Taps designs are a personal thing but there are a few things worth noting:
- Sink and bath taps in the same room really need to match.
- You generally get what you pay for, when it comes to quality. Whilst you can get stylish and cheap taps from DIY stores, they don't tend to last as long in our experience.
- If you live in a hard water area (such as we do), taps will start to drip/leak sooner.
- Some taps have built-in levers and other ways to operate the plug. These can make them harder to clean and result in more water drips and marks on the taps.
- Taps don't have to be sink or bath mounted. You can get wall mounted taps and even floor mounted taps.
Standard taps have come as a matching pair, one for hot water, one for cold. They come in a huge range of styles, colours and finishes.
A single mixer tap allows control of both flow and temperature via a single 'lever'.
A twin mixer tap retains the two individual controls but mixes the outputs to a single point. We can't really see any advantage with this type of tap, other than style and preference.
Automated taps are more often seen in public conveniences and are used as a way of saving water and avoiding taps being left on. They are also very convenient when used in the right situations though.
Automated taps are taps that use a simple sensor to switch them on and off. These can be more hygienic but may have a fixed outlet temperature. Typically they have a safety stop after 60 seconds, automatic flushing after 1 or 3 days without use and mixing device with hot water stop-valve.
Smart taps are taps which can automatically control the temperature and volume of water delivered, e.g. to fill up a bath to a certain temperature. They may also switch themselves off and can be particularly useful in households with people suffering with dementia.
Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Drier
Dyson sell a revolutionary Airblade hand drier tap and we have used this very impressive device. It is very powerful and needs to be used with an appropriately shaped sink or it will blow drops of water out of the sink and onto the person using it. This tap also has a sensor to control water flow.