Sink Spotlight: Which Kind of Kitchen Tap is Best for You?

September 18, 2020


No kitchen sink or kitchen renovation is complete without a beautiful kitchen tap. We’ve collected the most popular types of kitchen sink taps, starting with the traditional tap. From there, the taps get more intricate and specialised. If you’d like to learn about the different types of kitchen taps, keep reading!

Would you like to learn more about choosing the perfect sink for your dream kitchen? If you would, you’re in luck! This post is a part of a series dedicated to kitchen sinks, and the links to the other posts are below:

Now, let’s get into learning about the different types of kitchen taps!


Traditional Kitchen Tap

A traditional kitchen tap is a staple in most kitchens, as it is easy to install and use. Traditional taps are usually less expensive than more high-tech taps, making it a perfect entry-level tap. If you’re interested in having a no-nonsense tap without extra buttons or functionality, a traditional tap is perfect for you.


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If you’d like to expand the functionality of your kitchen sink, keep reading to learn more about the different types of kitchen taps!


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Pull-Out Kitchen Taps

If you want to make the most of your kitchen sink, you may be interested in installing a kitchen tap that has a removable spray head or wand. The pull-out tap features a wand that you can remove from the base of the tap and use it to clean your dishes or your sink. This kind of tap comes in very handy for cleaning your sink after you’ve finished washing up your dishes. Using a wand will allow the water to reach places a traditional tap just can’t.


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Pull-Down Tap

Pull-down taps are staples in commercial kitchens, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t include one in your home. These taps are statement pieces that can elevate the look of any kitchen. When you install a pull-down kitchen tap alongside your new sink, you can make a simple kitchen look like a gourmet kitchen with little to no effort.

This sink may seem similar to the pull-out tap, but they are actually quite different. While the pull-out tap allows you to remove the entire faucet as if it were a wand, this tap allows you to remove the actual spraying part of the tap. As you can see from the photos, the pull-out tap’s wand can be removed horizontally, while the pull-down tap’s spray head is removed vertically. The rest of the tap stays in the same place as you use the spray head to wash your food or dishes. The pictured tap features a coil around a cord attached to the spray head. But some pull-down taps look just like traditional taps with a detachable spray head.


Pull Down Style Kitchen Tap


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Touchless Taps

When you’re cooking poultry or another meat, you may be wary of turning on your sink so that you can wash up. You don’t want to risk forgetting to clean your tap after washing your hands and risk contracting salmonella or another disease. To avoid this stress altogether, why not install a touchless kitchen tap?

A touchless tap has regular handles that you can use to turn the sink on and off. But it is also responsive to touch anywhere on the tap. You can tap the touchless tap with the back of your hands to turn it on, wash your hands, and do the same thing to turn it off. That means you no longer have to fiddle around while trying to turn on your sink without spreading germs.


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Wall Mount Tap

If you want your sink to be as big as possible, consider installing a wall mount tap. These taps connect to water pipes through the wall behind your sink. They allow you to install a large sink or simply have counter space behind your sink. You can find them in modern or traditional styles, and they are available in as many finishes as regular taps are.

When you choose a wall mount tap, keep in mind that installing one will be much more laborious than installing a tap in your worktop. This is because your plumber will need to reroute your plumbing pipe to the wall behind your sink. You likely don’t have an existing plumbing connection, so it will take more time. During this process, they may run into issues concerning electrical wiring or other barriers. Don’t let this get in the way of your dream kitchen sink, though! If your kitchen will look and function better with a wall mount tap, you should go for it.


Wall Mount Tap


Pot Filler

Have you ever trekked with a pot full of water, worrying if it was going to spill? Maybe you’ve spilt a pot of water all over your kitchen and struggled to clean it up before risking water damage. If either of these situations sounds familiar, we’d like to introduce you to the pot filler! A pot filler is a separate tap above your range that does exactly what the name suggests: it fills pots.

Not only are pot fillers functional, but they also make a grand statement in your home. Your guests will surely be impressed by your kitchen if you install a pot filler. This, combined with the ease of use and prevented accidents makes a pot filler the perfect investment piece for your gourmet kitchen. To learn more about why your kitchen needs a pot filler, check out this post from Remodelista.

If you’re not adding a new sink, you can still install a pot filler in your kitchen. You can make a request for a plumber on Bidvine and get custom bids from interested plumbers


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2. Bohemian

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These kitchens are more about the experience of cooking, rather than opulence. They often feature open shelving and plenty of greenery.

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3. Eclectic

This style can often be mistaken for bohemian, but it is more refined. Monica Gellar’s kitchen on Friends is a good jumping-off point for an eclectic kitchen. It features bright colours, exposed bricks, and mismatched appliances. Yet, it comes off as a cohesive and organised look.

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5. Modern

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6. Mid-Century Modern

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