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...

 

 

Avel tap in Blackened Copper, £151, Caple

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

Hex single-lever tap with pull-out hose in brushed nickel/black, £399, Abode

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

Livia tap in brushed brass, £550, Blanco

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

Sync single-lever mixer with pull-down spray in Dark Bronze matt, £1,110, Dornbracht

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

Vital Semi-Pro hot, cold and filtered water tap in Matt Black and Silk Steel, £849, Franke

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

3N1 L-Shape cold, hot and filtered steaming hot water tap in Brushed Gold, £1,000, InSinkErator

InSinkErator 3N1

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

Karbon articulating tap in Brushed Bronze, £2,488, Kohler

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

Phoenician 4360 tap with porcelain levers in Gold, £578, Perrin & Rowe

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

Orta single-lever tap in copper with Black hose, £199, Smeg

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