Boiling water taps are a nice addition to any stylish modern kitchen. As the name suggests, they provide instant access to boiling water, between 75°C to 100°C, and have many uses, from making cups of tea to blanching vegetables. There are many different models available; some only provide boiling water, others also provide hot and cold, and some even provide filtered water as well. Boiling-water taps are an excellent alternative to the conventional kettle, especially if you want to opt for minimalist kitchen design, but they are not without their drawbacks.
In the first part of the following article, we’ll list some of our favourite boiling water taps in the UK as of 2019. All of the following models provide instant access to boiling water, allowing ultimate convenience whilst being unobtrusive.
In the second part, we answer some of the most FAQ we encountered, such as what are the benefits and drawbacks of instant boiling taps, and do they make economic sense to purchase.
Best Boiling Water Taps – UK 2019
|Image||Name||Tank Capacity||Filter lifespan||Temp||Price|
|Insinkerator 3N1 Steaming Hot Water Tap||2.5 litres||6 Months||88-98ºC||Check Price Now|
|QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap||4 litres||6 Months||100ºC||Check Price Now|
|Quooker, Fusion Square, 3 In 1 Boiling Water Tap||3 or 7 litres||4200 Litres||100ºC||Check Price Now|
|Bristan GLL RAPSNK3 C 3 in 1 Boiling Water Sink Mixer||2.4 litres||6 Months||98ºC||Check Price Now|
|GROHE 30058001 (3-in-1)||3 or 5 litres||600 Litres||99ºC||Check Price Now|
Insinkerator 3N1 Steaming Hot Water Tap
This boiling water tap comes with a 2.5-litre tank, which is enough to provide you with 100 cups of tea. The tank is small and compact, so it will easily fit underneath your sink without being obtrusive. This model comes with a safety feature that prevents you from being scalded, as a spring mechanism closes when you release the handle. However, some customers have complained about faulty spring mechanisms that don’t immediately shut off once released. The tank comes with a touch screen electronic control, allowing you to set the temperature of the boiling water between 88°C – 98°C as well. Insinkerator recommends that you change the filter every 6 months.
- Compact and unobtrusive design
- 2 year manufacturer guarantee.
- This tap is only a 3-in-one, as opposed to 4-in-one, so it will not filter your drinking water.
QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap
The QETTLE is a good value for money option with several defining product features. Firstly, it’s a 4-in-1 tap, so it provides mains hot and cold water, boiling water and filtered cold water. Also, it has a large capacity 4 litre boiler. The boiling water it produces is 100°C, which is necessary if you want to sterialise kitchen equipment. However, if you just want to make cups of tea or blanche vegetables, you may not require water that is 100°C (In fact, many tea leaves don’t require water that is 100°C as it can ruin them, making them more astringent and less sweet).
As with most boiling water taps, the QETTLE comes with a safety mechanism which makes it impossible to access boiling water when the clip is In place. This model costs around 3p a day to run, so QETTLE claim it is cost and energy efficient, however, when you consider the upfront and installation costs you won’t be saving that much money (compared to if you bought a kettle for example).
Having said that, this tap is aesthetically pleasing to look at and will draw compliments. The overall reviews of this tap are pretty good as well. Filters require replacing every 6 months.
- 4-in-1 feature and a large 4l capacity tank
- 2-year manufacturer guarantee.
Cons: No obvious cons.
Quooker, Fusion Square, 3 In 1 Boiling Water Tap
Quooker is one of the market leaders for boiling taps and they have multiple models, most of which are available in different finishes. The Fusion Square is a combination boiling-water and mixer tap in a Nordic style which is available in polished chrome or stainless steel finish. You also have the option of choosing between a tank that only stores boiling water, or a combi tank that stored both boiling and hot water. The PRO3 is the most popular tank for families, as it provides instant access to boiling water and has a 3 litre tank which should be more than enough for the average family. The finish and size of the tank will affect the price, for example, even the cheapest fusion model will set you back over £1,100, but the price could go up to over £2,000 with other options. Finally, the Fusion has two designs to choose from; the square or round finish.
After the initial upfront cost, Quooker models are relatively cheap to run. The Quooker tanks are well insulated, meaning that it only costs 3p per day to have instant access to boiling water. Also, the water the tank produces is 100°C. There are other brands, such as the QETTLE 4n1, which also have the same energy efficiency and water temperatures though. Ultimately, Quooker makes some of the best instant boiling-water taps, but they are also some of the most expensive. Installation is free and replacement filters are required every 3-5 years.
- High-quality taps with many different customizations (finishes and tank size)
- Quooker taps are the most expensive in this article
Bristan GLL RAPSNK3 C 3 in 1 Boiling Water Sink Mixer
This model is a classically styled design that provides boiling, hot and cold water. It is one of the more affordable boiling water taps available, but the price does not include installation. The tap is well made, finished in brass and is high quality. A nice feature is a flexible hose it comes with, which is both functional and stylish whilst still being solid; once you’ve positioned the hose it will stay in place. The tap comes with a switch on the head to alternate between a continuous flow or a spray. Some reviewers have mentioned that the tap is pretty big/chunky, and looks out of place in a small kitchen, therefore it would be wise to check out the dimensions or visit a retailer that stocks it before buying. The tap and tank come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which is 5 years and 2 years respectively. The filter will require changing every 6 months.
- Flexible hose to control the flow of water.
- Options to alternate between a spray and continuous flor
- This is not a subtle tap and may look out of place in a small kitchen.
- Costs 10p per day to run
The GROHE Red Duo kitchen mixer is a classic design that delivers boiling, hot and cold water. It comes in a chrome finish which is scratch resistant and it delivers water that is 99 ºC. This model requires one whole under sink cupboard to store the boiler and filter, which could become a problem if you don’t have much space. It is available in a chrome or stainless steel finish, and two different styles; the C-Spout or L-Spout. In terms of filtration, only the boiling water is filtered and Grohe recommends you replace the filter every 600 litres. At over £50 per filter, the running costs of this model are significantly higher than other models on the market.
- High quality and good looking tap.
- 3-year warranty
- The tank and filter system requires a lot of storage space
- Expensive to replace the filters, which require replacing every 600 litres (of boiling water).
Franke Minerva 3 in 1 Instant Hot Tap in Chrome
Franke is a large Swiss manufacturer that have a selection of boiling water taps, the Minerva range being one of their most popular. However, after researching the Minerva 3 in 1, we found a range of negative reviews regarding the reliability of these taps. Some users have complained about an inconsistent flow rate, and at times the tap ceasing altogether; others have experienced a ruptured water tank causing a leak or, in extreme cases, a flood. Some of Franke’s other models have more positive, but fewer, reviews. Therefore, we recommend you research this yourself before considering purchasing one.
Types of Boiling Water Taps
There are two main types of boiling water taps:
- 3-in-1 taps – provides instant access to boiling, hot and cold water from the mains
- 4-in-1 taps – provides all of the above as well as cold filtered water
Why should you get an instant boiling water tap?
- Convenience – Having access to instant boiling water allows you to quickly cook vegetables, sterilise bottles and make tea or coffee.
- Safety – 95% of all childhood burns and scalds happen at home. Most are caused in the day-to-day situations that many parents don’t anticipate, like children touching a hot iron or reaching for a kettle. Having an instant boiling water tap lower the risk of childhood burns; the majority of them also come with childproof safety mechanisms and insulted sides.
- Minimalism and Stylish – Not having a kettle allows you to free up more worktop space, creating a more streamlined worktop. These taps are impressive gadgets, which can act as a kitchen centrepiece, or be used to impress friends or family.
Also, these taps almost act as a kitchen centrepiece and will most likely impress friends and family.
Why shouldn’t you get a boiling water tap?
- Cost – Despite some manufacturers claiming these taps are economical, with some models only costing 3p per day to run, when you consider the upfront cost and installation it is expensive. For example, a decent model could cost upwards of £500 (not including installation). All of these taps require filters to be fitted every few months as well, which is another cost to worry about.
- Tank storage – All of the above models require tanks so that you can have instant access to boiling water; these tanks come in various sizes depending on your needs or the model. Tanks will need to be stored in a cupboard underneath the work surface, and some will take up the whole cupboard, hence, you will have less storage space.
- Safety – Although these taps are significantly safer than traditional kettles, that does not mean they are 100% safe. Many users have complained about the splashback of boiling water when using kitchen equipment in close proximity.
If you have any questions about any of the taps we’ve mentioned, or anything else, feel free to get in contact with us by sending a comment below.