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Basin mixer tap buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying Guides | 5 years ago 3 min read

Whether you’re looking for a mixer tap to complete your bath, basin or kitchen sink, we have a beautiful selection of designs to choose from.

This guide gives you an introduction to the basin mixer taps available at, so you can enjoy finding the perfect style and design for your bathroom suite or kitchen.

What is a basin mixer tap?

A mixer tap simply combines your hot and cold water feeds to flow out through a single spout, which can be controlled either by a lever or twin-handles. This means you can control the temperature of the water coming out of the tap.

Matrix basin mixer tap

The Matrix basin mixer is the perfect example of a contemporary style tap

What are the benefits of a mixer tap?

Unlike the more traditional separate pillar tap sets, a mixer tap can provide:

  • A more sleek and contemporary look
  • Better control over the temperature of the water
  • Better economy, thanks to a more controlled flow

Handy hint: Take a look at further benefits of using mixer taps in the bathroom.

Is a mixer tap compatible with my bathroom?

All of our mixer taps are designed to be compatible with gravity fed, unvented high pressure or fully modulated combi boilers.

Your choice of basin will usually dictate the style of tap you can install, as it will come already drilled with either one or two tap holes. A single tap hole is designed to accommodate a mixer tap, while two tap holes is for the more traditional set up of separate hot and cold feeds.

Alexa basin mixer tap

A modern twist on a traditional tap design, the Alexa basin mixer tap features a curved spout and cross handle controls

Types of mixer tap

You’ll find a wide range of mixer tap styles and designs at, including basin mixer taps, bath mixer taps and bath mixer taps combined with a shower head. There are also wall mounted and free standing options for countertop basins.

Waterfall basin mixer taps

Waterfall taps are very popular these days, as they allow the water to cascade gently into your basin, for a calming and highly relaxing effect. Find out more about them in our waterfall basin mixer tap buying guide.

Escala waterfall basin mixer tap

The Escala is one of our most popular waterfall basin mixer taps

Wall mounted basin mixer taps

Our wall mounted mixer taps are ideal for a space-saving option for your basin, and can really give your bathroom a contemporary look and feel with a dramatic waterfall effect.

Alexa wall mounted basin filler tap

Perfect for counter top basins, the Alexa wall mounted basin filler tap gives a clean and streamlined appearance

High rise basin mixer taps

Designed specifically for use with counter top basins, high rise mixer taps are taller than average taps, so they can be mounted to a vanity unit or work surface. Many of our most popular tap ranges also feature a high rise basin mixer tap.

Century high rise countertop basin mixer tap

Another great option for counter top basins is the high rise basin mixer tap, like the Century tap pictured above

What else do I need to consider?


All of the products on our website are accompanied by a full specification, including:

  • Minimum and maximum pressure capacity
  • Base diameter
  • Spout projection
  • Weight

It’s always a good idea to check these specifications carefully to ensure they meet your requirements.

The required size of your new mixer tap will likely be determined by the surface space available around your basin or bath. Look to the base diameter of your tap to make sure it will be suitable before you make your purchase.

Browse our basin mixer taps today, and find your perfect design.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying Guides | 5 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 8 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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