Bath Taps

With bath taps, whether you are updating an existing bath or adding a new one, you also need to consider the number you tap holes. Most Acrylic (plastic) baths don’t come with the holes pre-drilled unless you request it, so you can choose any model of tap you like, but make sure to check the product information. Steel bath tubs are usually ordered with the tap holes pre-drilled as it is more difficult material to cut.  There are plenty of different finishes, styles and combinations of bath taps available. 


With one tap hole you have the option of a monobloc or single-lever tap. Like a basin, the flow of water will be controlled by one or two handles and fill from a single spout.


If you have or prefer two tap holes, you can choose between pillar and mixer taps. Pillar taps work in the same way as they do on a basin, whereas mixer taps control the hot and cold water separately but mix together then fill from a single spout. When using a mixer tap, it’s common to have a diverter which allows you to send the flow of water through an attached shower hose offering more flexibility for bathing and cleaning. You can have multiple holes as some ranges have the tap split in up to 5 deck mounted modules usually with pull out handsets.


Wall mounted taps have a modern sleek look and are a good alternative if you do not have much space on you bath rim or if you have chosen a free-standing bath. There are many different styles, including cross handles with a spout to a manual valve with a waterfall. Wall mounting does require a bit more planning than other options, for example making sure you choose a bath without pre-drilled holes, but the results are worth the effort. A popular filling option is a exofill / overflow filler which is where the top part of a bath waste is not only an overflow hole but also a subtle spout where the water flows out of the bottom. These require a control which can be a wall mounted valve or separate hot & cold control knobs.


For freestanding baths you can also use a tall freestanding bath filler or bath shower mixer (with handset) which is floor mounted. 


Do keep an eye on the minimum water pressure requirements as you will find that some need a high pressure to work. If you live in a hard water area (and don’t have a water softener) then a waterfall style spout might not be the best idea as the limescale will require constant cleaning. The same thing can be said for the matt black finish.


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