While many folks rightly focus a lot of their attention on the big purchases in the bathroom, such as the bath, shower and basin, it’s vital not to neglect the smaller fittings. Bathroom taps are the jewellery of the room and provide an instant update to the space. Luckily, it’s also relatively easy to find a set online that looks good and complements your space; you just need to know what you’re looking for!
Ergo, we put together this nifty little buying guide to walk you through all the different features you should think about. For example, the finish - should you go for traditional brass, gold or even a striking black? After you’re all clued up on the buying process, check out our list of the best bathroom taps in the UK from popular brands such as Hansgrohe, all available from online UK retailers like Amazon and eBay.
In this section, we’ll not only be looking at the taps and what differences you should consider when buying, but we’ll also be thinking about the basin you own (or hope to own) to ensure these pieces work together. Therefore, before reading on, it might be worth getting the dimensions of the sink so that you have them handy.
You won’t get very far when shopping for taps if you don’t know how many tap holes you have, as this will determine the type that will work with your basin. You can have either single or double holes.
With a single tap hole, the water flows from one spout, giving you the option of monobloc or single-lever taps. Monobloc taps only have one lever that moves from one side to another for either hot or cold. The taps, however, will function as two separate duties. Only all the water will come from one place.
Two tap holes, on the other hand, is a more traditional style. This will mean that you’ll need to purchase two pillar taps, although they'll come in a set. These are available in many styles, from various handles (more on these later) to different finishes. In case there is any confusion, each will independently control either the hot or cold water.
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as not being able to get your hands or rinse your mouth under the tap. That's why it’s so important to find a tap (or taps) that are the correct size for your basin. However, there is no official measurement scale, so this is left down to you.
There are a few features you need to consider. Firstly, think about the depth of the basin. Secondly, think about the distance between the edge of the sink and the tap holes and if are there any cabinets above the sink that could interfere when using it. Finally, what are you using the taps for? Whether it's hand washing, brushing your teeth or shaving, this could all affect your decision.
Once you’ve answered those questions, you can start to look at your options. As you can imagine, there's a wide range of sizes, so consider smaller spouts for compact sinks in places such as downstairs bathrooms where space is minimal or look for higher and wider spouts if you have a larger basin.
At this point, we can turn our focus away from the basin and start to look at the taps themselves - and where better to start than with the handles. You have two options – levers or knobs. These will affect both the aesthetics and the ease of use, so they’re worth paying attention to.
Lever handles are the more contemporary option and, therefore, look great in modern bathrooms. They tend to be finished in chrome and are easy to operate, which can be handy if you’re sharing your home with a tiny human, or you have reduced mobility in your hands. Plus, these are a good option if you’re concerned about hygiene as they can easily be turned on and off using the back of your hand or elbow.
Knobs are the more classic option and control the water flow with a twisting motion. Generally, they’ll have cross heads, which are favoured by those looking to add a period charm to their lavatory. While you may find chunkier or sleeker versions, they’ll all operate the same way.
Finally, you’ll want to think about the finish. Nowadays, more often than not, people tend to opt for something with a chrome effect. They work well with a wide variety of bathroom styles and basins, from contemporary to classic. Plus, it’s also easier to find a basin waste to match this colourway, giving the bathroom a more complete and complementary look.
However, this is quite common, so some might want to push the boat out and look for something a little different. Another popular, modern colourway is a black finish. These work well on their own or alongside chrome effect fittings, which is handy because finding a black shower can be troublesome.
Other than these, you have classic finishes such as brass or gold. Again, these are a solid choice if you’re looking to create a vintage-themed bathroom with fittings to match. For instance, we can’t imagine a free-standing bath without taps like this. However, these can easily look out of place and clash with other fixtures in the bathroom, so you’ll need to commit to the look for the whole room!
Now that we’ve covered everything you need to consider when looking for bathroom taps, it’s time to take a look at some of the best options out there! All of the products are available from established sites such as Amazon or John Lewis, so get ready to add the final touches to the cleanest and freshest room in the house!
|Spout Height||66 mm|
|Spout Reach||119 mm|
|Spout Height||45 mm|
|Spout Reach||100 mm|
|Spout Height||184 mm|
|Spout Reach||134 mm|
|Spout Height||93 mm|
|Spout Reach||108 mm|
|Spout Height||240 mm|
|Spout Reach||183 mm|
|Spout Height||32 mm|
|Spout Reach||93 mm|
|Spout Height||70 mm|
|Spout Reach||100 mm|
|Spout Height||82 mm|
|Spout Reach||125 mm|
|Spout Height||70 mm|
|Spout Reach||85 mm|
|Spout Height||47 mm|
|Spout Reach||103 mm|
CLI 1/2 C Clio Basin Pillar Taps
Waterfall Basin Tap
1/2 G Regency Basin Taps
Chrome Sink Mixer Taps
Sentiment Basin Pillar Bathroom Taps
Talis E Single Lever 240 Basin Mixer Tap
Logis Basin Mixer Tap
Serenitie Deck Mounted Basin Mixer Tap
DT28G Taps Pair
Sentiment Basin Mixer Bathroom Tap
The Most Universally Acceptable Taps Available
Modern Style for Those Without Deep Pockets
Works Well With Any Type of Water Pressure
An Excellent Economical Option in Chrome
Balancing Contemporary and Classic Design
A Large Tap With Style and Substance
A Chunky, Modern Design That Cuts Consumption
An Antique Brass Tap Fit for a Queen
Decrease Water Consumption by up to 20%
Ideal for Large Basins Under Cupboards
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|Spout Reach||103 mm||85 mm||125 mm||100 mm||93 mm||183 mm||108 mm||134 mm||100 mm||119 mm|
The finishing touches are what really brings a room together, and with bathrooms, that's taking a look at towel rails, toilet roll holders and bathroom bins. Check out more of our bathroom styling articles below to get that finished look you've been dreaming of.
You've now seen our list of the top 10 best bathroom taps and read our advice for choosing the best ones. We hope you've found the information helpful and you've managed to pick out a new set for your bathroom. Whether you went for a classic or modern option, we're sure you'll love your new purchase!
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