From an art-deco style 3-piece basin mixers, to contemporary freestanding bath fillers, there are many styles of brassware available, all in a wide selection of finishes. The variety of choice is perfect as it means you can individualise your bathroom, but can also be a little overwhelming. Below we explain the different types of brassware available, as well as any practical considerations, so you can make an informed choice on which type of brassware will best suit your needs. 


Practical considerations:

Make sure you choose brassware in a style that’s in keeping with the overall look you want to achieve. 

If you choose a wall-mounted tap, it should be positioned so the water flows directly onto the plughole.

Brassware is available in different materials, so consider how much maintenance will be needed, as this may affect your choice.

There are many types of taps (see below for details), so bear this in mind when choosing a basin or bath. For example, if you have an inset basin you are likely to need a wall-mounted basin mixer.

Check your water pressure to make sure you get the most from your bathroom, as different brassware will work best at different water pressures.


Types of brassware:

Three Hole Basin Mixer
This mixer has separate tap valves that feed water through a central spout. These mixers often incorporate a pop-up waste lever.

Pillar Taps 
This is the most traditional option. It has two separate taps that require either a two or three hole basin, where the central hole is occupied by a taphole stopper or a pop-up waste lever.

Monobloc Basin Mixer
This type of brassware occupies a single taphole and is available in both traditional and modern styles. Traditional monobloc mixers incorporate separate hot and cold handwheels, whereas the contemporary alternatives are more often in the style of a single lever that controls both flow and temperature.

One-Piece Bath Filler
Fitting two standard tapholes, this single classic unit features separate controls and a central spout. Adjustments can be made to enable mounting behind the rim, on floor legs or onto the wall.

Three-Piece Bath Filler 
Two tap valves and a spout can be mounted either on the side or end of the bath, or on the wall. This flexible configuration gives the option of mounting the pieces in unconventional positions, providing the projection of the spout is sufficient to go over the rim of the bath. In a contemporary setting, the spout could even be replaced with an overflow filler.
Bath/Shower Mixers
Available in traditional and contemporary styles, these offer a versatile bathroom solution, with a diverter switching water flow from spout to shower head as required. Traditionally, the shower handset rests in a cradle above the taps. Selected ranges can be fitted onto decorative, freestanding floor legs for use with freestanding baths or may be converted to mount on the wall. Contemporary freestanding versions are also available, typically as an all-in-one unit with a single lever mixer.
Four-Piece Bath/Shower Mixer
This type of mixer consists of two tap valves, a spout with a diverter and a hand shower, and requires four separate tapholes. This means that the bath will have to be specially drilled to order.

Five-Piece Bath Shower Mixer
Offering the same features and benefits as the four-piece mixer, this set requires an additional taphole as the diverter is a separate unit.

Alternative plated finishes are available on some ranges, but the options do vary. Plating is undertaken to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the finish. Care must be taken when cleaning plated finishes to avoid damage. We recommend you do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.

To co-ordinate with tap finishes, we offer a range of wastes in chain or pop-up styles for basins, bidets and baths, where the waste is not incorporated or supplied. We also offer decorative metal exposed wastes and waste kits for use with classic roll-top baths.