Looking for sleek new fittings as part of a kitchen renovation project? You may want to consider investing in one of the range of monobloc kitchen taps currently available - especially if you're seeking a contemporary finish.
In basic terms, these kitchen sink taps allow both cold and hot water to enter the block or base of the faucet. The temperature of the outpouring water is then mixed together by the operation of the tap handles or valve.
For both hot and cold water to come through the same opening, the feeds are reduced to either 8 or 10 mm and special tap connectors are fitted into the block.
Aside from ensuring that it is easy for you to control the temperature of the water, you will find by doing some research that there are countless designs sure to suit a variety of UK kitchen sinks.
There is so much choice, in fact, that you may well struggle in picking out just one that you like the most.
You could opt for a traditional French farmhouse product or a classic monobloc tap with a low pressure single lever. Alternatively, you might be more taken with a Perrin & Rowe Picardie traditional monobloc mixer tap that comes with lever handles.
Monobloc taps come in a variety of styles and materials. You might want to consider getting a brass tap, for example, if you want a finish that has a warm, inviting look and can help to transform your plain sink into something special.
Alternatively, you might prefer taps in shiny chrome, which is a favourite among many homeowners looking for a contemporary finish.
While this can be a stylish addition to your kitchen, you may find that it is hard to keep looking pristine, so it is worth considering how you will clean the fitting before you make a purchase.
Other finishes you might be taken with include satin, matt and brushed metal, which are easier to clean than shiny chrome and will give your kitchen a sleek, fresh look - ideal for modern culinary spaces.
What you will also find when you start your search for the perfect monobloc taps for your kitchen is that they are available for all budgets. So, regardless of the style you are interested in, you are sure to be able to find a faucet that not only suits your kitchen, but also doesn't break the bank.
If you do opt for monobloc taps for this part of the house, you will discover once you have them installed that they are very neat and are well suited to a house that has a particularly minimalist style and aesthetic.
Ease of control is great with these products, although you will need to check your water pressure before fitting them - as you would with standard mixer taps - because they will only work if the pressure in the supplies of hot and cold water is nearly equal.
Unsure about your hot water pressure? You might need to contact a plumber or the local water board for some advice. If you're redoing your kitchen space, you should consider choosing your faucets at the start of the project, as you will find it much easier to make any necessary adjustments to your plumbing before the installation rather than after it.