Picking the wrong size faucet could land you in hot water. So which size should you choose? Take a look at this article that will help you decide!

Here are the differences between a 4-inch and an 8-inch faucet:

4-Inch Faucet8-Inch Faucet
4-inches between the outer holes8-inches between the outer holes
Ideal for small bathroomsIdeal for large bathrooms
Single or double handleDouble handle
Spout and handles are attachedSpout and handles are not attached
Centerset faucet or mini widespread faucetWidespread faucet

Ok, so we’ve seen the differences between the two types of faucets. But how can you be sure which will be best suited to your bathroom?

The following sections of this article are dedicated to helping you choose the ideal faucet that will match your bathroom style. Make sure you check it out for the most awesome tips!

4 Inch vs 8 Inch Faucets: Which to Choose and Why

Remodeling the bathroom has no doubt made you come across a whole host of options. In fact, some of these options may be completely new to you. Such as this one. Should you choose a 4-inch or an 8-inch faucet?

But why is choosing the right faucet so important? Well, the right faucet…

  • Will save you the hassle of drilling new holes in your sink
  • Will spare you from having to cover up holes in your sink
  • Will help you choose spout and handle positions that match the size of your bathroom

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of it all. Next up is a list of different bathroom features and the best faucets that match them. Dive straight in!

The Distance Between the Outer Holes

Are you remodeling your bathroom? Then you will need to find a faucet that will fit the pre-drilled holes in your sink. But as you’ve already guessed, it’s not a case of one size fits all.

A 4-inch faucet will fit sinks with outer holes that measure 4-inches apart. An 8-inch faucet will fit sinks with outer holes that measure 8-inches apart.

Does your sink have a distance of 4-inches between its pre-drilled outer holes? Then you can choose one of the following:

  • A 4-inch centerset faucet
  • A 4-inch mini widespread faucet

What if your sink has a distance of 8-inches between its pre-drilled holes? Then you will have to use a widespread faucet.

8-inch faucet
Ensure your faucet will match the pre-drilled holes on your sink!

What if your sink only has one pre-drilled hole? Not all sinks are suitable for 4-inch and 8-inch faucets. If your sink only has one pre-drilled hole in the middle, you will be best off with a single-hole faucet.

If you are designing a brand new bathroom, then you can choose whether you would like a 4-inch or an 8-inch faucet. Your plumber will then be able to drill the corresponding holes.

But what if your sink has 4-inch pre-drilled holes and you want to use an 8-inch faucet? Then you can cover the holes with a plate. This will give you the flexibility to choose a 4-inch or an 8-inch faucet and drill new holes to accommodate it. There’s no end to the possibilities!

The Size of the Bathroom

How big is your bathroom? Yes, that’s right, even the size of your bathroom should influence your choice of faucet.

If you have a small bathroom, it would be best to choose a 4-inch faucet. If you have a large bathroom it would be best to choose an 8-inch faucet.

Do you have a small bathroom? Widespread faucets might look out of place in a small sink. So, you might like to choose one of the following faucets which use space efficiently.

  • A 4-inch centerset faucet. These are available in single and double handle variations.
  • A 4-inch mini widespread faucet. These are also available in single and double handle variations.
4-inch faucet
Smaller faucets will look better in a more compact bathroom

What if you have a large bathroom? Then a centerset faucet might get swallowed up and look lost when placed in a large sink. Instead, consider purchasing a widespread faucet. These faucets are available in double handle variations. They really look the part in large bathrooms.

Are you designing your own bathroom? Then you can choose to make your spouts and handles as widespread as you like. There is nothing like putting a touch of personality in the bathroom!

The Design of the Spout and Handles

What kind of design are you looking for in the spout and handles of your faucet? There are a couple of variations for you to choose from.

  • Attached spouts and handles. These centerset faucets have their spouts and handles on one unit. This makes them look neat and compact. They come with either single or double handles. For a setup like this, you will have to choose a 4-inch faucet.
  • Separate spouts and handles. These come in two varieties. They are:
    1. Mini widespread faucets. These come in three separate pieces. They have a 4-inch spread. They come with double handles. For a setup like this, you have to choose a 4-inch faucet.
    2. Widespread faucets. These come in three separate pieces. They can be spread over the top of your sink and have an 8-inch spread. They come with double handles. For a faucet like this, you will have to choose from the 8-inch varieties.

Which Should You Choose?

Are you on the fence about whether you should choose a 4-inch or an 8-inch faucet? Then answer the questions below to help you decide which will be best for you.

  1. What is the distance between the pre-drilled outer holes in your sink? If it is 4-inches, you should choose a 4-inch faucet. If it is 8-inches you should choose an 8-inch faucet. Alternatively, cover the pre-drilled holes with a plate. You will then be able to choose any size faucet and drill new holes. Now that’s adaptable!
  1. What is the size of your bathroom? If you have a small bathroom you should choose a 4-inch faucet as these are compact. If you have a large bathroom, consider an 8-inch faucet.
  1. Which design would you like for your spout and handles? If you would like the attached design, go for a 4-inch faucet. If you would like separate spouts and handles, you should choose the 8-inch faucet.

Conclusion

A 4-inch or an 8-inch faucet. What is the difference between them and does it really matter?

Decisions like this can seem like they’re of little importance when you’re remodeling a bathroom. But I hope this article has helped you see the difference between the two. Not only that, but I’m sure it has also shown you how your choice of faucet can change the look of the bathroom. I hope it’s guided you to the best faucet for your sink.

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Have a great day!

-Craig