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Wash basin tap buying guide

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Looking to install a new wash basin in your bathroom and want to find the ideal tap? It's best to start by deciding which type of tap you're after. From cold water taps to single or dual tap mixers and infrared models, there are plenty of different options. Read on to find the right tap for your wash basin.

Important features

  • Cold water tap
  • Single tap mixer
  • Dual tap mixer
  • Infrared tap

Different types of basin taps

Cold water single feed tap

Straightforward to use, this type tap is easy to install and compact in size. Single feed taps do not provide hot water, making them the ideal option for saving energy. Available in different styles, cold water taps should be chosen to match your bathroom decor. The most cost-effective tap on the market, these models may feature a push-button design.

Dual tap mixer: high comfort for a low price

Equipped with a pair of taps or levers, a dual tap mixer provides both hot and cold water. The two handles are used to regulate the flow of hot and cold water in order to obtain the right temperature. As you have to find the right temperature each time you use the tap, these models are not the best option for saving money.


Single lever mixer: practical and comfortable

This type of tap uses a single lever to control the water temperature and flow; the lever moves from left to right to alter the temperature and up and down to regulate flow. These mixers can be operated with just one hand, making them very practical to use. To avoid wasting water, choose a model equipped with a flow restrictor. This type of tap can also be equipped with a thermostat system for precision temperature adjustments.

Infrared tap: for hygiene, comfort and savings

Equipped with an infrared sensor system, infrared taps are practical, hygienic and economical. You simply need to place your hands under the sensor to turn the tap on. The infrared system will automatically distribute water at the right temperature and cut off the flow when your hand moves away.

Be sure to choose the right size of tap to fit your wash basin.
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