April 10, 2021
As the name suggests, boiling-water taps provide instant hot water without the need to switch on the kettle or boil a pan on the hob. They can be a smart and handy solution if you want to streamline your kitchen surfaces, or find using the kettle a hassle. A boiling-water tap is a much more permanent addition to your kitchen than a conventional kettle or plug-in hot water dispenser, as it needs to be plumbed in alongside, or instead of, your standard kitchen-sink taps.
Boiling water taps provide instant hot water on demand The main advantage of these taps is that they provide hot water much more quickly and easily than a kettle. They also make it simpler to use just the amount of water you need, as you can fill your mug or pan directly from the tap. Manufacturers reckon that this makes boiling-water taps more efficient than a kettle and therefore less expensive to run.
Other advantages include: Childproof handles and insulated sides should help to avoid singed fingers More streamlined worktops - you won't need a kettle so you can save on worktop space. People who have problems filling, lifting and pouring a conventional kettle may find a hot water tap easier to use. If you prefer filtered water, most models will also remove harsh-tasting chemicals - and in some cases soften and aerate the water, too. So, if you aren't keen on the water in your area, this could help to make it more palatable.
The most obvious one is cost. The cheapest boiling water taps cost more than £500, and those that can dispense water at variable temperatures will set you back even more, with some costing well over £1,000. Not all boiling water taps come with installation included in the price. Although you can install them yourself, it's not necessarily straightforward, so you may need to factor in the cost of a plumber. You also need to clean the tap and tank from time to time to keep them free of limescale. Most models also require regular replacement filters, which can significantly add to the ongoing cost.
You'd expect anything that can keep water at boiling point would be expensive to run, but if leading brands, such as Quooker, Grohe and Franke, are to be believed then hot water taps can be more economical than your average kettle. Quooker says that its taps cost 3p per day if left on standby. The cost of boiling a litre of water in a kettle is just over 2p. So, if you boil your kettle several times a day - if you're having a brew in the morning, again when you get in from work, and before bed for example, then you do stand to save on your energy bills. However, the high upfront cost of hot-water taps means that it will take you more than a lifetime to recoup your investment. WHICH did the maths, comparing upfront and ongoing energy costs to our cheapest Best Buy kettle, below. Quooker hot water tap vs a kettle for price and running cost If you want to save money, you'd be better off choosing an energy-saving kettle instead. These kettles have low minimum-fill levels - usually as little as just one cupful - to make sure you aren't heating more water than you need to, and they'll also switch off as soon as the water has boiled.
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