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Kitchen Mixers - Here Is What You Need To Know

These days the most common style of tapware used in kitchens is mixer taps. The idea is very simple – rather than having a hot tap and a cold tap, mixer systems have just one tap delivering both hot and cold water. This system allows you to get your water to the optimal temperature easily and quickly, ultimately saving water and time. 
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These days the most common style of kitchen tapware used is mixer taps. The idea is very simple – rather than having a hot tap and a cold tap, mixer systems have just one tap delivering both hot and cold water. This system allows you to get your water to the optimal temperature easily and quickly, ultimately saving water and time. 

A few things to consider when choosing new taps:


We are spoiled for choice when it comes to mixer taps with different options and functionalities to choose from - therefore, it only makes sense to have a grasp of all the basics before you start shopping around.
Out of experience, we know that it is worth investing a little money in your tapware – since you often get what you pay for – but that means you want to really know you’re making the best choice to suit your needs and tastes. 
A good start is to choose your style. You won’t fit a Victorian-style mixer in your ultra-modern kitchen. How will you be using your kitchen? Have a look at the functionality of various designs. With some careful thought, you will find your perfect sink mixer.

 

DECK MOUNT MIXERS

The term simply means that the bottom of the tap sits flush against the surface it is mounted on. 


Deck-mounted taps can sometimes be fixed directly to the sink itself if the sink has been equipped with a tap hole. 
Whether you’re looking for a swivel spout, a pillar type, a single lever with a C-spout, a pull-out spray mixer, or even a touch-free wave mixer, we stock them and can deliver them.
 

 

 

 

WALL TYPE MIXERS

More recently, wall-type mixers have become a popular choice. There are many benefits to having taps installed in the wall, but there are also some key considerations if you decide on this style of tap for your renovation or new build.

Here are some things to consider when deciding on wall type mixers:
•    Save bench space – With a wall-mounted mixer, you grab back much-needed counter space. 
•    Makes cleaning easy – With a wall-mounted mixer you don’t have to clean in between tight spaces. Tight spaces can be prone to mold, so using a wall-type mixer is a bit more hygienic. 
•    Looks modern – When a wall-mounted mixer is installed over a sink or basin, it offers a sleek, contemporary look. 


If you decide to have this style of mixer installed, you need to let your builder or plumber know at the beginning of the renovation in order for them to do the correct preparation for the wall-mounted mixer. 
Another important point is to choose a reputable brand that has longevity. A mixer should last a number of years and can be fixed by replacing the cartridge. If you have chosen a cheaper brand of the mixer, your plumber might find it difficult to source the right cartridge. 
Something else to consider is the right length of the spout. It is very important that the water flows into the sink itself and not on the sink mount. Your plumber, builder, or Plumb-it sales consultant will be able to assist with the correct measurements.
It is also very important to purchase your kitchen sink mixers from a reputable plumbing company like Plumb-it Online to ensure product warranty, SABS standards, and service call accessibility.

 

Plumb-it stocks quality brands such as Hansgrohe, Franke, Cobra, Splashworks, and many more, that have a wide selection of wall-type mixers, including swivel mixers, mixers with retractable hoses in a variety of styles to choose from.