Kitchen Taps – the basic styles and functions explained

As an online store that sells genuine spare tap parts for many brands (see all our Brands listed here), we understand that choosing the right kitchen tap can be a daunting task. There are many different types of Kitchen Taps available in the UK and Ireland, each with its own unique features and benefits. Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of kitchen taps:

1. Mixer taps: Mixer taps are the most popular type of kitchen tap in the UK and Ireland. They have a single spout that delivers both hot and cold water, and the temperature is controlled by a single lever or two separate handles.

2. Pillar taps: Pillar taps are a traditional type of tap that have two separate taps, one for hot water and one for cold water. They are typically found in older homes and are less common in modern kitchen designs.

3. Pull-out spray taps: Pull-out spray taps have a detachable spray head that can be pulled out from the tap. This makes it easier to wash dishes and rinse vegetables.

4. Filter taps: Filter taps have a built-in water filter that removes impurities from the water. This is a great option for those who want to improve the taste and quality of their tap water.

5. Boiling water taps: Boiling water taps have a built-in tank that heats water to boiling point, allowing you to dispense hot water instantly. This is a convenient option for making tea, coffee, and other hot beverages.

At our online store, we sell genuine spare tap parts for many brands, so you can be sure that you are getting high-quality parts that are designed to fit your tap perfectly. Whether you need a new cartridge, spout, or handle, we have the parts you need to keep your tap functioning properly.  We would always recommend that you check where your Tap is made before you buy.  Some Taps are very attractive from a cost point of view, but if you are unable to source spare parts for it afterwards you might need to replace entirely and it might cost you more money in the long run.  Also some Taps sold are not designed specifically for UK / Ireland water pressure.  Your Kitchen Tap is probably one of the most used appliances in your Kitchen.  See here also our Post on Eco Water Products.

Choosing the right kitchen tap is an important decision, and we are here to help. With our wide selection of genuine spare tap parts and our knowledgeable customer support team, we can help you find the right parts for your tap and keep it working smoothly for years to come.

Our Sales Team are there to help you:
Remember, you can contact us at any time using email or the Contact Button on the bottom left hand side on this page.  If you are unsure please email any pictures you have e.g Tap picture, together with any other relevant information e.g approx when you got your Tap (there are some  Kitchen Taps that were modified during the years of production and parts might have changed or you might need a valve with a larger seal and we can advise you on all of this.  If you know your Kitchen Tap but can’t find it on our website, or you can find it but the Part is yet to be listed, please contact us us as we don’t have every Genuine Tap Part up yet on our store.

If you wish to fix the Tap yourself we provide DIY Guides on all our  Tap Spares to assist you.  Here is just a sample:

Valve:Tap dripping from the Spout ? Guide to changing Valve here.
Brass Bush: Part surrounding the valve. More info here.
O Rings: Tap dripping where the spout meets the base of the Tap? Guide here.
Aerator: Found at the tip of the spout. Here is our Guide How to Remove your Aerator / Antisplash from your Kitchen Tap.

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