Buying a new faucet should be a simple task, but with today’s bewildering array of options, designs, finishes, and configurations, it’s easy to get lost in the shopping weeds. Whether you’re designing a whole new bathroom or just purchasing a single kitchen fixture, consider these faucet fundamentals before you set off on your shopping quest.
Kitchen and bathroom faucets are mounted in three general ways: Sink-mounted, deck-mounted, or wall-mounted. Sink-mounted faucets are mounted through holes in the lip or deck of the sink. Deck-mounted faucets are inserted through holes in the countertop (usually where there’s an under-mounted sink.) Wall-mounted faucets jut from the wall just above and behind the sink. Unless you’re fully renovating your kitchen or bathroom, your choice of fixtures may be narrowed by the existing configuration.