At WiseGEEK, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

How do I Choose the Best Roman Tub Faucet?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers

If you own a stand alone bathtub, you may be considering purchasing a Roman tub faucet in order to help your bathroom stand out from others. This kind of faucet is affixed to the top of the tub rather than the wall, and comes in a few styles so that you can choose the best one for your bathroom. One of the first choices to make is whether to purchase one with single or double handles to control the flow and temperature of the water. You will also need to choose the finish, typically one that matches the rest of your bathroom fixtures. Some faucets also come with extra features, such as shower heads, which you should consider before you buy.

Some faucets feature just one handle, enabling you to control the flow of water and the temperature by turning it one way or the other. This type is simple to use, and it is usually less expensive than the kind with more than one handle. If you prefer to have one handle for hot water and one for cold water, you should opt for double handles instead. This kind of Roman tub faucet is usually a bit more expensive, but it is easier to repair, and enables you to directly control the mixing hot and cold water together until you achieve the perfect temperature. Consider whether you will be doing plumbing repairs yourself, and whether you prefer to manual control the way that hot an cold water are mixed.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Another important choice to make is the finish style of the Roman tub faucet. There are a variety of metal finishes used for this kind of faucet. Polished brass is one kind of finish style that is popular among those who prefer the classical look for their bathroom, while chrome and nickel often look best in bathrooms with modern décor. If you want a darker finish, bronze is also typically available. Of course, you should also consider the finish of other metal in your bathroom, as it often looks best when the bathtub fixtures match the sink fixtures.

If you plan to use the tub often, you might consider investing in a Roman tub faucet that includes extra features. One popular offering is a shower head attached to the faucet, usually connected European-style with a long hose that allows it to reach far away from the area where the faucet is installed. Many come with massaging capabilities, perfect for people who like to relax in their tub after a long day at work or a hard workout at the gym. You should think about how often you would use such a feature before spending the extra money on this kind of Roman tub faucet.

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • Woman holding a book
      Woman holding a book