Taps Buying Guide
If you’re looking to create your dream bathroom, choosing the rights taps can be an important decision. Taps are an area that can be easily overlooked compared to the rest of your bathroom design but, as the saying goes, ‘the devil is in the detail’ - so make sure you pick the right fittings to complete your look. Regardless of your style, whether it’s contemporary or traditional, we have a huge range of taps to choose from. Don’t worry if you don’t know your basin mixers from your countertop basins - we have all the information you’ll need to make the right decision.
Will the water pressure in my home affect my taps?
Before you start looking for the perfect bathroom taps to finish your bathroom, one question must be answered - what level of water pressure do I have at home?
If this check isn’t carried out at the start of the process, there is a risk of installing a new tap, only to find it lacks the power you are hoping for – which is not ideal!
How to check your water pressure
You'll probably need a qualified plumber to test your system to establish the precise pressure of your home system. However, you can get an estimate number by simply using a measuring jug (1-2 litres) and a timer. Just follow the simple steps below:
1) Place the measuring jug under the tap or shower you wish to measure and turn the water on full.
2) Start the timer
3) Now enter the time and amount of water into this helpful calculator from our friends at waterpressureproblems.com. This will then produce a result which indicates whether your water pressure is low or normal/above average.
What types of taps are available?
We have a huge range of tap designs available, whether that’s for your basin, your bath - or both! Ideally, you’ll already know the aesthetic of your bathroom so you’ll be looking for taps that complement either a contemporary or traditional design.
Basin Mixer Taps are most commonly associated with contemporary style bathrooms. A mixer tap combines hot and cold water in the body of the tap and allows you to swivel or turn to the desired temperature. You will only need one hole in your basin or surface. These types of taps are extremely popular and you’ll find a wide range of stylish designs available.
If you’re working with a small space, you’ll want functional taps that won’t take up too much room. A cloakroom tap is a refined tap design that is ideal for smaller bathrooms. You can find cloakroom taps in waterfall designs which allows water to cascade from your tap. They are also available as mixer taps, where the hot and cold water exists through a shared, single spout.
Fancy having a nose at our selection of clever, space-saving cloakroom taps? Just click here.
Wall-Mounted taps will deliver a minimalist feel in terms of design as it leaves the space around your basin looking less cluttered. As no pipework is visible, it’s perfect for a contemporary interior. These type of taps require a little more DIY know-how to install (we always recommend a professional!) but the result can instantly transform your bathroom by turning your taps into a focal point. If they’ve taken your fancy, have a browse here.
Bring your traditional bathroom scheme to life with a set of individual hot and cold pillar taps. As well as providing a vintage, timeless appeal to your décor, this style of taps have the added benefit of longevity and can work with low pressure water systems (gravity-fed). You can browse our hot and cold pillar taps, here.
Bath mixer taps are a simple yet effective way to update your bathroom décor. They allow both and hot and cold water to mix which allows you to be more accurate with the temperature of your bath. Mixer taps can also double-up as a great space saver, particularly if you have a shower or bath enclosure. As the name suggests, mixer taps mix both hot and cold water, which is a great preventative measure against scalding and keeps the whole family safe. Our stylish selection of mixer taps is right over here!
If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a luxurious personal spa, then a waterfall tap is just what you’re looking for. The open spout tap creates a cascading water effect which fits beautifully into contemporary bathroom designs. You can find our stunning range of waterfall taps, here.
With their sleek design appeal, countertop basin taps are a great statement piece. Located on the outside of the basin, these type of taps work especially well when located over large basins as their additional height gives them a slender, attractive profile. If you’re working in a small space, countertop basin designs can also be a good space saving solution as you can integrate the tap on top of a bathroom cabinet. You can have a look at our extensive, quality range of countertop basin taps, here.
Perfect for a traditional design, they offer a timeless appeal and are a wonderful addition to a vintage-inspired bathroom. The most notable features of traditional taps, particularly basin taps, is that they often come as two separate pillars with each tap running either hot or cold water. At soak.com, you’ll find many different designs available, from the classic star-shaped handles to more elongated, refined designs. You can view our range of traditional taps, here.
Sleek, contemporary and luxurious, freestanding taps can be a stunning accompaniment to any bathroom scheme. As the name suggests, the tap stands separate to the bath and provides a decadent addition to your room. Create the ultimate boutique hotel look with our range of freestanding taps.
What materials are available?
At soak.com, you’ll find that all of our taps are built to last. After all, it’s likely you won’t replace them for a while and they need to be tough enough to withstand constant twists and turns day-in, day-out. That’s why all of our taps are made from durable solid brass. Our taps also feature ceramic disc technology which prevents wear and tear and unnecessary dripping.
All of our taps are either finished with 40 microns of chrome providing you with that dazzling mirror finish. If that doesn’t take your fancy, we also have a gorgeous brush steel effect, creating a bathroom interior with a distinctive look.
Do my taps come with everything I need for installation?
As soon as your tap arrives, you’ll find all the fixtures and fittings needed to install your tap included. However, our advice is always to hire a professional!
We’ve tried to make this guide as helpful as possible but we know that sometimes, words can just look like gobbledygook! Here’s a little jargon buster to break down some terms you may have wanted to revisit.
Monobloc taps contain a single spout in which the water mixes which can be controlled by one or two handles. These type of taps are deck mounted so you can attach them to your basin or bath by drilling holes. Monobloc taps are a popular choice for baths as they are easier to install than wall-mounted or freestanding taps and you have a more accurate control on your hot or cold flow rate.
Deck mounted taps refers to the way in which a tap is attached to a basin or surface through a drilled hole. Many of our basins come with a pre-drilled hole to make installation easier for you but we also have basins without drilled holes. This is to give you more freedom on where you’d like your tap to be placed.
Shop our range of bathroom taps.
And that’s all folks! Now you’ve topped up your knowledge, you can delve into our gorgeous range of taps and pick the perfect type for you. Just tap on the links below…