by Vivian Garzon

How to Choose the Right Mixer or Tap for Your Home (2024)

Discover the essential guide to selecting the right mixer tap for your kitchen or bathroom in our latest blog.
How to Choose the Right Mixer or Tap for Your Home (2024)

Choosing the right mixer or tap for your home can be a game-changer for your daily routines and the overall look of your bathroom or kitchen.

With countless styles, functions, and tapware finishes available, it might feel overwhelming to find the perfect match for your space.

But don't worry, we're here to guide you through the process! In this article, we'll explore key factors to consider, from design and functionality to the latest trends and technologies.

Whether you're renovating, building, or simply looking to update your current setup, our tips will help ensure you select a mixer or tap that not only looks great but also meets your household's needs and preferences.

The Different Types of Mixers & Taps 

When it comes to tapware, you'll hear a lot of different terminology thrown around, including: faucet, tap and mixer. So, what's the difference? 

  • Faucet: This is mainly an American term for the part of a sink or bath where water comes out. There are many types, from basic ones that just give hot or cold water, to more advanced ones that mix temperatures.
  • Tap: This is what people in the UK and Australia usually call it. It's the fixture you turn to let water flow from a sink, bath, or outside hose. Taps can be simple, just turning water on or off, or they can mix hot and cold water.
  • Mixer: A mixer is a type of tap that mixes hot and cold water together before it comes out, making it easier to get the right temperature. Mixers can have one lever (for both temperature and flow) or two levers (one for hot and one for cold).

Alright, let's get into the different mixers and taps.

Pull Out/Pull Down Sink Mixer

A pull-down or pull-out sink mixer is a brilliant addition to any kitchen. This type of tap brings functionality and convenience right to your fingertips, simplifying kitchen tasks and making your daily routine more efficient. Here's why we love it:

One-Handed Water Control: A pull-out spray allows you to control the water flow with one hand while the other can continue scrubbing or holding a dish. This single-handed operation is a real time-saver and reduces the hassle during busy kitchen hours.

Effortless Vegetable Rinsing: The pull-out tap comes with a dispenser that offers a wide spray, making it incredibly easy to rinse off your vegetables and fruits. No more awkwardly trying to fit them under a fixed tap – simply pull out the spray head, direct the water exactly where you need it, and get your greens cleaned with ease. 

Simplifying Pot and Tray Washing: Dealing with large pots and trays can be a struggle, especially when trying to remove stubborn grease. With a pull-out mixer tap, you can say goodbye to the awkward dances with your cookware in the sink. It’s basically a handheld shower for your pots and pans, allowing you to target the water right where it's needed, cutting down on cleaning time significantly.

Gooseneck Sink Mixer

The gooseneck mixer stands out with its high, arching design, bringing an elegant and classic feel to any kitchen setup. This type of mixer is especially handy when it comes to cleaning and filling large pots and pans, thanks to its elevated spout. The additional height and reach make it easier to manage bigger items, reducing splashes and making your kitchen tasks smoother.

Square Spout Mixer 

Square mixers offer a modern twist with their sharp lines and angular appearance. They fit perfectly in contemporary kitchens, enhancing the overall look with their minimalist style. Not just about looks, square mixers are designed for ease of use and maintenance, featuring straightforward controls and simple surfaces for quick cleaning. They represent a blend of modern design and practical functionality, ideal for those looking to update their kitchen's aesthetic.

What About a Swivel Spout?

A swivel spout is a part of your kitchen tap that releases water and can move from left to right. This feature is great because it lets you move the water flow around the sink, making it easier to clean dishes or fill pots. It's a helpful feature in any kitchen tap. Unlike fixed spouts, which don't move and are often found in bathrooms or laundries, swivel spouts make kitchen tasks much more manageable by letting you direct water where you need it.

Single Lever vs Double Lever

Single Lever Taps

Single lever taps combine hot and cold water controls into one handle. This design makes it easier and quicker to adjust the water's temperature and flow, all from one spot. They're becoming more popular because they're simple to use, take up less space, and give a modern look to your sink. They're also generally easier to install. However, they might start leaking quicker than double lever taps.

Double Lever Taps

Double lever taps have two separate handles, one for hot water and one for cold water. This setup lets you control the temperature by adjusting each handle. They used to be more common when mixers were pricier, but they're making a comeback with newer, sleeker designs. While they take up more space and might take a bit longer to get the right temperature, some people still prefer the classic style and precise control they offer.

Should You Choose a Coloured Mixer Tap?

Have you noticed the trend of coloured taps such as matte black, copper, gunmetal, and rose gold sweeping through Australian showrooms? It's not just taps; this trend extends to bathroom accessories like towel rails, toilet roll holders, and shower heads, adding a touch of modern elegance to any space.

However, choosing a coloured tap comes with considerations. In the past, coloured kitchen and bathroom accessories were prone to scratching and wear, mainly due to the powder coating and electroplating methods used. This meant that over time, these items could start to look old and worn.

Thankfully, advancements in technology have brought us Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), a cutting-edge technique that applies a coloured finish on metal more durably.

Brands like Nero, Castano, Buildmat, Blanco, Abey, and Franke are adopting PVD for their premium products, ensuring that your stylish taps maintain their appearance for longer.

If you're thinking about adding a splash of colour to your kitchen or bathroom, modern PVD-coated taps might be the perfect choice for maintaining both style and durability.

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Do all mixer taps fit all sinks?

Not all mixer taps fit all sinks. The compatibility depends on the number of holes in your sink and the size specifications of the mixer tap. Most sinks come with pre-drilled holes, so you'll need to choose a tap that matches these dimensions. It's important to measure the size and distance between the holes before purchasing a mixer tap to ensure a proper fit.

Do you need a plumber to install a mixer tap?

While some people might feel comfortable installing a mixer tap themselves, hiring a plumber is generally recommended, especially if you're not familiar with plumbing tasks. A plumber can ensure that the tap is fitted correctly, preventing leaks and other issues. Plus, they can handle any unexpected problems that might arise during installation.

What is the difference between cheap and expensive taps?

The main differences between cheap and expensive taps often lie in the materials, design, functionality, and durability. Expensive taps are usually made from higher quality materials, offer better water efficiency, and come with longer warranties. They may also feature more sophisticated designs and finishes. Cheap taps, on the other hand, might not last as long and could require more frequent replacements or repairs. When choosing between taps, consider how often you'll use them and whether investing in a more expensive option might save money and hassle in the long run.

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