Probably more than any other part of the kitchen, the sink and taps are a fundamental and oft used part of the kitchen. Preparing food, making a drink. washing your hands. And after you’ve eaten,its washing up time! Not only are they constantly in use, they are always visible. And as they are offered in a wide range of modern or traditional styles and different materials, you can find the taps to match your granite worktop and finish any kitchen design.
So how do you select the right ones? Its a careful blend of price point and aesthetics.
7 tips on choosing taps
1. Functionality. How does it mix hot and cold? Some prefer separate taps but on the whole, for kitchens, the most popular is the single ‘mixer’ tap where you can blend the water to the right temperature for whatever you may be doing. Saves time and looks great too.
2. Durability. Modern kitchen taps look great but there can be a big difference between those that are just stylish and those that are also durable. With cheap ones, you may find the metal can rub off with frequent use. Kitchen taps also need to be easily cleanable – brass may be attractive, but it can be tough to keep clean. However, chrome can easily be kept clean, and that’s probably why its so popular. They also need to be sturdy, and not leak. Check the quality of the tap carries versus its cost. How many moving parts are there? When you turn it on and off, does it feel solid or do you get the feeling that its lifespan may be limited?
3. Price point. Everyone has a budget to work to, particularly when they may be having a whole kitchen designed and built. It needs to work well, be durable and look good, but don’t go crazy on them – they should cost less than other fundametal areas such as your granite surfaces!
4. Water filters. Check whether the taps have filters as these are ideal for removing any unwanted elements that might be present in old or rusty water pipes.
5. Height. Probably not a criterion that immediately springs to mind, but you will need to fit pots, pans and of course the kettle under the taps so you can fill or clean them. Speaking from experience, every time I make a brew I have to conduct some sort of appliance limbo dance in order to get the kettle full!
6. Design considerations. What kind of kitchen are you planning? Is it modern or traditional? Or are you looking to recreate the kitchen from a country cottage you once stayed in? There are so many styles of taps to choose from that getting this consideration sorted early will narrow it down significantly. Go online and see what’s on offer or, if you’re time-rich, take a look around the showrooms of Cheshire. There are some fairly wild styles out there so ensure that they also function in the way you want.
7. Secondary functions. Over and above the dispensation of H2O, is there anything else they need to do? Some taps can swivel and turn for using with double sinks; others can be pulled out a bit like a hose for blasting dirty dishes. This second level of functionality may appear overkill but remember, you’re going to live with them a long time, and you want something that will last like your granite worktops will.