Whether you are renovating your home, or simply installing a new bathroom suite, there is one thing that people commonly forget about. And that is the bathtub faucet.

When you are focusing on the larger aspects of the bathroom, it can be very easy to forget about the finer details. This is a shame because it is the finer details which can really take your bathroom to the next level.

If you haven’t got much knowledge about faucets, then it can be difficult to comprehend just how many types there are. All of these different types are, of course, available in different colors, sizes, styles, and finishes, so the amount of faucets that are available to you are seemingly endless.

To help you find the one that’s perfect for your new bathtub, we’ve put together this helpful guide to all the different types of bathroom faucet on the market. So let’s get started.

What is a bathtub faucet?

This is probably self-explanatory, but to avoid any confusion, let’s quickly establish what a bathtub faucet is.

As its name suggests, the bathtub faucet is the faucet which is attached to your bathtub, and is the water source responsible for filling your bathtub.

The faucet might be just a small part of your bathroom, but choosing the right one for the space can make a big difference to your bathroom. This is why there is such a variety available.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the different types of bathtub faucets that you have to choose between.

  1. Center Set Faucet

The first type of bathtub faucet that exists is the Center Set faucet, which is also sometimes called a 3 hole bath faucet.

They get this name because the faucet itself is visibly split into 3 sections with one handle to control hot water, one handle to control cold water, and the spout in the center.

These faucets are very aesthetically pleasing, and they are also very practical as you have better control over the temperature of the water as you can use both the cold and hot handle to adjust it.

  1. Widespread 3 Hole Faucet

The next bathtub faucet on this list is the Widespread 3 Hole Faucet.

These faucets are fairly similar to center set faucets as they also come with 3 different sections. But in widespread 3 hole faucets, each section is completely separate from one another.

Generally, people don’t leave a gap between these sections because they are designed this way so that you can fill the gap with other features such as a soap dispenser or a shower head.

  1. Single Hole Faucet

Moving on, you have the Single Hole Faucet. This is the type of faucet that you are probably most familiar with as it is definitely the most common one that exists.

The single head faucet is given its name because it only requires one hole to be punched into the bathtub. This is because everything that you need to control the faucet is connected in one section making them one of the easiest types of faucet to install.

Due to this, there is a massive variety of single hole faucets available, so if you want a faucet that isn’t much hassle, this is a great choice.

  1. Floor Mounted Faucet

If you want a unique look, then the Floor Mounted Faucet is the one for you. These faucets connect to the floor and have incredibly long spouts which reach all the way from the floor to over your bathtub.

There isn’t much range in this style of faucet, but that is mainly because the design itself is definitely a showstopper. They have a very postmodern design, and due to this they won’t be suitable for all bathroom suites.

But if your bathroom is large, and you want something to catch your guest’s attention, then a floor mounted faucet could be perfect.

  1. Wall Mounted Faucet

Compared to floor mounted faucets, Wall Mounted Faucets are a lot more common.

In fact, this type of faucet is incredibly popular because it gives you lots of room to play with around the outside of the bath which can actually make your bath feel much bigger.

But, these types of faucets do have one drawback, and that is that they are difficult to install. Wall mounted faucets connect through your wall which means you have to dig into it to install them.

This might mean that they aren’t the best choice if you’ve recently had your walls tiled. But if you are doing a full bathroom renovation they might be something to consider

  1. Deck Mounted Faucet

Next, we have Deck Mounted Faucets. These are very aesthetically pleasing, and they are also fairly easy to install which makes them a great option all round.

Typically, you will install a deck mounted faucet onto a block of stone, porcelain, or wood. The end result almost looks like your tap is coming out of a shelf, and it is a great feature.

As they are independent of your bath and walls, these faucets also have the benefit of being easy to install and easy to fix if something goes wrong. But this does come as a cost as this type of faucet tends to be the most expensive option.

  1. MiniSpread Faucet

Finally, you have something called a MiniSpread Faucet. We won’t go into too much detail with these because they are incredibly similar to widespread faucets, with one small difference.

This difference is that the gaps between the 3 sections on a mini spread faucet are all equal and uniform with approximately 4 inches between them, rather than the 8 inches that you will find on a widespread faucet.

So if you like the design of a widespread faucet but don’t have enough space, then a mini spread faucet is a great choice.


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There you have it, a complete guide to all the different types of bathtub faucets that you have available to you.

So if you are thinking of transforming your bathroom, it is definitely worth checking them out.