Easy Upgrade: The Best Kitchen Taps
Are you looking for quick and easy ways to update and upgrade your kitchen? While you could easily use all your savings updating your kitchen counters or tiles, we have a much easier solution.
Replacing your kitchen taps is easy to do yourself - but if you don’t feel up to the job it can be a relatively cheap to get plumber in.
Read on to find out more about the best way to upgrade your kitchen taps and scroll down to see our recommended products...
Which kitchen tap to buy?
So you know you want to replace your kitchen taps but with so many different types how do you know which one best suit your needs. You might be wondering which style you should go for - or even what all the different styles mean!
To help you, here are our answers to some of our most commonly asked questions…
Read more: Kitchen Tap Buying Guide
What is a monobloc kitchen tap?
A monobloc tap is a common style of tap. As its name suggests, it includes just one spout for the water to flow from - in contrast to pillar taps, which have two separate units.
Monobloc taps require only one tap hole in your sink and can have either two levers, one for hot water and one for cold, or a single mixer lever.
Monobloc style taps are most common in today’s kitchens due to their sleek minimalist design and their convenience for carrying out everyday tasks such as washing up.
What is a mixer tap?
Mixer taps are very common in new homes. Rather than being controlled by two separate hot and cold water valves, they have one mixer valve. The hot and cold water can be controlled by one single lever, or two levers, depending on the style you choose.
Whether you decide on a mixer tap with one or two levers, you'll find it quick and simple to mix the hot and cold water together to achieve your desired temperature.
Many mixer taps are monobloc style taps. They also require a higher water pressure than traditional pillar taps, so if you struggle with the water pressure in your current taps, a mixer tap might not be the best option for your home.
Can I change my pillar taps to mixer taps?
Replacing your kitchen taps with the same style is usually pretty straightforward.
But, what do you do when you want to change your pillar taps to a mixer tap? The biggest issue will probably be your kitchen sink. If you have pillar taps, you will have two tap holes in your sink. However, as most mixer taps are in a monobloc style, it's likely you will also need to purchase a new kitchen sink with just one tap hole.
Can I replace my standard tap with a boiling water tap?
So you might be thinking how easy is it to switch my standard tap to a boiling water tap? A boiling water tap is surprisingly quick and easy to install and what’s more you don't necessarily need a plumber to fit it for you!
If you are replacing a monobloc tap then the process will be straightforward as you will already have just one tap hole cut into your sink. However, if you currently have two pillar taps purchasing a new kitchen sink with just the one tap hole will be the way to go.
Boiling hot water taps are the perfect energy efficient and cost saving solution to a standard kettle, giving you easy access to instant hot water and making everyday tasks such as washing up or making a cup of tea effortless!
If you're feeling brave enough to install a boiling hot water tap yourself then watch the below video for some advice from a qualified plumber.
Read more: How to Fit New Taps
Which style kitchen tap should I choose?
Now you know a little more about the types of kitchen taps, it’s time to take a look at some of the best style options for your upgrade!
Pull out spray kitchen taps
If you have your heart set on a monobloc tap, why not upgrade to a pull out spray kitchen tap?
Along with a standard tap function, these taps come with a flexible spray hose, which you can easily pull out to quickly rinse dishes, vegetables or your sink, making them perfect for a busy family home! They also have a sleek, modern look that will instantly give your kitchen a new feel!
Coloured Kitchen Taps
Fell like adding a splash of colour to your kitchen without going over the top? You might want to consider a coloured kitchen tap, as it can instantly add colour, whether that be black, copper or even gold!
If you have a white kitchen sink, gold or copper taps will look fantastic and become a wonderful stand out feature in your kitchen. They also look fantastic paired with bold granite or marble counter tops. Black and chrome taps also blend in seamlessly with a granite kitchen sink.
Traditional kitchen taps
Traditional kitchen taps don’t deserve to be left in the past! Whether you like a vintage style kitchen, or just want to keep up a more classic appearance, a new traditional style tap can give your kitchen an instant lift.
Claire has a Journalism degree and loves writing about all things relating to bathroom and kitchen design. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and following the latest home styling trends on social media.
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