Make a Style Statement with your Taps

Taps are one of the most overlooked home fittings, and many people never put much thought into the taps they use on a daily basis. If you’re looking to install a new bathroom or kitchen in your home or simply update your existing room with some stylish new fittings, then starting by replacing your taps is a great option. Read our handy guide to find out all there is to know about taps.


Types of Taps

It’s possible to choose from a wide range of taps and you can even find taps which filter your water for you. The type of tap you choose will depend on a variety of factors, which are explained in more detail below.

Water pressure

Not all taps work with standard water pressure; for example, a shower mixer tap will require a higher pressure. A plumber or bathroom/kitchen fitter will be able to offer advice on the correct pressure for your taps. When choosing a new bathroom or kitchen, you should always select the taps first so that any adjustments to plumbing can be made before fitting.


The type of finish depends on whether you’re going for a contemporary or traditional style. As a rule, brass taps offer a warm and traditional finish and look best in period homes or more classically styled bathrooms – Victorian styled bathrooms or shaker kitchens are a great example. Contemporary bathrooms and kitchens look best with shiny or brushed chrome finish taps, although bear in mind that shiny chrome shows fingerprints and marks, so may not be the best choice if you have children.

The most recent type of taps added to the market are instant boiling water taps. You don't have to wait for the kettle to boil the water for you - you can just pour it in your mug straight from the tap. With the touch of a button you can request the water's temperature and then within seconds you have the water ready for you. These taps not only save space but time as well. 


When choosing the right style of tap for your home, you need to think about size – small taps look best in smaller basins. Here are some of the most popular types of taps:

• Mixer
• Shower mixer
• Pillar
• Dual flow
• Monobloc
• Water-filter taps
• Pull-out spray mixer

Some of these are commonly found in most bathrooms and kitchens, but more specialist taps such as water-filter taps offer the latest designs which filter lead, chlorine and sediment from your water before it even comes out of your tap. Pull-out spray mixers for the kitchen feature a hose which is extendable and can be used for rinsing dirty dishes or washing salads.

BetterBathrooms have ongoing offers with 50% off a wide range of taps. They promise the lowest prices so it's worth taking a look at their range.

VictoriaPlumb will deliver to you next day so if you need a tap in a hurry, this is your company. is the UK’s number one tap store. With free delivery on orders over £199 and a 7 day money back guarantee on all products, their range of traditional and contemporary taps is sure to please.

Wickes sell a range of kitchen and bathroom taps to suit all tastes and offer the latest water filter taps for homes and workplaces.

Tap Warehouse offer bathroom and kitchen taps at competitive prices, with free delivery on all orders over £50.

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