How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap
When you think about just how many times a day we switch on our kitchen taps, it’s easy to realise that it’s one of the items we use most often. Few of us put a lot of thought into what sort of tap to go for, but the decisions about style, shape, flow and finish will affect how you use your kitchen for years to come. Of course decisions about kitchen taps should be taken in the wider context of overall kitchen layout and design, but here are some of the key facts which need to be considered.
Everyone has to consider budget when buying things for the house and with kitchen taps ranging from £10 to £700 or more, there is something on the market to suit everyone’s pocket. Cheap and cheerful is not always the best option though, and it is important to balance value for money against absolute cost. A poor quality tap, although cheap, may not last as long as a better made, more expensive models e.g. Franke Kitchen Taps and will cheaper models may need to be replaced after a fews years.
The old adage of “buy cheap, buy twice” is particularly relevant when it comes to taps. A mid-range product rather than the cheapest or most expensive is the best starting point for looking for a new kitchen tap. Always look for a product which comes with a guarantee, as this proves that the manufacturer is confident in their product and is prepared to back it for a certain time period.
A very modern kitchen with clean, simple lines demands a modern tap to match, but that same tap would look very out of place in a traditional country kitchen. Look around different kitchen showrooms and websites to get inspiration, taking notice of the range of taps on the market and see which ones look best with the style of kitchen you have chosen.
We use the tap for so much more than filling the kettle. Think about the other things you use the tap for. Keen foodies might like pull out spray kitchen taps like those found in a professional kitchen which can be used not only for cleaning food, but for washing up pots and pans too. Some people prefer taps which are turned on in the conventional manner; others prefer levers rather than handles.
Whatever your preferences, make sure that your taps are easy to use, and easy to adjust to get the right balance of hot and cold water if you have a mixer tap. Look out for taps with ceramic discs incorporated into the workings, as these are often easier to control than other types of tap.
Again, the choice over the finish you prefer for your taps will be dependent on the finish you have in the rest of the kitchen. A shiny chrome tap is the traditional choice, and a shiny tap looks particularly good when matched with a stainless steel sink. Steel is easy to clean and keep bacteria-free in your kitchen. Matt finish taps are less popular, but if you do not like the shiny appearance of stainless steel or chrome they can be the most appropriate choice.
Always consider a wide range of taps and look at the various different finishes on the market before making a choice.
Boiling Water Taps
One of the newest products on the market are the instant hot or boiling water taps. These let you dispense with the kettle altogether, as you can make a cup of tea with water boiled by the tap. The tap boils water and stores it under the worktop, releasing it through the tap when you need it. Manufacturers claim that using this sort of system to boil water is cheaper than using a conventional kettle as there is less waste. Boiling water taps are the latest thing on the market but they are not cheap; expect to pay around £750 for the tap unit, and £200 to have it fitted.
As with all new technology prices are likely to come down in the future, but it’s probably not worth ditching the kettle just at the moment.