Call me a nag, but a simple bathroom tap with two handles for hot and cold water and a spout is just eye-soaring for me. I mean, it’s the 21st century, and bathroom design has evolved so much! It would be a real shame to have a fancy, magazine-like bathroom and not have the right taps. Plus, the material and appearance of your faucets will have a huge influence on the other design elements like the colour pattern and small details like door handles, the vanity and the toilet.
The offer of bathroom taps is vast; both online and offline retailers offer amazing faucets to fit in any bathroom design. The two things to pay attention before you choose yours are the water pressure of tap and the model. The water pressure of tap refers to the flow of water from the spout. Mainly, low water pressure ranges between 0.2 and 0.5 bars, and high water pressure goes above 0.5 bars. This feature is closely related to the model of bathroom tap you choose:
These are perfect for low water pressure gravity fed systems. Mainly they’re combined with two holed basins and are separate hot and cold water taps. These are simple models, and mainly come in metallic colour, so no matter the design of your bathroom, these will do perfectly.
Mono Bloc Mixer
Also convenient for low water pressure, these faucets come as a combination of a single lever and two handled mixers. If you ask me, I wouldn’t use these for the bathroom, but more for the kitchen as I do not find their design the most suitable one for the bathroom.
Single Lever Mixer
These offer the possibility to adjust the temperature and the flow at the same time. As mono bloc basin mixers, they work perfectly with both high and low water pressure systems. Single lever mixers are perfect for commercial uses, such as equipping a restaurant or cafe bathrooms. They can also do a great job in equipping domestic bathrooms as well.
Deck and Wall Mounted
The deck mounted tap is one piece; it lies flat and there is no gap between the handles. You can find these as bath fillers and bath shower mixers available for both high and low water pressure systems. Wall mounted taps and mixers are good, but when moisture starts collecting on the bare wall, you may not be so happy with the view. Plus, these need more than a 0.5 bars pressure to operate normally.
Bath Filler Overflow
These are probably the fanciest bathroom taps ever! I personally adore these and have one installed in my bath. The water falls freely from the spout which is designed like a waterfall for creating the waterfall effect. They are mainly made of stainless steel, so they will not rust. Plus, they look amazing. Usually they have a mixer or separate valves for controlling the on/off options and the hot/cold option.
All in all, besides being functional and providing good pressure, the bathroom tap should be made of durable material that won’t rust at all, and a fancy finish; think stainless steel or polished chrome, which are especially compatible with Scandinavian style bathrooms.