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Basin taps buying guide

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

When you’re updating your bathroom suite, choosing the right basin taps can really alter its look and feel. Our buying guide will help you to choose the style that’s right for you.

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What are the main types of basin taps?

Before looking into finishes and styles, it’s important to consider what kind of basin tap is most practical for your bathroom. All of our taps at can be used with any type of water system, including low pressure. So, whether yours is gravity fed, pumped, unvented high pressure or you have a fully modulated combi-boiler, you’ll find the perfect basin taps in our range.

Pillar taps

If your basin has 2 tap holes, you’ll need a pair of separate pillar taps: one for hot water and one for cold. Pillar taps come in a range of different styles, from sleek lever handles to the traditional cross head, so you’re sure to find something to complement your bathroom and your taste.

Tate basin mixer tap

The Tate, with its angular spout and cross handle design, is a modern take on a traditional style

Basin mixer taps

Suitable for basins with one tap hole and homes with good water pressure, basin mixer taps allow you to adjust the level of hot and cold to achieve the perfect water temperature from the spout. A mixer tap either has 2 handles on either side of a single spout or one lever handle.

It is important to consider your water pressure before choosing a mixer tap, as depending on the tap itself, different minimum water pressures may be required for it to function properly. The details of the minimum and maximum water pressures required for each of our taps can be found on our product pages under the "full specification" tab in the product information.

For further information, please go to our basin mixer tap buying guide.

Wye basin mixer tap

The Wye basin mixer tap is a highly contemporary design, with a stylish curved and flattened spout

Wall mounted basin taps

For counter top basins, a pair of wall mounted basin taps might be most suitable. Three holes are required in the wall: one for each handle and one for the spout. Wall mounted basin taps are also ideal if you want to maximise the amount of space around your basin, as the handles are positioned on the wall above, rather than around the edge of the basin.

Wall mounted basin taps are a variation of mixer taps, so you will need to check your water pressure against the minimum required for each of our wall mounted basin taps. This information can be found on our product pages for each tap.

The Bath Co. Camberley lever wall mounted basin mixer tap

The Camberley lever wall mounted basin mixer tap is ideal for traditional and modern bathrooms alike

Selecting the perfect style

Once you have identified whether you need pillar taps, mixer taps or wall mounted taps, you can begin to consider what style you prefer. From traditional basin taps with cross head handles, to sleek and contemporary waterfall spouts, the type you choose really depends on your personal preference and the style you want in your bathroom.

Dulwich basin mixer tap

For a more traditional style, why not choose the popular Dulwich basin mixer tap?

The majority of our taps at are made from brass and have a polished chrome finish, meaning they are extremely durable and look fantastic.

Most types of the basin taps outlined in the section above come in a variety of finishes and styles, so whether you prefer contemporary or traditional, our diverse range at is sure to include the perfect basin taps to complement your bathroom suite.

How do I install or replace basin taps?

We always recommend that installing or replacing basin taps should be done by a professional plumber, but all our taps do come with complete installation instructions if you’re confident you can fit it yourself.

You will find plenty of help and tips on how to fit a basin mixer tap in our advice section.

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We stock one of the widest ranges of basin taps in the UK, with a size, style and price to suit bathrooms big and small. Discover our full selection of basin taps today.

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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