Before the trusty, ubiquitous single-handle faucet all know and love was invented just a few short decades ago, two-handle faucets reigned supreme. Whether you were filling up your bathtub or a pot of water in the kitchen, getting water that wasn’t either ice cold or scalding hot involved turning both the hot and cold faucets, finding the perfect mixture and balance of temperature somewhere in there.
These days, most two-handle faucets are for decoration more than function, as you can now find and install a single-handle faucet just about everywhere. But two-handle faucets give a classic and sophisticated look that single handles simply can’t, and if you’re outfitting your kitchen or bathroom in old-fashioned or Old-World décor, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for the exquisite looks of a two-handle faucet. Maybe you’re even a bridge-style kind of person.
|Model||Flow Rate||Mounting Holes||Material||Finishes|
|Moen Belfield Two-Handle Faucet||1.5 gpm||3-hole, 4-hole||Brass||Chrome, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Spot-Resistant Stainless|
|Delta 2256-SS-DST Victorian 2-Handle Widespread Kitchen Faucet with Matching Side Sprayer, Stainless||1.8gpm||4-hole only||Brass||Chrome, Stainless, Venetian Bronze|
|Peerless Choice Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet||1.8 gpm||4-hole only||Brass + Plastic||Stainless, Chrome|
|Moen 8799 Commercial Two-Handle M-Bition Kitchen Faucet||1.5 gpm||3-hole only||Brass||Chrome|
|Premier Charlestown Two-Handle Bridge-Style Faucet||2.2 gpm||4-hole only||Brass||Chrome, Brushed Nickel PVD|
What To Look For In A Two-Handle Faucet
How Many Holes Does Your Sink Have?
While most single-handle faucets can be installed in virtually any sink, installing a two-handle faucet will require your sink to have at least three mounting holes. And if you choose a faucet with a side sprayer, expect to need four holes.
Will A Bridge-Style Faucet Fit?
Bridge-style faucets are modeled after the elegant and sophisticated faucets of the Victorian era, with ornate detailing and an elegant horizontal bar connecting the hot and cold handles to the faucet. If you’re looking to decorate your home in an old-fashioned, Old World kind of aesthetic, a bridge faucet can’t be beat.
What is the Flow Rate? Does It Have Good Water Pressure?
Water pressure and flow rate are important no matter the style of faucet you’re looking at. Look for a faucet with a water flow of at least 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm). Above 2gpm is ideal, as is a water pressure of at least 60 PSI; you want enough pressure to wash dishes, but too much pressure will cause the water to just splash and spray out of the sink.
What Material Is The Faucet It Made Of?
When it comes to quality build and durability, full metal is best. Generally, that means a faucet made of cast bronze, with a quality finish (chrome or stainless being most popular, and the least expensive). Cheaper faucets will sometimes be made of plastic with a metal plating for decoration; these are fine if you are on a budget but will not be as durable or high-quality as a brass faucet and will be more likely to spring leaks and cracks over time.
What Kind of Valve Does It Have?
There are a few different kinds of valves used in faucets today – compression, ball valve, cartridge, and ceramic disc. You want ceramic disc valves; they use two discs made of (you guessed it, ceramic), one stationary and one that moves to block or allow water flow. When the handle is turned to the Off position, the two discs come together to create a watertight seal. Ceramic disc valves are the most-expensive, but also the highest-quality and most durable valves you can get. They’re worth the money.
Does The Faucet It Swivel?
Having a faucet that swivels is important; you want to be able to aim the spray directly into any part of the sink. Many two-handle faucets, because of their designed, will not swivel at all. Those that do often have 130 degrees of swivel. If you can, look for one with 180 degrees of swivel, which is ideal. Some modern faucets even swivel a full 360 degrees!
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Moen Belfield Two-Handle Faucet
The Moen Belfield is a classic two-handle faucet with an elegant, timeless Old World design for sophisticated homes. Moen says it has “Williamsburg-era details”. We just say it’s gorgeous.
- The Belfield has Moen’s DuraLock Quick Connect system, which makes setup a breeze. It slides right into place, connects with easy-lock flex water lines and is ready to go within minutes.
- A side sprayer pulls out from the sink for spraying dishes down, washing countertops, etc. It also has two modes – aerated stream and regular spray.
- Moen’s SpotResist finish is extremely easy to clean. Simply wipe it off with a towel or rag, and fingerprints, spots and dirt all quickly.
- The faucet is made entirely from metal. No cheap plastic parts that come loose and fall off to be found on the Belfield – just solid, sturdy brass that will last a lifetime.
- Controlling water temperature – via the two handles – is easy and smooth. The watertight cartridge is stainless steel.
- It requires at least a 3-hole sink – preferably 4-holes. If your sink only has one hole, you’re out of luck.
- Flow rate is low, at only 1.5 gpm. We still recommend at least 1.75 to 2 gpm to get the most out of your faucet.
Delta 2256-SS-DST Victorian 2-Handle Widespread Kitchen Faucet with Matching Side Sprayer, Stainless
The Delta Victorian 2-Handle is another old-fashioned kitchen faucet, perfect for those sophisticated Old World kitchens – like the Moen Brantfield. It’s made from solid brass, includes a side sprayer, and comes in three nice finishes – Chrome, Stainless and Venetian Bronze.
- It has Delta’s DiamondSeal technology, which embeds diamonds in the ceramic valveand the pipe to ensure durability and a tight seal. Delta says valves with DiamondSeal last 10x longer than regular ceramic valves. It also adds a layer of protection between the water and any traces of contaminants in the metal (though you shouldn’t have to worry about that).
- The included side sprayer with extended hose add some versatility and flexibility. Wash dishes and even reach into the dishwasher with the extended hose. The spout swivels 180-degrees for excellent range of motion.
- It lasts a long time. With a full-metal construction and few moving parts, there are reports from homeowners of their Victorian faucet lasting decades of heavy use.
- The water lines are InnoFlex PEX, made from a flexible polymer blend. This holds up better than cheap plastic and is more flexible and lightweight than braided metal cables.
- Flow rate and water pressure are good. At 1.8 gpm and 60 PSI, it’s not the fastest faucet but is more than serviceable.
- It only works on 4-hole sinks. If you’re looking for a side sprayer, two-handle faucet, this is to be expected – but limits the sinks you can use it on.
- It’s kind of large. Keep that is mind if you have a small sink or tight kitchen.
Peerless Choice Two-Handle Kitchen Faucet
An excellent budget option, the Peerless Choice provides simple, contemporary style that works in virtually any kitchen but without the steep price tag you’ll find on many other two-handle faucets.
- It’s super affordable – one of the most affordable faucets out there. Don’t let that fool you, however; it doesn’t compromise on overall quality.
- The ergonomic, blade-shaped handles are comfortable and easy to use and make controlling water temperature and flow easy.
- Flow rate is 1.8gpm at 60 PSI, and its very water efficient. It’s been rated to CALGreen standards of water efficiency and promises to help keep your water bill low.
- The faucet spout rotates a full 360 degrees. That’s hard enough to find on expensive, high-end models, but finding it on a faucet this inexpensive is practically unheard of.
- Setup is simple. Just place in the appropriate holes, add locking nuts to secure it into place, and screw on the water lines.
- A lot of it is plastic. While nicer faucets are usually brass, the Peerless Choice is plastic with metal plating, meaning it’s a bit less durable and not as high-quality; it even feels light in your hands.
- The spray nozzle will sometimes stick “On.” This can create quite the mess mess when you inadvertently spray water everywhere.
- The faucet drips after a while. Chalk it up to the plastic construction, but the seals will sometimes break with heavy use, and will leak around the hose fitting.
Moen 8799 Commercial Two-Handle M-Bition Kitchen Faucet
If you’re looking for something more commercial-duty, the Moen M-Bition Two Handle will do the trick. It has that heavy-duty, industrial look you might find in a commercial kitchen, but feels right at home in industrial-themed décor – the perfect choice when you care more about utility and durability over looks.
- The all-metal, cast brass build is sturdy and built to last. The heft and quality is apparent and you’ll be using this faucet for years to come. And the chrome finish is polished to reflection, making a perfect complement to stainless steel appliances and commercial-inspired kitchens.
- It has “vandal-resistant” screws for deterring theft and tampering. We’re not sure why thieves would try to take your sink, but Moen must think it happens. We’ll take the added security.
- It has a quarter-turn ceramic valve cartridge with 5-Year Warranty. Moen built this faucet to withstand some heavy use and is confident enough to back that up.
- The large commercial-style handles are easy-to-use and clearly-marked. Utility, as opposed to form, is the name of the game with this one.
- Water flow is low, at 1.5 gpm. Moen says this is to reduce water consumption and comply with regulations. Many people just find it makes filling pots and containers tedious.
- Pipes and fittings are not included. You must purchase them separately and figure out what is compatible by yourself. For that reason, installation can be difficult. The faucet also only fits on 3-hole faucets, as you would expect for a two-handle setup.
Premier Charlestown Two-Handle Bridge-Style Faucet
The Premier Charlestown is pure class. This two-handle faucet comes in classic bridge-style – exquisite and ornate, and a perfect piece for even the most sophisticated of homes. At the same time, it’s also a heavy-duty faucet ready for some serious kitchen work.
- It’s durable, with an all-brass construction (even the side sprayer and hose) and is built to last. Premier also boasts of their lead-free waterways, and the cartridges are ceramic and last years without developing leaks. (There shouldn’t be lead in any of the faucets on this list).
- Water flow is high at 2.2 gpm. That’s some of the best found on kitchen faucets, and filling pots, washing dishes is a breeze with that much water. Water pressure is 60 PSI.
- The matching side sprayer adds some utility. It makes washing dishes and reaching countertops, and filling large pots even easier, and enables you to reach odd corners and even countertops for cleaning.
- The style is gorgeous and unique. Whether in an Old World kitchen, Farmhouse or even something a bit more contemporary, this bridge style faucet looks great. And it comes in multiple finishes – Brushed Nickel PVD and Chrome.
- Premier Customer Service is excellent. When you need help, Premier stands behind their products with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, and will help you find the replacement parts you need. The faucet is also pretty easy to install in the first place.
- It requires 4 holes to install. Again, this should be expected when installing a two-hole faucet with a side sprayer, but it does limit your options.
- The sprayer head is heavy – too heavy for the hose. This weight can cause leaks to spring up where the sprayer head connects to the hose.