Best Hot Water Dispenser 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

A great alternative to kettles, hot water dispensers are much easier to use and a lot more instant. If you find kettles hard to lift, fill or pour from, these give you hot water at the touch of a button.

There is no waiting around for them to be ready either. A watched pot never boils, and the same can be said for kettles. Plus, hot water dispensers are pretty economical to run as they only boil what you need.

While some are kitchen saviours a few, unfortunately, fall at the first hurdle, spluttering and spitting a mediocre cup of water out.

So which are the ones to avoid? Which is best for your kitchen? We have sifted out the good guys and reviewed them to make your decision easier. We have also picked out the best instant boiling water taps if you want something which takes up even less space.

The Best Hot Water Dispensers – Our Top Picks

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BREVILLE Hot Cup VKJ318
  • Cups: 6-10
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Dimensions: 17 x 27.7 x 28 mm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No
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Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup
  • Cups: 9
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 28.6 x 29.6 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No
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Morphy Richards Hot Water Dispenser
  • Cups: 12
  • Capacity: 3L
  • Dimensions: 38.5 x 18 x 36 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: Yes
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Best Hot Water Dispensers

BREVILLE Hot Cup VKJ318

Able to give you two litres of boiling water in only 60 seconds, this is an easy to use and very accommodating dispenser.

There is a variable cup size adjustment, where you can choose from nine different cup sizes to suit whatever you are preparing. From your small cup of strong coffee in the morning to a large mug of tea on a Sunday evening, you won’t have to struggle with multiple pouring settings and keeping a close eye regarding the capacity. A manual stop button lets you halt the pouring if you maybe only want half a mugful.

Blue illumination when boiling both acts as a safety precaution and a nice aesthetic touch. It is easy to fill up with water too, thanks to the generously sized water tank and easy open lid. You can fill it up with just enough to get your single serving done or serve the whole family by filling it up to maximum capacity. One cup worth takes just four seconds to boil.

The drip tray is removable and dishwasher safe if you like the easy cleaning life, and you can also set it aside if you have a taller cup to fit under. A limescale filter is also included and replaceable, so the longevity of your new dispenser is increased.

It splashes a little when pouring, but not enough to become a safety issue. The water tank is really nice and easy to read, plus is see-through, so you always know if it needs to be topped up. It looks stylish so will certainly add a lovely touch to any kitchen.

We like

  • Compact size
  • Adjustable cup option
  • Modern design

We dislike

  • Button to open lid is a little stiff

Final Verdict

A nice mid-budget offering which we struggled to find fault with

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 6-10
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Dimensions: 17 x 27.7 x 28 mm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No

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BREVILLE Hot Cup VKJ318 User Manual

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Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup

So stylish that it could almost be described as futuristic, this Breville is a third generation model so you can expect some major improvements.

There is a cup size variation setting, with nine to choose from, giving you a bit more flexibility over how you like your drinks. A stop button allows you to halt the pouring if you think there is already enough. Water will boil in a minute which is great going, especially if you have a hectic schedule or rushed mornings.

Breville has teamed up with Brita to make this dispenser, so the filter technology is superior. This doesn’t only help your machine keep working efficiently and smoothly, but will also boost the taste of your drink by purifying the water.

A light illuminates when the dispenser is boiling the contents, so you’ll know when it is ready. This is situated around the large water window, which makes viewing the current level of water easy.

The price isn’t bad, but we would have paid a bit more for a temperature selection ability. But it is still an easy to navigate appliance, and one of the most stylish out there – the stainless steel makes a change from the usual black.

We like

  • Powerful filter
  • Soft, smooth operating buttons
  • Simple to refill with a jug

We dislike

  • Because of the filter, it is slow to pour

Final Verdict

Packed with lots of little extra touches to improve usability and effectiveness, this is a neat little dispenser for a price which really isn’t bad for what you get

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 9
  • Capacity: 1.8L
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 28.6 x 29.6 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No

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Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup

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Cooks Professional Electric Instant Hot Water Dispenser

A great addition to any kitchen where the kettle always seems to be on.

One feature which sets it apart from other dispensers is the easy refill ability. You can either flip the lid open and fill with a jug as you have to do with most others, or you can remove the tank and fill at the tap. This makes things much easier; just use the carry handle.

There is also a removable drip tray which catches all drips and can be emptied. Both can be hand washed to keep them clean. Washing the water holder is something which is usually incredibly hard, so this is perfect for anyone who loves a good weekly clean.

When you switch it off, the water stops immediately so you won’t risk it overflowing or dripping everywhere. There is no way to set a certain amount to pour, though, so you can’t leave it to pour and walk away.

It is small so unobtrusive on the benches, and delivers water at a good hot temperature. It could be hotter, but at least it makes it drinkable straight away. We noticed that if the water tank is full, the water delivered is not as warm so bear this in mind if you’re just making one cup or so.

We like

  • Removable water tank
  • Price
  • Stable drip tray

We dislike

  • No overflow protection

Final Verdict

A great budget option with a few features which aren’t present in much more expensive models

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 8-10
  • Capacity: 2.5L
  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 26.5 x 31 cm
  • Power: 2600W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No

Morphy Richards Hot Water Dispenser

A water dispenser which has it all. Not only is it high capacity and pretty adaptable to your needs, but it wins top marks on style too.

The capacity, first. Thanks to the three litres available, which is one of the highest on our list, it can hold 12 standard cups worth of water before needing to be refilled. You can select to automatically pour up to 600ml of water at any one time, so if you have a favourite large mug you always use, you don’t have to pour half and then wait to top it up. Anything above this, such as a pan for your spaghetti, can be poured by holding a button.

It will only boil the water you need too, so it is energy efficient and as quick as possible. There is also a Brita filter, so the water tastes great and it keeps the inside of the machine at its best without build ups of limescale.

Now for a standout. You can choose which temperature the water boils at. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you will know that water which is too hot burns the grounds and damages the taste. The same applies if you have green or herbal teas.

Being able to pick 100°C for your pasta, 95°C for your perfect coffee or 85°C for your tea puts it up there with some of the fanciest kettles, but without the faff. We liked the digital display which allows you to see what you’re getting.

It drips a little after use, and the water at first tasted very off, so we had to clean it out well. The power lead is very short, around 70cm, so you may need to jiggle around your kitchen a bit to accommodate.

We like

  • Dispenses large amounts of water
  • Temperature change
  • Digital display

We dislike

  • Initial taste until descaling

Final Verdict

A few flaws but overall a good modern option that gives you plenty of scope to make your drink how you wish

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 12
  • Capacity: 3L
  • Dimensions: 38.5 x 18 x 36 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: Yes

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Morphy Richards Hot Water Dispenser User Manual

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VonShef Hot Water Dispenser Instant Kettle/Catering Urn

To start the flow of water, simply press a button. All you need to do to stop the water flow is press the button again – it is as simple as that.

There is an adjustable temperature ability, so whether you want a nice tepid tea or a boiling hot chocolate which will melt the marshmallows on top, you don’t have to mess about with adding cold water, waiting for it to cool or burning the tea leaves.

The drip tray is removable for easy emptying, and it catches drips and overflows well. Because of the button operation, it can’t be switched on accidentally which is good for any kitchens which get a bit hectic with little ones running about.

Thanks to the plastic casing, it won’t tarnish and is easy to wipe clean. With the stainless steel detailing, it is also stylish enough to slot into any kitchen with ease. It is available in a clear backed design or closed with a subtle water level indicator.

Water comes out a bit slow, but this is to be expected as it is heating up as it goes. This can make it a bit of a slog if you’re making a few cups at a time, but as seeing this is the only issue we found, it is easily liveable with, especially for the fab price.

We like

  • Basic
  • Use as much water as you like in one go

We dislike

  • Water slow to come out

Final Verdict

A lovely little machine which looks sleek and performs well

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 10
  • Capacity: 2.2L
  • Dimensions: W30.6 X D27.2 X H16.7cm
  • Power: 2600W
  • Variable Temperature Control: Yes

Breville VKT111 HotCup with Variable Dispense

There is no denying this machine is top of the style stakes, and it is pretty good at its main job too.

It boils in just under a minute which is handy and lights up when it is at work, so you know when it is done. A manual stop button keeps you in control of the amount of water it disperses. There is also a nine cup variable setting for pouring, so you can keep going without having to reboil or pause in between cups. It even makes it a good choice if you need to fill an entire saucepan.

If you hate noisy appliances, then you’ll be pleased to hear this is much quieter than the vast majority of kettles we have also tested. Refilling is made simple thanks to the hinged lid on the water tank, so if you struggle to lift a kettle or to hold an appliance under running water for a long time, filling a jug takes this strain away.

The water it pours is plenty hot enough to make teas and coffees, without being overbearingly boiling. A height adjustable drip tray will allow you to comfortably place your smaller cups nearer to the spout, so there is less risk of water going everywhere.

We did notice a slightly strange taste to the water with the first few uses, but this did disappear. As with all appliances, we’d advise flushing through a few times before first use.

It doesn’t do anything that any other dispenser doesn’t do, but the price is really good, and if you have the stainless steel theme in your kitchen then it’s probably going to appeal more than the large bulky black models.

We like

  • Design and look
  • Price
  • Gets hot quickly

We dislike

  • Too easy to remove drip tray as only held by a magnet

Final Verdict

Easy to use and adapt to personal preferences, as well as being simple to keep clean

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 10
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Dimensions: H29.2x W19.1 x D25.1 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No

BREVILLE Hot Cup VKT124

Sleek and stylish, the design of this dispenser hasn’t just been curated with aesthetics in mind.

The patented design ensures your water can be boiled as quickly as possible, and a manual stop button helps you to pour the exact amount required. Whether you have your tea in a small china cup or a huge mug you can barely hold with two hands, you’ll never risk overflowing or not getting enough out of it.

We liked the front window capacity monitor level indicator, which is subtle. If you’re not a fan of the models which feature a large bulky back where you can see the water clearly then this option could be better for you.

Tall mugs such as latte glasses fit comfortably, and you can remove the drip tray if required to accommodate. It can also be raised so smaller cups or espresso glasses are closer to the pouring spout, limiting the amount of splashing created.

We will say that, as it pours a set maximum amount of water, you may have to top it up with another serving. Unfortunately, each serving requires reboiling, so it can be a time-consuming process if you’re making more than one standard serving.

It states that it boils up to 100 degrees, but we’d say this was more like 80 degrees. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as boiling point is often a little too hot for some teas or coffees and alters the taste. There is no way to change the temperature or amount poured.

Breville has released many other models which are more adaptable than this one, but it does receive top marks for style and simplicity. If you want something which does the job with no fuss or need to change settings, then it is a good budget option.

We like

  • Style
  • Large buttons to press
  • Subtle water indicator

We dislike

  • Not very adjustable in terms of settings
  • Water gets cool very quickly

Final Verdict

Not the snazziest to use but is simple, affordable and great if a kettle is out of the question

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 6-8
  • Capacity: 1.7L
  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Power: 3000W
  • Variable Temperature Control: No

Andrew James Hot Water Dispenser

Heating and purifying water, and delivering it just at the temperature you want it. Or, choose to keep it unheated and just use the filter technology to get a nice refreshing glass of squash.

There are five heat settings and three capacity settings. Choose between 55 and 100 degrees to treat your coffee or tea the perfect way. Certain blends require less temperature than boiling point to preserve flavour, so this allows you to always get the perfect cuppa.

You can also set the machine to dispense 100ml, 200ml or 300ml automatically, or manually control the amount of water dispensed by pressing the button to stop it. It holds four litres of water so will certainly see you through a good few drinks without needing a refill.

It dribbles a little at the end after pouring, and it also cut out on us if we wanted to pour more than two cups in a short time. This is a safety precaution for preventing overheating but can be annoying if you have guests so don’t throw the teapot out just yet.

We’d also like it if the drip tray could be moved a bit higher because it does splash a lot when pouring.

We like

  • Ability to lock settings in
  • Temperature options
  • Price

We dislike

  • Drips after pouring

Final Verdict

The capacity, price and ability to pick temperature are three luxuries which make it worth the chance

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 26
  • Capacity: 4L
  • Dimensions: 29 x 19 x 33.8 cm
  • Power: 2600W
  • Variable Temperature Control: Yes

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Andrew James Hot Water Dispenser User Manual

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Addis Thermo Pot Instant Thermal Hot Water Boiler Dispenser

A pot not dissimilar to those used in catering, this hot water dispenser holds 5 litres and provides 38 cups/19 mugs of hot water for those very busy environments.

A choice of temperatures between  40-98° C will allow you to serve a range of hot drinks, dependent on the event or guests. It isn’t exclusively for catering environments, of course; if you think about how much hot water you use in a day, between hot drinks and pans of water for your pasta, it could fit into any hectic homes too.

Auto switch off and boil dry protection give you the safety precautions you need when you’re in a busy environment. It uses 680W to boil the water and only 2W to keep it warm, so is perfectly energy efficient. The thermal lining also keeps it ticking over.

In fact, it saves up to 35% on your energy usage compared to using a kettle or other dispenser. A stainless steel body is easy to clean and polish, and it also has a carry handle to make it perfectly transportable.

The push button operation allows you or others to just pour as much as they want, so it is adaptable. A bright LCD screen display will allow them to view the settings that have been selected.

There are a few things missing which are commonplace on traditional dispensers. No filter could mean a lot of cleaning, and a lack of drip tray means a bit of wiping up after pouring. But having said that, these are ever so slight issues for a product which is so large and efficient.

We like

  • Capacity
  • Temperature choice
  • Retains heat

We dislike

  • No filter

Final Verdict

Easy to use and stays warm for ages which keeps bills low

+ Specifications

  • Cups: 38
  • Capacity: 5L
  • Dimensions: 48.2 x 38.4 x 28 cm
  • Power: 680W
  • Variable Temperature Control: Yes

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Addis Thermo Pot Instant Thermal Hot Water Boiler Dispenser User Manual

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Breville Hot Cup VKJ142 Hot-Water Dispenser

The Breville Hot Cup VKJ142 Hot-Water Dispenser is a convenient addition to any kitchen where hot water is essential for cuppas.

With boiled water available in 30 seconds, it is powerful and effective for busy households. Because it is a hot-water dispenser, it is boiled straight away for when you need it. This is instead of boiling the whole kettle for a mug of coffee. It’s stainless steel, sleek design makes it a good addition to any kitchen.

This Breville Hot Cup boils up to four times faster than your standard kettle so saves energy with every cup. Offering a blue LED light to let you know it is in use and lightweight tank at the back of the appliance, it is safe and easy-to-use. It comes with a drip tray to keep your kitchen clean for longer, too. Less wiping sounds good to us.

We like

  • Fast at pouring and heating
  • Lightweight reservoir
  • Blue LED light indicator when in use
  • Water-level indicator

We dislike

  • Noisy

Final Verdict

The Breville Hot Cup is a quality solution for any kitchen, where cups of hot drink are high in demand.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 3000 W
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Weight: 1.9 kg
  • Dimensions: H17 x W28 x D27.7 cm

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BREVILLE Hot Cup VKJ142 user manual

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Help and Resources

Hot Water Dispenser Buying Guide

Kettle vs Hot Water Dispenser

Hot water dispensers are usually more economical based on your individual needs. They only boil what you need, and you don’t reboil the existing water, which should save some energy.

Most are faster at boiling than kettles too. With kettles, even the fastest boiling models often take 2-3 minutes to properly turn off depending on how much water is in the reservoir. The longest a dispenser takes is around a minute.

There is still an argument for kettles though. You can’t really fill up hot water bottles or other items with a dispenser, for one. The biggest, however, is that large quantities of water can’t be poured at any one time. If you need to make a cup for all the family, most will reboil in between pours and overuse may result in it switching down due to overheating.

Cups

A standard cup size is around 300ml of water. This statistic lets you know how many cups of water you can get out of a full tank of boiled water before having to refill.

Capacity

Capacity isn’t a big issue, but if you know you’ll get through a few cups per day or the whole family has to use it then you don’t want to be topping it up every few hours.

We noticed that a few of the largest capacity dispensers struggled to get to boiling point if they were filled right up to the top so, just as with a kettle, it may be worth limiting the water in it anyway.

Temperature Adjustment

Boiling point water can damage the taste and quality of certain teas and coffees. The perfect temperature for coffee is 96 degrees, but 100 is too high (despite the slight difference). Green tea is around 70 degrees.

The ability to adjust the temperature will give you the opportunity to prepare more choice of drinks, or adjust to suit your tastes – a boiling hot cup of coffee won’t be able to be drunk for quite a while!

FAQs

What Can I Use A Hot Water Dispenser For?

The most common use is single serving cups of hot water for drinks like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, herbal teas and night time drinks.

Some only allow you to pour a certain amount of water at any one time, but some others allow you to increase this amount and fill saucepans for pasta, flasks for travelling and other tasks.

How Do I Refill A Dispenser?

Most water tanks cannot be removed from the body, so you have to refill with a jug. Carrying the entire appliance to the tap would be both difficult and potentially dangerous.

We did see a few where the tank was removable, however. This allows you to take it to the tap on its own, although you must take care if it is full.

How Do I Descale A Hot Water Dispenser?

All will be different, so follow instructions in the user manual. Depending on the material used internally, some acidic cleaners may be unsuitable and damaging. Follow instructions on your cleaning product as well.

Some are very easy though – Breville, for instance, say to fill the tank with plain water and run it all through into a cup, and then refill with one cup water to one cup vinegar. Always rinse through thoroughly, so no product remains.

Are Instant Hot Water Dispensers Safe?

If you follow instructions, yes. Some have extra safety precautions in place, for example having to press a button to pour the water and being able to press it again to stop the flow.

If you’re after the absolute safest model, get one which has good control ability, a drip tray which can be moved closer to the pouring spout (to reduce the risk of splashing), and possibly a cut-off limit which can pour a set amount of water into the cup then stop without you having to do anything.