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The water tap is often undervalued and not given much attention. Yet it can be an important style element for your kitchen. What’s more, you can make your life a little easier with the right tap.
This article is all about the tap. We explain the different types, shapes and functions. By the end of this article, you will understand what we mean when we say that the tap can make your life easier. In addition, all your questions will be answered so that you too can install the perfect tap in your home.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Water Taps: Our Picks
- 3 Buying and evaluation criteria for taps:
- 4 Guide: Frequently asked questions about the tap answered in detail
- 5 Conclusion
- Buying a tap should be well thought out, as it will be in constant use.
- When buying, consider which functions are important to you and what you value less. In this way, you can get an overview of the many offers.
- You can easily clean the tap with various home remedies without spending a lot of money on special cleaning products.
The Best Water Taps: Our Picks
In this section we have presented our six favourites. It is meant to serve as an orientation for you, so we have chosen different types and styles. You can be inspired by these products when buying.
Buying and evaluation criteria for taps:
The purchase of a water tap should be well considered. After all, it will be with you every day. To help you, we have presented the most important buying criteria below. They should help you to make the right decision.
Now we’ll explain what these criteria mean. Soon you will be an expert on taps. With the right choice, nothing can go wrong.
When choosing the material, it is important that your tap can withstand a lot. After all, it is in constant use and this can leave its mark. Most taps are made of brass or stainless steel and have a chrome coating on the outside.
Range of movement
Another important thing to consider is whether you want your tap to swivel or pull out the shower. This can be very useful in the kitchen and make cooking easier. Here you need to know your needs and decide how much your tap needs to be able to move. But don’t forget to include this criterion in your decision.
Type of handle
There are taps with one handle or with two handles. If your tap has one handle, you can easily adjust the temperature with one hand. If it has two handles, you can decide for yourself how you want to regulate the heat. Again, you have to decide for yourself what suits you best.
Taps have many different functions. From cold water taps, to taps with a sensor, to LED taps. Here you have to decide according to your preferences whether you like gimmicks, such as an LED tap. But even if you prefer a classic look, you have an almost unlimited choice of different models.
You can distinguish between high-pressure and low-pressure taps. With a low-pressure tap, the hot water comes from a boiler and it has three connections. The high-pressure tap is the more modern technology. Here, the water comes from a central hot water supply or is provided by an instantaneous water heater. The fitting here has only two connections.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about the tap answered in detail
Now we will answer the most frequently asked questions. If you still have a question, you will certainly find the answer in the following section.
For whom is a water tap suitable?
But as with so many household appliances, the water tap does not last a lifetime. After a while, it becomes tedious to use, the seal leaks and it is simply no longer attractive. Of course, the seal can be replaced individually, but sometimes it is also worthwhile to install a new tap. After all, a new tap can change the whole aesthetic of a room and upgrade your sink.
What types of taps are there?
First you should decide for yourself what you want. A tap for the kitchen, for the bathroom, swivel, pull-out, with shower function, with LED, low or high pressure, or even with a built-in water bubbler. Once you know what you want, the options become fewer and fewer and you can discover the perfect tap for you.
How much does a tap cost?
|Price range||Available products|
|Low-priced (0 – 50€)||Standard products, without additional functions|
|Medium-priced (50 – 100€)||Taps with shower function, rotatable, extendable, good quality|
|High-priced (100€ and more)||High-quality taps, often with special functions such as LED, bubble water or sensor|
As you can see, you can buy a simple tap relatively cheaply. If special functions are important to you, you can also find one in the mid-price category.
How can I clean my tap?
People often don’t pay much attention to the tap. You should change this, because the tap is a constant companion in your life. Think about which functions are important to you and buy a suitable model.
How often have you been annoyed because your pan doesn’t fit under the tap or because the water jet doesn’t reach all the corners of the sink? You can avoid all this by simply choosing the right tap.
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