A widespread faucet is generally for larger sinks because it allows for more room between the faucet handles and spout than a centerset faucet.
Before you can understand what a widespread faucet is, you also need to understand what a centerset faucet is. A centerset faucet is usually used in a bathrooms and essentially functions as one unit. A centerset faucet takes up less space, and while it has hot and cold running water, it is generally set on the centerline of the sink.
The 'Spread' is the distance between the faucet mounting holes. Usually centersets are single or four inch spacing between holes, while a widespread is wider. Widespread hole spacings range from six to twelve inches and that is why it is call a widespread faucet.
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