Remember when a faucet was made up of two separate controls to control the flow of hot and cold water, and you needed the patience of a watchmaker to use it?
Luckily, nowadays there is an almost infinite number and variety of faucet models, with all kinds of possibilities, accessories and extras.
Technology has entered this important and often overlooked point of our homes and lives, with solutions such as the incorporation of variable LED light at the outlet of the water jet so that we can see its temperature with our own eyes before touching it.
But, today I want to review the different types of faucets that you can find on the market and their possibilities to adjust to your domestic taste.
Classic among the classics, I opened this post with a retrospective mental image with him. It has the advantage, of course, that it allows you to fine-tune the flow rates of hot and cold water, but in exchange for investing more time in its use and, presumably, both hands.
Today, the most widespread in homes, has a single control with which we can regulate temperature and flow in a single movement. Some incorporate ingenious mechanisms that touch the fantasy as leverage, and can give your bathroom or kitchen a touch of spectacular design.
A peculiarity is that we must open them with moderation, because in a single stroke it can provide us with the totality of the flow without being necessary (not so with the taps single-lever wheel, which had to turn several times to take to its top).
Another very common error in the operation is to open it in half often, which makes the hot and cold water mix many times without being necessary (the correct thing would be to always open it from the position of cold water, if it is not lukewarmness what we are looking for).
Much more advanced and also more expensive than the previous ones, this faucet allows you to choose the water temperature and flow rate more specifically. In addition, it incorporates stoppers to prevent the water from running too hot without wanting to, making it safer.
It’s not as easy to install or replace as the other models, but it’s worth the investment.
It is installed directly on the wall, saving space in the stack and gaining in aesthetics. It also requires, on the other hand, a water intake prepared behind it.
They are usually found in public places, and have their flow limited to a specific time to save water (usually a push-button). They are not recommended for home use because of their obvious limitation, unless there are special safety needs, such as older people with a tendency to leave taps and other appliances open or on.
Infrared controlled taps
They have sensors that detect the hands to get started. We also usually find them in public establishments. They have the convenience of being activated directly with use and turned off when removing hands, but also obvious limitations in the choice of flow and temperature.
Foot pedal tap
Unusual in bathrooms, and even more so in some restaurants, they stand out for hygienic reasons, because you don’t need to use your hands to activate them and they are comfortable -and even fun- to use.
There is something common to any faucet model that you can buy in a hardware store, and that is that the cheap is usually expensive. It is better to invest a little more in a quality model that will give you many more hours of use in perfect condition, avoiding premature replacement.
Speaking of faucet installation, here’s one of our videos that will help you replace your bathroom or kitchen faucet yourself (valid for simple models like the single-lever mixer):
And if you want a helping hand from one of our professional plumbers to save time and complications