Your Guide to Buying Taps

Every home needs taps, and choosing the perfect taps for your kitchen or bathroom can be a challenge as there’s such a wide range available. Do you opt for water filter taps, mixer taps, lever taps or pillar taps? Take a few minutes to read through our guide to taps and see which ones could be right for your home.

Taps for the kitchen

There are a variety of different types of kitchen taps available which are suitable for both traditional and modern style kitchens. Here are some of the most popular types of taps around:

• Water filter taps – these have a unit which purifies, softens and filters water so what comes out of your tap is pure and clear – great for hard water areas;

Mono mixer taps – these come in a huge range of designs and although usually available in a chrome finish, it is possible to find funky contemporary metallic black or coloured taps for a more unusual look;

Bridge taps – Bridge taps are mixer taps which have an arched ‘bridge’ – they can be in a traditional or modern style and look particularly great in shaker style kitchens;

Lever taps – these are mixer taps which are operated by a single lever and usually come in a chrome finish, although funky colours and black taps are available from some retailers.

The choice of taps mainly depends on how many holes you have on your basin. If you have just one hole - this brings the choice down to monobloc and single-lever taps. If you have two holes - you'll need to opt for pillar taps.

Bathroom taps

Bathroom taps come in a huge range of styles and finishes, from chrome mixer taps to traditional pillar taps and lever handle options, and whether you choose a modern angular design or a traditional curved, classic design is a personal choice. A plumber or bathroom fitter will be able to advise you on the best type of tap for your bathroom, and from there the decision as to which style to buy is up to you!

Remember to keep the whole look co-ordinated – when choosing bathroom taps, the style of taps in the bath should be the same as those in the basin to create a feeling of unity. It’s easy to find a wide range of taps in a variety of styles online no matter what your tastes or budget.

Fitting your taps

It’s best to let a professional fit your taps – if you don’t know what you’re doing you could make a mess! If your whole kitchen is being refitted then it’s easy to choose your taps along with the other fittings. If you’re just replacing the taps and a few other features, then always seek advice from a plumber as to which type and size of tap is best before going ahead with your purchase.

You may want to read about: Fitted Kitchens