A central figure in any bathroom interior would definitely be the faucet. Faucets come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. It offers convenience and allows for better water conversation in homes. Faucets have evolved throughout the years in terms of design. In this article, we will be taking a look at the best center-set faucets on the market today. Polished brass is a classic option that adds a touch of class and luxury to your bathroom.
Of course, before we head to the main event we need to understand the little quirks and factors that define a high-quality faucet. Understanding the features, overall aesthetic compatibility, and budget are all important elements to consider.
Different Types of Faucets
Beginners might think that there is only one kind of faucet but the truth is there is a handful to choose from. Knowing the differences between each type of faucet is important when choosing one for your home. Let us run down the various types of faucets as well as their key traits, shall we?
- The Single-Hole Faucet
This, usually, single lever faucet connects both the spout and mixing handles into one that needs for only one drilled sinkhole. The single-hole faucet is recommended for those with smaller sinks. Its simplistic and minimalistic design makes it a great choice for homes with a modern aesthetic.
- The Widespread Mount Faucet
Comprised of three pieces: spout and two handles. This is larger than other faucet types as there is usually an 8-inch distance between handles. However, there are more compact versions available known as Mini-spread mount faucets. This shortens the distance between the handle by 4-inches.
- The Wall Mount Faucet
This type of faucet has steadily risen in popularity over the years. Its space-saving quality is probably its biggest selling point. It requires longer spouts though in order to properly be used with sinks.
- The Centerset Faucet
This type of faucet is compatible with three-hole sinks. You can choose between the single lever or two handle mounts for this type of faucet. The Center-set faucet is often the most popular choice as its design allows it to be compatible with almost all types of bathroom sinks.
The Different Types of Faucet Finishes
Hold on to your seats as this aspect of faucets can be quite dizzying with its array of choices. The good news is that modern finishes now utilize modern protective technology that offers long-lasting protection on your faucet at an affordable rate.
While the simplest route would be to choose the standard polished chrome finish, polished brass does add an extra bit of luxury to your bathroom fixtures. Now, if you are actually having a hard time with choosing what faucet finishes to choose from, here are some guidelines to help orient yourself amidst the cavalcade of options in front of you:
- Check the showroom to see how the finish looks when on display. This should help you pinpoint which finish you prefer.
- Plan out the overall finish of your bathroom. Take into consideration other hardware. Make sure that each complements each other aesthetically or are the same finish.
- Remember that polished brass finishes require regular maintenance and proper care to help them remain shiny.
- Brushed finish faucets can easily hide water spots which is something to mull over if you have children at home as they can be a tad bit messy.
Best Two Handle Centerset Polished Brass Bathroom Faucets
Now that you have a good understanding of faucet types as well as finishes, I’ll be giving a list of highly rated two handle centerset polished brass bathroom faucets. Why this type of faucet you might ask? Simply put, this type is the most common and most popular type found in most households. Chances are, your bathroom is already designed to accommodate this type of faucet.
Two handle faucets are also great in terms of practicality. They can better control water temperature as well as water flow rate. The two-handle design also allows you to use it even if one handle starts to have a leak.
Our Overall Pick:
Delta Faucet Delta Windemere Two Handle Centerset Bathroom Faucet with Polished Brass
Delta Faucet has always presented some top-quality products over the years and this one is no exception. It features certification from WaterSense which means it is designed for optimum water conservation. The faucet also comes with matching drain ready for assembly.
It is also approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It utilizes a 3-hole and 4-inch installation. Once assembled, the Delta Faucet Windemere has an overall dimension of 5 to 7/8 inches x 6 to 1/32 inches x 9 ½ inches (H x D x W). As stated, this has polished brass finish making it easier to clean and maintain.
- Sturdy feel with its solid brass construction and material.
- Easy to install once you have configured the drain lift properly.
The drain control shaft is strangely bent. A weird design choice, to say the least.
Moen Kingsley Two-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Polished Brass Ceterset Faucet with Drain Assembly
If you have the budget and want something high end, I suggest you take a look at what Moen has to offer with the Kingsley Two Handle Centerset Faucet. As it features the two-handle design, you can expect it to offer significantly better control in terms of water flow and temperature control. It is designed using the 3-hole mount with a 4-inch design for easier installation.
If you are not yet familiar with Moen, the company is known for high-end bathroom faucets. The company was founded in 1937 by Al Moen and has been making quality faucets ever since. After scalding his hands on the hot water coming out of an old-fashioned two-handle faucet, Moen set out to come up with a better and safer faucet. His efforts gave birth to the first single handled faucet. The rest is history, while they continue to make two handled faucets like this one reviewed here, Moen was the inventor of the now common single handled version we see all over the world.
In 1997, Moen introduced their proprietary and revolutionary LifeShine non-tarnish finish.
As for the finish, it has polished brass finish using LifeShine technology for optimum longevity. LifeShine polish is known to prevent corrosion for decades. The faucet also meets the standards of WaterSense in water flow conservation. As an added bonus, this faucet also comes with a limited lifetime warranty from Moen.
- Extremely easy to install.
- Made from high-grade material and feels sturdy.
- Polished brass finish by LifeShine guarantees longevity.
- A light touch is needed for turning it on and off.
Kingston Brass Restoration Polished Brass Centerset Lavatory Faucet
While I am not all for choosing the cheapest products when it comes to essential household items, if you absolutely need to save cash in regards to your bathroom faucet then I recommend you check out this one from Kingston. It finds a great balance between affordability and quality. This would also be a good pick for a rental property where you want a functional faucet since property owners know that fixtures in rentals get abused more and suffer more wear and tear.
This faucet by Kingston features solid brass construction for durability. It also comes with a DuraSeal washer-less cartridge and a 4-inches center-set installation. In terms of water conservation capability, it has a maximum of 1.2 GPM/4.5 LPM water flow rate at 60 psi which is the standard ASME rating. The faucet also meets the standards of the California Energy Commission.
- Rudimentary features with high-grade quality construction at a reasonable price.
- Solid and sturdy feel.
- Easy to install. Will take you an average of 30 minutes to install properly.
- Good budget pick for low cost bathroom makeovers, rental properties or starter homes.
- The polished brass finish has a slightly darker brown appearance than what is in the image.
Centerset two-handle faucets are great choices for use in your bathroom. Unlike other types of faucets, the two-handle design allows for better control of both the water flow and water temperature. It is also designed to be compatible with almost all types of the sink. It is also no slouch when it comes to aesthetics as it delivers a level of sophistication to any bathroom sink it is installed in.
Main Image source: Delta Faucets