When it comes to choosing a bathtub faucet, there are practically no limits on what is available; you have every style, finish and price point to consider. Replacing your current faucet with a similar model is fairly straight-forward project, but if you are embarking on a complete remodel, then you should keep a few factors in mind before you shop.
To help you determine the best bathtub of your new bathroom, this guide on how to choose a tub should come in handy.
Tub/shower combinations typically are installed on the wall, though there are some tub-mounted options, too. Sets most often consist of a shower head with one or two handles - one of which is stationary and one of which is a hand-held - and a tub spout. This remains the most popular configuration in American homes and for good reason; combinations from top manufacturers like Delta, Moen and Kohler all include tub/shower faucet designs that are either part of a collection of bathroom fixtures or that you can pair with other pieces on an a la carte basis.
Wall-mount bathtub faucets are a nice option as well and lend an extra air of sophistication. Positioned above the bathtub and installed, appropriately, on the wall above the tub, a wall-mount tub faucet evokes a sense of luxury without necessarily paying more. Prices are comparable across all installation options listed here.
Free-standing tub faucets are not drilled through the tub but instead come up through the floor and hang over the rim of a tub. These faucets are also available in single- and two-handle configurations with a tub spout. Some of them also feature a handheld shower head for easy rinsing.
Deck mounted tub faucets are designed for drop-in tubs, and the faucet is either mounted directly to the tub or on the deck surface surrounding the tub. If you enjoy taking a relaxing bath, you'll appreciate these fixtures because the spout doesn't extend as far over the rim of the tub, providing more room for you to stretch out and soak. And, since most deck mounted faucets also include a hand shower, you'll have the added convenience of quickly rinsing off at the end of your bath.
Style & Finish
Even if the bathtub faucet stays hidden behind a shower curtain most of the time, matching the style and finish of it to the bathroom faucet is usually a good idea. Mixing metals is very on-trend but can be tricky; using matte black faucets and brushed gold hardware, for instance, works great because the finishes balance each other. Likewise, a mix of polished chrome and brushed nickel faucets, fixtures and hardware can create a really nice profile in your bathroom because they are two sides of the same silver color family coin.
Style is another factor to consider. Are you a traditionalist or do you prefer interiors with more of an edge? If you like cleaner lines but have a soft side, you probably lean toward a transitional look, but if you really love a farm house vibe, you should choose something a little more rustic. Here are come common characteristics of the five most common styles:
Contemporary: Curves, reflective surfaces and a sense of "sleek" define a contemporary style.
Rustic: Comfortable, clean, and warm with a definite sense of a quieter, simpler time.
Modern: Sharp angles, gleaming surfaces and the use of geometric angles.
Transitional: Straightforward and without a lot of extra detail, transitional is traditional meets modern.
Traditional: Familiar lines and shapes with a sense of the past.
Valves - Out of sight, but not out of mind
If the new bathtub faucet is more of a replacement upgrade, shoppers need to know the brand of their current faucet and purchase a new fixture of the same brand to avoid having to replace the valve hidden behind the wall. Valves are brand-specific, so having this knowledge before shopping can help avoid unnecessary headaches down the road.
But, if the tub faucet is part of a new configuration, choosing a new brand and the valve to go with it is relatively easy. eFaucets provides a prompt at checkout to be sure shoppers are buying the appropriate parts and accessories with their new faucet.