The choice of bathroom taps can be a source of hesitation, as there are several factors involved: the style, the shape, the finishes, the dimensions, the positioning, the ease of use, the pre-existing hydraulic situation and, of course, also costs. Fortunately, the choices available are many and, with a little patience, you can find the solution that best suits our needs. First of all, you have to bear in mind that the taps are an accessory that can greatly influence the appearance of the bathroom, so it is appropriate to give due weight to the contribution that these elements can make to the design of this environment.
Speaking of bathroom taps, the focus is on the choice of taps for the sink, for the tub and the shower.
Regarding the sink, it is possible to choose between the countertop taps and the taps built into the wall, with or without a mixer, with a low or high spout. Depending on the type of washbasin (traditional washbasin, double sink or large sink), it may be necessary to install a double tap.
Let’s check out the main features of the various types of countertop taps. A type that is widely used in countertop taps is that of single lever taps. These models allow to control both the flow and the water temperature with one hand. All the models currently on the market are characterized by remarkable manageability.
Another option is the dual control taps. If you want to control the flow of hot and cold water separately, we can orient ourselves on a three-hole set. These mixers foresee the presence of two levers of a central spout. The single-hole mixers with two levers are also interesting; these taps have the hot and cold water levers fixed on both sides of the tap body.
As for the tap spout, this can be low or high. Lately, many orientate themselves on this type of tap that, besides being aesthetically pleasing, it increases the possibility of maneuvering in the area under the tap.
An interesting feature for the sink taps is that they can turn their spouts; the taps with this feature are very comfortable if you want to fill the sink to wash your face or your hair. In fact, these elements allow you to move the tap mouth sideways.
Another type of sink taps is the one with wall installation; the main models are two: the two-hole single-lever mixers and the three-hole set with two levers. Regarding this type of taps, it is important to bear in mind that the tap body must be recessed and, therefore, this aspect must be kept in mind at the time of design since the installation must take place before the wall is tiled. The spouts of these taps can be more or less long. The choice varies depending on the type of sink and personal tastes.
A mention also goes to the thermostatic mixers. These are taps that are used for showers, but which can also be installed for use with the tub or sink. These are taps equipped with a thermostat which the temperature can be regulated and maintained.
Taps for The Bath
As in the case of the taps for the sink, also with regard to the taps for the bath, the choice is quite wide. Yes, it can in fact opt for wall mounted taps or for taps to be placed on the tub itself; there are also particular solutions such as those involving the installation of taps on the floor. If you opt for this last solution it is appropriate to facilitate the work of the plumber (and also reduce costs) that the choice is made before the water system is built.
According to personal needs, the tap for the tub can have the sole function of filling the tub. Others may want to have the possibility to divert the water flow even to the shower when it is installed on the tub (bath/shower mixers) in a way that the user can alternate the water outlet between the bathtub tap and the shower. The bath/shower taps can be purchased in two solutions: by themselves and be prepared for the subsequent combination with the rod set, shower head or knob or with a predefined set of shower knob, wall support and flexible connection pipe.
On the other hand, the bathtub side tap provides for installation on the edge of the tub and on the tiles around it. It is obvious that the tap spout must protrude over the edge. There are versions with several holes and combine a faucet and a hand shower and, depending on the various types, two knobs or the single lever and the diverter to deliver the flow from the tap or from the hand shower.
The characteristics of the shower faucets are substantially those shown for the other types of tap used in the bathroom. Also, in this case, the choice is very wide, both regarding features and in terms of design. In general, you can choose between external or built-in faucets, both with a thermostat or with mixers or, again, with double hot and cold output.
Some tips for buying bathroom faucets
The first advice is regarding the purchase of the taps is to focus on a single collection so that all the elements are combined giving a sense of continuity to the overall design of the room.
Regarding style, obviously depends on personal tastes and the design of the room, but you must also think about the functionality. The available styles are many: colonial, cubist, modern etc. Some taps have flat spouts, while others have arched or extended them.
Also for the finishes, the proposals are varied: silver (both polished and satin), brass (both polished and satin), chrome plated to the coloured solutions.
When choosing the bathroom faucet, it is appropriate to take the functionality into account. From this point of view, the mixers are certainly more functional than traditional tap types. However, there are mixers that can be closed without losing the ideal temperature setting.