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The New Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Taps

If there’s one thing in the bathroom that doesn’t get the credit it deserves, it’s the humble tap. Yes, those unassuming yet practical objects that we all use every day in the bathroom, kitchen, and elsewhere. If you’ve always regarded taps as more of a utilitarian choice for the bathroom than a luxurious one, we’d like to introduce you to the world of modern taps – especially if you’re a new buyer. Welcome to The Whirlpool Bath Shop’s guide to choosing the perfect bathroom taps in 2017.

Step 1: Consider your tap placement 

Before you dive into the details of your new bathroom taps, it’s essential that you finalise the placement of your bathroom taps. You may be looking for taps for your whirlpool bath, your wash basin – or even your kitchen sink! Whatever the case, you’ll need to double-check the location and number of your tap holes. Simply put, if you have just one tap hole, you’ll need to look for a single mixer tap; or, if you have two or three tap holes, you should look into the split hot-and-cold design taps.

Step 2: Get informed about your water pressure

Water pressure isn’t exactly the most exciting topic of conversation, but if you want the taps that’ll last in your bathroom, you’ll need to look into it. The reason is simple: not all taps are created equal, and some require a certain level of water pressure in order to operate correctly. Take the Moods Ricco Basin Mixer, for example; this tap requires at least 0.5 bars of pressure to operate optimally. To be certain you’ve chosen the right taps before you make your final choice, you’ll need to get the facts about your home’s water pressure.

Step 3: It’s time to choose your style!

Okay, so you know whether you need a mixer tap or a split design, and you’ve checked your bathroom water pressure – all you need to do now is choose! Simple, right? Well, yes and no. As you can see from our collection of taps, there is quite a bit of choice out there. From traditional chrome designs to the clean lines of contemporary bathroom options, it can all be a bit overwhelming. One great tip is to match your tap choice to the existing elements in your bathroom. For example, if your other fixtures and fittings are finished in silver chrome with clean, square lines, well, there are plenty of bathroom taps that fit that description perfectly (and lots that don’t!).  

Step 4: Plan out your bathroom tap installation

It’s always tempting to go the DIY route when it comes to home improvements, but this isn’t always the most prudent course of action. If you’ve installed bathroom taps before and you’re comfortable with the process, then please feel free! But if you’re a complete newbie at bathroom tap installation, it’s a very good idea to consult a professional before trying to install your new taps. Don’t forget that the job can include quite a lot of technical work with water pipes and so on, so going in blind can be a risk. And you wouldn’t want to ruin those beautiful new taps, would you? Of course not.

Whether this is your first foray into modern taps, or you simply want to invest in the latest and greatest, you can find our ever-growing selection of modern taps in our online bath shop. If you have any questions about installation (or anything else), call us today on 0800 028 6174.


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