arc of the spout provides plenty of room for handwashing. This single-hole ideal is perfect for those short on counter space, but if you’d prefer a two-handle layout, an 8-inch widespread model is also available for a little bit more money. Moen also offers matching hardware for the rest of your bathroom space, if you’re interested in having the same look throughout your space. Plus, it meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense criteria.
- High-end look
- User-friendly lever design
- Meets WaterSense criteria
- Limited lifetime warranty
- May not match some bathroom styles
Best Budget Bathroom Faucet
Moen Adler Centerset Low-Arc Faucet in Chrome
This Moen Adler faucet has all the durability and user-friendly features of our top single-handle pick, at a fraction of the cost. Its chrome finish may lack the spot-resistant coating of the brushed nickel version, but if you’re fine with wiping it down a bit more frequently, the savings are a reasonable trade-off. It installs over a three-hole configuration, and you choose between a lever or knob handle. The aerated flow produces a steady, consistent stream and a helpful hot and cold indicator makes it easy to set your preferred temperature.
- Affordable price
- Polished chrome finish is easy to clean
- Aerated water flow
- Minimal style matches a variety of bathroom styles
- Doesn’t include water supply lines
Best Single-Handle Bathroom Faucet
Moen Adler Centerset Bathroom Faucet
This utilitarian Moen faucet features a single oversized and ergonomic handle, and it’s about as easy to use as they come with the addition of a color-coded temperature indicator. Its low-profile design is well suited for smaller spaces, and the 4-inch centerset layout allows for easy installation. The aerated stream is solid and consistent, helping to eliminate those annoying splashes while washing your hands or rinsing off a toothbrush. Its ceramic disc cartridge valve also ensures that the internal components are durable enough to prevent leaks. If issues do arise, Moen includes a lifetime warranty. This model is also available with a brushed nickel finish, which features a special fingerprint and spot-resistant finish for even easier cleaning.
- Large handle is comfortable to use
- Easy to keep clean
- Affordable price
- Aerated stream for less splashing
- Doesn’t fit single-hole layouts
Best Waterfall Bathroom Faucet
Pfister Brea Widespread Bathroom Faucet
The wide, trough-style spout of this Pfister faucet adds an elegant and sophisticated accent to your bathroom, and the lever-style handles allow for comfortable operation. Its durable, easy-to-clean brushed nickel finish also comes in chrome and bronze if you prefer a more contemporary look.
A user-friendly connection system makes for quick installs, and the specialized deck plate doesn’t require any additional putty or silicone. If the 8-inch widespread layout isn’t compatible with your current sink, it’s also available in a 4-inch centerset option. Both layouts feature the same “no leak” guarantee from Pfister.
- Elegant spout design
- Available in centerset and widespread layouts
- Proprietary drain design provides a tight seal
- Includes a quick-install tool
- Not available in chrome
Best Single-Hole Bathroom Faucet
Vigo Davidson Single-Hole Bathroom Faucet
The single-hole design of this Vigo faucet is convenient to install and takes up just 1 3/4 inches of space on your sink. It’s compact for smaller bathroom and powder room sinks, and it still provides a healthy 1.2 gallons per minute (GPM) flow. It’s durable, too, with a ceramic disc valve that is rated to last for 500,000 uses and a seven-layer scratch-resistant finish to maintain its pristine appearance. Color-coded supply lines make installation a breeze, even for first timers.
- Footprint is less than 2 inches
- Protective finish resists wear and tear
- Sleek and modern look
- Available in four finishes
- Doesn’t include a drain
Best Touchless Bathroom Faucet
Grohe Bau Cosmopolitan Touchless Bathroom Faucet
This touch-free Grohe faucet is powered by a seven-year battery pack—based on 150 uses per day—and a convenient control lever allows you to set your desired water temperature without having to crawl under the sink. It automatically shuts off after 60 seconds to cut down on unnecessary water and energy use, and an inner channel prevents lead and nickel from contacting your water. You can even set it to automatically flush itself periodically, as well as perform a thermal disinfecting procedure. This faucet installs easily via a quick-change mechanism, and an optional deck plate permits use on various hole configurations.
- Infrared technology detects hand motion
- Easy to set preferred temperature
- Battery lasts seven years
- 0.5 GPM flow rate helps conserve water
- Includes drain and escutcheon
- Not convenient to adjust temperature
Best Wall-Mounted Bathroom Faucet
Vigo Cornelius Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet
This Vigo faucet combines the space-saving design of a wall-mounted unit with the convenience of a single-handle model. Its clean, classic design would look great in a modern bathroom, and the side-by-side layout is best for those looking for a unique statement piece. The brushed nickel finish features an extra layer of protection that won’t rust, corrode or tarnish like other options. A ceramic disc valve increases its durability and, thanks to its waterfall-style spout, you’ll use less water than a traditional faucet. The stamped temperature icons are also a convenient perk for guests or infrequently used bathrooms.
- Doesn’t take up vanity top real estate
- Elegant waterfall spout
- Includes brass rough-in valve
- Large handle is comfortable to use
- Position of spout and lever can’t be swapped
Best Widespread Bathroom Faucet
Delta Sandover Spotshield Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Faucet
With 8 inches between handles, this widespread Delta faucet leaves plenty of open room on your sink. This creates a sophisticated look and is much easier to keep clean than a cramped and cluttered faucet layout. A pull-down spout really separates this faucet from the competition and allows you to spray off toothpaste and shaving cream—or even bathe a small pet. A powerful magnet keeps the spout docked securely in place when you’re finished, so it won’t drop or sag in the fixed position. This faucet’s Spotshield technology also helps reduce potential odor-causing bacteria and cuts down on water spots and fingerprints.
- Threaded handles won’t shift or wobble over time
- Pull-down spray spout
- Quick-connect installation system
- Spot-resistant coating
- Meets WaterSense criteria
- Not practical for smaller sinks
Best Centerset Bathroom Faucet
Delta Porter Centerset Two-Handle Bathroom Faucet
This centerset faucet from Delta features a swiveling, high-arc spout within a small footprint, ideal for smaller sinks. It also includes a pop-up drain assembly that matches the finish of the faucet—brushed nickel, chrome or bronze. Just like all Delta faucets, this one is backed by a limited lifetime guarantee.
Note: Like all centerset faucets, the proximity of the knobs to the spout makes that area less convenient to clean than a wide-set option.
- High-arc spout for plenty of washing space
- Classic and graceful appearance
- Meets WaterSense criteria
- Includes drain assembly
- Not compatible with single-hole layouts
Best Farmhouse-Style Bathroom Faucet
Pfister Ashfield Centerset Bathroom Faucet
Featuring a spigot-style design and rustic bronze finish, this Pfister faucet is a cool choice for anyone adopting a modern farmhouse aesthetic. The single-control handle has a charming “country-pump handle” look, and the decorative deck plate is compatible with multi-hole layouts. Its waterfall-style spout uses a slightly downward angle to prevent any standing water, too. It also meets WaterSense standards and claims to save up to $200 per year on your water bill! This model is also available in brushed nickel if you prefer something a bit more contemporary.
- Vintage pump handle design
- Easy to use
- Available in two finishes
- Ceramic disc valves ensure long-term durability
- Doesn’t include supply lines
Best Brass Bathroom Faucet
Kohler Devonshire Bathroom Faucet
If you’re looking for a bathroom faucet that looks sleek and will last an extremely long time, look no further than this solid brass Kohler model. Pound recommends solid brass faucets like this one for their long-lasting durability. Combined with the ceramic disc valve, you shouldn’t need Kohler’s limited lifetime warranty for a long time.
The widespread layout adds to this faucet’s elegant, sophisticated look, but if you prefer a more compact unit, it’s also available in centerset and single-hole versions. Installation supply lines, escutcheon and drain are all included.
- Extremely durable
- Matching accessories available
- Quick-connect fittings for easy installation
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Doesn’t match all bathroom styles
What to Look for When Buying a Bathroom Faucet
Bathroom faucets can have three handle types—single, double and touchless—each of which has its pros and cons.
- Single-handle faucets: These are typically easier to install and more convenient to use one-handed. This ease of operation is also the reason why Pound recommends them for homes with smaller children.
- Double-handle faucets: These have separate handles for hot and cold water, giving them a classic, sophisticated look. They have a wider spread though and, since they take up more space, aren’t ideal for smaller spaces.
- Touchless faucets or smart faucets: These automatically turn on when you place your hands underneath, which is more hygienic than touching a handle, but also requires an electric power source.
Our resident expert, Deane Biermeier adds, “Installing a new electrical outlet power source to accommodate a touchless faucet can significantly increase the cost and complexity of the job. If an appropriate outlet isn’t available when making the switch, many battery-operated designs are available, allowing you to bypass the need for an outlet. Or, if remodeling your bathroom, consider installing an accessible outlet specifically for the addition of a touchless faucet if one is in the design plans or might be in the future.”
If you’re replacing a faucet but keeping the same sink, try and choose the same faucet/handle configuration for the easiest installation. Depending on the style, bathroom faucets require one, two or three holes in your countertop. This certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t choose a different style than your previous faucet, but if you do, keep in mind that you’ll either need a deck plate to cover extra holes or drill new ones yourself. “Always take a picture of the existing faucet and/or countertop, it comes in handy when shopping” says Pound.
Bathroom faucets are available in a range of styles and finishes, so look for one that matches your existing or planned bathroom decor. According to Pound, “You want to match the finish and style to things like the doorknobs and drawer handles in the bathroom with it.” he adds. “Some finishes, such as flat black, will show scratches more and are not ideal for a high-traffic bathroom.” If ease-of-cleaning is your top priority, consider chrome (very easy to wipe down) or brushed nickel (hides water spots and fingerprints). Some models even have a specialized spot-resistant coating to make cleaning even easier.
Why You Should Trust Us
As a frequent home DIY-er and former residential carpenter, I’ve removed and installed my fair share of bathroom faucets. That experience has given me a comprehensive understanding of how bathroom faucets work, as well as installation specifics and potential issues. In short, I know exactly what to look for when researching and shopping the best bathroom faucets on the market.
When writing this article, I also called upon the help of an expert in the field, Charles “Chuck” Pound, virtual plumbing expert at Frontdoor, for a professional’s perspective and insight. We discussed the top picks and what to look for in a bathroom faucet to deliver the best selections on the market to you.
How We Found the Best Bathroom Faucets
First, we compiled a rough list of about 40 of the most popular bathroom faucets out there right now. We based our top choices on information gathered from brands we’ve come to know and trust and extensive online and customer review research. After that preliminary research, I outlined a set of categories that would cover a wide variety of use cases and faucet types. Then, I reached out to Pound for additional brand and operational insight. After considering important factors like style, finishes, installation and price, I whittled that list down to the 11 best bathroom faucets.
Is Moen or Kohler better?
According to Pound, “Both brands make great faucets. However, Moen has more models available to choose from.” He adds that they both offer a lifetime warranty and, if needed, parts are available at most hardware stores.
Which bathroom faucets last the longest?
“Faucets made with a solid brass body tend to leak less often and last longer.” says Pound. He explains that while most faucet makers will have a brass option, stick with one of the top brands (such as Delta, Moen or Kohler). “These are solid brands that offer longevity and we tend to see the least amount of issues with,” he adds.
Is it better to have a single- or double-handle faucet?
Choosing a single- or two-handle faucet comes down to personal preference. As mentioned earlier, single-hande faucets are easier to install and can be controlled with one hand. Double-handle faucets come in more styles, giving you more options to find the right look for your bathroom. If you’re looking to give your bathroom a quick and easy facelift by swapping out the faucet, it’s best to go with the same style you already have to avoid needing to cover up or create additional holes in your countertop.
How long do bathroom faucets last?
Residential bathroom faucets can last from 15 to 20 years. Chances are your style is going to change—causing you to buy a new one—before your faucet needs to be replaced. To keep your faucet in good condition make sure to keep it clean and don’t be too rough with it.
What is the average cost of a new bathroom faucet?
The bathroom faucets we’ve researched for this guide range from just under $100 to over $300. Single-handle faucets tend to be more affordable than double-handle ones. The price will start to increase when looking for more unique designs or materials, such as wall-mounted or touchless faucets.
How do you replace a bathroom faucet?
Follow these simple instructions to install your new bathroom faucet:
- Turn off the water supply valves
- Remove supply lines
- Remove the old faucet
- Clean up the counter/sink surface where the old faucet was
- Install the deck plate
- Install the new faucet
- Connect the water supply
- Turn on the water
For more detailed, step-by-step instructions, check out our guide on installing a new bathroom faucet.
- Charles “Chuck” Pound, virtual plumbing expert at Frontdoor