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Bathroom Tapware Guide

Selecting tapware for your bathroom is a significant decision that forms the foundation of how the space operates.

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Mixers and spouts are crucial elements that require proper consideration so your day-to-day life can function optimally within the style you desire.

It can be overwhelming navigating the many different designs, finishes, and functions of the products on offer. Our bathroom tap guide outlines the key factors to note so you can make the best choice for your home.

When to Consider New Bathroom Tapware

When building or renovating your home

When replacing damaged or inoperable tapware or plumbing

When tailoring to specific physical and accessible needs

When updating your home to increase the resell value

When swapping to more water-efficient fixtures

How to Choose Bathroom Tapware

There are many variables when it comes to which tapware is best for bathrooms. To get you started, here’s a checklist to consider when searching for your fixtures.

- How much space do you have?

- Will you need a swivel function?

- Will it be wall or bench-top mounted?

- Do you require extra functionality?

With these considerations in mind, you can then compare the different types of kitchen taps and their finishes to determine which will work best in your space.

Types of Bathroom Tapware

There are many different types of bathroom taps, coming either as sets or individual components. Bathroom tapware has versatile placement options, with choices such as bench-mounted, wall-mounted, or floor-mounted. There are also taps designed explicitly for outdoor use or accessible needs.

Our main bathroom tapware designs can be used across a multitude of configurations and include our lollipop-style Elysian, the circular Milani, the plus-sign Cross, the linear Barre, the provincial Kingsley, and the textural reeded detailing of Namika.

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Assembly Taps

These are the most recognised of tapware arrangements, providing one handle for hot water and another for cold. It gives excellent water control, as each tap can be adjusted for precise pressure and temperature.

Our assembly taps are offered in Milani, Cross, Barre, Kingsley, Namika, and Pixi designs. Pixi allows you to insert a section of your tile into the face of your taps to create a uniquely flush look.

While assembly taps are typically wall-mounted alongside a spout, you can also bench-mount them if you prefer.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Most designs, as they have a familiar functionality and a wide variety of styles
- Those who prefer wall-mounted fixtures above a basin or bath

Considerations when buying assembly taps: 

- That there’s enough wall space to accommodate
- Those with mobility issues may require more streamlined tapware

Summary

Price Range: 
$59.90 — $559.70

Pressure and Temperature Control: Yes

Minimal Mixers

Offering a more tidy design, minimal mixers feature one lever to control the water. You move the handle up to increase pressure and side-to-side for temperature.


Our minimal mixers are offered in Elysian, Kingsley, and Namika styles.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Most designs, as they have a straightforward functionality and can be easier for children to operate
- Those who only want wall-mounted tapware over a basin or bath
- Both bigger or smaller bathroom spaces

Considerations when buying assembly taps: 

- It is recommended for wall installation instead of benches to promote its full capability
- Designs are typically available only in a lollipop shape

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Price Range: 
$44.90 — $929.90

Pressure and Temperature Control: Yes

Progressive Mixers

Similar to minimal mixers, it features one dial for water temperature and pressure. The difference is you operate the mixer in one right-turn motion to control both.

Turning the mixer will move from cold low-pressure water to cold high-pressure water. At about a half-turn, the mixer will stay at high pressure and begin to warm. As you continue to turn, it will move to hot.

Our progressive mixers are available in the Milani, Cross, and Barre and can be bench or wall-mounted.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Those who enjoy sleek, minimalistic designs for their basin, bath, or shower
- Those with mobility issues and require fewer fixtures
- Smaller bathroom spaces

Considerations when buying progressive mixers: 

- It’s a relatively new functionality, which may take getting used to — especially for young children

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Price Range: 
$159.90 — $424.70

Pressure and Temperature Control: 
Yes

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Basin Mixers

Instead of buying a separate tap and spout, basin mixers combine the two. The single fixture stands upright, with a linear spout designed to sit over the basin and a minimal mixer handle included in the structure.

We offer basin mixers in Elysian and Milani styles, with an extended size option for both.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Those who want a more straightforward tapware selection process
- Those with mobility issues and require fewer fixtures
- Those who don’t want to install fixtures on the wall

Considerations when buying basin mixer taps: 

- It can only be bench-mounted; ensure there’s enough space on your countertop
- That it doesn’t impose on your mirror visibility too much
- Ensure that the spout can properly reach over the basin lip

Summary

Price Range: 
$189.90 — $649.90

Bathroom Spouts

There are two spout configurations to choose from — bench-mounted or wall-mounted, and these can be either static or swivel spouts.

Our bench-mounted spouts are a gooseneck shape, available in swivel or in the static sensor. We also offer bench-mounted hob mixer sets with the same gooseneck spout, however, it is static.

Our static wall-mounted options come as a standard spout, Kingsley, Namika, and sensor; or in gooseneck for a swivel option. 
 If you need a particularly small spout, browse our Mini Series for wall and bench-mounted options.


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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Those who want a more straightforward tapware selection process
- Most designs, as they are a more traditional design
- Smaller bathroom spaces

Considerations when buying bathroom spouts: 

- That there is enough wall or bench space, depending on the style you choose

Summary

Price Range:
$160.90 — $929.90

Universal Fitting: Yes

Sensor: Yes

Bath Fillers

If you’re looking for a strong visual impact in your bathroom, a bath filler is a very popular design choice. This floor-mounted fixture features a tall gooseneck spout that feeds water into a freestanding pedestal basin or bath. 

Currently, we offer two types of bath fillers: the Elysian features its signature minimal mixer on the product for a comprehensive selection, while our Floor-Mounted Bath Filler requires a separate mixer for design flexibility.


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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Large, open-plan bathrooms with generous floor space
- Those wanting to create a spa-like atmosphere
- Baths that are installed away from a wall

Considerations when buying bath fillers: 

-Your plumbing needs to account for floor installation, which is planned easier in new builds or major renovations
- If you will purchase mixers separately and where they will be placed
- If you prefer to have your bath filler including a mixer on the fixture

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Price Range:
$39.90 —  $1,249.90

Interchangeable Tapware

Worried that you won’t enjoy the look of your tapware in the future? Interchangeable capabilities in our Infiniti Technology mean that you can future-proof your design. Building and renovating can be fast-paced, and your style and finish preferences may change over time. Our handle kits allow you to revamp your tapware’s look without compromising the existing tiling or waterproofing.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Style and finish uncertainties during the rough-in stage to take the pressure off making a final decision
- Building or renovating to sell a home in the future, as you can re-style your taps

Considerations when buying interchangeable tapware: 

- Your plumbing needs to account for floor installation, which is planned easier in new builds or major renovations
- While styles are changeable, their functionality (e.g. progressive, assembly) may not be. Be sure to check the guidelines outlined on the information page.

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Outdoor Tapware

Creating an outdoor bathroom sanctuary requires materials that can withstand the elements. 316 grade is the most durable of our stainless steel offerings and is suited to outdoor applications, which is why it’s used across our Sola Collection.

From shower sets, tapware, and other accessories, you can enjoy bathing outside with fixtures that provide peace-of-mind longevity.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Those with an exposed outdoor bathroom that needs weather-durable fixtures
- Those who want added reassurance of durability in an indoor build

Considerations when buying outdoor tapware: 

-They can come with a higher price point due to higher quality
- If plumbing work will need to be added/amended in your
outdoor area

Summary

Price Range: 

$59.90 — $399.80

Sensor Tapware

Hygiene is supreme in communal spaces, and sensor tapware works to promote just that. Wave your hand in front of the infrared sensor and enjoy water touch-free. Offered across mixers and spouts, our Sensor Collection provides smart technology to your bathroom.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Busy bathrooms, particularly commercial or public spaces
- Households with children — sensor taps have an automatic shut-off feature for safety

Considerations when buying sensor tapware: 

-Ensure you can access the battery section of the sensor fixture for future replacements

Summary

Price Range: 
$535.90 — $929.90

Touch Free: Yes

Accessible Tapware

Accessible, ambulant, and assisted living tapware provides equal bathroom usability regardless of an individual’s physical capabilities. Our Aliro Collection is designed and tested to meet AS1428.1:2021 Standards, with the range including mixers, basins, grab rails, accessories, and more.

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These types of bathroom taps are best for:

- Residential or commercial clients who wish to build a certified accessible or ambulant bathroom
- Those with mobility issues and are looking for accommodating tapware

Considerations when buying accessible tapware: 

-It is the responsibility of the purchaser to consult a professional before installation to ensure the products are installed in a manner that maintains their compliance with the relevant Standards

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Price Range: 
$249.90 — $649.90

Bathroom Tapware Finishes

Most of our bathroom tapware is made from solid brass and generally undergoes one of three main colouring processes.

Brushed brass, brushed gunmetal, brushed copper, and brushed nickel bathroom tapware are coloured with Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), the most durable and corrosion-resistant colouring process. Those tapware colours feature a subtle brushed texture with minimal shine — exceedingly popular across various design styles due to their visual interest. 

For something more classic and familiar, chrome or matte black bathroom tapware is appealing for the opposite reasons: chrome is high-shine and effortlessly versatile, while matte black is lustreless yet striking. Both are treated with an Advanced Electroplating Application (AEA), resulting in tapware finishes that aid longevity against general wear and tear.

White bathroom tapware is a unique and contemporary choice for bathrooms, bringing airy lightness to any scheme. It’s coloured with our PrimeShield Lacquer Technology (PSLT) and features a slight gloss texture.

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Bathroom Tapware Installation & Plumbing Considerations

When installing or replacing bathroom taps, we recommend hiring a qualified professional to ensure correct installation — especially in circumstances regarding accessible tapware. 

If you’re still having trouble deciding what tapware is best suited for you, we recommend asking the advice of a trusted tradesperson or building manager when renovating or beginning a new build. They can give personalised recommendations that will best suit your design and budget.

Remember, selecting bathroom tapware is a very individual choice, so it’s imperative that yours is made in line with the needs of your situation — rather than trends.

For further assistance in selecting the kitchen tapware for your home, please contact us below.

Alternatively, you can book a complimentary design consultation for personalised advice from our experienced team in-store or online.

Want more inspiration? See our other buying guides:

Vanities
Bathroom Accessories
Shower Set
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