How to Choose the Right Plumbing Fixtures for Your Bathroom Renovation

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The right plumbing fixtures can be the difference between an aesthetic, functional bathroom or a home renovation disaster. While it may be tempting to opt for the cheapest or best-looking fixture, there are a number of other considerations you should take into account. Here at, we’ve compiled all our expertise into one comprehensive guide to help you choose the best plumbing fixtures for your bathroom renovation. 


Understanding Your Needs

Before diving into the vast array of plumbing fixtures available, it’s essential to assess your renovation goals. Are you looking to improve water efficiency, enhance the aesthetics of your bathroom, or increase functionality? Common upgrades in Auckland homes often include modern taps, water-saving toilets, stylish sinks, and advanced shower systems. By clearly defining your goals, you can streamline your selection process and ensure that your new fixtures meet your specific needs. 


Budget Considerations

Setting a budget is a crucial step in any renovation project. Plumbing fixtures come in a wide range of prices, and having a clear budget helps you make choices that align with your financial plan. Here’s how we recommend creating a budget plan for your renovation: 

The first crucial step to consider is installation. While it may be tempting to do it yourself, complex fixtures like showers and wall-mounted taps often require professional help. Make a list of fixtures you feel comfortable installing yourself and those which you’d rather leave to the professionals.

Next, contact, and mention your list of fixtures you need to be installed for an estimate on the cost. We then recommend putting aside the quoted amount from your budget alongside an additional 10% for emergencies. Use the remaining amount as your ‘fixture budget.’

The final step is to look for fixtures within your budget range and compare their features, quality, and reviews. We’ve created a list of the average fixture cost in New Zealand (excluding installation) so you can set a realistic budget. 

  • Taps: $100 to $500
  • Sinks: $500 to $1,000
  • Showers: $500 to $2,000
  • Toilets: $300 to $1,500


Water Efficiency and Sustainability

With environmental concerns and water conservation efforts becoming increasingly important in New Zealand, choosing water-efficient fixtures is a smart and responsible choice. Look for fixtures with high Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) ratings. 

Water-efficient fixtures not only benefit the environment but also help lower your utility bills. Reducing water usage means you pay less for water and, in many cases, less for heating the water as well. Over time, the savings on your water and energy bills can offset the initial cost of purchasing and installing water-efficient fixtures. Here are some of our top picks for sustainable fixtures: 

  1. Dual-Flush Toilets: Dual-flush toilets offer two flushing options: a full flush for solid waste and a half flush for liquid waste. This allows you to use only the amount of water necessary for each flush, significantly reducing overall water consumption. Look for models with a high WELS rating to ensure maximum efficiency.
  2. Low-Flow Showerheads: Low-flow showerheads are designed to use less water without sacrificing water pressure. These showerheads often incorporate air into the water stream to create a satisfying shower experience while using less water. Choose models with multiple spray settings to customise your shower experience.
  3. Aerated Taps: Aerated taps mix air with the water flow, reducing the amount of water used without affecting the pressure. This makes them ideal for sinks in kitchens and bathrooms where water is used frequently. Look for taps with a high WELS rating to ensure optimal water efficiency.


Style and Design

Of course, we can’t neglect the importance of style. We know how important it is to enjoy the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and fixtures play a major role in this. When selecting fixtures, consider the style theme you want to achieve, whether it’s modern, traditional, minimalist, or something a little more avant-garde. 

Popular bathroom design trends in Auckland include sleek, chrome finishes for a contemporary look, or classic brass fixtures for a more traditional vibe. It’s helpful to gather inspiration from design magazines, local showrooms or the internet to see how different fixtures can complement your bathroom’s aesthetic. 


Material and Quality 

When considering style, it’s important not to overlook quality. These two considerations often go hand-in-hand as the material of your plumbing fixtures affects both their appearance and durability. Common materials include stainless steel, brass, chrome, and ceramic, each with its own pros and cons. 


Stainless Steel


Durability: Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, rust, and staining, making it an excellent choice for long-lasting fixtures.

Maintenance: Easy to clean and maintain, stainless steel retains its shine with minimal effort.

Aesthetic: Offers a sleek, modern look that complements contemporary bathroom designs.

Hygiene: Non-porous surface reduces the growth of bacteria and mould.



Cost: Can be more expensive than other materials.

Water Spots: Prone to water spots and fingerprints, which may require frequent cleaning to maintain its appearance.




Durability: Brass is extremely durable and resistant to corrosion, making it suitable for long-term use.

Aesthetic: Offers a classic, timeless look that works well with traditional and vintage bathroom designs.

Versatility: Available in various finishes, including polished, brushed, and antique.



Cost: Generally more expensive than other materials due to its durability and aesthetic appeal.

Weight: Heavier than other materials, which may require more robust installation methods.




Aesthetic: Provides a sleek, polished finish that complements both modern and traditional bathroom designs.

Affordability: Typically more affordable than stainless steel and brass.

Maintenance: Easy to clean and maintain, though it does require regular polishing to prevent dulling.



Durability: Less durable than stainless steel and brass, with a higher susceptibility to scratches and wear over time.

Water Spots: Prone to showing water spots and fingerprints, necessitating frequent cleaning.




Aesthetic: Ceramic fixtures, especially sinks and toilet bowls, offer a clean, classic look that suits a wide range of bathroom styles.

Maintenance: Easy to clean, with a smooth, non-porous surface that resists staining and bacteria.

Cost: Generally affordable, making it a budget-friendly option for many homeowners.



Durability: More prone to chipping and cracking compared to metal fixtures. Requires careful handling and maintenance.

Weight: Heavier than some materials, which can complicate installation for certain fixtures.


Local Suppliers and Brands

Fortunately, living in the biggest city in New Zealand means you have access to a range of reputable local suppliers and brands offering high-quality plumbing fixtures. Some well-known names that you might want to consider include Reece, Robertson Bathware and Mico Bathrooms. Visiting local showrooms can be particularly beneficial, as it allows you to see and test fixtures in person before making a purchase. Additionally, local suppliers often have knowledgeable staff who can provide expert advice and recommendations.



So, whether you’re looking to enhance the aesthetics of your bathroom with modern taps and stylish sinks, improve water efficiency with dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads, or invest in durable materials like stainless steel and brass, we’re here to help.

Ready to take the next step in your bathroom renovation journey? Contact today for expert advice and professional installation services. Our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you in selecting the best fixtures to meet your needs and ensure a seamless, successful renovation. 


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