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Bathroom Tap Buying Guide

by Gary Dooley on June 03, 2021

Investing in new taps can breathe new life into a bathroom while enhancing the way you use the facilities. A number of our styles come with additional features for busy family bathrooms and people on the go to make cleaning easier and minimise wear and tear. It can be tricky to navigate through the hundreds of bathroom products available online. Big offers, sales jargon and technical details - it can certainly be a little overwhelming at times! At Bathzoom, we go above and beyond to ensure each customer is confident in their purchases, and create easy buying guides to help you through the process.


WATER PRESSURE


Water pressure is the term used to help determine the flow of water from your tap, essentially how much pressure is required to make the water flow. This can vary from household to household, but it’s important to check if you have high or low pressure to ensure you buy taps that are compatible. You can do this by contacting a plumber or contacting your water supplier, there are also some tricks you can do yourself at home to check. If you have a high-pressure water system, you’ll be able to choose from most bath and basin taps, but if you have a lower pressure system it's worthwhile identifying your exact water pressure to find taps that will ensure a strong flow of both warm and cold water.


WHAT TAP IS RIGHT FOR ME 


If you’ve already chosen a basin, you need to determine how many holes there are for a tap to come through. One tap hole means you can choose from single-lever taps which use a lever to control the flow of both hot and cold water from a single spout, or monobloc taps which feature two independent handles to control the balance of hot and cold water. 


If you have two tap holes, look at pillar taps, available in a range of styles with both knob, lever and cross-shaped handles; pillar taps independently control the flow of hot and cold water from separate tap spouts. 


BASIN TAPS 


To make sure your basin is as accessible as possible, look at the amount of space your tap allows for your hands. If you opt for a low, small tap and a space saving sink, you may not be able to fit your hands beneath the tap for thorough cleaning. You need to consider the depth of the basin and how far away the edge of the basin the tap holes are. If the basin itself is on the smaller side, consider a shorter spout – look for one which extends as far as the plug hole but no further. A lower spout will work well in a cloakroom where space is tight or opt for a higher spout if you’d like to be able to wash and shave comfortably.


If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, check out our waterfall taps. The water flows along a rivulet and waterfalls into the basin when the tap is turned on. They’re a great way to make a statement in your bathroom. 


BATH TAPS 


Whether you’re updating your existing bath, or adding a new one to your home, you’ll need to find taps that work with the number of taps holes you have. Most baths don't come with pre-drilled holes so you can choose any model tap that you like the style of, but make sure you check the product information if you're buying a new bath too. 


A great option for a bath is a mixer tap which offers great flexibility, with hot and cold water controlled separately but mixed together and supplied to the bath via a single spout. They can also feature a diverter, allowing the water to flow through an attached shower hose, offering you more flexibility for bathing and cleaning.


Wall mounted taps look modern and sleek, and work well if there’s not enough space on the bath rim, or if you’ve chosen a free-standing bath. There is a selection of different styles, from cross handle to waterfall. These take a bit more planning than other options, but the results are well worth the work. You'll need to choose a bath without pre-drilled holes so you can fit these over the bath.


There are so many styles and options when it comes to bathroom taps it can be difficult to know where to begin. We stock a number of ranges to help tie all your bathroom fittings together, including towel rails and shower screens, to ensure all your fixtures have the same finish.