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Kitchen taps buying guide

Faucets are more than just a way to access water and have become a style statement in the home. From instant hot water to professional fittings, explore what will suit your space in this guide on choosing the best kitchen taps.

What are the different types of kitchen tap?


With a built-in filter that removes impurities, this style provides purified water in a convenient and eco-friendly way, saving on bottled water.

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Mono mixer

With a single lever to control both hot and cold water, this option can come with a swivel spout to direct the water – handy for washing big pans.

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Pull out

The spray feature makes rinsing vegetables and washing plates easier, while the professional look and function make them a popular choice for budding chefs.

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Available in pairs that are fitted separately, this type offers independent control over cold and hot water flow. This is great for utility rooms and boot rooms.

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What kitchen tap designs and finishes are available?


Probably the most up-to-date look of all, co-ordinate this stand-out tone with other black features in a room for a dramatic effect.

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Brass has a similar look to gold, giving it a timeless quality. It works well in luxe schemes for a premium feel or in heritage designs with metallic and aged features.

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The silver tone and highly-reflective finish of chrome is versatile and can be paired with many styles. It can also be used for a cohesive look with other fittings.

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With a rich tone, copper adds warmth to a scheme especially in pared-back spaces. It also looks at home in a nature-inspired theme or with industrious looks.

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White fittings can make a room feel bright and open making them a sound investment for areas that have little natural light or where space is limited.

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If a contemporary appearance is the goal, then muted brushed finishes are a great design feature for creating a subtle and engineered look.

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The high-sheen finish of polished fixtures are a popular choice among homeowners as they are easy to keep clean a style often found in professional kitchens.

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Subtle and refined, matt designs can be used to add textural variation to a space. It can also soften darker shades for a softer take on a statement tap design.

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What to consider when planning a kitchen tap?

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Water pressure

Your chosen tap needs to be compatible with the water pressure in your home. Gravity-fed systems have low pressure compared to combi boilers or unvented cylinders. Your builder is best placed to identify this.

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Water type

Water hardness varies across the UK and can have a big impact on food preparation. In hard water areas, a tap with a built-in filter can reduce limescale build-up, watermarks, and provide a better taste.

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Fitting requirements

Taking note of the pre-drilled holes in a sink is crucial for a hassle-free installation. Whilst the majority of faucets only need a single hole, pillar styles need two holes for fitting.

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Lifestyle needs

Your choice also depends on how the space is being used. For example, swan-necked fittings make filling large pans or bowls easier, while professional pull-out faucets make light work of cleaning up after cooking.


Tap into something more sophisticated

With a variety of designs to choose from, plus clever innovations to make light work of everyday tasks, you can find a tap that will be the talk of your kitchen.