What is a flick mixer tap?

What is a flick mixer tap?

Kitchen and Laundry Sink Mixers

Kitchen mixers are easy to use and allow you to control the temperature and flow of the water. The reason why they call it a mixer is because there is one handle and you adjust the temperature you prefer, and the mixer will mix the hot water and cold water for you instead of you having to adjust the hot and cold water separately.

What is a flick mixer tap?

A flick mixer tap is a plumbing device that is used for residential and commercial sinks, in the kitchen, laundry and maybe sometimes even in the bathroom. It has been replaced in modern homes by many different models of taps because they are less functional and look slightly dated.

They were commonly used in households, running water through a flick of the wrist, hence the name flick mixer tap. You can sustain a flick for as long as you want, which means that you also have complete control over how much water will be flowed and what temperature it will flow at.

Flick mixer taps are no longer preferred because they allow less space to operate within. The rise of the flick mixer usually is about 5cm whereas these days people prefer more space and are looking at gooseneck mixers that are generally 15cm or more above the benchtop.

 

Why would you choose a flick mixer over a goose neck mixer?

BUDGET BUDGET BUDGET! Flick mixer taps are mass produced with very little effort now because they have been around in the market for so long. These days you could go to Bunnings or a specialised plumbing store like Tradelink and find a flick mixer for as little as $32!

Second reason is height, sometimes people are worried about how high their mixers are, possibly because they don't want to see it above a window or bench. Modern mixers are generally a lot higher than a flick mixer, so if you're limited by height then maybe this is a better option.

The flick mixer still gives you the ability to flick from side to side, without any obstructions. This is a very large advantage that many people find useful when they are using it on a daily basis. As Gooseneck mixers have a more sensitive waterflow and take a while to get used to.

Flick mixer taps comes as standard in a lot of older houses, however there is no real reason why someone shouldn't be changing over to a modern mixer.

Should I upgrade my flick mixer taps?

The answer would almost always be YES! It's the easiest way to give your kitchen, laundry or bathroom a modern touch by changing the flick mixer tap to higher end designs such as goosenecks, the installation is generally easy and if you've got a few of them lined up a registered plumber would be able to easily swap them over all at once a for a reasonable packaged price.

What is a popular colour for tapware?

Tapware traditionally was chrome plated brass, these days there are a variety of mixers to choose from such as

Gunmetal Mixers

Brass Gold Mixers

Chrome Mixers

Copper Mixers

Should I upgrade my mixer myself?

No, you should not upgrade your mixer yourself, you should always use a registered plumber. The reason is to keep your warranty of your plumbing products, but if you've decided you're not concerned bout the product warranty and you'd prefer to DIY then feel free to because most of the time it is an easy swap.

Just be aware though you will void your warranty, as well as you run the risk of not doing it correctly, and if something bad or major was to happen your home insurances would generally not cover you if you don't have a registered plumber to do your plumbing work.

What else should I look out for?

  • Know what you are doing before attempting to fix your flick mixer tap
  • If you're unsure about installation, always hire a registered plumber as they will also protect the warranty
  • Always be mindful of which type of system you have. A flick mixer is usually lower than modern mixers and could cause problems if it can't reach or get in front of a window
  • If you're wanting special features like a pull out mixer
  • Choose a colour or style that will suit your rooms theme and designs.
  • Check that the mixer has Australian watermark and the WELS star rating to ensure that it meets Australian Standards

Check out our modern range of Kitchen mixer taps here.