Tub Faucet Buying Guide

Add the finishing touch to your bathtub with a clawfoot tub faucet from Vintage Tub & Bath. This buying guide will walk you through the different types of bathtub faucets available, and some of the other options you have when it comes to purchasing a faucet for your bathtub.

Types of Bathtub Faucets

Freestanding Tub Faucets - Also referred to as floor mounted and standalone faucets, freestanding tub faucets are designed for tubs that do not have pre-drilled holes. They are anchored to the floor and hang over the rim of the bathtub. These faucets are mounted onto freestanding supply lines that are manufactured to support the weight of the faucet and connect to the water source under the bathroom floor. Please note, underfloor access is required for a freestanding faucet. You can order a bracket kit, which reinforces the tub's supply lines, providing more stability for your freestanding tub faucet. These faucets pair well with freestanding or pedestal tubs but can also be installed on clawfoot tubs.

Deck Mounted - These faucets are mounted to the flat surface around the tub, which is also referred to as the deck or rim. There are generally two holes drilled on the rim of the tub, and the distance between the two holes may vary from tub to tub. To ensure an accurate fit, measure the center measurement, or the distance between the two holes from center to center. Deck mount tub faucets also require underfloor access in order to connect the supply lines to the water source. These faucets work well with drop in, clawfoot, and freestanding bathtubs.

Bathroom Wall Mounted - These faucets are installed over the tub through pre-drilled holes in the bathroom wall. They keep the tub rim uncluttered, providing a clean look, and are perfect for use with tubs without faucet holes. Wall mount tub faucets can be used with all bathtub types but are especially useful for alcove bathtubs or when underfloor access isn't an option.

Traditional Wall Mounted - Installed through the tub wall, concealing the pipes, traditional bathtub faucets typically have a downward pointing spout, such as a gooseneck spout. They typically have 3-3/8" centers, but faucet holes may vary from tub to tub. Therefore, it's important to measure the distance between the faucet holes before purchasing a bathtub wall mounted faucet. These faucets can be used with a variety of bathtubs, including clawfoot, drop-in, alcove and freestanding.

Roman Tub Faucets - Mounted to the rim of the tub, roman tub faucets require three holes drilled on the rim of the tub. If you'd like a handshower then a fourth drilling is required. These bathtub faucets are very similar to deck mount tub faucets, except they come with multiple handle options. These faucets work well with drop in, clawfoot, and freestanding bathtubs.

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Other Faucet Options

Handshower - Many of our bathroom faucets are paired with a handshower, which rests in a cradle that is attached to the faucet. These handy faucet features serve as an alternative to a standard overhead shower. They make rinsing off easier, and can also be used to clean the tub, and bathe children or pets.

Thermostatic Temperature Control - Faucets that include a thermostatic temperature control maintains the water temperature by regulating fluctuations in temperature.

Clawfoot Shower Enclosure - Maybe a handshower isn't for you. In that case, we have clawfoot shower enclosure sets that easily allow you to add a shower to your clawfoot or freestanding bathtub. You can learn more about shower enclosures by reading our Shower Enclosure Buying Guide.

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When you’re shopping for your bathtub faucet, keep the style of your bathroom, type of tub, and fixture finish in mind. If you’re still having trouble choosing the best clawfoot tub faucet for your needs, call us today at 877-868-1369 or email us at One of our friendly representatives will be happy to answer any questions you may have.