Types of Taps
Find the Perfect Match for Your Kitchen and Bathroom
When it comes to sprucing up your home, it's often the small touches that make the biggest impact.
In your kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms, that small touch is tapware.
Taps are the cornerstone of many daily routines, so function and efficiency are important.
But practical pieces don't have to be boring! Tapware design has come a long way, with different styles, finishes, and shapes now available.
Choosing the right taps is a balance of beauty and function. We understand that here at Amber, so we offer a diverse range of taps to suit any style and need.
Let's find out how you can go about choosing the best types of taps from Amber for your home.
The Basics of Tapware
While tapware's main job is controlling the flow and temperature of water in your home, it can also play a part in water efficiency.
Taps today are designed to reduce water wastage, helping you save on your water bills and do your bit for the environment. Look for taps with a high WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) rating- they're your best bet for effective water conservation.
Design-wise, taps can play a part in the styling of your home. Designs range from sleek and modern to classic, vintage, and retro.
When choosing tapware, remember these three points: your taps should work well, save water, and reflect your personal style.
Innovative Tap Features
Water-saving taps can have built-in aerators that mix air with water at the spout, creating a full stream while reducing overall water usage.
Similar to aerators are flow restrictors that limit the amount of water flowing through the tap. They're either built into the tap or installed in the water line leading to the tap.
Then, there are dual-flow taps. With a lower flow rate for regular use and a higher one for tasks requiring more water, you can control your water use depending on your needs.
The benefits of water-saving taps are clear- lower water bills and a more eco-friendly home.
Thermostatic taps maintain your water at a consistent temperature, regardless of changes in the water supply. This means no more sudden hot or cold surprises in the shower! They're especially great for families with young kids, providing peace of mind that the water won't suddenly become too hot.
These taps also save water and energy, as you're not constantly adjusting the temperature.
While originally found in public bathrooms, hands-free taps are becoming increasingly popular in homes. They have sensors that detect hand movements to turn the water on and off automatically.
These taps save water by preventing it from running unnecessarily and also help minimise the spread of germs.
These taps incorporate LED lighting to indicate water temperature or simply for aesthetic purposes. The LEDs might change colour depending on the temperature of the water- typically blue for cold, green for warm, and red for hot.
Kitchen Tapware Essentials
Now, let's break down different types of taps for kitchens. As well as the hand-free taps we just discussed, there are several other popular options.
Mixer taps have a single spout and a lever or knob that controls both the hot and cold water flow, allowing you to adjust the temperature easily.
As well as being easy to use, mixer taps are streamlined in design and durable.
Pillar taps are individual hot and cold water taps. They’re a classic choice for traditional or retro-style homes.
Although they may not offer the same convenience as mixer taps, pillar taps are hardy and easy to maintain.
These taps have a retractable spray hose that pulls out from the main body of the tap. This feature allows you to easily rinse dishes, fill pots, and reach areas of the sink that are difficult to access.
Pull-out taps are ideal for busy households and those who love to cook. They come in various styles and finishes, making it easy to find one that matches your kitchen decor.
Filter taps come with an integrated water filter that removes impurities, providing clean and safe drinking water directly from the tap.
They're available in different styles and finishes, so you don't have to compromise on style while prioritising health.
Bathroom Tapware Essentials
Now, onto bathroom tapware.
- Basin taps: Options include single mixer taps, where one lever controls hot and cold water, or the traditional separate hot and cold pillar taps. Basin mixers are ideal for saving space and providing a clean, modern look. For a bit of sophistication and extra bench space, consider wall-mounted taps.
- Shower taps: A single-lever wall mixer makes adjusting water temperature and flow super simple. Consider a thermostatic mixer tap to keep your shower temperature right, avoiding cold shocks.
- Bath taps: Choices range from the classic separate hot and cold taps to the more versatile bath/shower mixers. For something that stands out and screams luxury, a floor-mounted tap over a freestanding bath is perfect.
Tap Materials and Finishes
Once you’ve chosen your tap type, it’s time to think about materials and finishes.
Taps are commonly made of stainless steel or brass.
Stainless steel is durable, rust-resistant, easy to clean, and often more affordable. It suits sleek and contemporary-style spaces. A downside of stainless steel taps is that they can show water spots or fingerprints more easily, requiring regular cleaning to maintain their shine.
Brass is known for its durability, corrosion resistance, and timeless look. But keep in mind that it tends to be more expensive and requires regular polishing to prevent tarnishing.
When it comes to tap finishes applied over brass or stainless steel, there are tonnes to choose from! Let’s go over their pros and cons.
- Offers a clean, minimalistic look.
- Limited Availability, depending on your location and preferences, you may find that there's a more limited selection of white matte tapware compared to other finishes.
- Gives a contemporary, industrial feel. Hides water spots and fingerprints well.
- May not match all interior styles.
- Trending and modern. Makes a statement against lighter backgrounds.
- Requires careful cleaning as it can show water spots.
- A warm, slightly golden hue. It's durable and easy to clean.
- While brushed nickel tapware is less prone to showing water spots compared to polished finishes, it may still show some spots if not dried properly after each use.
- A highly reflective, mirror-like finish. It's usually more affordable and easy to match with other fixtures.
- Can show scratches and water spots more easily. May require frequent cleaning to maintain its appearance.
- A rustic, warm appearance.
- Can date quickly and look old.
- Adds a luxurious, high-end look to a space.
- While gold finish tapware has enjoyed periods of popularity, it may also be subject to changing design trends.
- Offers a warm, vintage-looking aesthetic.
- May not blend well with all interior designs.
Each material and finish offers its unique style and practical considerations. Your choice will depend on your budget and design and maintenance preferences.
FAQs About Types of Taps
What Are the Different Types of Taps?
- Pillar taps: Two separate taps for hot and cold water.
- Mixer taps: Combine hot and cold water into one stream, controlled by a single lever.
- Wall-mounted taps: Installed directly onto the wall.
- Deck-mounted taps: Mounted on the surface of a sink, bath, or countertop.
- Floor-mounted taps: Stand-alone taps rising from the floor, typically used with freestanding baths.
- Thermostatic taps: Maintain water at a consistent temperature.
- Pull-out taps: A spray head pulls out for easier dish and sink cleaning.
What Makes a Good Tap?
A good tap should
- Be made of high-quality, corrosion-resistant materials like brass or stainless steel.
- Have a smooth and reliable mechanism for controlling water flow and temperature.
- Come in a finish that complements the style of your kitchen, laundry, or bathroom.
- Possess water efficiency features like aerators or flow restrictors.
- Be easy to install and maintain.
What's the Inside of a Tap Called?
The inside of a tap is called the "valve". This mechanism is responsible for controlling the water's flow and temperature. Depending on the tap's design, valves can be ceramic discs, metal or plastic balls, or rubber washers.
Seal the Deal on Your Tapware Today
The right tap for your kitchen, laundry, or bathroom should drip style and gush practicality.
For high-quality taps in a range of setups, styles, and colours, Amber has the answer.
Explore our tapware products online, then visit a showroom near you to see the range in person. It's a good idea to book a design consultation with a member of the Amber team in advance for expert advice and guidance.
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