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Buying Guide for Basin Taps

Published on: 13/04/2018
Last Updated: 09/06/2022
Basin Mixer Taps Buying Guide

Basin Taps are an essential functional aspect of any bathroom and offer an opportunity to accentuate the style of the space. Whether upgrading to an entirely new bathroom space or replacing old features, it is essential to consider all the options open to you when selecting.

A basin mixer tap draws hot and cold water and mixes the two flows before dispensing it from the spout. The construction offers greater ease and accuracy when getting the temperature right, an important feature that can prevent uncomfortable temperatures or scalding. The same technology is also used in bath shower mixers, where it is possible to switch the flow from the spout to an incorporated shower hose with the move of a lever.

Basin mixers 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, avoiding any scalding mishaps, particularly for those with young children, making thermostatic mixers a more obvious choice. Many of these are available in the monobloc style, these are essentially single units with the levers attached to the waterspout. This monobloc style is suitable for basins where only a single hole is available for deck mounting the tap.

What to Consider?

The most crucial aspect of any tap you select must be efficient functionality. Over time, a sticky or poor-mixing block can impede the enjoyment of the bathroom space and lead to higher maintenance costs. Ideally, it would help if you tried out the tap in a showroom to get an idea of how it feels and performs. You can rely on brands such as Grohe, Crosswater, Hudson Reed, and Bristan for a quality tap. You can also read product reviews before making your purchase so that you do not end up buying a cheap quality product.

If you are upgrading your taps alone, it is important to make sure it matches the styling of your basin. If possible, try to select one from the same manufacturer. 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 need a classical design.

What are the Main Types of Basin Taps?

Standard Monobloc Basin Tap

Standard Mono Basin - Monobloc

This is the most common type of basin tap, and is usually mounted on the basin. It features a spout and one or two lever handles and needs a single hole for mounting. Simple yet effective construction gives them an edge over other taps as these can span the entire design gamut from swan neck to many others. Mono basin mixer taps are available in many designs and styles and are single or dual-lever models.

Single Lever Basin Mixers

Single Lever Basin Mixer Taps Brass Finish

A single-lever tap has one lever that controls the mix of hot and cold water, often by moving the lever from side to side. The same lever controls the flow rate by moving it forward and backwards.

Dual Lever Basin Mixers

Dual Lever Basin Mixers

This mixer features two levers or handles, one for hot and one for cold. They combine the water from each and direct it through a single spout.

Tall Basin Mixers

Tall Basin Mixers

This design features a tall mixer body and is one of the most popular choices for countertop basins. Its elongated spout allows more space between the spout and the basin, giving you more room for various washing purposes.

Wall-mounted Basin Mixers

Wall-mounted Basin Mixers

As the name suggests, the wall-mounted taps are installed on the wall and work well with inset basins or countertop basins that do not have a tap platform. Wall-mounted basin mixer taps can be more easily customised than the standard tap. Usually, such models feature a separate spout and control lever mounted next to each other. However, this may vary in different scenarios.

What are Waterfall Basin Taps?

Waterfall Basin Taps

This is a mixer where the spout has a unique, flat-open design through which water cascades out. The flow of water mimics that of a waterfall and, therefore, is suitably called a waterfall tap. These beauties come in many widths and sizes and can be floor-mounted, deck-mounted, or wall-mounted, as the design demands.

If you have luxurious, contemporary bathroom decor, Waterfall taps are an ideal fit. In some design themes, these models may also blend well in a traditional setup. This beauty at the deck will garner compliments from guests and family alike. Meticulous attention has been given to the construction and functionality, with attractive finishes for a fantastic visual. Designed for a high contrast effect with Basins or Wall tiles, these Waterfall taps have quickly garnered popularity with homeowners, interior designers, and builders alike. Every brand now offers this type in their collections. When you want to upgrade your brassware, consider this option; they look incredibly stunning when paired with designer basins.

Our Top Picks

Bristan brings you this waterfall spout with a stunning chrome finish. This inspiration piece is all about excellence and efficiency coupled with the right aesthetics. Perfectly complementing a contemporary basin, the highlight of the Descent Wall Mounted Chrome Basin Mixer Tap is its waterfall spout that gives a gushing flow of water for a sense of luxury. Manufactured from brass, it will provide the perfect finishing touch to any modern bathroom decor.

Designer's Dream

Vado Synergie Taps

This cascading wonder from Vado is a smashing hit in the Basin Mixer Tap category. Brought to you in its Synergie series, it boasts an exquisite format that is a designer's dream. The gushing water adds to its impressive personality, while the chrome finish impresses further. This waterfall tap from Vado is a must-have, wall-mounted in all its glory.

Zen Inspired

Abode Modo Taps

The Zen-inspired and relaxed approach of the waterfall tap from Abode brings an instant appeal. This brassware will proudly adorn the basin area offering exquisite style and utility. A wonderful alternative to expensive premium taps, it takes up the functional and aesthetic factor by many notches. Savour the feel of water gushing through like a waterfall inside your bathroom, and enjoy the unusual feeling.

The Hands-Free Taps

After the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has learned some valuable lessons about personal hygiene in public and at home. Hands-free taps are a top trend and will be the go-to choice shortly.

The hands-free or Sensor/Automatic tap offers several advantages over fixtures that require physical contact. Since dirty hands never actually touch the faucet, there is less chance of leaving a mess. Children, in particular, are fascinated with the "magic" operation, which could inspire them to adopt better personal hygiene habits.

This fixture is ideal for commercial use, particularly in food service facilities or other environments where proper sanitation discipline is essential. After all, what good is washing one's hands if, once you are finished, turning the water off requires that you touch the identical handle that you – and everyone before you – contaminated when you turned it on?

Physically touching the handle on a fixture not only adds to the effort required for proper cleaning but can also contribute to an unclean environment. This may require additional effort from custodial employees, which can quickly add enough to your janitorial expenses to offset the additional cost of the fixture. Also, that extra cost accumulates indefinitely, as opposed to the one-time modest premium on the price of the fixture itself.

If you are concerned about maintaining a modern design theme throughout your home or business, few elements are capable of expressing that theme as effectively as these well-designed, state-of-the-art fixtures. Our range of sensor taps offers everything from clean, minimalist lines to the latest in industry tech to be unsurpassed in the marketplace.

Sarabeth Asaff

Sarabeth Asaff
Sarabeth Asaff is a former kitchen and bathroom designer who now works as a home and garden industry writer and expert. She has a working knowledge of all areas of the home improvement industry, and specialises in functional design and material advice.