Bath Taps: A Complete Guide to Help You Decide

After a long day, there is perhaps no better feeling than stepping into a warm, steamy bath that surrounds your body in waves of comfort and serenity. The real problem is knowing what kind of bath taps to choose, and how each of these can be utilised and incorporated with your bathroom designs.

There are lots of different factors to consider – a traditional or contemporary setting; what kind of water pressure you have to work with; the size and space available in your bathroom; the design and shape of your bathtub.

It’s important to check what water pressure you have before making a decision on a particular tap for your bath. After all, you don’t want to find that Victorian, polished copper bath tap that you’ve been searching for for months before shortly realising it won’t even work with your pressure system! Getting the dimensions right is another essential when choosing a bath tap.

If you have the space and budget for it, a freestanding bath shower mixer is a beautiful compliment to a roll-top bathtub and can be stylised with modern and period sanitaryware and accessories. If size is on the limited side, a deck-mounted bath mixer might be just the space-saving answer you’ve been looking for.

At Tap Warehouse we stock an enormous range of bath taps for you to choose from. In fact, there are just so many that we can’t even decide which our favourites actually are…

We’ve tried our hardest though, and narrowed it down to some of the very best bath taps for all budgets and styles for you to peruse below.

Bath Monobloc Mixers

Perfect for those tight angles or small spaces, a bath mono mixer or monobloc tap provides functionality in absolute abundance. Sometimes it can be a bit of a squeeze to fit everything in to the bathroom of your dreams; a mono mixer can be placed where anything more than one tap hole just won’t fit the bill. If you are going for a contemporary, minimalist style, then these might just be the bath taps for you.

Let's take a look at a few of our favourites below.

These three are some of our top picks thanks to their stunning features.

The Vellamo Curve (left) boasts a sleek contemporary design, the latest innovative ceramic disc technology, and a rather comforting 10 year manufacturer's guarantee.

Another of our favourites is the Drench Heidi bath filler (centre) - aside from the obvious luxurious matt black finish, the Heidi is a little slice of heaven, also coming in with a reassuring 10 year manufacturer's guarantee.

Ending our monoblock taps on a funky note, we've got the Crosswater Essence (right) - what's not to love about this angular alternative design? This beauty boasts a rather different look that we absolutely love, and comes in with a hugely impressive 15 year manufacturer's guarantee. 

If none of these beauties quite tickle your fancy, you can shop our full range of mono bath mixers here.

2-Hole Bath Taps

A popular choice amongst the masses, 2-hole bath fillers can be found in a multitude of differing styles and finishes. Whether you are designing a Jane Ayre-esque period suite, creating the perfect family bathroom or modernising that second, usually overlooked bathroom downstairs, a deck mounted bath tap provides a wonderfully classic solution to your home. And, with many of them fully compatible with low pressure 0.1 bar water systems, you are certain to find just the one you’ve been looking for.

Let's take a peek at some top picks.

The Vellamo Reef (left) offers a traditional look of luxury in any bathroom alongside a vast array of fantastic features such as that oh-so-innovative ceramic disc technology to prevent dripping. 

Next up we have the rather dashing Harbour Status matt black bath mixer (centre) - the perfect fit for any modern or monochrome bathroom, there's so much more to this Harbour beauty than you can imagine. The list of features for this beauty is endless, and there's also a rather tempting lifetime manufacturer's guarantee that is certain to seal the deal.

Our final contender for stunning 2 hole bath taps is the Vellamo Forte bath filler tap (right) - this phenomenal beauty is the perfect contemporary addition to any minimalist bathroom, and is sure to impress with that sleek chrome plated finish, efficient quarter turn technology, and rather comforting lifetime manufacturer's guarantee.

3-Hole Bath Taps

You know what they say - the best things come in threes, and that definitely applies to bath taps too. There’s something fantastically satisfying about a centrally placed spout, straddled on either side by two deck mounted bath valves to control the flow of hot and cold water. If that doesn’t suit you, some three-hole bath taps include a shower handset for maximum practicality and convenience – a wonderful solution to washing your hair while in the bath and to avoid dunking your head under the water.

Let's talk about these beauties for a second. We'll start with the Harbour Status matt black 3 hole bath mixer with pullout handset (left); what do we really need to say about this gorgeous piece other than the fact that it looks truly mesmerising, and keeps it practical with a pull out handset - need to hose down the dog or the kids? No problem!

Then we have the exquisite Butler & Rose Caledonia lever 3 hole deck mounted bath tap (centre). Talk about a classic! This beautiful timeless design features some eye-catching detail and a classy minimalist look. We love.

For something a little different, the Flova Liberty oil rubbed bronze 3 hole deck mounted bath filler (right) ticks all the right boxes. Not only does this wonderful bath mixer make a real statement of style, but it also boasts some jaw-to-the-floor practical features and a 10 year brassware manufacturer's guarantee to keep your taps as shiny and new as possible.

4 & 5-Hole Bath Taps

The apex of functional bath taps begins with 4- & 5-hole bath fillers – the ultimate partner for your modern or vintage bathroom. Adding a shower handset into the mix really makes them worth considering, as it gives you complete flexibility to take on your bathing routine as you see fit. 5-hole bath tap combinations usually include a diverter valve too – a convenient alternative to the standard lever action.

We'll start here with one of our best sellers, the Phoenix Darling 5 hole deck mounted bath mixer with pull out handset (left). It's no secret why this beauty is one of our customer favourites, just look at this captivating timeless design; what's not to love about the totally mesmerising angular design of this bath tap, and there's that rather handy pull out handset again. Mucky dogs everywhere rejoice!

For our next trick, we have yet another matt black piece that you're going to fall in love with. Of course you adore the Vellamo Twist matt black 4 hole bath shower mixer and handset (centre), who doesn't? Everything about this modern beauty screams practical luxury, and if you don't believe us, check it out for yourself.

We close our 4/5 hole bath mixer section with the elegant Crosswater Belgravia crosshead deck mounted 4 hole bath filler and shower kit (right) - for the perfect period bathroom look, this beautiful traditional design bath mixer is a great fit. The crosshead design bring timeless style to your bathroom, whilst the shower handset completes the look and takes care of the practical bits too. What's not to like?

Bath Spouts

Absolute luxury sometimes can come in small packages, something definitely true when it comes to an elegant and sophisticated wall mounted bath spout. Wonderfully suited to both vintage and contemporary bathrooms, bath spouts provide an element of minimalism that is unmatched by other, more cluttered bath tap combinations. Bath spouts mounted on the wall go hand-in-hand with a stunning roll-top or freestanding bath; creating a centrepiece of beauty for your home.

Take a peek at some of our favourites below.

Pairs of Bath Taps

Designing a bathroom from scratch can be a tricky challenge, so why not make things easy with the simplicity of a pair of bath taps. Often suitable for low pressure water systems due to the higher water flow rate they can give, they mount directly onto your bathtub and look fantastic when combined with matching basin taps. If you’re looking for something with a dash of more personality, bath tap pairs are also available in an assortment of finishes such as matt black, polished gold and brushed nickel.

Why not have a peek at our top picks below?

Freestanding Bath Taps

Perhaps the most striking and opulent method of filling your bath, freestanding bath taps are a delightful bathroom focal point that work exceptionally well when paired with a freestanding bathtub. Almost all include a hand shower kit with the bath spout, which comes in handy when rinsing down the tub after use. An element of flexibility is provided too, given that the taps can be placed at either side or end of the bath for wherever suits you best.

We have some rather exquisite freestanding bath taps here at Tap Warehouse and you can shop our full range here. But in the mean time, take a look at some of our favourites below.

Thermostatic Bath Taps

A comfortably family-friendly addition to your bathroom, thermostatic bath taps offer complete control over the water flow temperature to keep little fingers and toes safe from burns or chills. Even with running taps or toilets flushing elsewhere in your home, the bath taps will fully regulate the temperature to ensure no fluctuations occur. A simple and classic choice for those who like to escape from any uncertainty.

Here's some of our top picks:

Bath & Shower Sets

Some of us tend to be a little indecisive from time to time, and it can be pretty easy to spend hours looking through all the different bathroom taps to find the perfect one. The beauty of bath and shower sets is that we have carefully curated the best combinations available, making it a breeze to pick the best one for your bathroom. There are different types of bath taps with showers included, some that fill the bath directly from the spout and others that work with an overflow bath filler – a personal favourite of ours here at Tap Warehouse.

There's nothing more convenient than finding all of the best bits in one place, so why not have a look at our favourites below:

The Best of the Best

So there you have it, our guide to finding your best suited bath taps is complete, and we've even treated you to a sneak peek at some of our all-time favourites along the way too! Sometimes our favourites aren't your favourites though, so if you haven't quite come across 'the one' yet, take a look at our full range of bath taps here. Happy hunting!