If you want your bathroom to be functional, it is necessary to equip it adequately, and today we have a large selection of different toilets and faucets. Regardless of whether you are equipping a new or remodelling an old bathroom, the toilets and taps must be made of quality materials because they are expected to be continuously used and for an extended period. They will make your bathroom look lovely, functional and modern. Every bathroom and every user has different needs and desires. Therefore we have a massive choice among several different types of taps, according to the way they are used, the type of material they are made of and so on.
There are one-handed faucet, a two-hand tap, sensor and timing faucets, but we will focus on the first two – one-handed and two-hand faucets because they are most commonly used in today’s bathrooms. Both have their pros and cons, and the choice of a particular one is mainly a combination of personal preference, the configuration of the bathroom and the desired price that the user is willing to pay. We distinguish between a typical sink, a bath or a bidet. Each of these listed faucets can be one-handed or two-handed, plus the tap for the bath and bidet have a shower addition, and the colour, appearance, functional options must be carefully selected to fit into the rest of the bathroom.
Let’s start with the sink faucet. Both species are common on the sink. It depends on the appearance and design of the sink, and the faucet must be of a certain height so that there is enough space for the hands without touching the sink itself and the faucet so you can wash your hands, brush your teeth or if you have a habit of drinking water from the sink. That way, it is not possible for water to spray outside of the sink itself. The faucet must be easy to use. Depends on what kind of configuration of the pipes and sinks you have in your bathroom, you will choose what faucet will be installed in the wall or the space made in the sink intended for the tap. If the bathroom interior is modern, you will usually choose a one-handed faucet. If you want to have a very modern bathroom, a one-handed faucet is easy to handle and also cost-effective, and the reason is that the temperature can be adjusted faster if only one mechanism is operated instead of two. It has a mixer that mixes hot and cold water, and its lifting up and down-regulates the volume of the jet. It can come in various colours and shapes, but usually, grey is most common, and it is still increasingly made of granite. Mostly its height is higher, and it is mounted with a single valve from the front or side, starting from the sink.
Choosing a two-handed faucet that would be white, bronze or copper, if copper tubes are already installed in the bathroom, will significantly add to the rustic or retro look of the bathroom. It is usually made with stylized and decorative handles, so it is much more noticeable in the bathroom area. It also offers greater control of the temperature and flow of water, as well as the individual adjustment of flow and heat, so there is less risk of injury.
The bathtub faucet is usually positioned in the middle of the tub and at about 10 cm from it. While the shower faucet is generally placed at the height of about 110 cm from the bottom of the shower, those dimensions are not strict, but it should be situated approximately at the altitude of our elbows. The main difference between taps that are mounted above the tubs and those that are installed in the shower cubicles is that the shower cubicles have and usually use taps that have only a hose and a shower handle. While the shower taps have a switch so you can let water leak through the faucet or transfer the jet to go through the shower. If there is little space in the shower cubicle and is only used for showering, it is better to choose a faucet without switches. If the shower cubicle is tiny and you are used to brushing your teeth while showering, it is better to take a standard tap for a bathtub that can realise water through the tube and onto the shower.
Nowadays, one-hand faucets are monitored above the bath because they are more practical. Lately, the installation of one-handed faucets with LEDs and so-called “thermostatic faucets” are top-rated, because they are functional, economical and safe, especially when bathing/showering children. At the beginning of use, set the desired water temperature, the thermostatic valve will mix hot and cold water, and while bathing, you have a constant water temperature. If you stop the water, for any reason, when you unscrew the tap again, the thermostat will automatically release the same water temperature immediately. Due to the additional functions and quality of craft, thermostatic taps are generally more expensive. One-handed taps with LEDs which are mentioned above in the article can emit the lights depending on the water temperature. The colour of the light can be blue, green and red.
A classic bidet is an option that is not very often in households. It is not traditionally distributed in all parts of the world. It can be a great addition to any bathroom since its use makes it easy to maintain personal hygiene. It has recently been squeezed out by the fashion of large shower cubicles or modern bath salts with built-in shower which works at the push of a button. The bidet itself can have a nozzle that directs the water jet to where you want it. Handles made to adjust the amount of water in the jet are integral to the bidet as the shower handle, which gives you greater autonomy when using the bidet.
The faucets of the same series are usually installed on the sink, bathtub/shower cabin and also on the bidet, to achieve a more beautiful and attractive appearance of the bathroom interior. In any case, as we have already said, choosing the right bathroom faucet is a matter of personal choice, and our guide will make it easier for you to choose from a large number of options.