CHOOSING TAPWARE FOR YOUR HOME

Tips for buying tapware

Choosing tapware for your home requires consideration of budget, taste, and functionality.

As taps have daily repeated use, we recommend spending time to consider which are best suited for you, and investing in quality tapware that will meet the needs of your household for years to come.

While it may be tempting to choose matching tapware sets for use your home, those that suit your bathroom may be out of place in the kitchen, due to their different functionality needs.

Choose the right taps for your home
Mixer taps for kitchen and bathrooms

Kitchen Mixer Taps

One of the most popular types of tapware in the Australian kitchen is the mixer tap. These usually have a single handle and a single spout, with hot water mixed into the tap body, and water flow and temperature controlled by the handle.

 
Mixer taps avoid the need for separate spouts for hot and cold water, most commonly seen in older style taps. This can help reduce the likelihood of scalding.

 
Another benefit of mixer taps is that their single-handle lever style requires minimal contact to control the flow.

Shower Mixers

Shower mixers are a popular choice in modern bathrooms due to their sleek style and ease of use. It is easy to get really fine control of the water pressure and temperature.

 
A shower diverter mixer can be used when you are showering over a bath. A diverter directs water between the bath filler and the shower fitting.

 
Another popular option is a shower set that features two taps on the wall of the shower cubicle, with a shower head above. Available in a range of styles and finishes to suit either contemporary or traditional style homes.

Shower mixer with diverter

Shower Mixer with diverter

Also available without diverter.

Basin Taps

Basin tapware comes in a range of tap and spout styles.

 

Most common is the basin mixer but there are also a great range of separate taps and spouts available.

Basin Spouts

Whether for use in a bath, bathroom or laundry sink, basin tapware comes in a range of tap and spout styles.

While laundry basins taps are often basic in their styling, bathroom basin taps provide an opportunity to bring sophistication to an area that is frequently used by household members and guests alike.

  • Modern look
  • Single lever-easy to operate
  • Also available in various finishes
Jingle wall basin set

Bath Taps and Mixers

Whether for use in a bath, bathroom or laundry sink, basin tapware comes in a range of tap and spout styles.

While laundry basins taps are often basic in their styling, bathroom basin taps provide an opportunity to bring sophistication to an area that is frequently used by household members and guests alike.

3 Piece Tapware

Brodware Classique Bath Set

With 2 taps

Hot and cold separate control

Bath Spout with Mixer

Modern look

Single lever water control

Laundry Taps

While laundry taps are often basic in their styling, they still have an important function in your home.

 

Think about what you will be using your laundry tap for & it will help you decide whether to go for a standard mixer or one with a gooseneck or pullout spray.

 

Again there are many styles available.

Additional Choice Considerations

Water Pressure

The water pressure in your home determines the flow of water from your taps, and it’s important to take this into account when considering your choice of tapware.  If you have a gravity-fed water system, it will be low pressure. Other less common systems may also be low pressure, so it is important to investigate further if you are unsure how your pressure is affected.

While a high pressure system allows you to choose from the full range of available tapware, taps suited to high pressure will not work satisfactorily with low water pressure. The result will be an extremely weak flow, sometimes too weak for the tap to supply water.

The best tapware for low pressure systems are taps designed to operate for this purpose, to ensure a steady flow of water.

Choosing a finish

Taps come in a wide range of materials and finishes, from chrome, stainless steel, gold, nickel and brass, and each of these can make a surprising difference to your home.

 
Chrome tap finishes are popular and come in a range of styles to suit most kitchens and bathrooms.

 
Once you have narrowed down the most suitable tapware for your needs, browse our wide range or let our experts help you decide on the right taps to match your taste and budget.

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