The Difference Between Chrome & Polished Chrome Faucets

When you’re shopping bathroom faucets, you’ll see chrome and polished chrome options. What’s the difference between them? How do you know which is right for you? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at chrome vs. polished chrome faucets — what each one offers, what difference it makes in a bathroom and how to choose between them for your space.

What Is Chrome?

Similar to nickel, chrome is a silver-looking material with a brushed, vibrant finish. It looks shiny and glassy like a mirror, smooth and bright. Sometimes it has a slightly blue shine. Typically, this is the best choice if you want a hassle-free faucet that shows fewer spots and has more of a dazzle factor.

What Is Polished Chrome?

Polished chrome, on the other hand, has a popular, polished, buffed look. It’s durable, featuring a layer of chrome plating atop nickel and copper atop solid brass. It does not tarnish and is so clean and bright, its silver hue can look almost white. At the same time, it tends to show even the smallest bit of dirt thanks to not having a finish. Polished chrome faucets are more modern and tend to work well in contemporary-style homes.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Chrome and Polished Chrome?

If you have a chrome faucet and aren’t sure what type it is, here’s a surefire way to test it: Rub a bit of metal polish onto the faucet with a microfiber cloth. If the cloth turns black, you have a polished chrome faucet; if it barely shows anything, you have regular chrome.

How Can I Choose?

Chrome and polished chrome faucets have advantages. Choosing the right one for you is a matter of knowing which look you like best. Explore the possibilities, compare which look you like best, and think about the different levels of upkeep required. Then, make your choice with confidence!

Are you in the market for a new bathroom faucet? Modern Bathroom offers an expansive selection of bathroom faucets, including chrome and polished chrome designs. We not only offer wholesale prices, but also free shipping to the contiguous 48 United States. Shop our site and order yours today!

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