Buying Guide

Bathtub and Shower Faucet Buying Guide

Tub Faucet Mounting Options

There are three main tub faucet installation options: freestanding, wall mount, or tub mount.

Freestanding Roman Tub Faucets


Faucets are used with tubs without pre-drilled holes. The pipes come up out of the floor and are exposed and secured to the tub or wall for support.

(Pictured: freestanding Roman tub faucet)

Wall Mount
Wall Mount Bathtub Faucet

Faucets are installed through pre-drilled holes on the bathroom wall over tubs. Pipes are concealed and the spouts and handles are exposed.

(Pictured: wall-mount faucet)

Tub Deck Mount
Roman Tub Faucets

Tub Deck Mount

Faucets are installed through pre-drilled holes in the tub rim (called the deck) or may be installed on the tile surface on a drop-in tub. The pipes are concealed and the spouts and handles are exposed.

(Pictured: Roman tub deck mount faucet)

Tub Wall Mount
Claw Foot Tub Faucets

Tub Wall Mount

Faucets are installed through the tub wall. Pipes are concealed and the spouts and handles are exposed.

(Pictured: Claw foot tub wall mount faucet)

Additional Tub Faucet Considerations
  • These are available in multiple configurations for a one handle tub, two handle tub or three handle tub.
  • Some feature a handle as a diverter instead of a diverter located on the tub spout.
  • Tub faucets are not interchangeable with sink faucets.
Shower Faucet Types

When shopping for shower faucets, choose a solo shower head or a combination that offers both shower and bathtub faucets.

Bathtub & Shower Faucet Combos
Bathtub & Shower Faucet Combos

Bathtub & Shower Faucet Combos

All-in-one configuration takes the guesswork out of separately choosing and installing each component.

Shower Faucets
Shower Faucets

Shower Faucets

Available in various styles and finishes to complement standalone showers.

Additional Shower Faucet Considerations
  • These are usually wall-mounted, but can be tub-mounted in tub/shower combos.
  • They are also available in multiple configurations for a one handle shower or two handle shower with a third handle that serves as diverter for the shower.
  • Tub and shower faucets can be replaced with a shower-only faucet by covering the unused hole with a spout hole cover.
  • Some single-handle models offer more precise control of volume and temperature of water.
Material and Finish
Bathtub shower faucet- Material finish

Chrome: Polished, brushed or matte finish. Durable, economical and easy to clean. Resists oxidation but does show water marks.

Nickel: Brushed or satin look. Durable and easy to clean. Units with titanium finish better resists scratching and tarnish.

Mixed Colors and Metallic Tones: Can be easily matched to existing color scheme.

Brass: May have a high gloss, satin or antique finish. Resists damage and wear.

Bronze: Complements neutral color palettes. May have a polished, brushed or darker oil-rubbed look with highlights. Resists scratches, tarnishing and corrosion.

  • Diverters. Shifts the flow of water from the spout to the showerhead. Commonly located on the spout and pulled upward when water is flowing to activate the showerhead.
  • Hand Showers. Makes rinsing off and tub cleaning easier. May require an additional hole in the tub for installation.
  • Anti-Scald Valves. Protects from sudden bursts of scalding hot or freezing cold water when a toilet is flushed or the dishwasher starts.
  • Pressure-Balancing Valves. Maintains preset water temperature when hot or cold water pressure suddenly drops.
  • Thermostatic Valves. Monitors temperature and adjusts the flow of hot and cold water to maintain a preset temperature.