How To Choose Tapware

05 Jul 2022 by Caroma

3 Considerations when choosing tapware for your bathroom

The right tapware can transform a bathroom from drab to fab, yet understanding what shapes, materials and designs suit your space can often cause confusion.

We asked Luke Di Michiel, Caroma Industrial Designer, for his three top considerations for choosing tapware before your next purchase.

1. Space and environment

It’s really important to consider the tapware application and environment. This will likely dictate the type of tapware that’s most suitable for your bathroom. Mixer tapware is easy to use and to clean, making it great for a busy family bathroom.

Three-piece tapware is a more traditional look, but can often be retro-fitted to help to reduce renovation costs.

Water efficient tapware has certainly come along way with efficient aerators creating significant water savings without compromising on performance. Remember to check the WELS rating on tapware before purchase.

2. Materials

These days we’re spoilt for choice with all the different materials and finishes to choose from. Your choice will come down to the style of the bathroom you’re creating.

Chrome: Traditionally, chrome was the only tapware finish available. Timeless and easy to maintain, chrome matches with a variety of different styles and textures seamlessly. Fingerprints and watermarks and more visible on chrome tapware.

Stainless Steel: The key advantage of stainless steel is it’s very tough and durable. Machined stainless steel is also great at reducing finger and water marks. A big benefit in a busy family bathroom! The ‘con’ is that is usually costs much more than chrome plated brass tapware.

Brass: Brass tapware is very popular at the moment and, depending on the finish, can have a natural patina allowing the tapware to age and change character over time.

Matte Black: Matte black tapware is on trend at the moment and can really give your bathroom a modern and sophisticated look and feel. The material however, will fade over time and no wax based cleaners or chemicals can be used to clean the product.

3. Consistency is key

It’s important that tapware, basins and baths are matched together to deliver the best experience. Above counter basins that sit proud on a vanity top work best when matched with tower basin mixers or wall basin mixers. Proportionally you want your basin and tapware to look right – it’s no good matching a large generous basin with a small petite mixer.

Discover how you can create a beautiful bathroom with Caroma by visiting our tapware range here.

How To Choose Tapware

How To Choose Tapware

For over 75 years GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens brands, such as Caroma, Fowler, Stylus and Dorf have been a part of life in Australia. A wholly owned subsidiary of GWA International Limited, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens is a Brisbane-based, Australian managed company with diverse interests in the building products industry and related companies.Clever thinkingOur reputation for innovative thinking stretches back to our founding fathers. In 1837, the Fowler brand began manufacturing sanitaryware. Dorf was established in 1948 by Keith Hooper, an admirer of Henry Ford. He decided to switch the letters in the word ‘Ford’ to create the innovative tapware brand we know today.Caroma was founded in 1941 by Charles Rothauser and his wife Roma when they developed the first one-piece plastic cistern, winning the first of many awards for Caroma including the FH Edwards Laurel in 1956. In 1980, Caroma introduced the world’s first dual flush toilet, which continues to save millions of litres of water each year.Caroma and Dorf remain to be some of Australia’s most widely recognised brands and continue to provide innovative solutions for everyday Australians and professionals alike.Unmatched Sustainability RecordOur Research & Development team, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Cummings, is recognised globally for its water saving achievements.Over the years, our products have saved Australia and the world billions of litres of potable water, the world’s most precious resource.As the leading manufacturer of Australian bathroom products, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has always made sustainability the focus of product performance.Long before it became fashionable to think of the environment, GWA was developing water saving and energy efficient technologies. We’ve pioneered an impressive list of industry firsts including:- Commercialised the dual flush button system.- The 6/3 litre dual flush cistern.- The 4.5/3 litre dual flush cistern with Smartflush® technology.- Industry first WELS 5 star rating for toilet suites with the new Profile toilet suite with integrated hand basin.- Industry first WELS 6 star rating for urinals with the new Cube® 0.8L electronic urinal suiteAlways SolvingToday, our Research & Development team is dedicated to continuing our reputation for innovation with a focus on developing the latest water-saving technology. Every product we make is designed and built to respond to society’s changing needs and an ever-increasing desire for efficiency and environmental consciousness. Our products meet relevant Australian Standards, WELS certification and Codes of Practice for new build and retrofit applications.Ever EvolvingAbove all, bathroom and kitchen products need to be desirable, practical and functional. At GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens, we’re committed to leading the way in developing groundbreaking industry innovations to ensure we continue to provide these benefits to the Australian people for years to come.


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