10 of the Very Best Traditional Kitchen Taps

Tempted but thinking a modern tap will work better? Think again. Just because your tap is Victorian in design, it doesn’t mean you need to put up with the gurgles and spluttering of Victorian plumbing! All our taps are fitted with the latest technology such as ceramic disc cartridges. Although traditional taps might look like something Queen Vic would have had back in her heyday, the quality is unquestionably modern. You can be sure that no matter how old the tap might look, it’ll be fitted with everything you need for stress-free splashing.

Without further ado, here’s our Top 10 traditional kitchen taps to inspire you.

1. Butler & Rose Elizabeth Traditional Kitchen Mixer Tap - Chrome

First up we’ve got the Butler and Rose Elizabeth mixer tap, a perfect traditional touch for just £39.99. We love the simplicity of this kitchen tap, subtly adding a traditional feel to any kitchen without being too in-your-face!

Minimalism is becoming a key theme across many homes in the UK, and we're absolutely infatuated with some of the styles we've been seeing - we're certain the Butler & Rose Elizabeth would fit right in.

The ceramic lever handles are operated by a quarter turn, and the tap comes with flexible tap connectors, a swivel spout and a tap fixing kit. The chrome plated finish looks beautiful in any kitchen, and the ceramic disc cartridges ensure a long life and no leaking.

With such fantastic features, it's clear the only thing that isn't traditional about the  Elizabeth is its inner workings - there truly is nothing better than a tap which functions as though it's from the future, but looks like the perfect piece of period tapware. What a winner!

2. Butler & Rose Elizabeth Traditional Mono Kitchen Mixer - Antique Brass

There's something rather special about Elizabethan mono mixer taps.

It could be the beautiful combination of antique brass and white ceramic, or the classically intricate shape that makes them so recognisable.

Perhaps the sleek curving of the spout is what catches our eye first? Or perhaps it's all of the above combined!

Whatever it is, the Butler & Rose Elizabeth Traditional Mono Kitchen Mixer has it all.

But traditional style certainly doesn't mean outdated quality; within the mesmerising tap body you'll find the very latest in ceramic disc technology to provide a drip-free and long-lasting experience in your kitchen.

Not only can you bask in the beauty of this tap's stunning appearance and wonderful practical features - but you can rest easy knowing that the quality is great too thanks to that rather comforting 2 year manufacturer's guarantee!

3. Tre Mercati French Classic Twin Crosshead Handle Monobloc Mixer - Old Copper

Offer a warm welcome to this Tre Mercati French Classic beauty which remains one of our favourite traditional kitchen mixer taps. This old copper kitchen tap includes flexi-tail connectors for a quick and easy installation, a swivel spout to ensure maximum movement capabilities, and a truly aesthetic design.

At £99.99, it’s an easy and relatively inexpensive way to add a touch of timeless elegance to your kitchen, while it’s versatile and simple enough in design to suit a range of kitchen styles. We're all about instilling affordable luxury into the home here at Tap Warehouse, so we do everything we can to provide great quality products at reasonable prices - the French Classic is a perfect example of that.

It’s worth noting that this tap requires a minimum of 0.5 bar water pressure, but it does come with a 10-year guarantee - although we doubt you will need it!

4. Crosswater Cucina Belgravia Crosshead Twin Handle Kitchen Mixer with Swivel Spout

Our first stray away from the Butler and Rose traditional taps and it feels good. Yes, you might pay a little more for Crosswater Cucina kitchen taps, but in our opinion these taps are well worth the extra pennies.

The Belgravia Crosshead kitchen mixer looks most at home in a country farmhouse or cottage. It’s sleek and elegant with an air of minimalism so won’t make your kitchen look cluttered. It’s made from solid brass and has a lovely chrome finish. While the look is traditional, the functionality is anything but. It comes with a swivel spout, ceramic disc technology and a 15-year guarantee. This tap looks stunning in both double and 1.5 bowl sinks, while the tall swan neck makes it ideal for washing larger pots and pans.

At £149.99, we think this beauty might just top the list for us.

5. Crosswater Cucina Belgravia Crosshead Pair of Bib Taps - Chrome

Next up we’ve got another from Crosswater, the beautiful Belgravia Crosshead Pair of Bib Taps in a lovely chrome finish. Yes, a pair of taps means having to choose between hot or cold water from either spout, but this style really comes into its own for large Butler sinks that need to be filled quickly for muddy dogs and mucky plates.

The crosshead design offers a gorgeous look into stylish kitchens of the past whilst maintaining a little slice of modern design internally, ensuring that you can achieve the perfect traditional look without the traditional problems. There's something to be said for holding onto what we've known and loved for a long time, and simply improving upon this. If you're like most of us, you probably grew up with a few crosshead taps in your house, so why not add a splash of the past into your life now to keep those good memories flowing? 

These taps are a standout feature no matter what your kitchen style, whether that’s traditional or contemporary, they really are timeless. These taps cost £144.99 and come with a 15-year guarantee for your complete peace of mind.

6. Rangemaster Belfast Traditional Bridge Kitchen Sink Mixer Tap - Chrome

The Rangemaster Belfast traditional kitchen tap is another firm favourite. It’s top of the range in a beautiful chrome finish. Who says just because something is traditional in design it has to have a boring finish? This stunning chrome look adds all kinds of shine to your kitchen, and it's super easy to clean and maintain too!

The Victorian style handles ensures it adds a traditional flair to any kitchen, whilst the long C spout is elegant and versatile. The fabulous Belfast bridge kitchen mixer comes with ceramic disc technology to prevent excess dripping, a comforting 5-year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality, and a swivel spout to allow maximum movement capabilities.

At £209.99, it’s one of our slightly higher end options, but the high-quality build as well as the stunning look makes this traditional mixer tap more than worth it.

7. Caple Antique Brushed Nickel Traditional Mono Kitchen Mixer

If you’re looking for something standout and extravagant, look no further than the Caple antique traditional mono kitchen mixer in a stunning brushed nickel finish.

At £104.99 this exquisite tap is a total bargain, adding a beautiful look to your kitchen. It fits perfectly in any country or period-style kitchen and boasts a very comforting manufacturer's guarantee of 5 years to assure you of its excellent quality. With glamorous crosshead handles, what's not to love about this feature tap? Use the Caple to make a statement in your home rather than a tap that simply goes unnoticed - being bold in your interior design is seriously admirable.

Like our other traditional mixer taps, the look may be Victorian, but the functionality is totally modern. The Caple uses quarter turn ceramic valves to ensure functionality and use is as practical and easy as possible, alongside technology preventing any unwanted excess dripping. Thanks to its fantastic design and truly mesmerising brushed nickel finish, the Caple is the perfect addition to any period home!

8. Perrin & Rowe Phoenician Mono Sink Mixer with Porcelain Lever Handles

Onto a different brand again and we’ve got the Perrin and Rowe Phoenician mono mixer tap which gets a 10/10 from us. With its Edwardian look, this tap is a total luxury, and looks every penny of its £314.99 price tag for the chrome finish.

When it comes to traditional kitchen taps, you really do get what you pay for. The Phoenician has porcelain lever handles, a choice of 4 stunning finishes; chrome, nickel, pewter, and gold, alongside a bundle of other stunning details that you simply won’t get from a cheaper model. 

This traditional mixer tap is hand assembled and individually water tested, made from the highest quality raw materials, and plated to a thickness that not only meets, but also exceeds, industry standards. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive, but the quality is simply second to none.

With these hugely desirable features and a 5 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality, the Phoenician is a tap we truly adore!

9. Tre Mercati Hale Traditional Mono Sink Mixer - Chrome Plated

This chrome plated traditional mixer tap by Tre Mercati is another winner in our eyes. This Hale model compliments virtually any traditionally designed kitchen, and it doesn’t look too shabby in something more modern either! The versatility of this designs means you can add a subtle touch of classic into your kitchen if you're not into diving into a wholly-traditional look. We love the creative freedom that the Hale offers.

This simple-arched chrome-plated tap is versatile and simple enough to not be too in-your-face, but elegant enough to impress the neighbours.

The chrome lever handles require a quarter turn and the ceramic disc cartridges ensures long life and no dripping. It’s suitable for all water systems although does require a 0.5 bar minimum water pressure. At £91.99, this is one of the more budgeted taps on our list, this certainly doesn't mean the quality isn't up to scratch! 

10. Perrin & Rowe Polaris 3-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap

Finally, we’ve got the Perrin & Rowe Polaris traditional instant hot and cold boiling water tap, which gives you pure, boiling water with the turn of a handle - preset to a temperature of your choice between 75 and 98 degrees.

This mixer tap features the latest in filtration technology to remove any impurities from the water, with nano filtering reducing limescale build-up in the body of the tap and extending its lifetime even further.  Available in three stunning finishes, chrome, nickel and pewter, the Polaris is assembled by hand and individually water tested for the very highest standards in kitchen tap quality

Starting from £849.99, opting for a boiling water tap can actually save you a lot of money in the long-run, especially when you consider the costs saved from the lack of a kettle and wasted boiled water. Boiling water taps are becoming hugely popular across kitchens in Britain and we're certain that most households are on the path to ditching the kettle forever!

A Final Word

We hope you've enjoyed our journey through ten of our favourite traditional kitchen taps, and if you haven't found 'the one' then make sure you check out our full range of traditional kitchen taps here!

If you're in need of a little helping hand when it comes to choosing your kitchen tap, or perhaps you have other queries then we're always here to help wherever we can. Give us a call or pop over an email through our contact us page here to get the answers you need as quickly as possible.