The Best Bathroom Taps For A Splash of Style

Our handpicked selection of basin and mixer taps promises to bring a refreshing touch of elegance to your bathroom's decor.
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Upgrading your bathroom taps with one of the latest modern designs can completely transform your wash space. Whether you require basin taps or a mixer tap, the options available vary from a traditional look and feel to curvy or square contemporary designs.

To assist you in selecting bathroom taps, our handpicked selection lists top-performing designs, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing and using a range of taps. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

GROHE BauEdge Pillar Tap
Best Quality Mixer: GROHE BauEdge Pillar Tap
Funime Bathroom Mixer Taps
Best All-Rounder: Funime Bathroom Mixer Taps
Hapilife Bathroom Waterfall Tap
Best Waterfall: Hapilife Mixer Tap
Celala Chrome Bathroom Mixer Taps
Best Value: Celala Chrome Bathroom Mixer Taps
Hapilife Traditional Bathroom Ceramic Taps
Best Traditional: Hapilife Bathroom Ceramic Taps
Bristan Cobalt Bathroom Basin Taps
Best Quality Pair: Bristan Cobalt Bathroom Basin Taps

How The DIY Works Team Test & Rates Bathroom Taps

As we own a number of properties where most were renovated from the ground up, we’ve gained plenty of experience replacing bathroom taps over the years.

The latest modern styles are our favourite to install because they can instantly modernise any bathroom. From the rainfall style to the curvy basin tap shown in the photo, we’ve installed multiple over the years.

However, the choice of design is a matter of personal preference and there is a wide range of bathroom tap designs to choose from at your disposal.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest bathroom taps (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved tap, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).

To give you an idea of how much of a difference a new modern bathroom tap can make to your wash space, below are before and after photos of a recent installation we carried out. As you can see, it makes a huge difference and most taps come with other hardware such as a matching waste too.

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Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows one of our most recent installations. As you can see from the video, it’s built to a very high standard (as you would expect from the Bristan brand) and the slightly curved design allows water to simply fall off. This is important as it prevents water and general dirt from sitting on the flat surface.

As well as our experience installing multiple mixer and basin taps, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and multiple factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the type, style, build quality, supplied hardware, water pressure requirements, warranty and value for money.

The Best Bathroom Taps

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1. Best Quality Mixer: GROHE BauEdge Pillar Tap

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GROHE is a highly reputable bathroom brand that’s well-known for its superior quality and their BauEdge bathroom taps follow that great reputation and come with a 5-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

According to the brand, these bathroom taps use their latest water-saving technology known as “EcoJoy”. The result of this integration means that the taps can reduce water consumption by up to 50% without compromising performance.

Pros
  • Scratch resistant finish that’s easy to keep clean
  • “EcoJoy” water saving technology
  • Simple monobloc installation
  • Backed by a 5 year GROHE guarantee
Cons
  • Size may be too small for large bathroom sinks/tubs

To conclude, the GROHE BauEdge are high-quality bathroom taps that are easy to install and offer relatively good value for the money. Compared to similarly priced alternatives, they offer unbeatable quality and they won’t disappoint.

2. Best All-Rounder: Funime Bathroom Mixer Taps

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The Funime basin taps are another option that’s been built to the highest of standards and without compromise. They are constructed of pure 59 brass with a multi-layer chrome plating that provides superior durability and also looks great.

Included with these taps are a single basin tap, pop-up waste, instructions and all the required hoses and fittings.

Pros
  • Multi-layer chrome finish
  • High quality brass construction
  • Min pressure of 0.5 and max of 1.0 bar
  • 1/4 turn ceramic disc cartridge
  • Supplied with all the installation hardware
  • Includes a pop-up waste
  • Delivers water in a desirable waterfall spray
Cons
  • Brand isn't well-known in the bathroom industry

Overall, the Funime bathroom mixer tap is an excellent all-round option that combines a high-quality construction with value for money. Everything you require for the installation is within the box and it’ll look great once installed.

3. Best Waterfall: Hapilife Mixer Tap

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If you prefer to see the water flowing out of the tap, the Hapilife waterfall bathroom tap is a great option to consider. It uses a solid brass construction with multiple chrome layers to provide a long-lasting mirror look.

Unlike similarly priced alternatives, this tap is built to a much higher standard and it weighs 1.1 KG, which is an indication of its quality. The brand also provides an impressive 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

Pros
  • Desirable waterfall design
  • Monobloc solid brass construction
  • Fully tested ceramic disc cartridge
  • Supplied with UK standard fittings
  • Instruction manual provided
  • Backed by a 10 year warranty
Cons
  • Provided flexible hose may be too short for some basins

To conclude, the Hapilife Waterfall Tap is a well-made option that would make a great addition to any bathroom sink. The fact that it’s backed by an impressive 10-year warranty is a clear indication of its superior quality.

4. Best Value: Celala Chrome Bathroom Mixer Taps

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Another bathroom waterfall tap that’s backed by a 10-year warranty is by the Celala brand. Although it’s cheaper than many of the alternatives, it’s made from a standard H59 brass construction and it uses the latest ceramic disc technology for improved performance.

Pros
  • H59 brass construction
  • Latest ceramic disc technology
  • Scratch resistant chrome plating
  • Backed by a 10 year warranty
  • Supplied with UK standard fitting hoses
  • Provided with detailed instructions
Cons
  • Brand recommends at least 1.0 bar of pressure for the best experience whilst using the tap

To conclude, the Celala waterfall mixer tap is a great option to consider and it’s very similar to the Funime alternative but with a less curvy design. It’s a quality tap with a stylish look and feel that’ll look great within any modern wash space.

5. Best Traditional: Hapilife Bathroom Ceramic Taps

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If you would prefer a more traditional style of tap, these Hapilife bathroom taps are the perfect solution. They are made using high-quality brass materials and they use twin ceramic handles for a stylish look and feel.

Retro designs are coming back in fashion and these bathroom taps are an inspiration from the Victorian era. Other brands have attempted to replicate the old-fashioned design but these Hapilife taps have perfected the vintage style.

Pros
  • Vintage Victorian look and feel
  • N59 brass construction
  • Multi-layered chrome finish
  • Twin ceramic handles
  • Supplied with UK standard fittings
  • Backed by a 10 year warranty
Cons
  • Quality could be improved (but it's still great for the price)

Overall, the Hapilife traditional bathroom taps are the best option for those requiring a vintage look and feel for their bathroom. They are also backed by a 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

6. Best Quality Pair: Bristan Cobalt Bathroom Basin Taps

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Bristan is a popular bathroom brand that’s well-known for their premium showers but they also offer a range of other products such as these basin taps. The modern cobalt design is the most popular bathroom tap they offer that’s built to the highest of standards and provides a premium look and feel.

Pros
  • Contemporary and stylish design
  • High quality metal back nuts
  • 1/4 turn ceramic disc valves
  • Premium chrome plated finish
  • Only requires 0.2 bar of pressure
  • Backed by a 5 year guarantee
  • Designed to conform to the BS EN 200 standards
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

To conclude, the Bristan taps are a premium option with a modern, sleek style and they would make a great addition to any wash space. Although expensive, they are a worthwhile investment that’s built to last and designed by the best in the business.

Conclusion

Investing in a quality, modern bathroom tap can make a huge difference to your wash space and there are hundreds of designs you can choose from. Whether you want a luxury, waterfall or traditional style of tap, you certainly won’t struggle to find a style that best suits your requirements. However, we strongly advise that you avoid budget options as they’ll often begin to show signs of wear much earlier than you would expect.

If you require further information regarding our bathroom tap recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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