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?
Boiling water taps are counter or sink mounted taps that can deliver instant boiling water, so you can make a cup of tea or fill a pan to cook the pasta at the turn of a knob. Even better, a boiling hot water tap will eradicate the need for a kettle, keeping your worktops nice and clear.
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.
Essentially a boiling water tap works like an electric shower, only hotter. Water is drawn from the mains and heated rapidly by an electric element that is stored in a highly insulated tank. Some of the taps dispense water at 98o rather than 100o, which means there is no spluttering or an excessive amount of steam.
In many systems the water from the mains goes through a filtration system before heating it to draw out impurities and stop limescale clogging it up.
The tank with its filters and cylinders will sit under your sink. It will fit in a standard 600mm base unit, but depending on the system, there may be little space left in the cupboard for storage.
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.
Boiling hot water taps have safety locks fitted to them so it is almost impossible to activate the boiling tap accidentally. Important if you have kids around! In fact, some of the tap companies state that fixed taps are even safer than freestanding kettles.
Unfortunately though, you may not notice any cost savings. These taps are much more energy efficient than a kettle but there are comparable costs involved for replacement of filters or CO2 cylinders.
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.
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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