If you're looking for a quick fix to spruce up your bathroom, one of the easiest ways to make an impact is by updating your bathroom taps and shower heads. By trading your outdated gold fixtures for sleeker chrome or stainless steel ones, you can quickly create a fresh, modern look. As you consider your next bathroom tap and shower head purchases, be sure to keep in mind all your finish, style and spout options.
Which bathroom taps are best?
If you're going to replace an old tap instead of starting from scratch, your style options are going to be more limited — you'll need to choose a bathroom tap that matches the holes of your existing sink. If you're looking to start fresh, you can customise your new sink and its fixtures to accommodate the new look and feel you desire. In general, here are the most popular options:
Single-hole Bathroom Taps:These units have generally have one handle connected to the spout which controls water temperature. They’re compact and easy to use, maintain and install.
Centre-set Bathroom Taps: The most commonly used and least expensive bathroom taps, they combine the handles and spout on a 10 cm base unit. These work well on smaller basins.
Widespread Bathroom Taps:This option features hot and cold water valves that are separate from the spout. Though a pricier faucet, they’re more flexible in terms of placement and are usually at least 20 cm wide.
Wall-mounted Bathroom Taps: These work well with non-traditional sinks that don’t come with pre-drilled holes, such as a countertop basin. They also reduce clutter since they’re generally installed higher than typical bathroom taps.
What shower heads are the best?
When choosing a shower head there are a few different things to consider, such as the water pressure level, spray types and features. Here’s a list of the different shower head types you can choose from:
Adjustable Shower Heads: These shower heads have various different spray patterns and pressure levels to choose from, allowing you to switch them depending on your mood.
Fixed Shower Heads: Simple but effective, fixed shower heads are usually attached to a wall by a pipe.
Handheld Shower Heads: These are often found in showers over baths. The shower head is attached to a hose, which makes it easier to move around.
Rain Shower Heads: An eco-friendly option, these shower heads mimic the feel of rainfall, meaning the flow is low.
Low Flow Shower Heads: Best for homes with low water pressure, these are designed to save water, making them very efficient. Rain shower heads are an example of low flow models.
Dual Shower Heads: These have both a fixed and handheld shower head, providing you with lots of different bathing options.
Be sure to check your water pressure level before you choose a shower head – if you have low water pressure, opt for a low-flow shower head for the best results.
Are shower heads a standard size?
Yes, there is a standard thread size for shower heads in the UK, which means any replacement shower heads you buy should fit without any trouble. However, if the shower head is imported, make sure it has a ½” thread.
What are bathroom taps and shower heads made of?
There are many different bathroom tap and shower head materials to choose from; as you make your decision, be sure to find something that complements your bathroom’s current décor. Brass, bronze and copper bathroom taps add a warm, inviting tone to your bath, while nickel, chrome and stainless steel shower heads are slick, trendy options. For a more classic look, try white, gold or black. Regardless of your pick, keep your eye out for manufacturers that offer lifetime finishes to ensure your taps and shower heads remains in top condition over the years.
Where to buy bathroom taps and shower heads?
Houzz UK has a wide range of shower heads and bathroom taps in various different styles, materials and finishes. Whether you’re looking for chrome shower heads and hoses, or copper bathroom taps, Houzz UK is bound to have the perfect selection for your bathroom.