Bathroom Fixtures & Plumbing

Top Faucet Buying Guide

Once seen as purely functional, the bathroom is now seen as a luxury room, with many people creating a spa-like sanctuary in their own home. Choosing the right tapware to match your bathroom will help complete your desired look. There is a huge range out there, in varying finishes and styles, so we've listed the features you should consider and the pros and cons of different taps to make your decision-making easier.


Water efficiency

One of the most important features of a tap is its water efficiency. You can also attach aerators and flow controllers to your taps that can reduce water usage by up to 13 litres per minute.

Temperature control

Temperature control is one of the most important aspects of tapware, especially if you have young children. The ideal tap will heat water to a set temperature, instantly, every time. Alternatively, water companies sell temperature control pads where you can pre-set the temperature as part of the water heater.


Choose tapware to match the décor of your bathroom. There is a huge range out there, made from polished chrome, brushed stainless steel and porcelain. Available in varying shapes and colours, you are bound only by your budget.

Ease of use

There's nothing more annoying than spending 10 minutes in the morning trying to get the shower temperature just right because the taps are difficult to use. When you're buying tapware don't be afraid to turn them on and off to get a feel for how they work. Some taps are designed to be especially user-friendly - ask the store attendant to show you tapware with this feature.


Cartridge-Type Faucet

Cartridge Type Faucet

Also known as a washerless faucet.

Ball-Type Faucet

Ball Type Faucet

Also known as a washerless faucet.

Compression Faucet

Compression Faucet

Disc-Type Faucet

Tub & Shower Faucet

Tub and Shower Faucet

Lavatory & Kitchen Faucets

Lavatory and Kitchen Faucet
Often come in a combination style, where hot and cold mix in a single arm.
Are available in several different patterns.

Laundry Faucet

Laundry Faucet

Sill Cock

Sill Cock


Tapware varies greatly in price. Before you fall in love with the latest design from Milan, work out your budget and ask only to see taps in that price range.



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