How to choose a mixer
When renovating a bathroom or kitchen the most important thing — not the design delights and well-chosen high-quality appliances. Even such a seemingly minor detail, such as the mixer, is very important. How to choose a faucet?
The range of sanitary products is really huge, so choose the mixer is quite easy: the different models are design, quality, price. How to make the right choice? Let's try to figure out how to choose the right mixer.
The choice of mixer depends on where you plan to install: this will depend on the type of installation. So, sinks usually mounted directly on the sink, although there are wall-mounted faucets. Bathtub faucets. on the contrary, they are usually mounted on a wall, although they can be mounted directly into the side of the bath.
Shower mixer also mounted in the wall, but usually it has no "nose" but only a shower hose that is attached to the holder. There are "hidden" faucets for showers, in which the mixing mechanism is immured in the wall. There are even faucets bidet. their design depends on the number of holes for fixing the reinforcement in the bidet body (one or three).
Finally, if you need to choose kitchen faucet. you need to pay attention not only on the type of attachment, but also on the length and design of the "nose" that will depend on the location and shape of the shell. And no matter what room you choose a mixer, it is necessary to focus more on wiring pipes. if you do not plan a major overhaul, with this moment you need to reckon.
If you want to choose a faucet that you really want, you need to pay attention to mixing mechanism. The most simple, inexpensive and reliable option — traditional twin valve mixer with two separate taps. It has two valve or faucet, one for cold water the other for hot. The disadvantage is that for optimum temperature and flow sometimes you have time to "play" with cranes.
There are also single-lever mixers. In such mixers, two degrees of freedom on one arm, so it is possible to regulate separately the water pressure and temperature. Depending on the regulatory element single lever faucets are ball and ceramic. Balls have a simpler design, but they are more difficult to control the water current. Ceramic provides smoother adjustment, but their design is more difficult, for their normal operation, an additional filter may be required.
Finally, you can select thermostatic mixer type. Thermostat mixer is equipped with a water temperature regulator. Once you have set the temperature, you can save the parameters, and the next time it is turned on, it will have the desired temperature. The temperature limiter protects you from too hot water: when the fuse is switched on, water will never warm up above 38 ° C. Similarly, there is protection from too cold water.
Still there mixers with infrared sensors. reacting to movements, but they are more often used in public toilets, houses in such a mixer without handles need, as a rule, no.
To choose the right mixer, you need to pay attention to the material. Traditionally, mixers are made of brass or bronze they hope and comfortable. Additionally, the metal can be coated with a special enamel or Nickel. This coating does not only aesthetic but also protective function. A good option — brass hull fitting, Nickel plated to protect against corrosion and then chrome plated. Chrome-plated faucet is more expensive, but its surface does not reproduce a variety of microorganisms.
Mixers, alloy steel, are much rarer due to the complexity in processing. There are cheap faucets from silumin (aluminum alloy with silicon), it is not the best option in terms of quality. Used for the manufacture of faucets also plastic and ceramics, but they are still unable to compete with the metal .
Finally, if you want to choose a faucet that will last you a really long time, remember: a good mixer can't be cheap. For quality it is necessary to pay. But at the same time, you should not choose the extra expensive mixers: most likely, you just overpay for the brand.