Single-lever mixers are an indispensable feature of modern kitchens, with one grasp, you can control both the water temperature and the flow. This is both practical and saves you time and water. Here we explain the advantages of single-lever mixer taps, what role the ceramic cartridge plays and how best to position the control lever.
Advantages of single-lever mixer taps
Single-lever mixers are becoming increasingly popular. You can set both the water flow and the temperature using just one hand. This makes this mixer tap a cut above its traditional two-handle counterparts. And the easy control isn’t the only advantage.
Two-handle mixer taps are also less efficient than single-lever mixers
Although the single-lever mixer was invented for kitchen use in the 1940s, it took several decades for it to really take off. In some countries, such as Ireland, the two-handle mixer tap is still found all over the place, with one rotary switch for hot water and another for cold. The user would get the water to the temperature and flow they wanted by turning the two rotary switches a little or a lot. This was laborious and took time.