Nothing adds character to a bathroom faster than a classic two-handle faucet with buttons marked hot and cold and an elegant shepherd's-crook spout. While rooted in a late-Victorian-era style, today's cross-handle faucet sets run the gamut from near-reproductions in shiny brass and nickel to dramatic reinterpretations with updated satin and patinated finishes. There are also sizes and configurations to fit every type of sink deck. Popular widespread models fit the widest variety of basins, while bridge styles minimize drilling into stone vanity tops and centerset and single-hole sets work for compact spaces.
Each faucet in this gallery features all-brass construction and a durable ceramic disc valve, no matter the price tag. So whatever your budget, think of it this way: It's not often you can update a room in the time it takes to switch out a spigot.
We've listed the best prices available at press time, but shop around at stores and online retailers—you may be able to do even better.