No more waiting for the kettle to boil on a busy family day. With a Quooker tap, you can have instant boiling and filtered water straight from the tap.
These taps have a thermally insulated tank that keeps water hot and ready to use, using less energy than boiling your average kettle. They also help free up space on the kitchen worktop, for a streamlined finish.
Quick and easy to use
Unlike kettles which require you to wait for the water to boil, a boiling tap will automatically deliver steaming hot water at the push of a button. The tap takes water directly from your property’s mains supply and heats it in an insulated tank. This makes boiling water taps quicker and easier to use than conventional boilers – plus you can enjoy a quick cup of coffee, hot chocolate or even pasta without the need for a stovetop.
Whether you’re on a busy working day or you’re simply tired of waiting around for the kettle to boil, a boiling water tap is a great time-saving investment. Instant boiling water taps are able to dispense a constant stream of boiling hot water which will be perfect for making tea, cooking pasta and more.
Boiling hot water can also be used to sterilize and disinfect. A full rolling boil for a minute and cooling before use will destroy most pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Instant boiling water taps have many different features to choose from including a flexible spout and easy to clean surfaces. There are also models that offer a choice of temperature control settings which can be customised to your preferences. Some boiling water taps also include a filtered cold water dispense which eliminates the need for a separate water filter and saves on fridge space. For safety, a number of models feature child-proof switches and mechanisms which make them safe to use in family homes.
Boiling water on demand saves so much time, whether it’s a full kettle of water for tea and coffee, cooking up a pan of pasta or grabbing a glass of boiled hot tap water to hydrate. It’s much faster than heating up a kettle or waiting for water to boil on the hob, especially when you’re busy and can only boil a cup of water at a time.
Instant boiling water taps also help to save energy by reducing waste and eliminating unnecessary use of your gas or electricity bills. There’s minimal loss of heat from the piping system with these taps as the water is heated at its point of use, so there’s less wasted energy.
However, there is an important distinction to be made between a boiling water tap and a normal kitchen hot tap. Most models of boiling water tap dispense water at about 98°C which is very close to the boiling point but not actually boiling. This is to prevent accidental scalding.
The other benefit of these taps is that they encourage you to only pour exactly the amount you need, so you’re not overfilling your kettle and wasting energy and money. The taps are fitted with a safety button that must be held down to activate the tap and then it shuts off as soon as you release it. This helps to reduce the risk of hot water wastage and makes the taps much more economical to use than a standard kettle.
When water is contaminated with impurities, boiling it can kill bacteria like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. These are also more resistant to disinfectants* which means that unless you boil your water, you won’t be able to make it safe to drink. This is why a boiling water tap is so great for kitchens; it allows you to quickly and easily prepare food and drinks with clean, healthy, boiled water.
Boiling water taps use a small thermally-insulated tank and heater to keep the water hot. They only dispense hot water when needed and do not over-boil or overflow, which makes them far more energy efficient than kettles. Typically, they only use about 10W of energy to keep the water at a constant temperature, which is much less than a standard electric kettle uses.
The best boiling water taps are usually monobloc style, so they sit right in your sink and look just like a regular kitchen tap, but with the addition of a boiling water function. These types of taps are the most energy-efficient, as they only dispense hot water when you need it and will turn off automatically after the set time.
You can even find models that are fully automated, meaning you can simply wave your hand in front of the tap to activate it – no need for a hot water button or switch on the wall! This type of model is usually more expensive, but it is a great choice if you want to save both time and energy.
The average kettle costs 2.5p to run, but a boiling water tap only uses a fraction of that. And since they can dispense not just hot but also filtered and chilled water too, you’re saving energy overall.
Boiling water taps use an electric tank that plugs into your home’s mains power supply to heat up the water and keep it at a ready-to-use temperature. Some systems (like Billi’s patented change-of-state technology) even recycle waste heat from the cooling process, which would otherwise be wasted to the atmosphere.
The taps themselves are insulated, so you won’t feel the heat when you touch the tap handle and the water flows out of the spout. This means that they’re child safe – no worrying about burns or scalding from touching piping hot water, even when it’s been used for cooking.
Unlike electric kettles, which require you to plug in every time, boiling water taps are designed for ease of use and convenience. They have a sleek, modern design that will complement any kitchen and many come with features like infrared sensor control for simple operation and digital screens for information and settings. There are also models that can be customised with different colours and finishes to suit your kitchen aesthetics.