When I moved into my house nine years ago I inherited the worst kitchen tap ever – with an old-fashioned turn handle for both hot and cold – it dripped, got stuck, was difficult to turn off and on and was generally a real pain! Probably because it was such a pain I realised just how often I would need to use it – I believe the average number of times a kitchen tap is used in a day is over thirty times – so 30 daily sessions of frustration – until I had it changed and in a small way it changed the quality of my life.
Now a few years on I can see how the world of taps has grown and expanded and there are now so many options available through our Beau-Port Kitchens website which hosts a Kitchen Tap Store. It is time for an upgrade in my kitchen and I am tempted by so many of the choices that Beau-Port now has available.
Just taking a look at the standard types of taps there is a wide range of elegant contemporary and traditional taps to choose from – with an extensive selection made by Franke including the Olympus, with is the most popular of its kind and would look good in any modern or traditional kitchen. I like the idea of a pull out nozzle tap and Franke’s Centinox (Edit: Now discontinued) has a practical pull out spout with flexible hose, very useful for quickly clearing the sink, cleaning salads and other practical stuff.
My other favourite tap idea is the Boiling Hot Water Tap – as a constant tea maker, regularly filling the kettle up all day, this would be a bonus and time saver for me and free up my kitchen work surface from the kettle. I seem to have to replace kettles annually as these high-powered noisy modern kettles just don’t seem to last – so the idea of a boiling hot water tap could save me money too.
When I look at the range of kitchen taps that Beau-Port has I feel like ‘a kid in a candy store’ and just can’t make up my mind, so I will seek advice from Mark, our resident expert on all things to do with the kitchen.