When designing your new kitchen, you may have come across the idea of a boiling water tap. But what exactly are they and what do you need to know to help you choose the right one for your space?
What types of boiling water taps are out there?
- Standalone boiling water taps – the tap sits on your worktop or in the sink and you will need to drill a hole alongside your existing tap. These taps can give cold or boiling filtered water.
- 3-in-1 boiling water taps – a very popular choice that combines a traditional mixer tap with boiling water all from the same tap (like the Quooker Fusion)
- Multifunction taps– the ultimate tap that can dispense hot or cold mains water, filtered and chilled, boiling and carbonated all from the same spout (like the Zip Hydro Tap all in one).
TIP: If you don’t want the expense of a boiling water tap but would like filtered water, you could choose a 2-in-1 tap. This will give you hot and cold mains water as well as fresh filtered water straight from the tap. Brita is a good choice.
How much water can the tank hold?
Tank sizes vary from around two to five litres, but even a two and a half litre tank will store enough water for eight mugs of tea. And as the tank empties, it heats more water so there will always be hot water on demand.
Costs and fitting
The running costs vary depending on the tap you choose. Quooker estimate it costs 1p per litre (around 3p per day) to run one of their boiling water taps, while Grohe red suggests 12p per day.
And as always, the purchase price can vary too. Affordable options start at £350 for a basic model, but the more advanced systems can cost from £800 to £2000.
Most specialist hot water tap brands offer professional fitting, but an experienced plumber will also be able to fit one for you.
Where to buy boiling water taps
Abode– offer a 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 solutions with magnetic safety catches: Abode (Pronteau)
Brita – Leading multifunction filter tap manufacturer (not boiling): Brita
Grohe – a global brand with many advanced options: Grohe
Insinkerator – famous for waste disposal units but also good value hot water tap systems: Insinkerator
Quooker – has made hot water taps since the 1970, boosting cutting edge features and design. Th is is one of the most popular 3-in-1 boiling water taps: Quooker
The Pure H2O Company – they produce Quatreau, the ultimate designer tap with touch screen technology: Quatreau
Hot Water Solutions Ltd – this company provide a range of taps from stand alone to 4-in-1 systems: Boiling Hot Water Taps
Zip – one of the few top brands with its own nationwide installation service. This company offers a 5-in-1 tap: hot, cold, filtered, boiling (98o) and carbonated! Zip
If you fancy having instant boiling water available in your kitchen, why not incorporate a boiling water tap into your design? But make sure you think about which kind of tap you would like, do your research and take time to look at the designs available. You can always contact us for further advice.
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