Trade account
Bath taps buying guide
Buying guides

Bath taps buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 5 years ago 4 min read

Choosing the right bath taps for your bathroom can be difficult. To help make things easy, we've produced this expert buying guide, to take you through your options.

With so many different choices, from stunning waterfall mixer taps to traditional pillar taps, it's often hard to know where to begin. Read through our advice below and you'll soon discover the best choice for your bath.

Types of bath tap

Bath mixer tap

This is one of the most popular types of bath tap, as it combines the hot and cold feed to make a controlled stream of water at the temperature you choose. There are lots of styles of bath mixer available with this design, including traditional and contemporary looks to perfectly suit your bathroom.

Orchard Wye bath mixer tap

Bath shower mixer tap

The standard mixer tap set up but with the addition of a handheld shower head for extra functionality when bathing. This style also comes in contemporary and traditional style options.

The Bath Co. Dulwich bath shower mixer tap

Waterfall bath fillers

A waterfall mixer makes a stunning addition to any contemporary bathroom, with an open spout that creates a cascading waterfall effect. These taps can either come in a standard mixer set up or can be installed directly into a wall for a contemporary, minimalist effect.

Escala waterfall bath mixer tap

Bath pillar taps

Pillar taps are the traditional separate hot and cold taps you see on many baths and basins and are probably the most recognisable, though they come in a wide range of both contemporary and traditional styles with many different handle designs.

Hampshire bath pillar taps

Freestanding bath taps

A roll top bath or contemporary freestanding bath needs a freestanding tap, fitted to the floor via standpipes. This type of tap can also feature handheld shower attachments for added convenience.

Handy hint: For a more in-depth look at these type of taps, check out our Freestanding taps buying guide.

Eden freestanding bath filler

Wall mounted bath taps

As the name suggests, these our wall mounted taps are fitted to the wall of your bathroom with the pipework hidden behind. They require more work to install, but can create a beautifully clean and contemporary look. These are a good choice for freestanding baths that sit against a wall.

Tate wall mounted bath filler tap

What type should I choose?

Different taps can suit different needs and uses, but generally, it comes down to your bathroom fittings as well as your own taste. When you choose your bath, the style you choose will usually dictate the options you have for taps.

For example, most conventional bathtubs come undrilled, so you can choose between separate pillar taps or a mixer tap. If you choose a freestanding or roll top bath, their design usually means you need a freestanding tap or wall-mounted filler spout as they don’t have space for tap holes.

Always remember to check the full specifications of any bath you choose to see what type of taps you can select. Or if you’re replacing old taps, take their design into account when choosing your new ones so you know they will fit your bath.

Other features

All the bath taps at Victoria Plum are built and designed to the highest quality, but some do have slightly different features when compared to others.

The majority of our taps are made from solid brass with a polished chrome finish, which means they’re durable and reliable, and will stay looking fantastic for years.

Many of our taps also make use of ceramic disc technology, eliminating drips that can happen because of old rubber washers wearing out.

Fitting a bath tap

We always recommend employing a professional plumber to install bathroom fittings, but all our taps come with clear instructions if you’re confident you can do it yourself, with the help of one of our handy guides:

They’re easy to install whether you’re replacing an older set or creating a brand new bathroom. All taps are designed to be compatible with gravity fed, pumped, unvented high pressure or fully modulated boilers.

Browse bath taps

Now you have the know-how, why not get on with the fun part: Choosing your bath taps!

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 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.

Sales Line 0344 264 4141 Track order Design Service Trade account

Looks like you haven't added anything to compare yet

Just look out for the Add to compare around the site and revisit this link

Close and continue

Thank you for using our comparison feature.

You can add as many products as you like, there is no limit. When you’re ready simply visit this page to start comparing your products.

Close and continue

Loading menu. Please wait


Your Shopping list is loading, this shouldn't take long.

Your basket is loading, this shouldn't take long.