Selecting the Best Kitchen Sink Mixer Tap For Your Kitchen Home Improvement by Mark Parker - December 5, 2020December 5, 20200 Kitchen mixers are a staple in every kitchen. They allow you to make several drinks at once by putting just one nozzle on the spout and simply turning it, like a blender. There are many types of kitchen mixers, each of them contributing to a certain style or look in your kitchen. You’ll find the standard stainless steel toaster kitchen mixers to more ornate and decorative pieces. Choosing new mixer taps for your kitchen can be a challenging task. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of options available. There are also many factors, such as your kitchen design and your personal preference, that can help you narrow down your choices. The most popular type is the high pressure sink mixer tap, which is installed directly to your sinks. It is ideal for busy households because it takes up less counter space than regular kitchen mixer taps. However, if you do have a larger kitchen, then you might want to consider purchasing the under-the-sink variety instead. These are often made with chrome or brass components, and they usually have a one-handle control that makes them very convenient to use. This type also allows you to add a few spouts without having to go to the sink, as long as the faucet is located above the sink. If you opt for under-the-sink types, make sure that the faucet extends all the way to the floor, as this will help keep water from spilling out onto the floor if your faucet accidentally slips. If you have a cabinetry design in your kitchen, then you might want to consider purchasing a bar-shaped mixer tap. These come in all sizes and are ideal for small kitchens that have only a stovetop. Unlike kitchen mixer taps, these mixers do not require an additional spigot and so can be installed right under your stove. This is great for people who like to cook on the stove, but do not wish to have water pouring down from the ceiling onto their hands or food. Bar-shaped mixer taps are available in stainless steel, chrome, and nickel finishes, and also in some classic white finishes. Another option to consider is a plumbing-less kitchen mixer tap. These are the perfect choice for busy households, as they don’t require any plumbing, and the valve and spout are mounting to the wall, eliminating all plumbing, or at least very little. They require less maintenance than other kinds of kitchen mixer taps, because there is no waterline required. However, since the valve and spout are typically made of plastic, you do risk having them break on you if you are not careful. Most plumbing companies in Los Angeles provide this service free of charge to their customers. The third option is a kitchen tap with a built-in waterline. These kinds of kitchen mixer taps come with a built-in waterline, but only one drain (one small hole) is required to connect the water to the tap. These kinds of taps are usually cheaper than other options, because they don’t require the plumbing that you would need with other kinds of tapware. However, these kind of taps are not practical for kitchens with a counter or island. If you don’t want to have to keep an eye on your faucets and taps, or you don’t want to have to deal with cleaning out the water, installing one of these built-in waterlines can be expensive. In addition, there is a good chance that the water pressure in your home will decrease without the need of a plumbing professional. A great alternative to kitchen sink mixer taps is stainless steel kitchen mixer taps. These mixers are installed underneath your sink and mix up your pots and pans before they reach the sink. Stainless steel is an excellent choice, as it will stand up well to your use and will never tarnish. Also, installing a stainless steel kitchen sink mixer tap can be more expensive than a simpler option, such as a kitchen tap with a built-in waterline. You will also need to deal with maintenance and cleaning, although this kind of tap usually comes with a lifetime warranty. Lastly, there are single lever taps. These kitchen sinks provide you with the ability to turn on just one faucet, rather than several at once. They are very convenient if you frequently wash larger pots and pans, or if you cook for large families. Although single lever taps are usually more expensive than their two lever counterparts, you will find that they are extremely easy to maintain, clean, and replace. These single lever kitchen faucets are also available in a wide range of designs and styles, so you will easily be able to find the one that is right for your kitchen.