We recently replaced a corroded and leaky old shower head with a classy five-function version on a flexible coupling.
Another option would have been a rain shower-head to add another classy touch.
If the pipework in your bathroom or kitchen hasn’t been touched for years you need to know there are no hidden leaks in walls and that all tap-ware connection points are serviceable and accessible.
Then you need to consider tap-ware spout length in relation to the basin or sink drainage area to prevent splashing.
Also think about ergonomics. Lever handles on mixer taps can easily be used by younger members of the household as well as those with restricted hand movement.
You can make informed choices on water-saving tap-ware by consulting the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating scheme. The more stars, the better. For example, a one-star tap uses about 12 litres a minute, whereas a six-star tap uses less than 4.5.
Also worth considering are tap aerators, that also slash water usage and water-purifying showerheads that remove rust and pollutants.