What to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Tap
The tap is often the most underrated finish in a kitchen. If you’re trying to cut costs after a big revamp, tap fittings might be a tempting place to do so, but beware. A cheaper tap not only has the ability to take away from the overall look of a new kitchen, but it can also mean a sacrifice on functionality.
There’s a number of factors to consider when choosing a tap, including shape, size, finish and where to mount it. We’ve taken all of these into account, and rounded up the best options for you here.
Your tap’s finish should depend on the style of your kitchen, and tie in with hardware and appliances. If you’ve got an industrial aesthetic, perhaps consider a black matte. Modern minimalist would suit a sleek chrome.
A tap is so much more than just water. When choosing your new tap, think practically about what you’ll be using it for. You may choose one with a detachable nozzle head for spraying dishes or vegetables. Looking for a high-investment piece? Perhaps a Zip or Billi tap, which provides instant boiling or sparkling water is the go. For something less pricey, separate filtered water taps come in at as little as $50.
Opting for a mixer tap can have a number of benefits, including ease of use and temperature management. It can also be a more user-friendly option for children and people with reduced dexterity.
Paying attention to the shape of the spout is not only important from a stylistic point of view, but also for the purpose of functionality. You use your sink to wash dishes, large oven trays, and pots and pans. For this reason, a medium or high tap with a swivel spout will be more accommodating and practical.
Where you mount your new tap can depend on a number of factors. If budget is of concern, mounting it straight to the sink can often be the cheapest and easiest option. Having a wall-mounted tap allows for more space on the bench to store soaps, scrubbers and the like, and is easier to clean, but installation can be a much more involved process.
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