A Buyer’s Guide to Bidet Taps

Although often associated with southern European countries such as Spain, Portugal and Germany, bidets are becoming increasingly popular features in UK bathrooms. For some, they offer health and sanitation benefits; for others they simply add a little extra sophistication to a bathroom suite. However, a common problem many people have when choosing to have a bidet installed is what type of tap to choose and where to buy it from. This short guide may help you to make the right choice for your bathroom.

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Where to buy bidet taps

Most high street bathroom or DIY stores will have a wide range of bidet taps on offer. If you’re buying a full bathroom suite from a single store, you may be able to ask them to throw in extra fittings such as taps for free or at a discounted rate since you’re making a large purchase.

Buying taps from the same store will make it a little easier to ensure they are compatible with your bidet. If your bidet is already installed and you’re simply looking for new taps, make sure to check the size of the holes in the bidet first and buy taps that fit.

Mixer Bidet Taps

Bidets are designed to be small and compact; almost a hybrid of a sink and loo. For this reason, space is minimal and mixer taps for bidets are the most common option available. You’ll often hear mixer taps also referred to as monobloc taps. Since one spout delivers the flow of water from both the hot and cold pipes, you should consider the pressure of your hot and cold water; they need to be similar in order to ensure the tap functions properly, so check this before you buy.

Pop-Up Waste

Much like modern taps for sinks and baths, you can easily find bidet taps with a pop-up waste. This means that they have a small lever, often on the back of the tap, to allow you to raise or lower the plug in order to fill the sink with water and then empty it when you’re finished. Although a great feature, pop-up waste taps tend to be more expensive and in order to save money a simple plug may be better solution.

Traditional Bidet Taps

Bidets are often associated with large, luxurious and traditional bathrooms, and for many this style remains popular. You will commonly find period-style bidet taps with spoke handles in your high street store, or you could try antique stores or markets for truly vintage taps. Buying second hand taps may also help you to save money compared to buying large, ornate taps brand new.

Installing Bidet Taps

Just like normal sink and bath taps, it isn’t too tricky to install bidet taps; simply turn off the water, connect the pipes then secure the tap to the bidet. Remember when buying your tap to measure your home’s water pressure and only select and install taps that are compatible with this pressure, otherwise it may not work properly.

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