There is one fixture in your home that is perhaps more important than any other…Your tap.
Taps are always in use and are on display in so many rooms in your home. From the kitchen to the bathroom - to the garage and laundry, the kind of tap you have can affect the way you go about your daily routine.
Taps are important and getting the right tap is about choosing the right design and function at a reasonable price. Here's a guide to choosing the right taps for your home
The key feature of any tap is that it should quickly dispense the right amount of water, at the right temperature with limited water wastage in that process.
Style and Function
Taps now come in an array of stylish and modern designs. Consider the style that you are going for - contemporary or traditional? A kitchen tap needs to have the right height to get all manner of pots and pans underneath to fill or be cleaned. Certain tap designs can swivel so they can be used in dual sinks; others pull out to be used as a hose for washing dishes. Make sure your taps are easy to clean. Brass taps may look good, but are more difficult to keep clean whereas chrome or steel are generally easier to keep clean, especially if they have a 'brushed' finished.
Some taps are simply made better than others with higher quality materials such as solid brass or stainless steel. These materials provide a superior look, performance and durability. While you may pay more for a quality tap, you're likely to receive more value for your money as a result of longer, more reliable and trouble-free service. Check how many moving parts are within the tap system, and try turning it on and off. Make sure the parts are made by certified manufacturers. Does it feel solid and durable… or do you think the moving parts will come loose over time?
When purchasing your tapware ask yourself - Is it easy to get replacement parts? Can I replace parts myself? Where is it made? What type of warranty? How long has this model been made? Does the manufacturer stand behind their products if faults occur?
Paying more doesn't always mean you'll get a better value, but generally, a more expensive tap (just like a more expensive automobile) does give better and longer service. We recommend that you shop around once you know the exact brand and model that you want. Remember buying online can save you $$$ as you are not paying retail margins in your prices.