The style of your bathroom can range from efficient and minimalistic to vintage or farmhouse vibes. Choosing your bathtub hardware is influenced by bathtub style, the style you wish to create in your bathroom, and your budget. But aside from creating a space that you’ll love, the faucet you choose for your bathtub can affect water flow, which affects the quality of a good soak in your tub. Nothing is quite as good at the end of a long day as a luxurious soak in a bathtub.
With our guide below, you can choose the faucet that meets both your aesthetic and functional needs to create the perfect look.
1. Wall-mount Bathtub Faucet
The wall-mount bathtub faucet is the most common and affordable bathtub faucet option. This faucet option is a space saver as it attaches directly to the wall. Wall-mount faucets will come either with or without a diverter valve, which is needed for a shower.
2. Spout Only Bathtub Faucet
As the title implies, this bathtub faucet is the spout portion only. You would choose this if replacing only the spout portion of your faucet and not the entire plumbing. If you like your current faucet handles, for example, but want to upgrade the spout, this is a great option. Just changing the spout can give a surprising new look to your fixture and change the water flow into your tub.
3. Spout Only Bathtub Faucet with Diverter
Adding a diverter to the bathtub faucet allows the water flow to be directed through either the bathtub spout or the shower. This is usually in the form of pull up knob on the spout or concealed pull down diverter. You’ll need a faucet with a diverter if you have a shower installed in your bathtub.
4. Deck Mount Bathtub Faucet
The deck mount bathtub faucet sits on the edge of your tube. This option works well for bathtubs that do not have a shower. The handles will be closer to you for your access while you soak. When choosing this type of faucet, you’ll need to make sure your bathtub has enough edge room for the spout and handles.
If your bathtub does not have holes cut out for the faucet, you’ll need to consider the bathtub’s material. Cast iron or porcelain tubs are tough to add holes. Deck mount faucets do not include diverter valves, so if you have a shower, you’ll need to purchase a separate diverter or consider a handheld sprayer.
5. Roman Bathtub Faucet
This bathtub faucet is designed to replicate the luxury of an ancient Roman bath. It is a traditional style typically with an arched spout. However, more contemporary styles are now available without the signature arched spout. Roman faucet styles are available in deck mount, wall mount, and freestanding faucet styles.
6. Freestanding Bathtub Faucet
Freestanding bathtub faucets are designed for use with a freestanding bathtub. The classic Victorian clawfoot tub style or a Roman freestanding tub would be a good match for a freestanding faucet. These faucets are the most expensive faucet style.
7. One-Hole Faucet
This faucet has one spout and one handle, which is swiveled to the right or left for either hot or cold water. As it requires only one hole for installation, it is generally less costly than a three-hole faucet.
8. Three-Hole Faucet
This set up provides a spout and a separate handle each for hot and cold water flow. You’ll be able to control water temperature more closely, but these faucets are more prone to leaking than a one-hole faucet.
9. Waterfall faucet
This type of faucet gives the appearance of a waterfall cascading from the faucet spout. The spout is generally wide, which helps create the waterfall effect. Waterfall faucets are available in wall mount, deck mount, and freestanding styles.
10. Vintage Faucet
Vintage faucets put the finishing touch on a traditionally inspired bathroom. This style of faucet will typically come with a handheld shower sprayer to complete the antique look.
11. Wide Spread Three-Piece Faucets
These faucets have the same feature as a three-piece faucet – spout and two separate handles for hot and cold water, but they are connected by a plate allowing for a larger distance between each piece. This allows for additional features like a shower sprayer or soap dispensing system to be added to the setup.
12. Minispread Faucets
Minispread faucets are a scaled-down version of the widespread faucet. They are still a three-hole system allowing for precise control but streamline and compact the hardware appearance.
Bathtub Faucet Handles
There are three main types of handles you will have to choose from with your bathtub faucet. In addition to style, you’ll also have choices regarding each faucet set’s materials and finishes.
Knob handles will consist of a large button type fixture that is turned to control water flow. Hot and cold will each be controlled by their own knob.
Lever handles are pushed up or down to control water flow. As with knob handles, hot and cold water will each have its own lever.
Cross handles will look like an “X” design on the faucet knob.
Enhance Your Tub
Creating the bathroom of your dreams starts with choosing the perfect hardware. Faucets can change the look of your bathroom from classic to contemporary. Choosing different metals and finishes will further enhance the style. Keep in mind your bathtub style as certain faucets will match better, for instance, a freestanding tub with a freestanding faucet. Your bathroom can be transformed from a functional room to a haven where you can escape to soak away the events of the day.
Learn even more about bathroom faucet styles in our post, “18 Bathroom Faucet Styles (By Finishes, Handle Options, & Installation).”
If you’ve wondered how to determine when it’s time to replace a faucet, check out our post, “How Long Do Bathroom Faucets Typically Last?”