Buying Guide for Vessel Sink Faucets
No matter what type of faucet you are looking for, the huge selection available at UniqueVanities means you will find what you are looking for. We offer several lines of specialty faucets, including faucets designed to fit with vessel sinks that are under mounted, top mounted or partially recessed. No matter how great our offerings are, however, we cannot supply you with a functional faucet if you do not know how to select a fixture that is appropriate for your sink, vanity, bathroom and needs. With unique installations like vessel sinks, the selection process becomes more important. Not all faucets will fit a vessel sink installation. To help you pick out appropriate fixtures, we have provided a buying guide below.
Length of Spout
Length of spout is very important when choosing a fixture for your bathroom, and even more so with a vessel sink. If you have a top mounted vessel sink, then the faucet will need to be tall enough to reach from the counter top and up and over the lip of the sink. We offer vessel sinks that feature spout heights as tall as a foot and spout lengths from three to six inches. It is essential that you purchase a faucet that is tall enough to clear your sink but is not so tall that it looks a bit silly towering over your vanity. One mistake many people make when ordering a vessel sink faucet is that they look at a single measurement: the height of the overall faucet. However, this measurement includes any decoration at the top and any height on the water control lever. You could have a vessel sink faucet with an overall height of 14 inches but only eight or nine inches of spout height. This means the faucet will only clear a sink that is less than seven or eight inches high.
The second thing you need to consider when purchasing a faucet of any type is configuration. Configuration usually means the number of holes the faucet requires. Most traditional faucets come with single hole or three hole installation requirements. Usually, a vessel sink calls for a faucet with a single hole configuration. This is because the sink is mounted to the counter top and next to or behind the sink, there is a single hole for the faucet. The tall faucet is mounted in that hole and runs up to the top of the sink. Near the top of the faucet, a lever or handle usually operates water flow and temperature. Classic three hole designs with side water control handles are usually not seen with a vessel sink, because the lower faucet controls would be difficult to reach behind a top mounted sink. When vessel sinks are integrated into the counter top or partially recessed, it may be possible to see a three hole faucet installation, but this is rare. In these cases, the faucet is usually a single hole installation that has one or more handles installed on the lower part of the spout.