Kitchen taps for chic and streamlined sink spaces

Eye-catching faucets in the most gleaming of finishes.

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…