Kitchen Tap Review: Cross head mixer tap ~ Two different kitchen taps styles

Venice vs DaytonTake a cross head mixer tap – the San Marco Venice Kitchen Tap and the San Marco Dayton Kitchen Tap which have the same basic style: Swan neck with cross head handles but that is where the similarities end.

Style: Ornate handles makes the Venice Kitchen Tap a classic (traditional) style tap whereas the Dayton, with its simple, clean cut lines, is more contemporary.

Colour Finishes: The Venice kitchen tap comes in four finishes whereas the Dayton only comes in two.

Height / Budget: In the table format below you can quickly see that the Venice is smaller and costs less than the Dayton.

TapHeightWater Pressure Rating(£) Chrome(£) Brushed Nickel(£) Bronze(£) Antique Gold
Venice335mm(★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★)75.0099.0099.00£99.00
Dayton380mm(★ ★ ★ ★ ★)£129.00£149.00XX

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – all water pressure ratings | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – low water pressure (0.3 bar and above).


In classic kitchens the colours gold and bronze are always a popular finish as traditional kitchens are often more ornate in finish and detailing than a contemporary kitchen. (think back to the popular pairing of gold or bronze kitchen taps with belfast kitchen sinks and the decorative touches (ornate handles, panels in doors etc).

Trends 2013: Currently metallics (e.g. gold, bronze etc) are big for contemporary kitchens so you will probably see pictures of bright gold kitchen taps in a contemporary setting. My own personal take on this is that some trends come and go (e.g. last years ‘colour of the year’ was burnt orange, this year it’s green) and sometimes I wonder if some ‘trends’ are just marketing exercises to get the consumer to part with more money. Most of us don’t change our kitchen every year so if you want to build longevity into your contemporary kitchen I would suggest keeping the key fixtures neutral e.g. chrome or brushed steel. Use ‘trend’ accessories that are easy to change – lamps, light fittings, cushions etc. For traditional kitchens I actually love the brushed steel colour for an ornate kitchen tap as it adds a dept / richness to the finish.

Water Pressure: The other important element in any kitchen tap that should always be considered in parallel to your budget is water pressure. If you have low water pressure on your hot water side of your kitchen tap (e.g. you live in a bungalow perhaps) or just have it for some other reason, then we would always recommend a tap that uses a compression valve e.g. the Venice. The Dayton, like all swan neck kitchen taps with two levers, uses a ¼ turn spindle which means that it requires a little bit more water pressure on the hot side than the compression valve. Most houses don’t have an issue with water pressure but if in doubt then email us  or ask a qualified plumber to check it for you. This blog here ‘Low Hot water Pressure from your Kitchen Tap’ gives more infomation.

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Published April 2013.

Posted in: Helpful Tips, Kitchen Tap Reviews

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