The best bathroom faucets: taps to complement your bathroom's style

We’ve rounded up some stylish and contemporary taps for your bath and sink to complete the look of your bathroom

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Fixtures and fittings are often an afterthought when it comes to interior design. But if you’re considering renovating your bathroom or just want to rejuvenate the interior a little, investing in new bathroom faucets can really make all the difference. Whether you have a contemporary or traditional bathroom, bathroom faucets are more than just chrome taps these days, and you can now choose from a range of bold materials and colours that will make your bathroom really stand out. 

When picking what bathroom faucets are best for you, it’s not all about style, but practicality, too. If you’re completely renovating your bathroom, then you’ll be able to start from scratch and choose whatever faucet type you’d prefer, but if you’re just replacing your taps to spruce the place up, the easiest way to do this is to pick bathroom faucets which have the same installation type you already have. 

A centre-set faucet is the most traditional. This has a centre unit with two taps to control hot and cold water. A single-hole faucet is a single unit and handle that controls both the hot and cold water from the tap. Finally, a wall-mounted faucet is, as the name suggests, installed into the wall. These are commonly found in baths or wider sink basins rather than a standard sink, because they tend to have higher arching spouts. 

Whatever style you’re considering, take a look at our round up to see what might be the best suited to your bathroom. We’ve picked out a range of styles, installation types and finishes to give you some home inspiration. 

Abode Fervour Wall Mounted Bathroom Tap

1. Abode Fervour Wall Mounted Bathroom Tap

A contemporary wall-mounted faucet

Specifications
Water pressure: 0.75/5.5 bar
Finish: Chrome
Fitting: Wall-mounted
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to fit + One handle control 
Reasons to avoid
- Exit height is not adjustable  

This wall-mounted bathroom faucet features one-handle control of both hot and cold water and a single horizontal tap for water that flows directly downwards. This type of faucet would be best suited to a bathtub or a larger basin as the exit height is non-adjustable. This is a minimalist design with a polished chrome finish and round edges which are favoured by those with contemporary bathrooms, and the flexible tail pipes are designed for quick and easy installation. If you’re looking to make some subtle changes to your bathroom, this wall-mounted faucet could be the feature you’re looking for.  

John Lewis Marden Basin Mixer Bathroom Taps, chrome with white handles

2. John Lewis Marden Basin Mixer Bathroom Taps

Traditional centre-set taps with a high-shine finish

Specifications
Best for: Traditional style
Water pressure: 0.10/5 bar
Finish: Chrome
Fitting: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Georgian style taps  + Adjustable inlets  
Reasons to avoid
- Tricky to fit  

If you’re more of a fan of traditional styles that minimalist modern fixtures and fittings, then this Georgian-style bathroom faucets could be the finishing touch your bathroom needs. This is a centre-set faucet with two small and elegant taps which allow you to control the hot and cold flows separately. The chrome is polished and finished with white handles and indicators of which is hot and which is cold. The tap has a slight arch with an anti-splash spout and the curvaceous features only add to the aesthetic appeal of this bathroom faucet. One thing to note is that customers found the instructions a little lacking for these taps, so you may require a professional to install them, or a lot of patience at least! 

Moen Eva One-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet, brushed effect

3. Moen Eva One-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet

An alternative to chrome, this bathroom faucet can add character to your bathtub

Specifications
Best for: Alternative style
Water pressure: Low-high
Finish: Brushed nickel
Fitting: Fixed single-hole
Reasons to buy
+ Different finish + High-arch tap 
Reasons to avoid
- Require frequent cleaning 

Bathroom fixtures and fittings don’t always have to be chrome, and this brushed nickel faucet is the perfect example. It is a single-hole faucet with a high-arching spout; a design which would work well with bathtubs or custom sink basins. Customers say this bathroom faucet was a breeze to install and the handle transitions smoothly from hot to cold when needed. Users have commented that due to the colour and finish of the taps they retain fingerprints quite easily, which may be a deal breaker for those who hate cleaning the bathroom. Some have suggested a wax to finish these taps would help retain their quality for longer. 

Hudson Reed Topaz Monobloc Basin Mixer, chrome with white handles and hot/cold markers

4. Hudson Reed Topaz Monobloc Basin Mixer

A centre-set faucet with smooth curves and arches

Specifications
Best for: Low pressure systems
Water pressure: Low
Finish: Silver
Fitting: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ China handles + High arch  
Reasons to avoid
- Low pressure only 

If you have low water pressure in your bathroom then this taps are for you. The centre-set faucet is designed to accommodate low-pressure systems and it is also loved for its elegant Victorian design. The high arching tap, china handles and smooth, polished edges are a popular choice for both contemporary and traditional bathrooms, so if you’re always changing up your style, you may find this faucet is a timeless feature that will blend with your changing interiors.  

Bristan Orta Basin Mixer

5. Bristan Orta Basin Mixer

A basic yet reliable faucet for smaller bathroom basins

Specifications
Best for: Small basins
Water pressure: 0.2/5.0 bar
Finish: Chrome
Fitting: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Short spout means no splashes + Varied water pressure 
Reasons to avoid
- Looks a bit basic 

If you have a smaller cloakroom-style toilet then this small chrome tap may be a practical choice of installation. It is a single-hole unit with varying water pressure and a short spout which stops splashes in smaller basins. It may not have any specific aesthetic features, but the polished finish completes the smart and modern look and it is an affordable choice if you just need something reliable for your guest bathroom, for example.  

Delta Lahara Lavatory Faucet

6. Delta Lahara Lavatory Faucet

Tall taps that offer a sleek look and seamless water flow

Specifications
Best for: Elegance
Water pressure: Low and high
Finish: Chrome/Champagne bronze
Fitting: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Choice of finishes + Smooth water flow  
Reasons to avoid
- A little noisy 

The Delta Lahara Faucet comes in three different finishes which cater to different interior styles, making this faucet a popular choice for both modern and traditional homes. The high arching spout means a seamless water flow that allows baths to be filled with ease, and two handles to control the temperature of the water. Customers have said they take a little bit of assembly but it’s worth it for the finished look, they do tend to get a little noisy when running on cold after a while, which isn’t such a problem if you’re installing them in your sink as opposed to the bathtub.  

Bristan Traditional Bath Taps with white hot/cold markers

7. Bristan Traditional Bath Taps

Traditional hot and cold taps for baths and basins

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Water pressure: 0.2/0.8
Finish: Chrome
Fitting: Fixed
Reasons to buy
+ Affordable  + Contemporary design 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the fanciest  

Perhaps you’re sick of that leaky faucet in your downstairs bathroom or you want to find a quick way to update an old-fashioned bathroom. If so, then these traditional bath taps are basic but reliable. The handles are clearly marked with hot and cold and the chrome is polished for a smart finish. The tap has a low arch with a short spout which means they can be fitted to any size and style of basin without risk of splashing. You can expect varied water pressure and no leakages with this bathroom faucet.  

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