Choosing the right taps for your bath and basin is an important decision, which can have just as much impact on the look of the bathroom as the bathroom suite itself. Whether you are completely refitting your bathroom or just updating the taps and accessories, invest in good quality products which are both stylish and built to last.
The type of taps you need may be determined by the bath or basin you have. Some baths have holes pre-drilled for fitting taps. A plumber can make holes for fitting taps in an acrylic bath, whereas a steel or cast iron bath will usually have tap holes made by the manufacturer. Metal baths with no tap holes are designed to be used with taps fitted onto the wall or with a floor standing filler.
You can choose from individual pillar taps or mixers. Mixers may incorporate a shower head or may be designed for running a bath only, also known as bath fillers. Bath fillers have the advantage of minimising the amount of chrome on show, creating a stylish minimal space). If you decide to switch to mixer taps you will need to check the level of water pressure you have in your home. Some mixer taps will only work efficiently with high water pressure, while other taps are available with high or low pressure options. If you have a combination boiler and mains cold, or if your hot water cylinder is in a high position, such as a loft, you will probably have sufficiently high water pressure to make use of mixer taps. If in doubt, use a water pressure gauge to check before you buy.
Both pillar and mixer taps are available in a wide range of styles. They are usually fitted on the basin or bath but some are designed to be wall-mounted or floor-mounted. Wall-mounted fittings work particularly well with contemporary units, keeping the lines clear and uncluttered. A single tap or wall-mounted unit can be helpful where space is limited, so that you have the maximum amount of usable space possible in the basin area or for a smaller scale bath. Wall-mounted taps for a bath also mean that you can lean against either end of the bath in comfort.
Most bathroom fittings have a lot of use, so it is worth investing in good quality products which are hardwearing and will retain their good looks for years. Fittings made from chrome finished brass are both beautiful and robust. The majority of taps now make use of ceramic disc mechanisms, which are longer-lasting than traditional washers. Another advantage is that they are easier to operate, requiring just a quarter turn for full water flow.
Hansgrohe create collections of premium quality taps and mixers, for your bath or basin. The lines are strong and clean, with styles to suit both contemporary and traditional bathroom decors. Some Hansgrohe products feature specialist technology such as QuickClean to make light work of keeping your taps looking at their best, and EcoSmart which can significantly reduce your water usage, by limiting the water flow per minute.
Axor Starck range
The Axor Starck collection has been created by French designer Philippe Starck. Born in Paris in 1949, for many decades Starck has been designing everything from buildings to boats, fashion to food. One of his most famous designs is the Louis Ghost chair, of which over 1.5 million units have been sold. He is known for his commitment to creating items which combine style with practicality and durability. Sustainability is an important issue which informs many of Starck’s designs, such as his eco friendly house, which produces 50% more energy than it uses. The Axor range of bathroom fittings features Starck’s trademark minimalist lines, attention to detail, and quality.
Basin Mixer Taps
Basin mixers allow you to blend hot and cold water to achieve the exact temperature you require. They are ideal for families with young children, where warm rather than hot water is preferred. A good choice is the Logis 70, a neat single lever chrome mixer for basins. This entry level tap is excellent value for money, and is made to the usual high standard you would expect from the Hansgrohe brand.
Tall taps add elegance to the bathroom, for example the Logis basin mixer 210 in polished chrome with swan neck. Another option is the Talis S single lever basin mixer, which comes complete with pop-up waste fitting. The Water Dimmer feature means that water flow can be restricted to 7.2 litres per minute (rather than the conventional 12 litres), allowing you to reduce your water consumption.
If you prefer to keep your basin free of fittings, choose a wall-mounted option, such as the Hansgrohe wall-mounted three-hole set, which features a sleek chrome spout flanked by separate hot and cold controls, ideal for a minimalist look. Alternatively choose the simple lines of the Logis 2 Hole Basin Mixer, which features a single spout next to the control handle. This item is designed so that you can choose whether to have the handle to the left or right of the spout, to fit in with the layout of your bathroom. Another attractive wall-mounted option is the Metris 110 basin mixer, with gleaming single control and spout set on a panel.
The simple sophistication of the Axor Starck Twin Handle Monobloc basin mixer is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom. This mixer comes with a pop-up waste fitting and you can specify whether you require a high or low water pressure option. Single lever basin mixers in the Axor Starck range are available in small or large versions to suit the dimensions of your basin.
Hansgrohe Single Hole Bath Mixer Taps
A single hole bath mixer delivers the hot and cold water streams through just one tap. This gives a particularly neat, minimalist appearance, which doesn’t distract from the design of the bath itself. Also known as monobloc taps, single hole mixers tend to be more popular on basins, but can work equally well for a bath.
The Focus Monotrou mixer is a stylish yet solid single lever fitting, made from brass with a glossy chrome finish. It represents excellent value for money and is ideal for the modern bathroom. This mixer is available either with or without a shower attachment.
A bath filler delivers two separate streams of water which merge in the spout. Individual hot and cold pipes are usually visible before they reach the junction at the spout. This type of tap may have a single temperature control or dual controls for hot and cold. Many are fitted onto the bath, but there are also wall-mounted options available. Hansgrohe’s Focus range includes the contemporary single lever bath filler tap, which blends style with sustainability. The smooth lines of the glossy chrome fitting are softened by gentle curves. Inside, the fitting features AirPower aeration technology which mixes air into the water for lower water consumption. This fitting has the added benefit of being suitable for homes with low water pressure.
Bath Shower Mixers
Bath shower mixer taps incorporate a shower head as well as the bath filler. Some designs include a telephone-style cradle for the shower head, where the shower head is primarily used for hair washing or rinsing the bath. Others feature an attachment to hang the shower head on the wall so that the shower head is used as a full over-bath shower. There are also mixers which can supply a hand-held shower attachment as well as an over-bath shower head. The water flow is directed from the bath to the shower head with the diverter valve. Many mixers automatically redirect the water supply from the shower to the bath spout when the shower is switched off. If you want to achieve a minimalist look, you could opt for a concealed mixer where all the pipes are hidden in a recess behind a tiled wall. One advantage of exposed fittings is that they are easier to install. If you decide on a concealed mixer you may need to get a professional to fit it, but it will give your bathroom a very clean, elegant look.
Hansgrohe brings you a stylish bath and shower mixer in its Talis Classic range, which would be equally at home in a period style or modern bathroom. Alternatively, make a bold statement with the Focus 4 Hole rim mounted mixer, which features separate hot and cold controls, and a hand-held shower head with retractable hose.
Floor standing bath and shower mixers add a touch of class as well as keeping all areas of the bath surface free of controls. The elegant floor standing mixers in the Axor Starck range are beautiful as well as functional, and give a sense of luxury.
The Focus concealed bath and shower mixer allows you to keep fittings on display to a minimum. The shiny chrome finish of the disc panel is simplicity itself and fits perfectly in a modern bathroom or wet room. Equally elegant are the Talis S2 concealed shower mixer, and the Talis E2 shower mixer and diverter, with separate co-ordinating bath spout available.
Whether you are replacing taps in a cloakroom or completely refurbishing your bathroom, it is important to make sure you choose the right taps to suit your room and your lifestyle. Our team of experts will be happy to help if you have any questions - just call to speak to one of our advisors.