What You Need to Know About In Wall Basin Mixers

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Wall mounted tapware have been a popular style of tap for showers and baths. But more recently, in wall basin mixers have become a trend.

There are many benefits to having taps installed in the wall, but there are also some key considerations if you decide on this style of tap above your vanity.

Here are some things to consider when deciding on in wall basin mixers.

what you need to know about in wall basin mixers

Save bench space

One of the reasons many opt for a wall mounted mixer is because it saves having a tap installed in the benchtop. This can be beneficial if you are wanting a vessel basin and have opted for a slim vanity bench. To save space, a wall mounted mixer is one way to grab back much needed bench space.

 Makes cleaning easy

Wall mounted mixers also make cleaning the bench easier as you don’t have to clean in between tight spaces. When splashed water finds it’s way into tight spaces this can promote mould growth.

Looks modern

Mixer taps are a more recent design in tapware, so the adoption of wall mixers has generally been a slower process. But more and more bathrooms are adopting this style of tap – especially in the shower. When installed over a basin, sink or bath, it offers a contemporary look.

What you need to know BEFORE you decide on in wall basin mixers

If you decide to have this style of tap installed, measurements are crucial. Let your plumber and builder know at the beginning of the renovation or new build, as the services will need to be roughed in the correct position.

Should the mixer be roughed in the wrong position, this can potentially affect the whole design aesthetic of the bathroom. The matching fixture will need to be moved to meet the spout to look balanced in design and to catch the water from the spout.

Generally, the spout will be installed above the basin in line with the waste. The tap handle will be off centre but still in close proximity to the spout.

Before demolition, a detailed plan with measurements of where the tap and spout needs to be will ensure the tap is in the right position, above the basin/bath/sink.

Where to purchase wall mounted tapware

When you choose your wall mounted tapware, choose a reputable brand that has longevity.

Usually a mixer will last a number of years and can be fixed by replacing the cartridge.

But if you’ve chosen an unusual or cheaper brand of mixer, the moment it starts to leak, your plumber may find it difficult to locate the right cartridge.

If a cartridge can’t be sourced, the taps will need to be ripped out – which will incur considerable cost if the splashback needs to be impacted from the removal.

Always purchase your wall mounted mixers from a reputable plumbing company like Reece or Tradelink as they will usually be able to source the right cartridge, should your mixer need it.

Another important note is check your spout will reach the basin. The right length spout shouldn’t flow on the basin mount. It should flow into the basin itself.

Be wary of any cabinetry or mirrors that are installed above the wall mounted mixer.

Usually the mixer will have a flange or plate that conceals the hole where the mixer has been installed.

Also make note of whether the lever will point north or south. The tap handle will need room to move so the water can be turned on and off. You don’t want to have cabinetry above the lever that makes turning the tap handle difficult.

With good planning and design, you should have no issues with this style of mixer.

Do you like the look of wall mounted tapware? Do you prefer your taps in the wall or through the bench?

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This post was originally written in 2018 and has been updated for 2022.