Kitchen taps – what should you be looking for?

Author: Claire


Choosing the right tap for your kitchen is essential as it’s one of the hardest working elements in the room. The best taps are attractive to look at and built to last, with smooth handling to ensure exact adjustments of temperature and flow.

What’s more, as a prominent feature on your kitchen worktop or island, the tap should complement the design and size of your kitchen sink and the overall kitchen scheme, and be a pleasure to use every day.

Check your water pressure

Before you buy any kitchen tap, it’s important to check your water pressure to make sure it’s compatible with your choice of tap. If you have a low pressure or gravity fed hot water system in your home, you need a tap that’s designed to work at low pressure. High pressure vented systems with a combi boiler are suitable to use with all types of kitchen tap, while high pressure unvented systems can be used with most taps.

If in doubt, ask your local plumber or the knowledgeable staff at Price Kitchens to take a look at your central heating and hot water system and recommend the right type of product for you.

What type of kitchen tap?

If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer choice of kitchen taps on the market, some friendly, professional advice may be what you need. At Price Kitchens, we offer a huge range of kitchen taps with the perfect balance of function and design including classic kitchen taps, modern kitchen taps, pull out kitchen spray taps and even boiling water taps. Why not pop into the showroom to take a look around at our selection of sinks and taps on display?

  • Pillar taps are the best choice for smaller budgets. They’re supplied as a traditional pair with separate taps for cold and hot water.
  • Mixer taps also require two tap holes; the temperature is mixed via levers or handles and the water dispensed through a single spout.
  • Monobloc taps have one tap hole and a single lever handle to control the flow and temperature of the water; these taps are most popular with contemporary and minimalist styles.

Once you’ve chosen the basic style of your kitchen tap, look for additional features to enhance its functionality. How about a swivel tap head? An extendable hose and spray tap? Integrated water filter? Boiling water on demand?

The right design and finish

Whether you have a classic Shaker kitchen or a high gloss contemporary design, it’s important to find a tap that goes perfectly your interiors scheme. From traditional or retro tap designs to sleek and simple modern kitchen tap trends, there’s a wealth of choice out there.

The same goes for materials and finishes. Where once stainless steel reigned supreme, you can now choose from interesting and innovative finishes such as brass, copper or matt black that will look fantastic in your kitchen space. Think about how your chosen tap will look with the whole kitchen, not just the sink area, to achieve a coherent room design you’ll love to spend time in.

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