Guide to Boiling Water Taps
Want hot drinks in an instant and more worksurface space in your kitchen? If the answer is ‘yes’, the solution is easy. Swap to a boiling water – or kettle – tap and hot water’s permanently at the ready from a slimline and stylish source. What’s more, the latest designs can also offer cold, filtered and even sparkling water from one tap. Which is the right design for your kitchen? Our expert guide to boiling water taps will tell you all you need to know
How do boiling water taps work?
Boiling water taps consist of a compact tank that stores the water, and which is hidden in a cabinet underneath the worksurface, and a tap from which the water is dispensed on the worktop above. Because the water is already at the temperature required for tea, coffee and kitchen tasks such as cooking vegetables or pasta, there’s no more waiting for a kettle element to heat cold water. The hot water dispensed by an instant tap like this may be 100ºC, 99ºC or 98ºC depending on the brand you opt for.
As well as liberating the area of worktop that’s currently taken up by a kettle, a boiling water tap can make your kitchen a safer place as there’s no longer an electrical cord that can get snagged or be grabbed with a resulting spillage of very hot water. Boiling water taps have additional safety features, too, such Michel Roux Jnr kettle tap’s instant shut-off when you remove your hand.
Which kettle tap model?
You may simply want a boiling water tap to take the place of your kettle, but there are other combinations on offer that may suit your lifestyle and your kitchen design better. Options include:
Hot and cold plus boiling and chilled filtered water taps
If you’re after the ultimate multi-tasker, select a kitchen sink tap that dispenses the usual hot and cold water supplies, together with filtered boiling water and filtered cold water like Franke’s Omni 4-in-1 kitchen tap. As well as letting you say goodbye to a kettle, it also means no more carrying bottles of water home from the supermarket. Of course, with only one tap doing every job, the kitchen sink area will look super sleek.
Hot, cold and boiling water taps
Hot, cold and boiling water taps like Franke’s Minerva 3-in-1 or Grohe Red Duo are kitchen sink tap and kettle in one. They’ll do the job of a conventional kitchen sink mixer tap, but provide boiling water as well, keeping the sink area clutter-free and stylish.
Boiling and chilled filtered water taps
A boiling water tap that provides cold filtered water is a space-saver for the fridge as well as the kitchen work surface as you won’t need to stash bottles to get drinking water at the temperature you like. If you’re tempted, designs such as InSinkErator’s HC3300 will fill the bill.
What about kettle taps for commercial spaces?
Boiling water taps that can provide the volume of cups required per hour necessary for commercial enterprises are also available from manufacturers such as Billi. A single tap can additionally provide standard hot and cold supplies, ambient-temperature water, chilled filtered water, or even sparkling water.
Which styles and finishes are on offer?
Both classic and contemporary designs are available so you can perfectly complement your choice of kitchen units as well as the kitchen sink when you add a boiling water tap. Team the clean modern lines of a contemporary kettle tap with a stainless-steel sink, composite kitchen sink or a modern ceramic sink and fuss-free cabinetry. If your kitchen has country or period style, or a Belfast-look sink, classic boiling water taps have an elegant detail that will pull the look together.
When it comes to the finish of a boiling water tap, both stainless steel and chrome are popular choices that help keep the room looking sparkling clean, with brushed chrome or steel a possibility for a more subtle gleam. To bring warmth to a contemporary kitchen, or to marry old with new in an older home, consider a design in glowing copper or rich gold, both of which are richly appealing.
Alternatively, make a striking statement with your choice of boiling water tap. A design in a dark metallic finish or black will make the sink a focal point. Colour that’s bold or subtle is also possible. The range from InSinkErator includes orange – ideal if you want to inject energy into your scheme – or shades such as white and natural stone that make co-ordinating sink and tap easy.