tapware australia

For many of us, it’s not until we have a firsthand experience with poor water flow, hard to grip taps, or those that are just boring and unappealing, that the realisation sinks in: investing in the best quality tapware in Australia will make a huge difference long term!


The truth is, not all tapware is created equal. Given its integral function in your bathroom (or laundry, kitchen), choosing the right tapware can help you get ready faster, enhance the appeal of your space, and, of course, last the test of time (aka: continued usage).

Here are a few of our most valuable tips when it comes to picking the perfect tapware for your needs, whether you’re renovating, restoring or upgrading.


  • Choose a Quality Finish
  • Certain tapware finishes will inevitably get dirty or wear down faster over time from general daily use. A high-quality finish is important because it means you can enjoy enhanced longevity from your tapware. Here are how some popular finishes fare:

    Matte Black

    Since matte black is a special finish, there is an assumption it’s not long lasting. 

    Actually, a matte black finish, such as the Intra Basin Set or Sole Wall Mixer, is not only a sleek, sophisticated tapware choice, but also offers great durability.

    This is because premium matte black finishes are generally electroplated, which provides added corrosion resistance and longevity.  

    It’s a popular choice for modern bathrooms, because this finish exudes luxury and looks stunning set against materials like marble/stone and timber, or as a contrast to white features in the room. 

    Chrome Plated

    Chrome plate has a chic, high polished shine that’s equal parts elegant and edgy in any bathroom.

    However, the added benefit is that it’s also tarnish-resistant and super easy to clean.

    For an ultra-modern option, the Titan Rectangular Swivel Bath Spout has angular lines that make for a unique tapware accent piece that draws attention for all the right reasons.

    We also love the Mimas Round Swivel Tap for a timeless choice - the swivel capability puts you in full control when getting ready for a long, luxurious soak in the tub.

    PVD Brushed Finishes

    PVD is a sustainable way of depositing a long-lasting coloured finish of stunning quality and resistance.

    The beauty of a brushed finish is that you can enjoy something a little more bespoke or quirky, such as metallic or bright colours – and really make a statement with your tapware!

    Our Ikon Harper Basin Mixer in brushed nickel offers a fun, unexpected twist on everyday tapware, without compromising on quality or style (thanks to a solid brass base and European design).

    For an old-world feel - perfect for restoration or heritage properties - or more antique décor (for example, complementing a bathroom that has a claw foot bathtub), we love the Nero X Plus Basin Set in the soft brushed golden hue.

  • Pick the Right Tap Type
  • There are lots of varieties in the world of Australian tapware, but where higher quality brands stand apart from the pack, is in design versatility (specifically, to make life easier for you)! 

    Premium Pull Out Tapware:

    • Feature a concealed, retractable head
    • Offer greater freedom and flexibility of movement
    • Ideal for use in a deeper (or double) sink when rinsing/soaking items easily, such as in the kitchen or laundry

    Quality Three-piece Tapware Sets 

    • Your classic hot tap, cold tap and spout combo
    • A popular pick for bathroom basins, and available in a wide variety of finishes and styles

    “Gooseneck” Tapware 

    • As the name implies, this tapware has a distinctive curve and longer “neck” with a beautiful bend
    • It’s a great choice for a centrepiece 
    • Gives a luxe touch to a kitchen or bathroom where you want an extra special finish

    Bathware Direct Mixer Taps have a single lever for simple flow and temperature control and our Diverter Mixer Taps like the Dory/Hoki Diverter Mixer let you easily divert water between shower heads or a bath spout and hand shower all in one product!

  • Wels Rating
  • “Wels” is an Australian classification for measuring rate water consumption (such as flow rate, litres per wash and so on).

    All good quality tapware in Australia should have a Wels rating available (from 1-6 stars, the higher, the better). 

    Buying water efficient tapware will not only save you money on your water and energy bills, but is also more environmentally friendly.

    We love the Ikon Riley High Rise Basin Mixer which combines function and form, with a high Wels rating and a sleek, minimalist design.

    The chrome plated oval handle has a soft curved finish and offers simple one-handed water and temperature control for easy, everyday use. 

    Final Tips for Choosing the Best Quality Tapware in Australia

    • Consider how and where your tapware will be used for the best usage experience

    • Pick a high-quality finish and colour so you know you’ll be happy for years to come, and get longevity from your tapware

  • Keep materials front of mind – not just the exterior tapware, but also quality of the insides (we’re talking about a high-quality cartridge, aerator, flow controller, elastomer etc. where applicable)
  • You can rest assured Bathware Direct have a wide range of imported and Australian tapware to choose from, that tick off all of the above (and more).

    Discover the full collection here!