Sep 16, 2020
There’s so much more to Kitchen Taps and Sinks than you may
think. In this episode, Frances and her podcast guest Trisha Narde
from Reece discuss kitchen taps and sinks and what to look for in
each. What makes a good quality tap and sink? What material
composition should you look for in standard sinks and taps, but
also in black? Not all black is the same!
They also chat about Billi and Zip taps and how to allow for
them in your design.
In this episode, Frances, and guest Trishla Narde, Branch
Manager at Reece Bathroom Life discuss kitchen taps and sinks and
what to look for in each. They cover Billi and Zip taps and how to
allow for them in your design, as well as black tapwear and sinks
and how to choose wisely.
Main things to consider when
looking for a kitchen tap
- Think about the way you use your sinks and taps. For instance,
gooseneck gives you a little bit of height so you can get larger
pots and pans underneath.
- Where the taps are located - Heavy taps that sit on the sink
are not recommended.
- Whether you have a window behind the tap or not
- The long or short lever that is easy to maneuver
Other features for your kitchen
tap – the latest of the latest
- Sensor taps have recently been released. It turns on and off by
a sensor therefore making hand washing more hygienic, especially in
households where multiple people live.
- Children can easily access it without grabbing the lever.
- The price range is between $600- $900
Pull out the nozzle with a spray function
- Great for getting pressure on stubborn stains and also getting
into the corners of kitchen sinks
Quality tap wear
- When it comes to technology and manufacturing differences there
is what’s called Zero technology. It’s an inlet pipe within the tap
that prevents the water from touching any other parts of the tap.
Another feature that comes with a higher quality tap is the silk
move technology, which allows to cartridge operates smoothly and
- Some cheaper taps on the market can lead to faster malfunction
and they are made from a thinner skin of material, so less
When it comes to warranties, Sussex, Billi, and Mizu offer up to
15 years of warranty, wiht Grohe offering 5 years on parts
and labour as well.
Black and other coloured taps
- These work perfectly if you want a statement in your
- There is no requirement to have your Kitchen tap the same
colour or brand as other tapwear throughout the home.
- Black can wear off over time if you’re selecting a poor quality
- When choosing a black tap, you have to consider the plating
process to ensure the black doesn’t wear off
- PVD Finish (Pressure Vapor Disposition)- strongest finish –
suitable for outdoors and commercial settings
- Electroplating- plated like chrome and won’t wear off. Totally
suitable for domestic purposes without the black wearing off.
- Powder coating- least extensive to create and can come off
easily with use.
Billi and Zip Taps
Generically these taps provide boiling, chilled and sparkling
water all in one tap, or separately.
- Has a great market presence
- Have beautiful colors and style
- They are 30% more expensive compared to Billi
- 12-month warranty
- Manufactured in US
- Also has a lovely range of colours, but not as extensive as the
- Has a 2 warranty
- Is an Australian brand
Placement in the kitchen – WIP or main
They are placed in either the WIP or Main Kitchen, depending on
the frequency of use and how the WIP and kitchen are used and where
the main place for preparing food takes place.
The installation also needs to be considered, as they require a
600mm cupboard to store the water units to heat or cool the water.
A vent in the cupboard is also required, and can also determine
whether the tap will be placed in the WIP or main kitchen.
It costs between $3,000- $7000
These taps are not regarded as a particularly sustainable option
due to the energy required to retain boiling and refrigerated water
Opting for the cheapest sink is not going to give you a product
that will last. There is a distinct difference between high quality
and low-quality sink.
- A combination of 18% chromium and 10% nickel – 304-grade
stainless steel or higher is better
- Durable- doesn’t rust and is not a thin sheet of steel that
- Some stainless steel has a sound deadening pad around the
- 16-18 gauge stainless steel – the lower the number the better
the quality of the steel being used
- Polishing – higher quality sinks have a better polishing finish
which means the scratching is less visible.
- Good quality also means steel is a minimum 3mm thick. Lowe
quality can be as low as 1mm thick.
Sink Brands in
- Franke- a Switzerland brand
Types of sinks
- Visually attractive because the rim of the sink is not
- Easier to clean
- It has more depth with the 20mm of stone adding to the overall
- Can’t be used with laminate
- With the under-mount sink, the stone is visible so it needs to
be polished which can be an additional cost
- Can be susceptible to chipping especially if heavy-handed with
- The most expensive type of sink
- Can we use it with laminate or timber benchtops, as the water
can affect those materials.
- Flush with the benchtop
- Needs precision in grinding the stone 2-3mm to allow for the
sink to sit flush.
- Not as popular as other sink types
- Regarded as a more traditional style of sink
- The sink sits into the gap in the benchtop, so doesn’t require
- Most cost-effective
- The only option for timber or laminate taps
Buying Criteria when choosing
- Depth should be considered based on the size of the cookware
you use for cooking
The position of the waste
- Traditionally, the waste is always in the center of the sink
but now they moved it to the back of the sink which gives more
space underneath in the cabinetry.
- Quality black sinks are made with 80% crushed stone or granite
and 20% resin that binds the materials together (similar to a stone
- Non-porous, so great for sanitation
- Colour goes all the way through
- A good quality black sink needs to made of a stone composite,
and not coated with black colour.
Black Sink and Black
- Easily able to have a black sink and chrome or coloured
- In most instances, the black sink and black tap are likely to
be too heavy.
- Taps can still be the showpiece, and need to match the
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