You’d be forgiven for thinking there aren’t many things to consider when buying a tap for your kitchen. However, the best kitchen taps in 2021 are design-rich and filled with technology. We’ve picked out the gems fit for your home.
In our expert guide, we rank the best kitchen taps of 2021. All of the kitchen taps we’ve highlighted are on sale via Amazon and land at a range of price points. Whatever your budget, we’ve got you covered.
On this page:
- Where’s the best place to buy kitchen taps?
- The 10 best kitchen taps of 2021
- How to install a kitchen tap
- Hiring a plumber from Amazon
- Best kitchen tap 2021: Buyer’s Guide
Where’s the best place to buy kitchen taps?
You might think that you’ll find the best kitchen tap deal at a local high street retailer, but that’s not always the case. We’ve got proof that shopping online can help you save some money, which means more spare cash to improve other parts of your home.
If you’re looking for a bargain, we recommend searching websites such as eBay and Amazon for the best value and widest range. Both of these sites will let you filter down to the features that matter the most to you. You’ll have the added bonus of viewable Amazon customer reviews, too. However, note that you’ll have to wait at least a day for delivery if you buy from eBay or Amazon.
Alternatively, if you want to get your kitchen tap on the same day you order, try the click-and-collect services offered by retailers including B&Q, John Lewis, Wickes or Ryman. These are likely to be more expensive than online-only shops.
The 10 BEST Kitchen Taps 2021
- 360-degree professional sprays
- Switch between a powerful shower jet & fine spray
- 140-degree swivel range
- Speed Clean anti-lime system
- StarLight chrome coating for easy maintenance
- 5-year warranty
The GROHE K7 sits deservedly in our list of the best kitchen taps 2020. It looks great, with its scratch-resistant StarLight chrome finish that prevents limescale buildup.
Those good looks are paired with a practical and powerful design. The 140-degree fixed swivel on this kitchen tap lets you aim a powerful jet of water into any section of the sink. Meanwhile, the detachable 360-degree spray lets you direct a powerful jet (or fine spray) in any direction.
This may be a rather pricey kitchen tap, but you’re ultimately paying for quality manufacturing and materials. The end result is a stylish and practical kitchen tap that’s built to last. Select our buying link below to find out more.
- BRITA filtered water directly from your tap
- Two levers, one for normal hot and cold water and the other for filtered water
- Uses a P1000 cartridge that reduces limescale
- Each cartridge lasts for around 4 months
- LED meter technology lets you know when the cartridge needs replacing
People who’ve bought the BRITA Waterbar swear by it, so we absolutely had to include it in our roundup. It’s essentially a tap that’s split into two parts – hot and cold water control on one side, BRITA-filtered drinking water on the other. Of course, the filter meets BRITA’s high standards, protecting you from limescale and chlorine that’s usually found in tap water.
The Waterbar comes bundled with one cartridge and each filter is designed to last for 1,200L or four months. Replacing the filters is a breeze. In fact, installing the tap is also straightforward if you have some DIY skills. Failing that, it’s a simple job for any qualified plumber.
- Pull-out spray head
- Precision German engineering
- The high spout makes tall pots easy to fill
- Scratch-resistant design
This premium kitchen tap from Grohe is backed by over 100 glowing customer reviews on Amazon. It has a pull-out spray head with full 360-degree rotation that combines comfort with convenience.
A high spout on this popular kitchen tap means you’ll have no troubles filling up taller jugs with water. You’ll easily be able to slide jumbo pots underneath the Grohe 32168DC0 to let you scrub and rinse. You can grab the pull-down spray head to make the task even easier.
Finished in SuperSteel, this kitchen tap is well protected against the elements thanks to a durable, scratch-resistant finish. It’s the perfect addition to your kitchen if you’re looking to add a touch of class.
- Solid brass construction
- Ceramic Disc Valve Cartridge
- Pull-down design
- Reach hard-to-reach spots in your sink
- 360-degree rotation
Here’s another popular kitchen tap to consider if you don’t want to spend more than £150. This sturdy Gappo model has a solid brass construction and a SEDAL ceramic disc cartridge. Gappo promises that this cartridge provides ‘a lifetime of smooth operation and drip-free performance’.
Like many of the other kitchen taps we’ve included in our best of 2021 list, this model has a pull-down design. In other words, cleaning your dishes and the sink itself is a breeze with the flexible nozzle. On top of that, the high-arch spout makes more room for larger pots and pans.
- Instant 98-degree water (100 cups)
- Insinkerator filter included
- Digital NeoTank included
- Free & Fast Delivery
- 2-year warranty
- Chrome finish
The Insinkerator 3-N-1 is a great option for any home. As its name suggests, it has three key features. The headliner is 2.5 litres (100 cups) of instant boiling water. On top of that, it filters limescale and chlorine from cold tap water. Finally, it’s a normal, everyday, hot and cold kitchen tap.
The instant boiling water feature on this popular kitchen tap is fully adjustable thanks to a digital scale on the water tank. It has a self-closing safety feature, which prevents users from accidentally scalding themselves. Like all instant hot water taps, the Insinkerator only uses a few pence in electricity to run per day. This is thanks to its high-end insulated water tank that keeps water hot throughout the day.
- 360-degree rotation
- Long, ergonomic handle
- Suitable for high pressure
- Durable ceramic cartridge
- 5-year warranty
We really like the sleek, minimal design of the Hansgrohe Focus Kitchen Tap 160. This affordable kitchen tap features a long handle and the swivel spout can be adjusted in three steps: 110 degrees, 150 degrees or 360 degrees.
Hansgrohe is confident that its kitchen tap creates plenty of space between the spout and the sink, giving you ample room to get your chores ticked off. The tap uses the brand’s AirPower technology to mix a generous amount of air into the water. The brand says this makes the water jet ‘full bodies, velvety soft and less liable to splash’.
It’s worth noting that this budget-priced kitchen tap from Hansgrohe comes with a 5-year warranty package. Select our exclusive buying link below for more details on getting this tap in your kitchen.
- Single handle for quick control
- Pull-out sprayer
- Premium ceramic designer faucet
- 360-degree rotation
- 520mm total height
This sub-£100 kitchen tap offers a cheap way to add some style to your kitchen. It uses a single handle for speedy use and temperature control and comes in a Chrome finish.
The top kitchen tap from UKTaps is built to last, made from a solid brass construction that guarantees quality. This is another example of a popular high-arched, pull-out spray tap with 360-degree rotation.
For less than £100, you can’t go wrong with this sophisticated tap. You’ll also get attentive after-sales service from the manufacturer.
- 150-degree swivel range
- Two spray modes
- Handle lock stops lever from wobbling
- AirPower technology reduces splashing
- 5-year warranty
The Talis S kitchen tap is packed with technology. For starters, it uses the brand’s AirPower function, which mixes air with your water to stop you from getting soaked while you’re scrubbing dishes.
This kitchen tap has a swivel range of 150 degrees and two spray modes. Laminar spray is meant for ‘targeted filling’, while Shower spray is better-suited to rinsing. When you’re done using this pull-out spray tap, simply place it back in the spout. Easy.
Flaunting such a clean, simple design, this is a tap that will sit neatly in any kitchen. The tempting price tag sweetens the deal.
- Old-style design
- 360-degree rotation
- Single-lever operation
If you want a high-quality kitchen tap, but still fancy an old-fashioned design, the Franke 115.0028.205 kitchen tap could be just what you’re looking for.
This affordable kitchen tap offers total control with a 360° rotatable spout and single-lever operation.
- Scratch- and corrosion-resistant valve
- Single Handle: easy control of hot and cold water
- High-arch Spout Design with 360-degree Rotation
- Durable Chrome Finish
- All Mounting Hardware Included: easy to install
If you’re not looking to spend too much on your kitchen tap, but still want a unit that does the basics and looks great, this united from Taps UK is a great option.
This classy tap is easy to install and comes with a durable chrome finish that will look great in any kitchen. It’s got a high-arch that frees up plenty of sink space and is 360-rotatable.
Tools needed to replace and install a new kitchen tap
You don’t need a lot of tools to replace a kitchen tap. If you have the following, you’ll be able to install the vast majority of kitchen taps yourself. Just watch the video below for a demonstration.
- Adjustable spanner
- Box spanner
- PTFE tape
How to install a new kitchen tap
If you have the time to spare, and a reasonable toolkit, there’s nothing stopping you from installing your new kitchen tap. Watch the video below to see the steps involved in removing your old tap, and installing your new one.
Hire a plumber to install your kitchen tap via Amazon
Amazon is now going one step further. You can now buy services from Amazon. This means you can buy your new kitchen tap and hire a plumber to install it for you too. All through Amazon. There isn’t a fixed rate for this service as it will depend on what plumbers charge in your area. However, we recently tested the service out with a South West London postcode and got quoted £85.
- Removing old Tap and drain stopper
- Typical installation time of 1 hour
- Installing customer-supplied Tap, handles, and drain stopper
- Reattaching supply lines
- Service is intended for indoor Taps only
Best Kitchen Tap 2021: Buying Guide
Below you’ll find several features to consider before making your purchase. Remember, there’s no right or wrong choice for any of these. You should make your decision based on personal preference and budget.
Fixed or flexible/360-degree spout: Flexible spouts used to be a feature reserved for restaurants or industrial kitchens. The main benefit of a flexible tap is versatility when washing up or filling oversized containers, making it a desirable feature. The downside is that they are modern looking so don’t fit in with every kitchen’s design. The solution here is to look for a pulldown flexible tap that’s hidden inside a fixed spout.
Faucet/Nozzle: If versatility is what you’re looking for then we suggest paying close attention to your tap’s faucet. Most taps come with a basic design that simply channels the water into your sink. More developed faucets let you manipulate the stream.
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Aerator (aka flow constrictor): These are the taps your find in nice hotels and restaurants. They mix air and water to provide two main user benefits. First, it saves the amount of water you use. Second, it reduces the splash when the water hits the sink.
Filter taps: This is the same principle as filter water jugs. The only difference is that these taps actively filter as they draw water from the pipe, giving you an unlimited supply of chlorine-, bacteria- and lead-filtered drinking water. Taps with built-in filters also reduce the build-up of limescale in your appliances. The downside is that you have to replace the filter every six months to keep it effective.
Instant boiling water: High-end kitchens sometimes come with instant hot water functionality. This is a great feature if you live in a busy household where people come and go regularly.
If this is an option you want, make sure your tap has a childproof safety feature and a temperature warning indicator. It’s also worth considering the size of the tap’s tank if you’re looking to dispense large amounts of boiling water.
Buying a mixer tap with that dispenses instant boiling water can be expensive. If you’re looking to save money it might be advisable to buy a dedicated instant boiling water tap to sit next to your traditional mixer.
LED Temperature Lights: Say goodbye to scalding your fingers as you test your tap’s water temperature. Faucets fitted with LEDs that react to water temperature let you visually see how hot/cold the water is via blue, green and red lights. Note that this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker when buying your tap as LED faucets are more commonly retrofitted.
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