Choosing a kitchen tap can be a difficult decision when there are hundreds of designs on the market. You want a tap that will work with the rest of your kitchen and compliment the other finishes throughout the space. 

Do you make a statement with a brass tap, or keep it classic in stainless steel? The tap market now has so many options for your new kitchen. You can now buy a tap in almost any colour, so the possibilities for your kitchen design are endless.

As a starting point, we generally recommend looking for a mid-range product rather than the cheapest, as they tend to last much longer. It is important to always look for a product that comes with a guarantee, as this proves that the manufacturer is confident in their product and is prepared to back it for a certain time period.

With so many taps on the market, it’s hard to know where to begin. 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 three categories below:

Low-Pressure 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:

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.

Pillar Taps

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.

Deck Mixer Taps

This tap has two separate tap holes for the hot and cold-water handles. It is similar to a pillar tap, except that it has one single spout rather than two. 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 that 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. 

Boiling water taps

Boiling water taps are another product that is becoming increasingly popular in modern kitchen design. They look exactly like normal taps except they can instantly dispense boiling water – so no more waiting around for your kettle to boil! Click on the link below for more advice on boiling water taps.

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.

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