How to Buy the Correct Basin Mixer Tap?
Basin Mixers are an important functional aspect for any bathroom and offer an opportunity to accentuate the style you have chosen for the space. Whether upgrading to a whole new bathroom space or replacing old features, it is important to think about all the options open to you when making your selection. A basin mixer tap offers a sleek and classy option with built-in practicality though there are a few considerations to make before buying.
A mixer tap draws both hot and cold water and mixes the two flows before they emerge from the spout. The construction offers greater ease and accuracy when trying to get the temperature right, an important feature that can prevent uncomfortable temperatures or scalding. The same technology is used in bath shower mixers, which offers the same functionality; it is possible to switch the flow from the spout to an incorporated shower hose with the move of a lever.
Coming back to Basin mixers; these are ideal for any washroom space, given the ease of temperature balancing it adds to the basin filling process. There is an element of safety to consider the issue of scalding water, particularly for those with young children, making thermostatic mixers a more obvious choice. Many of these are available in what is known as the monobloc style; these are essentially single units with the levers attached to the water spout. This design is suitable for a variety of basins; where only a single hole is available for deck-mounting the faucet.
Deck or Wall Mounted
Deck mounted versions, are fixed via drilled holes in the edge and can be either of the monobloc variety, through a single hole. Deck mounted options are preferred when ease of installation is a key priority. For a more contemporary look, it is possible to opt for a wall mounted designs, though these are more complicated to install, due to the piping, etc. being incorporated behind the wall itself. The benefit, however, is the potential for a contemporary and highly stylish design.
Many people may feel some apprehension when selecting new bathroom fixtures, as they are unsure of exactly what they should be looking for. For example, recent increases in semi-recessed, inset and a counter top basin have resulted in more people requiring guidance on their tap selection. The range of brassware in the market can seem bewildering but by combining functionality with the styling you want, you can find a selection that will accentuate your bathroom design.
What to Consider
The most important aspect of the tap chosen is that it functions properly. Over time, a sticky or poor-mixing block can impede enjoyment of the bathroom space and lead to higher maintenance costs. Ideally, it is recommended you try out the faucet in a showroom, to get an idea of how it feels and performs. You can also rely on brands such as Grohe, Crosswater, Hudson Reed and Bristan for a quality tap. You can also read product reviews before buying, so that you don’t end up; buying a cheap quality product.
If you are upgrading your taps alone or; it is important to make sure your faucet matches the styling of your basin. This might seem obvious, but in the excitement of choosing an option, it can be overlooked. If possible, try to select one from the manufacturer of the sink. Another consideration is to match the style of the brassware with the overall theme of the room; a modern bathroom requires a sleek, contemporary design while older styles require a classical design. Below are three high-quality examples.
Porcelanosa Noken Lounge Single Lever White Mixer Tap
The Noken Lounge is a graceful piece, designed by Simone Micheli for Porcelanosa. The spout is offered in a silky white finish and will add a touch of elegance and style to the basin; with the right pairing, it is sure to highlight your bathroom environment. The flow rate is limited to 8 litres per minute at 3 bar, to both reduce splashing and save water. The design also includes a flow-bracker for the same purposes, while 470mm hoses are included for an easier installation. The Noken Lounge is a deck-mounted design for ease of installation and constructed with high-quality, durable materials.
Porcelanosa Noken Neox Single Lever Deck Mounted Basin Mixer Tap
This design features an elegant and modern flat design, constructed with the highest quality materials for both durability and ease of lever operation. Also deck-mounted, the Noken Neox is offered with a “Plus” aerator and a limited flow rate of 6.7 litres per minute at 3 bar to conserve water. The piece will add a touch of style and glamour to any bathroom suite, with its chrome finish being a particular eye-catcher. Hoses of 490mm are included to ease installation while the unit is also fitted with a 25mm ceramic cartridge.
Crosswater Zion 2 Hole Set Basin Mixer Tap With Backplate
The Crosswater Zion 2-Hole Set Basin Mixer Tap is a beautiful wall-mounted fixture for those seeking to go that bit further with contemporary design. A backplate is included to provide for a solid installation while the chrome finish is eye-catching and of the highest quality. Lever operation is smooth and effortless due to the high-quality design and materials selection, and the unit is offered with a 15-year guarantee against manufacturing defects. While it is suitable for high water pressure, it can also function on as low as 1 bar, making it even more versatile.