There’s nothing quite like a long soak after a long day. As you remodel your bathroom, imagine relaxing in your new bathtub, soaking in warm bubbles, sipping your favorite beverage, and listening to smooth jazz (or whatever your favorite music genre might be). But before your vision becomes reality, you need to find a bathtub faucet to match your new bathroom’s style.
Types of Bathtub Faucets:
- Wall-Mount Faucet
- Deck Mount Bathtub Faucet
- Roman Bathtub Faucet
- Freestanding Bathtub Faucet
From the standard wall-mount bathtub faucet to the freestanding bathtub faucet, the faucet you choose largely depends on the type of bathtub, the style of your bathroom, and your budget.
Expanded: Types of Bathtub Faucets
Don’t underestimate the value of a good bathtub faucet. The style you choose, in conjunction with your vanity faucet and shower faucet, helps support your bathroom’s overall look and feel. And the quality of the flow impacts the quality of a good soak.
Wall-Mount Bathtub Faucet
A wall-mount bathtub faucet is the most common and usually the most affordable type of bathtub faucet. It’s used most often with drop-in bathtub and shower combinations, where space is limited. By mounting the faucet to the wall, you save valuable space. It also makes the plumbing easier to install. That said, wall-mount bathtub faucets come in several types:
- Standalone: The entire bathtub faucet consists of a spout, a water temperature levers (either as two handles for hot water and cold water or one handle that moves between hot and cold water), and a diverter valve if you have a shower. Typically, this type of bathtub faucet doesn’t have a shower. If you have a shower faucet, make sure you get one with a diverter valve.
- Spout-Only Faucet: This type of wall-mount bathtub faucet is just a spout. Often, you’d get this when you’re only replacing the spout and not the entire plumbing. The tub and shower must have a hot and cold-water lever with a separate diverter valve to the showerhead.
- Spout-Only Faucet with diverter: This is exactly like the spout-only faucet, but it includes the diverter valve, typically as a pull-up knob but more contemporary versions feature a concealed diverter that pulls down from the spout.
- Bathtub & Shower Faucet: This is a package containing the wall-mount bathtub faucet, diverter valve, temperature lever, and showerhead. If you want to ensure the style and finish is consistent across all fixtures, this is the way to go.
Wall-mount tub faucets are the most budget friendly, starting as low as $10 for a spout-only polished nickel version. However, you can expect to spend around $100 for a good-quality brushed-nickel wall-mount tub faucet.
Deck-Mount Bathtub Faucet
A deck-mount bathtub faucet sits on the ledge (or deck) of your bathtub, making it a great bathtub fixture for drop-in and undermount bathtubs. You only need to have enough space on the deck for a spout and two handles for hot and cold water. It’s great for tubs with no showers, as it places the hot and cold handles closer to you as you soak.
One of the issues to consider is whether the bathtub you have is designed for a deck-mount bathtub faucet. Holes in the deck indicate it’s made for a deck-mounted faucet. If there aren’t holes in the deck, you have to cut holes out, which can be very difficult with cast-iron bathtubs and a delicate process with ceramic porcelain tubs. If the deck is separate from the tub, then adding holes is much easier.
Deck-mount bathtub faucets typically don’t include diverter valves for showers, so you may need to purchase one separately if you have a shower and bathtub combo. That said, if your bathtub doesn’t have a shower, some contemporary and modern deck-mount bathtub faucets include hand sprayers, allowing you to easily rinse away soap and shampoo.
Deck-mount bathtub faucets vary a lot in price, from $30 to over $1,000 if you want a handshower included. The price is largely determined by the quality of the materials and the style. You can expect to pay at least $150 to $300 for a good deck-mount tub faucet.
Roman Bathtub Faucet
Traditionally, Roman bathtub faucets have deck-mounted fixtures with an arched spout and a heavy focus on traditional styles. The idea was to evoke the luxury of the ancient Roman baths. However, as contemporary and modern takes on the Roman faucet have flooded the market, the traditional design has made room for simplicity and minimalism. Many contemporary faucets with “Roman” in the name even lack the signature arch in the spout.
Roman faucets are very versatile. You can find versions of it in freestanding faucets, wall-mount faucets, and deck-mount faucets. There are waterfall spouts and arched spouts. You can get one with a handshower. With so many choices, there’s a right fit for your bathtub.
Roman tub faucets range between $30 for simple nickel spouts and over $1,800 for freestanding roman faucets. However, a good Roman faucet costs around $400-$500.
Freestanding Bathtub Faucet
A freestanding bathtub is the epitome of luxury. In the Victoria era, they were gilded with gold and featured claw feet and other decorative details. Since freestanding tubs aren’t attached to walls on any side, they typically require a floor-mounted freestanding bathtub faucet.
With the plumbing fixtures exposed from the spout to the floor, freestanding bathtub faucets are the perfect way to cap off the look of a stylish freestanding bathtub. Whether you go for a contemporary style waterfall spout to match your contemporary tub, a roman spout to match a roman freestanding tub, or a traditional spout to match a claw-foot tub, your freestanding tub isn’t complete without a matching faucet.
Freestanding bathtub faucets are the most expensive type of bathtub faucet, usually starting around $250 and reaching well over $1,800. Typically, the cost is reflected in the materials and the water flow. The high-end freestanding tub faucets have a water flow around 8 gallons per minute while the more affordable options peak at 2.5 gallons per minute. Expect to pay around $500 for a freestanding tub faucet with a decent water flow around 5 gpm, and around $1,000 for a high-end solid brass one with a water flow over 7 gpm.
FAQs About Bathtubs Faucets
How Much is a Bathtub Faucet?
Bathtub faucets range in price depending on the type and material. A simple wall-mount spout without a diverter can costs as little as $10 while a solid brass freestanding tub faucet with a 9 gallon per minute rating can cost nearly $2,000.
A good bathroom faucet for the tub is made of solid brass (not just a brass finish), because brass holds up to the corrosive qualities of water, and a solid water flow rate. When you consider a standard bathtub holds up to 80 gallons of water, you want a faucet capable of filling the tub as quickly as possible.
How to Replace Bathtub Faucet?
It depends on the type of faucet and whether you’re replacing the entire faucet or the spout. If you’re replacing the entire faucet (the spout, hot and cold handles, and diverter valve to a shower), we recommend hiring a professional. It costs around $250 for a plumber to replace the unit, but it may be worth it to ensure it’s done correctly and doesn’t leave you with leaks.
If you’re just replacing the faucet spout, you need to identify the type of spout you have first. There are three types of tub spouts:
- Slip-On: Find and remove the setscrew. With some slip-on spouts, there are also threads inside the spout that connect to the plumbing. Twist the spout counterclockwise to remove it from the threads. Attach the new spout by following the same steps in reverse.
- Screw-On with Threads in the Front: The spout has threads near the front. To remove, simply twist the spout counterclockwise to remove the pipe from the spout. Attach the new spout by doing the same thing but twisting the spout in a clockwise direction. However, it’s essential to make sure the pipe from the wall reaches the threads at the front of the spout.
- Screw-On with Threads in the Back: This type of spout has the threading at the back of the spout. To remove, twist the spout in a counterclockwise direction until it releases from the pipe. Attach the new spout similarly by turning in a clockwise direction.
When to Replace a Bathtub Faucet?
You know it’s time to replace a bathtub faucet when you’re taking a shower, but the bath is still running even though you’ve pulled the diverter. If your bathtub is doing this, it means the diverter valve has worn out.
Leaking is also a sign you need to replace your faucet. If connections are tight and your faucet is leaking, it means the valves aren’t fully closing.
Which Bathtub Faucet is the Right One?
The right bathtub faucet depends on the tub you have and the style of your bathroom. The right bathtub faucet for a bathroom with limited space is a wall-mount tub faucet. The right faucet for a freestanding tub is a freestanding tub faucet. If your bathroom is more modern and minimal in style, opt for a modern faucet.
Why is My Bathtub Faucet Dripping?
The most likely reasons for a dripping faucet, whether it’s a kitchen sink or a shower, is worn out valves and loose connections. If your bathtub faucet is dripping, you need to do the following:
- Turn off your water: Any time you want to take a close look at your plumbing, you need to shut off the water. Otherwise, you risk turning your bathroom into a comedy bit in a cartoon.
- Remove the part where the leak is coming from: Whether it’s the spout or the handles, you need to remove the parts to assess the internal plumbing.
- Assess the internal plumbing: Look at the parts. Typically, a leak causes staining and deterioration, so it should be easy to spot.
- Refit or Replace: Once you’ve evaluated the leaking part, you need to determine whether the part needs to be tightened, refit with plumber’s tape, or replaced.
You can also hire a professional plumber who can assess your needs to help track down the source of your faucet leaks.
Can a Sink Faucet be used for a Tub?
A tub faucet should have a higher flow rate than a sink faucet. The standard bathroom sink faucet only has a flow rate of about one gallon per minute, which is fine. You’re only using the sink for basic hygiene like washing hands and brushing teeth. However, with a bathtub, you need a faucet with a higher flow rate, allowing you to fill the bathtub quickly.
The best tub faucets have flow rates between 6 and 9 GPM while the weakest tub faucets have flow rates at around 2 GPM. Using a relatively powerful, and likely expensive, 1.5 GPM vanity sink faucet to fill a bathtub may cause more headaches than it’s worth.
Ready for a Soak? Choose a Bathtub Faucet
Long days often require long soaks. By pairing your new bathtub with the right bathtub faucet, you ensure your new bathroom is as luxurious as you imagined.
If you’re not sure about what type of bathtub faucet is right for your tub or you’re not sure if the faucet you’ve picked out fits your bathroom’s style, talk to our expert designers for free at 855.483.2629 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you!