Updated: November 2017
Floor Mount Bathtub Filler Reviews:New bathroom design features like freestanding bathtubs are becoming very popular. No longer do you find master suites with built-in jacuzzi tubs, now you see freestanding tubs with lots of open space. When we moved into our house 12 years ago the jetted tub with built-in surround seemed elegant and stylish, but we no longer see it that way. With a recent bathroom remodel, we opted out of the built in bathtub and went with a more modern freestanding unit. Of course with that change came a whole plumbing headache. There are choices when converting to a freestanding tub, but ultimately you need to have the water come up from the floor or wall and into the bathtub. The contemporary floor mount tub fillers are just what we wanted. Simple and elegant, yet totally practical. Most are offered in polished chrome, brushed nickel or stainless steel. With a floor mount design, the tub filler sits next to the tub and has the spigot hang out just enough so that the water will get into the tub and fill it up. Seems easy enough, although we found that many installers screw these things up.
Choosing a Tub Filler - We went with the Dupage Freestanding Thermostatic Bath Filler with Hand Sprayer ($680), but there are hundreds to pick from. The old fashioned models like the English Telephone Freestanding Tub Faucet features the cross handles and a hand shower diverter valve. Similar tub fillers have the shutoff valves right on the hardware and in plain sight. We choose to do our shutoff valves back at the wall - behind the tub and where no one can really see them. The only drawback to using a floor mount tub filler is that once installed it would be hard to switch out unless you are willing to make some cosmetic changes to the flooring. Not all tub fillers attach the same way - although many are very similar. The thermostatic bath fillers with handspray are the most popular types - we were able to see these in action at our local high end plumbing/fixture store. Neither my wife nor I are huge bath takers, so we knew the tub filler would be more for show than anything else. They look sleek while sitting next to a beautiful freestanding tub. The thermostatic technology keeps the water temperature within +/- 1 degree celsius. If you don't plan on using the hand sprayer while in the tub, they you can forego that feature. Other design options and features include a waterfall filler, gooseneck styling, and faucet towers that are either built into the tubs or near the wall where they are located. Again, some of these design features are great, but hard to change once in place. In terms of installation, we say measure twice, maybe even more, before the final screws are placed. In the overall scheme of things, you need to know exactly where the freestanding tub will go in order to get the placement of the tub filler just right. We layed out some templates on our floor so that we knew where all the hardware would go once the tile flooring was installed. You need to be exact or else the tub filler will either be too far from the tub or too close. One of our friends had an installer do theirs and the guy completely messed things up. The floor mount bracket was not spaced correctly and when finalized the spigot hits the side of the tub and half the water doesn't even get in the bathtub cleanly. Not good. After seeing that I had our guy double check all measurements to make sure we were good. As you can see by the picture below, our tub filler looks great and was installed properly. Installation took about 2 hours - that doesn't include all the plumbing that had to go below the floor from the wall shutoff valve. If you are good with DIY plumbing skills, this a project that a homeowner could take on. Where to Buy - We always go online to places like Amazon, Signaturehardware.com, or Build.com. We found that Home Depot and Lowes don't carry these type of faucets in their stores. Go with a high end plumbing store whenever possible. Pricing - anywhere from $400 to $1000. Check out the best selling tub fillers online here.
Best Freestanding Bathtub Filler:RECOMMENDED - We won't go so far as to say there is a 'best' tub filler, but several do stand out amongst the crowd. Kohler makes several, but we found reviews mixed on either features that don't hold up or cost. The Jado 817614.144 Contemporary Floor Mount Tub Filler comes in brushed nickel and is priced below $500. Owners say the design is perfect and it installs easy. From the Whittington Collection comes our Dupage bath filler which retails for less than $700. It's a Signature Hardware piece and one that we absolutely love (see photo below). The thermostatic valve will keep your but water consistent and comfortable. The model is made with 304 stainless steel and looks great. with the brushed finish. It will mount to a wood or tile floor and comes with the mounting plate. The overal height with hand spray is 43 3/4" with a spout reach of 8 1/2 inches. We like the heavy duty design with all brass waterways and a single control tub filler. The hand sprayer is a bit too powerful for us. When I first tried it, the thing shot across the room. I guess I was expecting something a little less powerful. Who gets in a bathtub to use a hand sprayer anyways. A beautiful product at a reasonable price compared to the Toto design below.
Single Handle Tub Filler:RECOMMENDED - One of the more popular models is the Toto TB100SF#CP Single-Handle Freestanding Tub Filler, Polished Chrome which sells for a about $1200. Yes, it's quite expensive, although you do get solid brass construction with a polished chrome finish. The ceramic disk valve cartridge is included and the hand shower has a 60 inch metal hose. A few owners mention in online reviews that placing the filler next to tub and having it face sideways into the tub may not be a good situation. They say place it so it faces longways - the flow of water is fairly powerfull and they claim water can run out the side if not setup properly. Otherwise, consumers are happy with the results and say the hand shower is a nice bonus. Comes in brushed nickel, chrome, or polished nickel. We were able to source out other brands that have similar products and don't cost as much. We know that Toto has a solid reputation, but given that you are talkinga about basic plumbing parts with a chrome finish, another brand could give you similar results.
|Here's our tub filler - great looking next to the tub.