Q: We are remodeling our bathroom and recently looked into faucets. To our confusion it seems that we can choose a “widespread” or a “centerset” bathroom faucet. Can you please explain basic differences between these bathroom faucets?
A: I don’t want to pile on, but in many cases you’ll actually have four types of bathroom faucets to choose from:
Wall-mount: This kind of faucet mounts on the wall behind the sink.
Single-handle: These faucets have one handle to mix hot and cold water.
Centerset: This is a popular two-handle compact faucet, with a built-in deck plate. Also, centerset faucets measure 4 inches across from handle center to handle center.
Widespread: These two-handle faucets are made up of separate components and can be installed 8 to 16 inches between faucet handle centers. Remember, each faucet category can have dozens of choices. So, pick your faucet type first, to avoid a future flood of faucet-style confusion.
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