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Is an Instant Boiling Water Tap worth the Cost?

Person using a boiling water tap to fill a teapot up with hot water

A boiling water tap, once the latest innovation in the kitchen, are now a fully established kitchen gadget. There’s still a lot of hype surrounding the appliance, about the efficiency, the convenience and sleek design. But ignoring the hype. There’s a lot of important and valid questions about boiling water taps that need to be answered. And that’s why we’re here!

If you’ve found this blog, you probably already know what a boiling water tap is and are considering purchasing one. So I’ll skip all the spiel and get straight to the point!

Why should I buy a boiling water tap?

Boiling water taps are an incredibly handy appliance. You can get instant boiling water, hot and cold water at just the twist or tap of the handle. It saves you time, energy and water. And it looks fantastic too!

Energy efficient & less wastage

When using a kettle, a lot of water and energy is wasted as most people fill a kettle rather than boil the required amount. A boiling water tap provides boiling water instantly so you can pour the exact amount of water you need. This will help to save on your household bills as you are reducing water and energy wastage.


The added convenience of a boiling water tap is beneficial too. If you’re a tea & coffee lover, there’s no more waiting around for the kettle to boil. Or if you’re waiting for your water in a pan to boil, wait no more with instant boiling water straight from the tap. Because boiling water taps offer 100°C water, you can easily sterilise things like baby bottles and pet food bowls.

The pleasing appearance

A boiling water tap also brings a kitchen together in appearance. A kettle, although practical, does take up precious space on the kitchen counter. Having a boiling water tap will eliminate the need for this, leaving your counters de-cluttered and clean. There’s also a lot of colour and style options available for the tap itself, so it can really blend in (or stand out!) with your kitchen décor.

Things to consider…

A variety of vegetables with water being poured onto them.

Are you in a hard water or soft water area?

If you’re in a hard water area, you may need to invest in more filters to prevent a limescale build up. Otherwise your tap can get scaly and cause blockages which you may need to treat with a descale kit to rid your tap of built up limescale.

The tank takes up space

The addition of a boiling water tap does reduces the need and space for a kettle on your worktop. However you will still need to store the tank underneath your countertop. For some people this can take up valuable storage space. But do bear in mind that the tank isn’t that large!

The QETTLE tank under a countertop.

Why is a boiling water tap better than a kettle?

The obvious reason is that a boiling water tap is faster and more convenient in comparison to the standard kettle. No more waiting around for the noisy kettle to boil, instead your cups of tea will be ready an instant.

Boiling water taps typically use less energy than a kettle too.

The QETTLE original filling a Union Jack mug up with boiling water.
QETTLE Original

How long should a boiling water tap last?

The same as a tap, a boiling water tap can last you about 10-15 years with the correct care and maintenance. If you have a filter for the tap, you’re meant to replace this every six months according to the manufacturer. However this can vary depending on the tap and the water in your area.

Care and maintenance may only mean consistent cleaning of parts, as well as the replacement of old parts that may not work. A good thing with the boiling water taps, is that there should never be a need to replace the entire unit unless it gets really damaged. Each individual part should be easily replaceable.

A quick recap…

Just a quick look over what we’ve covered on boiling water taps before we move onto the best of our models:

Benefits: Quick and convenient access to boiling water, saves space on your worktop as you no longer need a kettle. You can reduce your water and energy consumption by only using the water you need. Boiling water taps look great and are available in many eye catching colours and designs.

Considerations: The boiling water tank sits in the cupboard below your sink so you will need to allow room for it. Check whether you are in a hard water area where you might get a build up of limescale and require a scale control kit.

Our best boiling water taps:

Let’s make a start with Quooker. The tap that really does do it all, including 100°C boiling, hot, cold and also cold filtered drinking water. And what’s more than that, you can choose from a range of different styles and colours to suit your kitchen.

You can choose from a selection of models, including the Quooker Flex or Fusion 3-in-1. Which dispenses all the water types you’ll need (with the option to add filtered cold water, or sparkling water).

If safety is something of importance in your kitchen (I mean it always is, but if you have little hands adding that extra worry, it can be even more important) Quooker taps have a childproof handle and insulated sides that ensure it never feels hot to touch. The water is boiling; however, the flow of water is an aeriated spray rather than a solid jet, which is less harmful if you do come into direct contact with it. Also, the boiling water control is entirely separate from the standard hot and cold functions.

Quooker Flex
The Quooker Flex boiling water tap with the hose extended washing tomatoes in a sink.
Quooker Flex in Stainless Steel

The Quooker Flex boiling water tap has a flexible pull out hose. A stunning boiling water tap, equipped with a flexible pull out hose to reach all those awkward corners of your sink! This hose is for hot, cold and cold filtered water, making it easier to rinse, clean and fill. Mentioning safety previously, the Flex will not dispense boiling water when the pull-out hose is pulled out, so you needn’t worry about little hands pulling on the hose and scolding themselves or others!

The Flex is available in a round style and can be finished in polished chrome or true stainless steel. This tap is also available with a cold-water filter option built-in to the push and turn function.

Quooker Fusion
The Quooker fusion with the hot water function activated. Finished in black.
Quooker Fusion in Black

Quooker’s innovation, the Fusion tap, is a single tap which unites both mixer and boiling water functions.

This kind of tap is convenient, space saving and sleek in its design. Incorporating a childproof double push and turn handle with light ring, to ensure there are no accidents where your tap is concerned.

Available in both square and round spout style variations and finished in chrome, brushed chrome and stainless steel, there is a Fusion for everyone.

Now, let’s get on to Franke.

Instant boiling water taps are the ultimate kitchen companion. They eliminate the need for a kettle taking up work top space. They enable you to cook vegetables, pasta dishes, make tea or coffee and sterilise baby bottles with 100°C boiling water at the touch of a button.

The Franke boiling water taps offer hot, cold and instant 100°C boiling water to save time, energy and water in a single, stylish, convenient and space-saving unit.

Franke Minerva 4-in1
The Franke Minerva 4-in-1 instant boiling water tap filling up a jug of water, garnished with lime, mint and lemon.
Franke Minerva 4-in-1 in Stainless Steel

The Minerva 4-in-1 instant boiling water tap from Franke  features a space-saving water tank that fits discreetly into your kitchen so that boiling water is ready when you are. Don’t forget, it’s not nearly boiling water like many ‘steaming taps’, it’s really boiling at a full and impressive 100°C. This tap is guaranteed to speed up cooking and brew the perfect cup of tea!

Franke have designed the Minerva to offer fast and intuitive access to the four water options, a separate electronic dial dispenses the instant filtered 100°C boiling water and filtered cold water, while standard mains hot and cold water are operated by a single lever, much like a normal single tap.

Available in both round and square spout styles, and finished in chrome and stainless steel, you are sure to find a Minerva to suit your kitchen design.

Franke Omni 4-in1
The Franke Omni 3-in-1 boiling water tap in gold finish.
Franke Omni

The Omni 4-in-1 tap delivers not only hot and cold mains water but also cold and 100°C boiling filtered water, marrying the timeless appeal of a swan-neck spout and elegant levels. All Omni taps have a premium hi-shine finish.

One tap does all!

The Omni taps are available in classic and contemporary spout styles and a range of new colour finishes; stainless steel, black, gold and copper, to complement the growing trend for coloured metals in today’s modern kitchen designs.

Introducing our latest boiling water tap brand… QETTLE!

QETTLE pride themselves in their brilliant, British, budget friendly taps. Whether you fancy sparking, filtered hot or cold water QETTLE have it all from one tap!

The technology inside the tap is what makes QETTLE so unique. Engineered with QETTLE’s own, distinctive, multi-patented design, the tap’s conceal 4 separate waterways to disperse your chosen water type: normal, hot, filtered or sparkling! With no dependency on electronic components the QETTLE tap, brew an instant cup of tea without causing with minimal impact to your bills.

QETTLE Signature modern
QETTLE Signature Modern in a rustic kitchen.
QETTLE Signature Modern

Manufactured in the UK, the Signature Modern are beautifully made from premium stainless steel, adding a statement piece in any kitchen!

Wouldn’t it be nice to no longer wait for your kettle to boil to give you hot water for hot drinks, noodles or to fill pans with boiling water for rice, pasta and veggies? The Signature Modern comes with a variety of tank sizes with a minimum capacity of 2 litres providing up to 4 cups of boiling water or a maximum capacity of 7 litres for up to 7 litres of instant boiling water.

Imagine the amount of teas and coffees made daily, can you imagine how much effort and time wasted boiling a kettle!? You don’t have time for that! Are you going to join the boiling water tap trend? Just think of how easy life will become if you invest in one! We have the Quooker Flex in our office so we know first-hand how practical, space saving and efficient they are!

For more information on boiling water taps, or accessories please don’t hesitate to call a member of our sales team. They are always happy to help 🙂 0115 965 1937

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