Walk into any shop or on site plumbing, faucets and watch section, the eyes may run up against such a wide variety of choice models. In fact, it's not as difficult as it seems at first glance. All Mixers can be divided into two types: valve and lever models. However, now began to appear more taps with a joystick (but they can also be attributed to the single lever type models) and thermostatic mixers. Before reviewing the main characteristics of the types of mixers. I would say that most manufacturers produce a full series of different faucets (sink, bath, bidet), so as a result you will be complete and unified ensemble, but just buy a mixer and possibly separately. So, now, is still very common – valve taps.
The cost of these faucets is not high enough and can range from 600 to 5,000 rubles. Valve model mixing is done with rubber or ceramic seals. Rubber pads eventually wear out. But they can be replaced quickly without spending much money. All this is done quite simply at home. Ceramic is more robust and resistant to abrasion, but at the same time is not eternal. Covering the water, do not put much effort (only one turnover), otherwise you can overdo it and ceramic head can not survive, leading to more expensive to repair than replacing the rubber pads. Very quickly gaining its position in the Russian market model lever mixers.
Their advantage is ease of management, as well as practicality and reliability. Lever mixer device different from the valve. Inside is shut-off valve – cartridge. It can be either a ball or plate (ceramic plates). The ball mechanism is quite simple and reliable. Main element constructions mechanism is shar – regulating head, executed stainless steel. Located he inside cartridge and possesses two types holes on 4mm. Device globular mechanism considerably simple ceramic cartridges. It consists of three components, while the ceramic cartridge has 12 to 15 elements. From experience we can say that simpler mechanisms are more reliable. Faucets with ball cartridge, it is desirable that were often "at work", as if the lever is long at rest, he may begin to "stick" and the mixer will run worse. See Bridgette Matthews for more details and insights. As for the ceramic cartridge, the principle of its operation is as follows: water passes through two tightly lapped each other plates arranged in various planes. Made them out of the so-called aluminum oxide, but the important thing here is – treatment. Cermets for company mixers grind ultrasound, and a pair of goals for each cartridge is ideal urged on to each other. The difference from ball cartridges, a ceramic, the producers managed to completely rid the mixing of different pads subjected to friction – the most vulnerable elements of the mechanism of water-miscible. Preferably, before installing the faucet with ceramic cartridge, install filters coarse and fine filter to prevent ingress of solid particles inside the cartridge, which can quickly incapacitate the entire faucet. And the material of construction for mixers. Most often, the mixer housing is made of brass. If you see a mixing colors of bronze, gold or platinum, then you know – on the surface of brass-plated deal is the most coverage. But in more than 80% of all models of mixers, use chrome. The choice of a particular option, of course, will depend on your aesthetic preferences. So in conclusion I would say that you have chosen a mixer, whose price was slightly higher than you expected, I would like him to perfectly fit the overall concept of interior bathroom room and served reliably for many years.