Choosing a kitchen tap can be a difficult decision when there are hundreds of designs on the market. We thought we would do the leg work for you and create this easy guide to help you through the first steps in choosing your kitchen tap!
The first step to choosing your tap is knowing what water pressure your home has. These fall under the 3 categories below:
Low Pressure or Gravity Fed System
This type of system will have a separate hot water and cold-water tank. The cold-water tank will be located in the loft and the hot water cylinder elsewhere. If your home has this type of water pressure, then you must buy a tap that is designed to work specifically with a low pressure system, or it will not work efficiently.
High Pressure Vented System
A high pressure vented system means that your home will have a combination boiler, with no hot or cold-water tank. Combi boilers are often, but not always located in kitchens. This type of system allows you to use any type of tap.
High Pressure Unvented System
A high pressure unvented system has a hot water tank in an airing cupboard but no cold-water tank. Most taps will work with an unvented system but make sure to double check!
Now that you’ve identified your home’s water pressure, the next step is to choose which type of tap is the most suitable for your kitchen. The most common kitchen sink taps fall under three categories:
These are supplied as a pair with two separate spouts. One is for controlling the hot water and one is for controlling the cold. This type of tap is great for those on a budget as it tends to be the cheapest to buy and install.
Monobloc Mixer Taps
These types of taps can have either one or two levers or handles. This type of type only needs one hole as the handle(s) is attached directly to the spout. They are easy to use and single handle taps are great for controlling both the temperature and flow of the water at the same time.
Deck Mixer Taps
This tap has two separate tap holes for the hot and cold-water handles. It is similar to pillar taps, except that it has one single spout. Deck mixer taps mostly feature a swivel spout. They are very versatile and come in both modern and traditional designs, so are great for just about any kitchen style.
We recommend Franke, Blanco and Perrin & Rowe to our clients who need help choosing a tap. They produce a range of well designed taps and are high quality and built to last. Perrin & Rowe are a good source for traditional looking taps and look fantastic in older homes with traditional features. They also work nicely with Belfast sinks (see our sink advice post for more details).
Choosing a kitchen tap can be a daunting task but we hope this guide has helped you narrow down some options. Remember to consider how the tap will look when together with all the other finishes of the kitchen, to create a more holistic kitchen design. Most importantly, choose one that best fits your new kitchen style and budget.
For more advice on planning kitchens, have a look through our Advice Centre.