What Are the Different Types of Water Fixtures?

Alex Tree
Alex Tree
A shower head.
A shower head.

Many different types of water fixtures exist, and four of them are very common. Water filters are systems to remove impurities from water, while faucets control the release of water through a valve by manipulating a knob or handle that controls the amount of water being released. Sink or faucet aerators work in conjunction with faucets by forcing the water through, resulting in the water emerging in smaller streams that save water and prevent splashing. In addition, shower heads are installed at the top of showers and spray water down upon the person washing in a variety of dispersal patterns.

A person washing his hands in water from a bathroom faucet.
A person washing his hands in water from a bathroom faucet.

Water filters are a well-used category of water fixtures that aim to remove impurities and pollutants from water for many different purposes. These water fixtures are employed for almost as numerous reasons as water is used for, and the ways the water is filtered sometimes varies based on what the water is used for. Not all filters are the same; some are physical filters, but others treat the water with a chemical or other type of process.

A single handle kitchen faucet.
A single handle kitchen faucet.

Faucets, also known as water taps, are used to disperse water. When implemented in baths, faucets usually attempt to balance pressure and release a mix of both hot and cold water. Advanced faucets often incorporate techniques so that water pressure is maintained even while major water uses, such as toilet flushes, occur in other parts of the local plumbing system.

Shower heads offer many different pressure and water dispersal options.
Shower heads offer many different pressure and water dispersal options.

Another of the common household water fixtures is the sink aerator. This small water fixture features a mesh filter-like piece within a metal round that screws or pops onto the faucet. The main goal of this water fixture is to force the water coming out of the faucet to flow through it. Having the water flow through the faucet aerator splits the water into many small streams so that it is less likely to splash or come out of the faucet at an odd angle. These water fixtures are measured by their gallons per minute, and can conserve water by preventing it from coming out as fast while also spreading it out into a more usable stream.

Shower heads are typically installed at the top of showers and either attach directly to a pipe or at the end of a hose, which is then attached to the wall on a hooking device. Often, these types of water fixtures can release water in many different dispersal patterns so that a desire for a wide dispersal or a high pressure focus, and other specifics in between, can be fulfilled. There are advantages and disadvantages to having a hose; for example, without a hose leading to this water fixture, it cannot be held in hand and used up close. On the other hand, having a hose means having one more aspect of the mechanism that can clog, wear out, and eventually break.

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    • A shower head.
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      A shower head.
    • A person washing his hands in water from a bathroom faucet.
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      A person washing his hands in water from a bathroom faucet.
    • A single handle kitchen faucet.
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      A single handle kitchen faucet.
    • Shower heads offer many different pressure and water dispersal options.
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      Shower heads offer many different pressure and water dispersal options.