Countertop sinks look good with visually compatible tall stand mixers, while square variants are best suited with shorter faucets in a cubist style. At the same time, the height of the faucet, the length and the shape of the spout must be such that the stream of water is directed slightly above the sink outlet or directly into it.
Materials and surfaces
We only select water faucets from durable materials. He belongs to them chrome, stainless steel, brass. Surface treatments, e.g. innovative ones, also extend the life of the product PVD surfaces (Physical Vapor Deposition), when the color is no longer just a separate foil or coating, but becomes an inseparable part of the metal. “PVD surfaces have made possible the creation of batteries in a variety of colors, which are also enormously resistant in terms of surface hardness, resistance to corrosion, abrasion, or high temperatures. There is no danger that the paint will begin to peel off over the years or lose its original form,” explains Iva Šedivá from Laufen CZ.
The market offers bathroom faucets in gloss and matte, with a smooth and brushed surface. Brushed nickel, smooth and shiny black chrome and gold, brushed gold, antique copper and bronze are trending.
Types of batteries
- Stands (high, low, with an inclination) we connect the so-called flexi tubes under the sink or behind it. The hoses are connected to the faucets under the sink/basin, which is convenient because of the water shut off when changing the battery.
- Wall mounted we install the batteries on the wall/tiles, directly on the water pipes, so we pay attention to the correct spacing, i.e. the distance between the pipes supplying cold and hot water.
- Concealed version can be found on the wall under the plaster, only the water outlet and the lever or faucet are visible. For installation, we need a concealed body in which hot and cold water are mixed.
Savings and comfort
If we care about the lowest possible water consumption, we choose a battery with the so-called aerator aerating water stream. “While older batteries without an aerator flow up to 12 liters per minute, with an aerator it is only four liters. In addition, water is made up of lighter and softer drops,” points out Iva Šedivá.
The Cold Start function ensures water savings, for example, when the water faucet has only cold water set when the lever is in the middle position. The warm mixture is only mixed by moving the lever to the left. In the case of a short hand rinse, the hot water will not run at all.
Some cartridges have water flow restrictor. Thanks to it, they achieve up to 40% water savings. At the same time, it saves the energy needed to heat it.
Provides maximum control over water temperature thermostatic battery. It pleases with the speed with which it delivers water at the desired temperature, at the same time there is no risk of temperature fluctuations. It is also safe: the thermostatic battery prevents the unintentional setting of a higher temperature than the body’s pleasant 38 °C, so you cannot get scalded by the water.
Batteries with a plastic cartridge tend to be cheaper, but the cartridge breaks over time under water pressure. That is why a battery with a ceramic cartridge is worth it, it is significantly more durable.
- Leverage — easy handling, we mix the water temperature faster with it.
- Faucets — suitable for bathrooms in a retro or industrial concept.
- No touch — highly hygienic battery, thanks to the infrared sensor, the water flows for as long as we set.
Gas and electricity are used for heating and also for heating water. In short, hot water has to be created somewhere, so in the end, its consumption is crucial from the point of view of financial expenses. One of the trends of the coming years could be monitoring consumption in real time. Already today, classic water meters can be equipped with modules that allow reading the value of water consumption remotely, without the need to enter the house or apartment. Starting next year, residents of buildings with remotely readable meters, which allow direct or via buses to send measurements to the Internet, should receive data on water consumption every month.
From 2027, this rule will apply to all objects. According to Karel Vlach from the company Enbra, which deals with the issue of billing and water consumption, more frequent information about consumption or the possibility of its month-to-month comparison will clearly lead to higher savings. “Over time, a person ceases to perceive a higher expense when billing once a year as a pressing problem. If it receives data more often, it can react and optimize water consumption,” states Karel Vlach.
In the near future, meters may be so-called connected to the Internet of Things, when we will see consumption constantly online, e.g. on a mobile phone. If, for example, there is an accident or a sudden increase in consumption, smart devices alert you to the problem immediately.
What color do you like best for bathroom faucets?
Classic – chrome surface.
Black looks very nice.
I don’t have a particular favorite.
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