The traditional way of filling a bath or running water into a sink involves two taps.

One is connected to the hot water supply and the other to the cold water supply. In a mixer tap, you still draw from the hot and cold sources but these are combined into a single flow and come out of a single spout.

Here are 5 benefits that mixer taps can bring to your bathroom:

1. Style

Many people prefer the sleek and streamlined look of a mixer tap to that of separate hot and cold taps. There are a wide range of mixer tap styles available. They may have sharp, contemporary lines or be curved with a classic arch shape.

The handles too can vary, from traditional rotating handles to levers that are lifted up and down to control the flow. If you fancy a wall mounted mixer tap, these are available too.

Matrix cloakroom mixer tap

The Matrix cloakroom basin mixer tap is ideal for smaller basins

2. Versatility

Mixer taps can work equally well on a bath or a bathroom sink or basin. You could even mix or match, with a mixer tap on the bath and separate hot and cold taps on the basin. Mixer taps can be yet more versatile if you add a shower mixer, allowing you to switch between flow from the taps and a shower attachment. This can be hand-held or mounted to make a shower bath, and is particularly useful where there isn’t room for a separate bath and shower enclosure.

3. Control

With two separate taps you are limited to two flows of water – hot and cold. Your control over the temperature of the hot water will be limited to your heating settings although you can, of course, mix the hot and cold water to different degrees in the bath tub or basin itself.

With a mixer tap you can set the temperature as it flows from the taps. This makes it far easier to precisely control the temperature of your water, whether you are running a bath, washing or shaving with water as it emerges from the tap.

4. Convenience

The added control can also be very convenient, especially when it comes to running a bath. With separate taps, one common method is to run both taps simultaneously, usually with the hot water tap opened more fully than the cold. It can be difficult to get the mix right however and many people find they have to either stand guard or keep checking back.

Running hot and then adding cold water is another common tactic but this can lead to a potentially scalding bath; especially dangerous if you have kids. By finding the optimum temperature with a mixer tap, you can leave the bath to run itself in confidence. Just don't forget about it entirely, or you could end up with a flood on your hands!

Century bath shower mixer tap

The Century bath shower mixer tap will provide you with the perfect bath temperature for years to come

5. Economy

Mixer taps are generally fitted with a flow limiter as this helps prevent too much water being taken from the hot and cold pipes at once. In practical terms you are likely to use less hot water when mixing it into a single flow, which is good for both your energy bills and the environment.

Find out how to fit a basin mixer tap with our handy DIY guide.