The Best Brass Faucet for your Bathroom (& Budget)

May 11, 2020

Looking for the best brass faucet for your bathroom? These options will cover you at any budget!

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The Best Brass Faucet for your Bathroom (& Budget)

No doubt about it, brass faucets are a timeless element that can add charm to any bathroom! There are countless options available for any budget!

The biggest choice you’ll need to make when selecting a brass faucet for a bathroom, is whether or not you want a finished or unfinished faucet.

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “unlacquered” or “lacquered” when it comes to brass? If you’re not quite sure what that means, let’s break it down.

What is the difference between lacquered and unlacquered (living) brass?

The difference between lacquered and un lacquered brass is in its ability or inability to age or tarnish.

Unlacquered Brass is known is a living finish, which means it will age over time due to its exposure to the elements. Water, air, and oils from our hands will naturally age the element to become perfectly aged and well loved. It develops a lovely patina that just can’t be beat!

On the flip side, lacquered brass is coated with a lacquered finish that seals the material and prevents it from aging or developing a patina. Some homeowners might desire the brass to maintain its original shiny state. If so, opt for lacquered brass.

Unlacquered brass is quite popular in design due to its natural beauty. It simply oozes delicious design! High demand means…high price! Expect a beautiful unlacquered brass faucet for bathrooms or kitchens to cost a pretty (unlacquered) penny.

If your remodel or build is constrained by a budget and you can’t spring for $1200 faucets throughout your house (can anyone?) – don’t sweat it. You have a few options.

1. You can purchase a nickel or chrome plated brass faucet and have the faucet stripped. Just make sure it is made of brass. This information will be in the specification sheet of the fixture, it will say “brass plated“. Yes you’re reading that right, companies charge less for brass faucets with a silver coating. Why? Demand. ;)

We saw Leanne Ford do something similar in one of the episodes on her show, and it was genius! In order to do this, you’ll need to find a metal shop to remove the finish, and it will cost a bit, but hey, cheaper than what you can usually find!! More info here.

2. Or, you can purchase an “aged brass finish” which is made to look like, well, aged brass. There are endless options out there at very affordable price points! This is the easiest, most cost effective option.

How to tell if a faucet is lacquered or unlacquered brass?

The product information will list “satin finish”, “brushed finish”, “aged finish” or any other type of “finish” – it is lacquered aka finished.

If you’re hoping to find an unlacquered brass faucet, look for that exact wording. It might also be coined as “uncoated”.

Best brands for unlacquered (unfinished) brass faucet for bathroom?

  • Rohl: Perhaps one of the most well known and most beautiful. Warning: it will make you drool. Beyond gorgeous, but you’ll pay for it!
  • Waterworks: A modern take on the traditional faucet. Simply gorgeous, also not inexpensive. One of the highest end fixture manufacturers. Eye candy!
  • Newport Brass: I really like this company’s designs and it is moderately priced.
  • Kallista: This is Kohler’s sister company, they produce some seriously beautiful faucets!

Best brands for lacquered (finished) brass faucet for bathroom?

  • Kingston Brass: A very affordable company (imported), but a great option for “getting the look”.
  • Signature Hardware: I love their option of timeless and antique looking faucets.
  • The other usual suspects: Kohler, Moen, American Standard – they all make beautiful options.
  • Brizo: Some really lovely contemporary designs in a “luxe gold” finish.
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  1. Hi Chloe,
    Would you happen to know which faucet is pictured in the first photo with the peonies and perhaps, which finish? Living brass or forever brass?
    Thank you!
    Catherine