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Basin taps buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 1 year ago 5 min read

Thinking of updating your bathroom suite? By choosing the right basin taps, you can really alter the entire look and feel of your space. Our expert buying guide will help you to select 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 Victoria Plum can be used with all major types of UK domestic water systems. 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 1 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. Basin mixer tap designs can vary, from 2 handles either side of a spout to a single 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 “Dimensions and Specifications” 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

Basin mixer taps also come in different sizes for use with countertop basins (high rise basin mixer taps) and cloakroom basins (cloakroom basin mixer taps). For further information on these specific basin taps, please go to our basin mixer tap buying guide.

Wall mounted basin taps

For counter top basins, a pair of wall mounted basin taps might be most suitable. 3 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. Dalston antique bronze wall mounted basin mixer tap

The Dalston antique bronze wall mounted basin mixer tap is ideal for traditional and modern bathrooms alike

To find out more, read our wall mounted taps buying guide.

Taps for commercial premises

If you’re a Tradesperson, looking to fit washbasins in commercial premises (for example an office, restaurant or shop), you may want to consider taps which turn off automatically. This will help prevent careless people leaving the water running, and save your client money in the long run.

A non-concussive tap (see below) is the most common type of commercial design, and it’s one you’re sure to be familiar with. A push down valve allows the water to flow, before (very slowly) returning to the off position. This is suitable for a single cold or pre-mixed water feed.

Kirke Non-concussive basin tap

The Kirke Non-concussive basin tap is a great option for commercial toilet and washroom projects

Maintaining good hand hygiene has come into sharp focus in recent years due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is why touchless taps are becoming increasingly popular in commercial spaces.

Complete with a motion sensor, our range of touchless taps from the Armitage Shanks Sensorflow E range (see video below) are perfect for workplace toilet projects. Available in a choice of designs, with both mains and battery-powered options, they also feature water-saving technology that limits the flow to just 3.8 litres per minute.

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 Victoria Plum 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, chrome, gold or black taps, our diverse range at Victoria Plum 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 basin taps and, more specifically, how to fit a basin mixer tap in our advice section.

How do I clean basin taps?

Keeping your basin taps clean is a great way to keep your whole bathroom looking great and functioning as it should. In addition to giving your tap a wipe over every now and then (suitable household cleaner or a mix of white vinegar and water can work wonders), it may be worth cleaning the basin tap cartridges sporadically, to ensure a good water flow is maintained.

Orchard Dulwich basin pillar taps

Add a vintage look to your bathroom with the Dulwich basin pillar taps from Orchard Bathrooms

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 1 year ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 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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