You'd be forgiven for thinking that there wasn't too much to consider when choosing the best kitchen taps for your home.
However, this hardworking hardware needs to strike the perfect balance between design and function.
A good, basic kitchen tap should provide smooth water flow and easy handling. But, get excited, because many now also come with all sorts of bells and whistles that will make your domestic life so much easier (Amen).
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Avid cooking fans will truly appreciate a pull-out rinsing spray (Smeg's Orta tap and Adobe's Hex tap boast this feature), which makes everything from washing vegetables to pots and pans a simpler task.
Coffee and tea fans should invest in a tap that dispenses steaming hot water (no more boiling the kettle 10 times a day), while clean water-lovers will truly appreciate a tap that filters the water for you. The Vital tap from Franke boasts all of these features in one, making a brilliant investment.
When it comes to the style of your kitchen taps a two-handle faucet offers a more traditional design, while a single-lever tap is a more modern approach.
The two-handle style features individual levers to control hot and cold water supplies, while the single-lever design enables you to control water flow and temperature with one hand.
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Live in a contemporary, open-plan space? A single-lever tap will suit your modern decor. A traditional two-handle faucet, like the Phoenician from Perrin & Rowe, would suit a country cottage or more classic-style home. But, don't worry, it still comes with all the fancy features, producing steaming hot, cold and filtered water.
Finally, choose a finish that suits or enhances your kitchen. Chrome is always a timeless choice, but if you're after something a littler edgier, blackened copper, matte black and dark bronze are all funky choices.
Read on for our round-up of the best kitchen taps for a seriously stylish sink...
Caple Avel tap in Blackened Copper
Masculine and rather dashing, actually, this cool blackened copper tap is streamlined yet edgy. Would look amazing in any contemporary home. Size: H33.9x reach 21.3cm
Abode Hex single-lever pull out tap
Industrial design fans will love this matte black and nickel tap. Here's the science bit: ceramic disc valve technology ensure smooth flow and temperature control, while the pull out hose makes cleaning easier. Size: H37.8x reach 22-52cm
Blanco Livia tap
This beautiful brushed brass tap offers a modern aesthetic... but it's not all just about good looks. There's a jet regulator to reduce scaling and a 190° swivel spout for greater reach. Size: H36x reach 20.8cm
Dornbracht Sync single-lever mixer with pull-down spray in Dark Bronze matt
Clean lines, matte, cool colour and understated - we love this edgy tap, which boasts a pivotable spout and anti-scaling system. Size: H50x reach 24cm plus hose
Franke Vital Semi-Pro filtered water tap
Developed in Switzerland (always a benchmark for great design), this device offers delicious filtered drinking water straight from the tap. What's more, it has a pull-out spray with 360°rotation for ultimate convenience. Oh, and did we mention it looks chic, too? Size: H55x reach 23.5cm
Never have the hassle of using a filter jug or boiling a kettle again with this nifty little brushed gold number that does all the hard work for you. Size: H30x reach 20cm
Kohler Karbon single-lever tap
A contemporary style tap in a lovely bronze finish, this tap features an integral sprayhead that offers laminar flow as well as spray functions. It's also durable with five pivot points for maximum manoeuvrability. Size: H22.7 (to first joint) x reach 33.7cm
Perrin & Rowe Phoenician 4360 sink mixer
Opt for this beautiful design if you like traditional-looking taps. While the style may be classic, the technology is definitely forward-thinking with the tap dispensing hot, cold and filtered drinking water, as well as boasting a handy side spray. Size: H37x reach 22.5cm
Smeg Orta single-lever tap
Ultra-modern and sleek, this stylish tap not only looks the part but also has a handy pull out hose spray. Size: H47.9x reach 23cm