Types of Bathroom Taps

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A large variety of bathroom taps are available for showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks. Within these types, consumers can find hundreds of different styles made from several different types of materials. Choosing the right style can make all the difference and truly complete the look of a well-decorated bathroom.

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Materials for Bathroom Taps

Some of the more popular materials for bathroom taps include stainless steel, chrome, brass, nickel-plated and other plated-metals. Some taps are available in several different materials. You may also find variations in the material such as ornamentation using glass, or a brushed or polished finish.

Bath Deck Filler

The bath deck filler is the most popular choice when it comes to bathroom taps. This tap uses a mixer for hot and cold water for optimal control. On a "deck,'" a single spout is framed by two handles that control the hot and cold water function.

Types of Bathroom Taps
Deck filler style tap on a bathroom sink.

Monobloc Basin Taps

Similar to a bath deck filler, the monobloc basin style uses a mixer for hot and cold water. Again, a single spout is framed by two handles or knobs. However, unlike the bath deck filler, the monobloc style does not utilise a "deck" for the knobs. Instead, this style features handles attached to the base of the spout on the spout itself.

Types of Bathroom Taps
Monobloc style tap

Three-Hole Basin Mixer

The biggest difference between the bathroom deck filler styles and monobloc basin types when compared to the three-hole basin mixer is the separation of the spout and the two handles. Using a mixer, two separate handles control hot and cold water function through a single spout, with each handle and the spout installed in separate holes in the sink.

Types of Bathroom Taps
Three-hole, wall-mounted bath filler

Three-Hole Bath Filler

Similar to the three-hole basin mixer, the three-hole bath filler has the same characteristics. When mounted onto the bathtub, this style of tap has three separate parts, utilising a mixer, a single spout and two handles.

Design Styles

In addition to all the styles of bath taps, each individual style can be further categorised into design styles. There are contemporary bath taps, modern taps, traditional taps, long spout taps, short spout taps, Victorian style taps and more. For example, you can have a three-hole basin mixer style of bath taps that are copper-plated with a brushed finish in a Victorian style.

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