Seems like it should be a pretty simple job, but there are a few things you should think about before running out and spending your hard-earned money on a new kitchen mixer tap.
It’s a given that we’ve all used a mixer tap – they’re the type that mixes cold and hot water to come out of a single spout at the required temperature.
The old single taps (in the kitchen especially) are a relatively rare sight these days, although we do tend to still see a few of them in the older Annandale homes that we service in Sydney’s beautiful inner west.
If you’re looking to update your taps, we encourage you to consider a few essentials things before jumping on the latest design trend from Ikea or snapping up that ‘too good to be true’ set from Aldi.
We’ve all got a budget, but we’ve said it before and we’ll say
We frequently see people making the mistake of thinking they’ve found a great deal only to end up spending double because the part they have brought is second-rate, doesn’t fit the environment or requires extra plumbing work to be installed correctly.
Using a reputable plumbing supplier such as Cass Brothers, Cooks Plumbing or Reece is the best approach, but of course the ultimate decision would be to hand the job over to your plumber completely. That way if anything does go wrong the warranty and labour are managed through one source.
There are many different sizes, styles, finishes and materials that are available when it comes to mixer taps. When choosing, remember to consider their size and where they’ll sit (particularly if you have a wall behind the sink). You’ll need to ensure that there’s enough space for the tap lever and your hand to control it.
Match your sink
OK so this one might not be important to everyone but it is best practice (and gentler on the eye) if your fittings and fixtures actually match. Standard sinks and taps are generally compatible but as you move up in price and design, you’ll find that compatibility changes.
Chrome, stainless steel, matt-black, block colour … this is entirely dependant on taste and we encourage you to visit a plumbing supplier showroom to actually see mixers in place (really, this is actually pretty important).
You’ll be able to play around with the mixer and feel what it’s like (is it too thick, too thin?).
We’ve popped some great examples of the wide variety on offer below:
At the higher end of the scale, the Wolfen Sensor Operated Gooseneck Tap 6V Battery Powered Chrome has a 5-star rating and looks pretty darn
The much more affordable Posh Bristol MK2 Sink Mixer Chrome has a 4-star rating and will set you back around $80 from Reece (plus installation).
The Mizu Soothe Pulldown Sink Mixer Chrome is 4-star and a great, mid-range priced option for really getting into those veggies thoroughly!
Consider your water pressure
There’s no point in having a beautiful looking, expensive kitchen mixer tap that doesn’t function well because you have reduced water pressure, so do some leg-work first to find out what your water pressure is (read our water pressure blog to find out you can do this at home) and choose according to your flow availability.
Did you know that by law if you don’t have a plumbing license, you cannot install or adjust your cold or hot water pipes?
When installing tap mixers, the cold and hot water flexes are actually classed as water pipes which means if they aren’t connected correctly and blow out, your insurer will likely refuse your claim. Another good reason to use a licensed plumber and avoid unnecessary drama.