kitchen taps can add the finishing touch you need to complete your sink and turn it into an area you will be happy, well at least not too distraught, to use. People spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink, so it makes sense to spend money on fittings that get a lot of use and the tap is certainly qualifies. Our diverse selection offers you both single and two tap-hole options to suit your sink design; along with a wide variety of finishes to match the decor of your kitchen. Whether you’re after a pull out spray tap, a long-spouted mixer or something entirely different, Plumbworld has a comprehensive range of high quality affordable taps to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.
Thinking that one type of kitchen tap is pretty much the same as the next is a reasonable mistake to make. Most of us aren't plumbers, and most of us don't spend our days considering the features and benefits of different types of taps. However, if you're thinking about replacing the taps in your kitchen, or are installing a new sink and are facing a dilemma about which taps to buy, here are some pointers to get you started.
If you're replacing taps in an existing sink, your decision about which taps to choose is going to be constrained by what you have already as your replacement taps are going to have to fit in the same holes. Similarly, when buying a new sink unit, you might have to rule out certain types of taps as they will not fit. If you have a free choice, your main decision is between having two separate taps, or one tap which mixes the water. While some people prefer two handle operation to mix hot and cold separately, many prefer the approach of a single lever for operation. The minimalist look of a single lever lends itself well to kitchens that are slightly more modern, and it’s also one less moving part to go wrong in comparison to twin handles. Obviously, it’s a design preference unless you find one easier to use than the other, then you should opt for simplicity due to the amount of time spent at the kitchen sink. Mixer taps allow you to more closely regulate the water temperature coming out of the tap and are usually a more convenient choice than having two separate taps.
You also have a few options when it comes to how you are going to switch your taps on and off. The traditional twist mechanism works fine, but levers can be a better option if you often find yourself struggling to turn on the taps with dirty hands. Lever taps can give your kitchen a more modern look, and their flat surfaces mean they're easier to keep clean too. Touch taps, where you just knock the tap with any part of your hand to turn it on, and taps which switch on when you wave your hand in front of a sensor are also becoming more commonplace but are still relatively expensive.
There are a lot of different taps to choose from, so be sure to have a proper look before you make your final choice.
Don't think technology in the kitchen tap world has been standing still, there are some modern innovations, and one of the best for those living in a hard water area is the filter tap. These taps combine the functions of a standard tap and a water filter, which helps remove a lot of the minerals which cause limescale build up in your kettle. The filter part of the system sits underneath your counter out of sight, and the tap looks like any other kitchen tap. If limescale is a problem in your area, then consider one of these dual function taps as they represent excellent value for money
For around £350, you can install a tap in your kitchen which will give you boiling water on demand and allow you to dispense with the kettle entirely. The two main brands to look out for are InSinkErator and GROHE Red, although as these taps are growing in popularity, many other manufacturers are getting in on the act too. A hot water tank will be installed beneath your countertop and this will then dispense boiling water at the touch of a button. It's pricey but practical.
If you’re going for the “professional kitchen” look in your home, then look at pull-out taps which have a nozzle on a long hose that can be pulled out and used to supply water or clean down across the kitchen. Pull-out taps are great for washing up and rinsing off surfaces and utensils, and are very useful in a busy family kitchen. This sort of tap doesn't have to be very expensive either; prices start at under £50.
The design differences between a traditionally styled tap and contemporary designs is easily recognizable, but this choice comes down to personal preference and may be influenced by the design of your kitchen. Trying to match a contemporary straight lined kitchen design with a traditional tap in most instances won’t work well. The contrast in styles is just too stark; so it’s best to stick to the same theme throughout. Traditional taps usually feature handles and levers with a much older, intricate design, whereas modern taps go for a more minimalist approach. Therefore, if you aren’t a fan of unneeded bulk to fittings, modern is the way to go. However, if you like fine detailing and an uncommon look, traditional will be right up your street.
Plumbworld’s designer range of kitchen taps offers an alternative to the mainstream common fittings for those kitchens that require something an extra bit special. Designer taps whilst of the same high quality as others in the range are designed to be quirky and different in order to focus attention on that piece. The designer range features many offerings from renowned brands Franke and Grohe so you know you’re getting the best possible service and quality by buying a recognised brand.
A new set of taps for the kitchen can cost you anything from £20 to £1000, depending on the brand, style and functions which you are looking at. Remember that if you are buying a complete fitted kitchen you might be in a better position to negotiate on the price of the taps than if you are only making one purchase.
Plumbers will charge around £100 to fit a standard set of taps in the kitchen, but installing special taps such as filter taps or those with a hot water tank may cost more, and it is always best to get someone in to fit them who has successfully worked with them in the past.