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Andrew Billingham from Häfele walks us through some things to keep in mind when it comes to the venerable kitchen tap

Hafele Matt Black sink mixer. Kitchen design by Rowson Kitchens


If you're planning a new kitchen or considering an update, chances are you're thinking about appliances. Fridges, ovens, microwaves and more will be swirling around in your head on a daily basis.

However, there's one appliance you may be forgetting. Yes, it's the venerable kitchen tap.

In this article, Andrew Billingham from Häfele UK walks us through some things to keep in mind when it comes to taps.

How often do you use your kitchen tap?

Take a moment to think about how often you use running water in your kitchen on a daily basis. Every so often to fill the kettle or wash your hands, perhaps? It might come as a surprise, but in the average home, we use running water in the kitchen around 100 times a day!


Every element of your kitchen must be durable, but for an appliance that works so hard and is used so frequently, it’s paramount that your kitchen tap can be relied on to perform flawlessly whenever it is needed, as well as complementing the overall design of your kitchen.

As with any new addition to your kitchen, it’s important to think about what you need from the kitchen tap and how it can work most efficiently around you and your lifestyle.

Fancy touch technology?

Perhaps you are a keen baker and quite often find yourself with your hands covered in dough, tentatively turning the kitchen tap so that you don’t get it dirty. The need for taps to react to the slightest touch is not one that has gone unrecognised by water fitting specialists, who now provide tap systems that offer modern, timeless and elegant design, combined with touch-control technology.

This allows homeowners to operate the tap with their wrist or forearm to avoid those unhygienic and dirty finger marks.

Want to get rid of your kettle?

If you’re less of a baker, and more of a tea-maker, think about taps that offer instant access to hot water. These dispense steaming hot water on demand – no waiting around to boil a kettle. There’s never been a better excuse to drink more tea!

Introduce a multifunctional work zone

Perhaps you’re a self-confessed foodie, always experimenting with new recipes and need your kitchen to perform as a test centre. As any foodie will know, such experimenting involves a lot of washing, whether it’s your bowls and dishes or your ingredients.

Taps with pull out spray heads are ideal here, transforming your kitchen sink into a multifunctional work zone. With function that allows you to point the head at exactly where you require it, you’ll find that your every day food preparation and cleaning becomes effortless.

Whatever your kitchen usage requirements there’s a tap design to suit. Don’t overlook this essential, everyday appliance.

First published date: 01 September 2017

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