The kitchen tap is easily one of the most-used items in any kitchen. That means it is especially important to make the right decision for your lifestyle and design scheme. We offer a range of stylish and practical fixtures for the kitchen from trusted and high-quality suppliers such as Hansgrohe, Grohe, Vado and Pegler.
When choosing your taps there are a number of things to consider.
Your water pressure will have a significant impact on the system that works best for you. If you have a low-pressure water system, then get some advice from us on how to ensure a steady flow of water. If this isn't a problem then your choices are wider but we'll still be happy to offer an expert opinion.
The other significant consideration is the type of sink you are planning to have. These will come pre-drilled with holes for taps - either one or two - and this will define the taps you need.
If you choose a one-holed fixture then you need either a monobloc tap with a single spout, and the flow of water regulated by the handles or levers on either side or a one-handled, single-lever tap. If you have two holes than traditional pillar taps are easy to fit. The other option is a bridge tap which has water flowing in through both tap holes in the sink but a single outlet.
We’ve put together a run-down of some of our recommended styles.
Kitchen mixer taps are a stylish and practical addition to any sink or basin setup. They are supplied as a single unit which connects hot and cold inlets. They work by combining flows of both hot and cold water to let you choose the exact water temperature you want.
These monobloc arrangements are not the traditional choice for British décor but new designs offer options that work beautifully for any style or colour scheme. Pillar taps are often a cost-effective but stylish choice and can work in any design scheme. You can choose between a range of lever, cross or knob-shaped handles to fit in with your kitchen’s look and accessories.
Hansgrohe offers a versatile set of taps with intelligent functions that meet this specification, including the elegant PuraVida, the geometric stylings of the Metris, the rounded curves of the Talis, and the multi-functional options of the Focus with its pull-out sprays.
Grohe offers a cosmopolitan design with their BauEdge, BauLoop, Concetto, Costa, Essence, Eurocube, Eurodisc and Euroeco mixer ranges. To add to the comprehensive Grohe collection, we can also offer the Grohe Europlus, Eurosmart, K4, K7, Minta, Parkfield, Zedra and Ladylux ranges. Many of these are available in the simple silver of stainless steel, copper, gold, and black options.
Vado also has a huge range of design-led options in their mixer ranges and we would be happy to look at your own specification to see what fits the bill. Choose from the exquisite range of the Overa sink mixer, the Zoo curve sink mixer, the Life sink mixer, the Camber sink mixer, or the Accent sink mixer. We can also help with Vado’s Elements steel sink mixer, Base sink mixer, Matrix sink mixer, Notion sink mixer, Tetra sink mixer and much more.
Taps with pull-out sprays
A tap with a pull-out spray is an excellent choice for any confident, or aspiring, kitchen cooks. These useful additions to any kitchen help you reach all parts of your sink, allowing for easy cleaning of both the sink area, the food you’re preparing, or your dishes and utensils.
These work by having a tap fixture at the end of a long flexible hose which you can pull out to use to deliver water as needed. Choose between systems that have the tap set to a rinsing spray for washing delicate fruit or vegetables, or a professional spray option whose temperature can be adjusted. These fixtures are not just highly useful, but also stylish and are available in a variety of lengths.
Hansgrohe looks to integrate these functions into their Focus range. Vado also offers practical and pretty options with their Chelsea single lever deck tap, which comes with a swivel spout and pull-out hand spray. Vado’s ranges can also offer the Magma mono sink mixer with pull-out hand spray for a neat and well-designed solution. Both of these taps are offered with a chrome finish and a flow rate at 3 bar pressure. These fixtures also come with the reassurance of a twelve-year product guarantee.
Pegler’s British-made range also has pull-out spray options included in their Galiceno and Chef ranges. These offer both a high-quality mixer function and additional spray mixers.
Boiling water taps
Choosing to install a boiling water tap is a great decision if you want to save time when cooking or making hot drinks. They work by having an internal boiler set-up with a varying capacity that heats water as and when you need it so you can instantly have small or large amounts of boiling water always on-hand. These simple, stylish, and space-saving units can easily and discretely integrate into your kitchen set-up.
These are not only functional but also money-saving, as you don’t need to boil an entire kettle for a single cup of tea. Manufacturers say it costs just 1p per litre to use a boiling water tap. By comparison, a 1.5-litre kettle costs 2.5p to boil. It also saves you the time you would be waiting for your water to heat up – leaving you to get on with something else instead.
Grohe has a fantastic selection of boiling water taps in their Grohe Red range. These fittings are available in two sizes of taps and can replace your regular kitchen tap. Like many of these systems, these systems come fitted with a child lock to avoid accidents and an internal filter to ensure the water produced is of the best quality.
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Filtered water taps
Filtered water taps are a brilliant solution for those of us that prefer the clean, crisp taste of water that has been cleared of its impurities. By choosing to install a filtration system directly onto your water supply you are ensuring everyday impurities such as lead, copper and aluminium are easily removed from the water that comes from your tap. At the same time, water filtration leaves behind essential minerals that benefit your health.
These systems can also offer you the variety and flexibility of still, lightly sparkling or sparkling water supplies – all straight from the tap. If you find you are spending a lot of money on buying mineral water, then a filtered water tap is a simple and cost-effective solution, particularly if you prefer clean and mineral-tasting water without the chill of the fridge.
The options for this function include the Grohe Blue Minta Professional which has a separate knob to adjust the carbonation of its various water products, either still, medium or sparkling. It’s also highly functional and has a 150° swivel spout to help you easily fill jugs or tall vessels.
Traditional kitchen taps
The elegance of the traditional kitchen tap will always add a touch of class to a room. Whether you choose a sleek pair of rounded taps or the traditional look of a Victorian style, there is a huge range of kitchen taps to choose from.
It’s important to remember that although the look of a tap may be traditional, today’s innovations mean they will include the latest systems to ensure they still look and work brilliantly for many years to come. Choose from a range of looks for this specification, including the ever-popular lever, cross or knob shaped handles.
Pegler offers these types of traditional sink taps in forged brass with chrome plate in both their Mercia Traditional and Mercia Cross Top selections.
Kitchen pillar taps (pair)
Kitchen pillar taps are an elegant twist on the traditional tap design when you are installing a two-hole sink. This style still offers two separate faucets for water of different temperatures but brings the option of raising the water outlet above the kitchen work surface.
That’s because they have longer entry points for water into the tap faucet, meaning the outlet sits higher over the sink area. This could be as simple as an aesthetic choice, but the longer the tap you choose, the larger the items you will be able to put in your sink.
These fixtures are great for situations where you have low water pressure, or if the supply of hot water is limited. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and finishes, including square shapes or the classic swan cross-top design.
Pegler offers a variety of taps in this specification, including the slimline and sophisticated Araya high neck sink pillar taps or the traditional looking Souvenir kitchen pillar taps. Vado also has a lot to recommend with their beautifully designed Astra cross high neck sink pillar taps.
The beauty of modern tap design means that multi-functional taps may be available that meet more than one of your needs. Get in touch today and we’ll be happy to guide you through your journey to the perfect tap for your ideal kitchen.