Bathroom Taps: What You Need to Know

There is a huge variety of bathroom taps out there. This guide walks you through the questions that you should be asking yourself before choosing new taps for your bathroom.

Choosing new bathroom taps sounds like such a simple thing doesn’t it? But, as we’ve discovered over many years, when it comes to choosing items for your bathroom, nothing is ever simple. When you’re on the lookout for new bathroom taps, there are numerous questions that you must ask yourself first which we shall then look at in more detail:

  • Do you want modern or traditional taps?
  • What water pressure do you have?
  • What style would you like?
  • Do you want deck or wall mounted taps?
  • What finish would you like?
  • What budget do you have?

Modern or Traditional?

Modern waterfall mono basin mixer and traditional mono basin mixer

The age old question when it comes to bathroom design; modern or traditional? This decision ultimately comes down to personal taste, however, the current décor in your bathroom may mean that you choose one over the other to prevent your taps standing out for all the wrong reasons. Whichever you choose, we have a huge selection of modern and traditional bathroom taps, and they come in a vast range of styles and finishes, and there’s always something for everyone’s budget.

Modern taps almost always come with ceramic disc cartridges (which you can read more about in our blog), and more and more traditional-style taps are also featuring the same ceramic disc technology to prevent drips and to make the taps easier to use.

What Water Pressure Do You Have?

Knowing what water pressure you have is the most important thing when it comes to buying new bathroom taps. You can find the most perfect taps for your bathroom, but if your water pressure isn’t sufficient, they’re not going to work properly. All of our taps state the required minimum water pressure in the product specification box, and our handy blog can help you work out whether you have high or low pressure, but there’s nothing like getting an actual reading from your plumber to make sure that you have the required pressure for your chosen taps.

Curved or Square?

Curved mono basin mixer and LED square waterfall mono basin mixer

Like the modern or traditional question, this again comes down to personal preference. The choice again is extensive, though if you’re looking for a square, traditional tap, your choices are slightly more limited. Square designs are very on trend at the moment and would suit a clean, clinical, white bathroom, whereas curved taps look at home in any bathroom. The choice you make may also depend on the rest of the furniture in your bathroom. If you have lots of square furniture, then square taps would be the obvious choice. If, on the other hand, your bathroom is full of gentle, flowing curves, curved bathroom taps might be the way forward. But, as we’ve said previously, ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

Deck or Wall Mounted Taps?

Deck Mounted mono basin mixer and wall mounted basin mixer

What once wouldn’t have been a question at all, is now one that is absolutely crucial and can have a huge impact on how your bathroom looks and feels to use. We’re all accustomed to using deck mounted taps, but not everyone will have come across wall mounted taps before. Wall mounted taps offer a more modern look in your bathroom, and because of where they’re mounted, they have the appearance of taking up less space, giving your bathroom a more spacious look. It’s the same effect as with wall mounted furniture and toilets. Choose to wall mount your taps over a countertop basin to give your bathroom a look of luxury.

If you choose deck mounted taps, that’s not the end of your decisions. You then have to decide whether you want mono taps, pillar taps, or even 3, 4 or 5 hole taps. This decision, however, may be made for you. For example, if you have a basin with two pre-drilled tap holes where you’ve previously had some basin pillar taps, you’ll have to get basin pillar taps, or buy a new basin. The same logic applies to your bath. If you’ve previously had a 2 hole bath filler, you can’t then install a mono bath filler. As well as mono and pillar taps, there are also 3, 4 and even 5 hole taps.

If you're looking for something really extravagant though, have you thought about a floorstanding bath tap? Perfect for pairing with a freestanding bath, a floorstanding tap adds a luxury look in your bathroom like no other tap can, and with our range starting from under £200, it's not as pricey as you might think either.

What Finish Do You Want?

Like kitchen taps, bathroom taps are available in a wide variety of finishes. Choose from polished chrome, nickel, gold, stainless steel and even black. Chrome is by far and away the most common finish, and unsurprisingly has the most taps to choose from, but we have an eclectic selection of all the other finishes. Nickel taps are very popular in more traditional style bathrooms, and the duller finish makes keeping them clean much easier than the polished chrome or gold taps.

 
Shop our different bathroom tap finishes here

 

What is Your Budget?

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As we’ve seen, when it comes to deciding on new taps for your bathroom, every detail is important, whether it’s making sure you have the right water pressure or choosing the right style and finish. As important as any of these decisions though is what budget you have. This will determine just what taps you can buy, but don’t worry; even if you don’t have a footballer’s wages, you can still find some great looking taps at amazing prices. Our basin taps start from under £20, with eye-catching wall mounted taps from as little as £70. Our bath taps start at under £25, and you can get the same 5* wall mounted look that you’ll see on ‘Grand Designs’ for as little as £80.

Installation

The installation of bathroom taps should be done by a fully qualified plumber to ensure that your taps are positioned correctly, and are safely installed without the risk of any leaks. Small leaks that you may think won’t cause any significant damage can transpire into bigger problems, potentially causing untold damage to your bathroom and sometimes to the room(s) below. For this reason, it’s advisable to let the professionals handle the installation.

So, there we have it. A brief look at everything you need to know when it comes to selecting your perfect bathroom taps. We hope you have found this guide helpful, but if there’s anything that you think we’ve missed or any questions that you might have, please do let us know either in the comments, or by emailing our lovely customer service team via help@tapwarehouse.com.

 

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