When you install a vessel sink you are taking a common bathroom fixture that is usually an afterthought and making it a focal point.
Vessel sinks are an opportunity to add color, texture, and contrast to your bathroom. You also can keep it simple if you don’t want to draw too much attention away from other details.
Vessel sink and faucet sets are common, but neutral style vessel sinks, such as white porcelain or glass, can be paired with just about any faucet that is compatible with your sink’s height.
That’s the purpose of this article: to look at many different styles of faucets you can pair with your vessel sink. You can get creative with the placement of your faucet and style choice, which is a great step towards making your bathroom eyecatching.
How can a faucet enhance your vessel sink?
There’s more to a faucet than just color or material. You can have waterfalls, levers, single handle, two handle, aerated, touchless, LED colored water, and many variations of all these things. If you’re looking to take the plunge and get a vessel sink then take the time to pick a great faucet!
Our starting point is how the faucet will be installed: wall-mount, counter-mount, or all-in-one (faucet mounts into sink). These categories cover the majority of hardware you will run into, but there are always custom installation that might be a hybrid. Here are some examples to illustrate these styles and you can skip to a particular section that interests you.
- Must consider wall space and mirror placement when mounting.
- Requires additonal plumbing inside the wall. Best for remodel or new construction.
- You must carefully consider the vessel sink height and countertop height when installing.
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Picking the Right Mount Type
I recommend starting with how you intend to mount your faucet. This determines how your vanity will be setup. Why start here? Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, you will need plumbing built into the wall for wall-mount faucets. Things are simpler for counter-mount or sink-mount, but you will need to pick out either your faucet or vessel sink first. Maybe a particular faucet style interests you and you want to find a great sink to match it, or vice-versa and you want to find a faucet that works with your unique sink.
Either way, this guide will help you pick out the right centerpieces for your bathroom.
About Wall-Mount Faucets
You will need enough wall space to accomodate this style faucet, which means large mirrors will have to be mounted high enough to make room for the faucet. For example, if you’re vessel sink is 5 to 6 inches tall you can expect to mount your faucet at least 2 inches above it depending on the style. Then you will want an additional few inches so that your mirror isn’t sitting right against the faucet or control knobs. That makes for nearly 12 inches above your counter before you can mount a mirror.
This is just an example, but keep in mind the height of your vessel sink and faucet when planning your vanity layout.
Counter mounted is often called “deck mount” or “counter based.” You may run into different names for the other mount types, but just realize matching the right faucet with how your vessel sink and vanity are installed in an important first step before making a purchase. The goal of this guide is to show you some of the amazing vessel sink and faucets you can buy. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your current bathroom, your faucet and sink can have a huge impact on how your vanity is designed and installed.
This guide is organized by style and mount type. There is a wide variety of finishes, materials, and mounting type combinations.
Wall-Mount Faucet Installation
Difficulty: HARD – Hire a Plumber.
Wall-mount faucets require you to know what height the faucet will be installed relative to your vanity and vessel sink. Most vessel sinks are 5-8 inches tall. Your wall-mount faucet spout should be a minimum of 3 inches above the sink rim. Installing wall-mount faucets require you to build in the plumbing behind your drywall, so you will need to have determined the height of your vanity, height of your vessel sink, and then the height of your faucet.
How to Install a Wall-mount Faucet – by Moen
This video will give you a detailed guide to installing a wall-mount faucet for your vessel sink.
Counter-Mount Faucet Installation
Difficulty: MEDIUM – Most Common. DIYer with some tools and skill can perform this install
Counter-mount faucets are easier to deal with since you only need to know the height of the sink. This is the most common type of faucet for vessel sinks. Many sinks often come packaged with a faucet, so you don’t need to worry about anything. You simply need to cut a hole in the vanity where the sink will be mounted; then you have the freedom to place the faucet anywhere around the sink. You don’t just have to put it front and center!
Sink-Mount Faucet Installation
Difficulty: EASY – Some skill required but is the easiest overall.
Sink-mount faucets are the easiest since there is only one way to install the faucet onto the sink itself. Often these types of sinks and faucets are sold as a single package. You aren’t likely to see many vessel sinks with this type of installation, but it’s good to be aware. Also, these sinks typically have an overflow port which is unusual for vessel sinks and is a nice feature.
Things to Remember
- Wall-mount faucets require more planning. You will have to place your vanity mirror above where the faucet will be located, as well as plan the height around which sink you will be installing. This will determine how high the faucet needs to be.
- Depending on the type of faucet you have, splashing can be a concern. This is one of the most important factors when considering where to place your faucet.
- Aerators remove the worry of splashing. By mixing air into the water stream, it reduces the overall volume of water exiting the faucet and limits the pressure. Aerated faucet streams look opaque white as opposed to clear.
- When picking out a counter-mount faucet, be sure there is enough room between the faucet spout and the bottom of the sink for someone to wash their hands. There is nothing worse than having your hand touch the bottom of the sink because there isn’t enough room under the faucet.
Top Picks for Counter(Deck)-Mount Vessel Sink Faucets
If you’re looking for a relatively easy install, then counter-mount is for you. Depending on whether or not you are building a new home or how deep your bathroom remodel is, you may find that a wall-mount faucet isn’t much extra work. With that said, for the majority of people counter-mount is going to be your best (easiest) option.
Advantages of Counter(Deck)-Mount Faucets
- Unlike Wall-Mount Faucets, there’s no extra plumbing in your wall. This also means a leaky faucet won’t be leaking inside your wall.
- More freedom in placement of your vessel sink and faucet on your vanity.
- More options; there is more variety with Counter-Mount faucets.
- Installation is much simpler than Wall-Mount. Depending on the tools you have available, you could install a Counter-Mount Faucet yourself.
These are the major reasons counter-mount faucets are most common in residences. It’s just easier to deal with. Unless you’re building a new home, then wall-mount is a lot of work, and you’ll likely need to hire a plumber. If you want to remodel your outdated bathroom, then a counter-mount faucet and vessel sink is a great place to start.
Waterfall Vessel Sink Faucets (Counter-Mount)
Votamuta Brushed Nickel Waterfall Faucet
The package includes the faucet, 15.7 inch long hot & cold water hoses, 3/8″ female compression thread, mounting hardware, and matching pop up drain. It also has the industry standard ceramic disc cartridge.
Depending on your plumbing setup you may find the hot & cold lines are not long enough and you will have to purchase longer ones separately.
Some vessel sinks will not work with the drain inserts provided with this faucet. The drain included has a large hole for an overflow line, but vessel sinks do not have an overflow port, so you may have to purchase a different drain. However, often vessel sinks will come with a drain so you may not have to buy anything extra.
- Finish: Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Gold, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- Installation Holes: One
- Handles: Single Handle
- Valve Type: Ceramic
- Faucet Body Material: Brass
- Faucet Spout Material: Brass
- Faucet Height: 12″
- Spout Height: 9.8″
- Spout Reach: 4.1″
BWE Tall Brushed Nickel Waterfall Faucet
This faucet style has gained popularity lately. With vessel sinks, this style needs to be tall because there is no arc in the spout. Water drops do tend to stay behind after this faucet has been used, to you will want to wipe out the faucet spout when you clean your vanity and sink area. For people with hard water, you will notice mineral spots on the open spout.
There are a few different finishes available for this faucet: brushed nickel (pictured above), Bronze, and White.
One of the biggest complaints with this faucet is that water pools in the spout. Some people care, and some people don’t. This problem can be solved by purchasing a faucet with a spout that is angled down, as this particular model is essentially flat and the water pressure pushes the water off of the spout.
Check out the next faucet which has a bit more angle to the spout and is the same style.
LightInTheBox Tall Contemporary Waterfall Faucet
This widespread waterfall faucet gives you a similar stream as the Beelee shown above, but with the closed spout top. However, to maintain the pristine chrome shine, you will still have to wipe it down. That’s to be expected with any sink and faucet.
- Installation Holes: One
- Number of Handles: One
- Finish: Chrome
- Style: Contemporary
- Flow Rate: 1.8 GPM
- Overall Height: 10.2″
- Spout Length: 7.5″
- Spout Width: 3.07″
If you need US standard 3/8″ threading, then you will need to buy hoses separately.
Rozin Tall Waterfall Vessel Sink Faucet with Mixer, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
The spout for this faucet is a bit on the short side at 7.2″. You’ll see many of the other waterfall faucets shown here have a spout that sits about 9-10″ high. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you just need to factor it into your installation.
Most vessel sinks have a height of around 5-8 inches. Obviously, you can’t use this faucet with an 8″ tall vessel sink. The spout reaches 3.6″ inches out from the body of the faucet, which is typical. It would be a good idea to mount this faucet as close to the vessel sink as possible to ensure you have enough hand room.
One important feature of this faucet is the aerator. It’s more noticeable when you turn the water pressure on high, but it mixes air bubbles into the water which helps reduces splashing. It effectively reduces the volume of liquid that comes out of the faucet by replacing some of it with air bubbles. Aerators are extremely common, but you may have never noticed the difference.
- Total Height: 12″
- Spout Height: 7.2″
- Spout Reach: 3.6″
- Parts Included: Hot & Cold water hose, Faucet
- Does Not Include Drain
- Material: Brass
High Arc Vessel Sink Faucets (Counter-Mount)
The high arc faucet has been around a long time. You will find there are a wide variety of finishes and styles available. For vessel sinks, they generally only have a single handle that is made at or near the top of the faucet. This is because the vessel sink extends several inches above the vanity deck, and you wouldn’t be able to reach the handle if it were mounted like a typical undermount sink and faucet.
This does simplify mounting since you will only need a single hole to mount the faucet.
Moen S6711 90-Degree One-Handle High Arc Faucet
Moen makes very high-quality faucets, and that’s why you see the price tag. They have manufacturing facilities in the US and China.
The style of this faucet is ultra-contemporary, and it has a minimalist aesthetic. This faucet also meets the EPA WaterSense standard which conserves water without sacrificing performance.
As for installation, you can use 3/8″ compression fittings with flexible supply lines and is designed to be installed through a single 1-1/8″ diameter hole.
The flowrate is limited to 1.5 GPM at 60 PSI. This is slightly higher than other “eco-friendly” faucets that are usually around 1.2 GPM.
- 1.5 GPM Max at 60 PSI
- Chrome Finish
- Single Hole Mount – 1 1/8 Inch diameter
- Spout Height: 9 Inches
- ADA Compliant
Hiendure Contemporary Vessel Sink Faucet, Chrome, Swivel Spout
This is the first faucet listed here that has a swivel neck. It’s a nice option that gives you more freedom in where you place the faucet relative to the sink. It also has one of the longest spouts of any faucet listed here, which extends 7.5 inches out from the faucet body.
- Installation Holes: One
- Style: Contemporary
- Overall Height: 13.7 Inch
- Spout Height: 9.1 Inch
- Spout Length: 7.5 Inch
- Faucet Body and Spout Material: Brass
- Valve is included, but drain is not.
- 3/8″ Pipe
Moen 4507 Wynford High Arc Vessel Faucet, Chrome
This faucet is a tall version of faucets we’re most accustomed to seeing. It also has an aerator which helps eliminate splashing and reduces the overall volume of water leaving the spout, and helps with things like brushing teeth and washing hands.
Rozin Vessel Sink Faucet with Mixer, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
This faucet is similar to the Heindure shown above but has a shorter spout reach at about 5.5 inches. The overall height (12.6″) and spout height (9″) are about the same. This faucet does not have a swivel spout.
- Material: Solid Brass
- Overall Height: 12.6″
- Spout Height: 9″
- Spout Reach: 5.5″
- Valve Type: Ceramic
- Drain Not Included
- Includes hoses for hot & cold water
Top Picks for Wall-Mount Vessel Sink Faucets
Wall-mount faucets seem to go from antique brass to ultra-modern waterfall. You can expect to have to mount the handles separately from the faucet spout. This requires some patience to get them placed just right. They require the most work and planning to install, but they bring a unique aesthetic to your vanity. Perhaps it’s something about the permanence of having the faucet built into the wall, which also adds a touch of minimalism.
So you’re considering a wall-mount faucet, and maybe you haven’t quite decided on a vessel sink either. When picking your faucet, you want to make sure it doesn’t clash with your vessel sink. What does that mean? Let’s say you have a beautiful teak wood vessel sink and you’re trying to pick out a faucet. A chrome spout faucet doesn’t complement the natural look of teak wood. A waterfall faucet gives a more natural look, so you could start there.
Perhaps you are looking for a faucet to complement a copper or bronze vessel sink. There are many Victorian-style vintage bronze or brass faucets, such as this Kingston Victorian, that go very well with metal vessel sinks. If you’re looking for a more high-arc Victorian style, then there’s this Kingston Brass Vintage faucet.
If you have a very neutral vessel sink, such as clear glass, then you have a lot more freedom in choosing a faucet. Remember, a vessel sink becomes the focal point of the bathroom, so picking out a fun and unique faucet can make all the difference, especially if you have a simple, clear glass vessel sink.
Waterfall Vessel Sink Faucets (Wall-Mount)
Waterfall faucets make it seem like there’s a natural spring running through your house, though hopefully much cleaner. There are a variety of waterfall faucets, but they generally seem to have either an extra wide spout or a narrow spout; there are even some that don’t even really have a spout.
Check out these models below for some of the best wall-mount waterfall faucets.
KES L3200 Stainless Steel Waterfall Faucet
The body is made of stainless steel and brass with a chrome coating. The valve is made with a ceramic disc cartridge. Ceramic disc faucets were originally used by high-end European faucet makers, but now they are standard with most American manufacturers due to being nearly maintenance free. They are not susceptible to mineral buildup or debris in the water line due to their diamond-like hardness. If you want to read more about ceramic disc cartridges check out this article.
- Single Handle – Effortless Flow and Temperature Control
- Spout Material: SUS 304 Stainless Steel and Brass
- Connection Size: 1/2-Inch IPS
- No mounting hardware is included
- Parts Included: Rough-in Valve, Handle, Spout, Hex Key
- Multi-layer chrome finish
If you are a DIYer, then these measurements and directions should give you a general idea for placement of the faucet, but as always you should have a licensed and insured professional do any serious plumbing work.
Step 1 – Drill, a 7/8” hole for the faucet and a 1 ½” hole for the on/off, handle. Place the holes about 7” apart from the middle of each hole and lower the handle by 1 ¼” from the faucet hole. For a 5 ¼” tall vessel sink, place the faucet hole 12” from the top of the vanity counter top. This leaves a 6 ¾” gap between the faucets 7/8” hole and the top of the vessel bowl.
Step 2 – IMPORTANT: Unscrew the on/off valve and pay attention to the two small holes. The valve has three big holes and two small holes (the three holes are for the water to flow but the other two holes are to hold the cylinder in place. To install it correctly, the two small holes have to be on the top, otherwise, your handle will be backward, and you will have to redo your copper pipe soldering all over.
Step 3 – Cut your copper pipes to fit from the on/off switch to the faucet.
Important Notes: Please remove the on/off cylinder before soldering to copper pipes – DO NOT SOLDER WITH THE CYLINDER INSIDE OR THE FAUCET SCREWED IN THE COPPER PIPES. YOU WILL DAMAGE IT AND IT WILL LEAK.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Once installed, how far does the faucet extend from the wall?
A: About 5-6 Inches
Q: My water pressure is too high, and water splashes out of the sink. What can I do?
A: An inline pressure reducer may be an option for you. Alternatively, if there is an on/off valve for the hot and cold lines you can close the valves until the pressure is just right.
Q: How far above the vessel sink should the faucet be mounted?
A: About 6.5 Inches. However, there are several factors to consider: the diameter of your vessel sink, the distance from the faucet to your vessel sink drain, and your water pressure.
Q: Can this faucet be used in a shower?
A: No, there is no diverter valve to divert the water to a shower head. If you could install one inline with this spout, then it would work.
Pfister LG49-DF1C Kenzo 2-Handle Waterfall Faucet
There are a lot of gimmicky faucets out there, but this isn’t one of them. This faucet has very solid construction and has a limited lifetime warranty. The style is modern and sleek. It’s also water efficient and has an output of 1.2 GPM.
With this type of waterfall faucet, the top of the spout is exposed to achieve the waterfall effect. However, if you live in an area that has hard water, you will find that mineral deposits will be visible as left behind water evaporates. You should be cleaning your vessel sink and faucets regularly anyway, but for some, it may be annoying to see what your water leaves behind.
This faucet requires 3 holes for installation. It’s important to take the time to get the handles level with the faucet. This does require more effort than a 2-piece or the 1-piece faucet reviewed above, but you won’t be disappointed with this beautiful faucet.
You will need to buy the wall-mount valve separately:
- Polished Chrome Color
- Water-Efficient 1.2 GPM Flow Rate
- 3 Holes For Installation
- Parts Included: Spout, 2x Handles, Drain Assembly, Hot Valve, Cold Valve, Hose
- Dimensions: 11.7″ x 7.5″ x 2.5″
- Can be installed for a sink or tub.
Oulantron Oil-Rubbed Bronze Waterfall Faucet
This is a similar design to the KES waterfall faucet I reviewed above, but has the oil-rubbed bronze finish with 2 handles.
For installation, you should be able to use similar measurements as the KES faucet. Since it requires 3 holes to install, you can expect a little more difficulty, and be sure to take extra time to make sure the handles are level with the spout.
The spout is 4.52″ wide and extends 5.11″ from the wall. That means it extends about 1/2″ less distance from the wall than the KES faucet above.
Top Picks for Sink-Mount Vessel Sink Faucets
The sink-mount vessel sink faucet is the easiest install to do. You only need to worry about where the sink is going to be placed on your vanity as the installation holes for the faucet are built into the sink. You will still need to cut through your vanity for the faucet connections and drain.
There is one downside to this install type, and it’s only important if you ever thing you will want to change sinks. Once you’ve cut the holes for the vessel sink and faucet, it’s unlikely you could change the sink(and faucet since they’re together) and use those same holes. The faucet hole is too close to the vessel sink drain hole for a counter-mount faucet to be put in place with a vessel sink. You would have to switch to a different type of sink, such as undermount, or a similar type of sink-mount vessel sink and faucet.
I’m not going to go into detail here about each faucet and sink as they are very straightforward.