I’m on the hunt for a new kitchen tap, but of course I want it to be pretty and in a classic traditional style. Our tap isn’t that old, but it started leaking before I went away and 6 weeks later when I got back was dripping constantly. Here’s the tap we have now.
This tap has both a hot and cold quarter turn lever handle. The problem is, if the tap starts to leak you can’t just change the washer. I would have to try and find exactly the right size spindle on each side and replace it. There’s no guarantee a new spindle would work, so I’m on the hunt for a new tap.
What to Look For in a Traditional Kitchen Tap
Before I race off and pick a tap I like, I need to understand a few things. My current tap is a one hole mount on the sink, so the new tap needs to be the same.
This Ionian tap from The English Tapware Company won’t work as it is a two hole mount. I’d have to drill new holes into the sink and I’d be left with a hole in the middle.
Likewise, this wall mounted tap won’t work as my plumbing comes up from underneath the sink and not out of the walls.
Next I need to think about what sort of spout I like. Many kitchen taps have a tall gooseneck so you can easily get dishes underneath the spout. Although I like the gooseneck tap, I prefer the decorative curve and top detail that is on my current tap, which is known as a shepherd’s crook. I also want to make sure that my tap can swivel as I have dual sinks side by side.
When searching for taps, make sure you check the measurements. You need to look at the height of the tap and spout, and how far the tap head projects over the sink. My current tap is 30.5cm high, with a spout height of 26cm. The spout projection over the sink is 26cm. Also make sure the new tap will completely cover the old hole.
Now I have to decide what sort of handle I want. Do I stick with the existing quarter turn dual levers or do I consider a ceramic disc mixer like this Parthain Mixer? Although the mixer tap is convenient to use, I like the symmetry of the dual levers, and the tap is a more prominent feature of the sink as it is wider. My current tap is 19cm wide across the base of the tap.
Last things to consider are material and budget. I’ll stick to chrome as it will work with the sink and vegetable sprayer, which I should be able to keep. As for budget, taps can vary from just a few hundred dollars to well over $1,000. Here are some options.
The Picarde Tap from The English Tapware Company ticks all the boxes. It has a decorative curved shepherd hook spout, dual lever handles and a matching vegetable sprayer if I can’t re-use the old one. It is a little shorter than my current tap, but not by much. The sting is that it’s $1265 with the sprayer and $915 without.
The Nobili Antiqua tap from Resoration Online would work. It’s also a little smaller than my current tap. I’m just not sure I like the blue and red dots on the side even though I know they are useful. It retails for $569.20
The Nostalgia tap from Phoenix is a mix between a lever handle and a mixer. It’s quite a bit smaller than my current tap especially in spout height. It retails for around $823
The Country Kitchen tap from Belfast Sinks has me perplexed with it’s sloping levers. Apparently it’s $100 off but you have to email for a price. Seriously who has time to do that? You’d have to really want and love the tap.
Brodware is an Australian tap company. I like their Winslow Lever Mixer. Again, it’s a little smaller than my current tap, but not too small. It retails around $808.
If I was on a tight budget this bargain eBay find would do the trick. At $67.69 the tap would be cheaper than the cost of installation. The thing about this tap that makes me nervous is the quality. My current kitchen tap is only about 7 years old. They really should last much longer than that! Given that it can easily cost $100-200 to get a plumber out to install the tap, I would rather get one that is going to last the distance.
That was pretty much all I could find that met my criteria. If I am prepared to go for a gooseneck tap or a single lever mixer like the Mondella tap from Bunnings or the Rochelle Kitchen Sink Mixer, I would have more options. Now it’s time to double check all the measurements, make my selection and check with the plumber that the tap will fit.
At least a dripping tap will keep the flowers fresh!