Best Instant Boiling Water Tap 2018 – Buyers Guide

You will likely use boiling water from the kettle quite a lot during an average day. Not only is it needed for hot beverages, but also if you want to prepare and clean food. Then think about the amount of time you spend standing around waiting for the water to boil?

Boiling water taps provide households with the luxury of instant hot water without the need to use any kettles or add to household bills from boiler use. Some can act as just a kettle separate to your ordinary tap, and some are all-in-one, replacing your existing one.

They make preparing hot drinks, boiling vegetables or pasta and cleaning dishes a whole lot quicker and easier, without any kettles or hot drinks makers cluttering your kitchen surfaces.

You also only heat and use what you need, so it could save money off your water bills.

There are a lot to choose from, and whilst they all have the same function, they each have different pros and cons. Here are our favourite picks:

The Best Instant Boiling Water Taps – Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Abode Pronteau 2 Lever 4-in-1
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Abode Pronteau 2 Lever 4-in-1 Hot Water Filter Kitchen Mixer Tap
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  • Temperature: 80 - 98°C
  • Water Pressure: 0.5 - 5.5 bar
  • Dimensions: H39 x W22 x D5.4 cm
  • Control: Lever
Best Budget: InSinkErator 44317 GN1100C
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InSinkErator 44317 GN1100C Chrome Instant Hot Water Tap
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  • Temperature: Up to 98°C
  • Water Pressure: 1.7 - 8.6 bar
  • Dimensions: 3 x 29 x 10 cm
  • Control: Lever
Top Rated: Qettle MINI 2
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Qettle MINI 2 Way Kitchen Tap
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  • Temperature: Just under 100 degrees
  • Water Pressure: 2-4 bar
  • Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 31 cm
  • Control: Lever

Best Instant Water Boiling Taps

Abode Pronteau 2 Lever 4-in-1 Hot Water Filter Kitchen Mixer Tap

Whether you are after steaming hot water or filtered drinking water, the Pronteau can help you out. It also provides regular everyday hot and cold water as you would find with a regular tap too, hence the 4-in-1 name.

Don’t worry about the tap being too hot to touch – it is thermally insulated, so will not harm anybody who accidentally comes into contact with it after use. The boiler also has a child-lock function for extra security.

The included water filter is adjustable according to the water hardness of your home, which will help prolong the life of the filter until you need to change it. Monitoring its performance is easy, as it will update you as to when it needs replacing.

With the ability to turn 360°, you have full water control, whether you want to use it as a regular tap over the sink or prepare a cup of tea on the bench.

Have you ever gone to rinse a plate and been soaked by a tsunami of water in return? Fear not – the aerated water supply means that the risk of splashbacks is lowered thanks to controlling the water pressure with the use of air bubbles. Not only does this create less mess, but it saves water too if you are rinsing cutlery or plates.

If you don’t want to worry about pre-filtering or pre-boiling your water ever again and instead you want both options to be limitless, the Abode Pronteau is a great bet for you.

 

We like

  • Angled design
  • 5-year guarantee
  • Both filtered and boiling water available

We disike

  • Doesn’t reach the full 100° boiling point for the price paid (not too much of a problem)

Final Verdict

An all-in-one tap which will cut the need for several separate appliances in your kitchen – perfect for any household.

+ Specifications

  • Temperature: 80 - 98°C
  • Water Pressure: 0.5 - 5.5 bar
  • Dimensions: H39 x W22 x D5.4 cm
  • Control: Lever

Qettle MINI 2 Way Kitchen Tap

Ditch your kettle and expensive bottled drinking water in return for this Qettle tap system.

The MINI is easy to install and comes with great instructions to follow. Temperature can be controlled with a dial, but it only goes from ‘minimum’ to ‘maximum’ so if you want a particular degree you may need the help of a sturdy thermometer.

The filter needs replacing every 6 months to a year depending on your water usage, and at a cost of £26.95 RRP, they won’t break the bank.

With a spring-loaded hot water lever, you will only have access if you push and hold it in. Once you let go, the water supply is immediately cut off, so there is no risk of scalding your hands (or those of any little ones) accidentally.

Boiling water is available pretty much immediately, and the boiler is designed to fit into even the most space-limited under sink cupboards.

 

We like

  • Really fast hot water
  • Great customer service from Qettle

We disike

  • No signal for when the filter needs replacing

Final Verdict

Easy to install and Qettle provide great assistance if needed. One of our favourite instant boiling water taps, fast hot water with safety features.

+ Specifications

  • Temperature: Just under 100 degrees
  • Water Pressure: 2-4 bar
  • Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 31 cm
  • Control: Lever

Franke Omni Classic 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Filter Kitchen Tap

With the ability to produce not only regular hot and cold tap water, but also boiling and filtered drinking water, this tap will make your domestic life so much easier.

Waiting for the kettle to boil or having to pre-filter your water/buy bottled water will be a thing of the past. The filter will also prevent limescale building up on the boiler, and you will only have to replace it every 6-9 months (depending on your water type). The LED built in to the tap will let you know when the filter needs attention.

It has the ability to produce 2.4L of water every minute, so if you are having to boil several pans-worth of vegetables or pasta, hot water is available at the operation of a lever.

Whereas most boiling water taps don’t technically reach boiling point and are instead limited to around 98°C, this one does reach the full temperature.

It is really easy to install, and much safer in a busy kitchen than regular heating appliances, with the lack of wires and items on the work surfaces. Patented chassis engineering means the tap is never too hot to touch, and a unique child safety clip keeps the tap out of reach of little hands.

The push to activate lever also ensures the hot water can’t be accessed by anyone who it shouldn’t be, and it is spring loaded so turns off immediately if any splashbacks occur.

We like

  • Country kitchen style
  • Packed with safety features
  • Long-life filters

We disike

  • Anti-splashback feature can be problematic if you do want maximum pressure power

Final Verdict

If you are after a tap for a busy, hectic household, the safety features of the Franke Omni make this the standout choice.

+ Specifications

  • Temperature: Up to 100°C
  • Water Pressure: 1.5 - 5 bar
  • Dimensions: H38.5 x W17.8 x D21.5cm
  • Control: Lever

GROHE 30058000

The GROHE Blue cartridge can filter up to 600L of water to deliver pure, refreshing water without any chemicals or limescale, which is ready for the boiler to heat straight away.

The GROHE Red technology then allows you to draw up to three litres of filtered kettle-hot water directly from the tap in an instant, so there is no waiting around.

For this hot water to flow, you need to first pull out and then twist the left handle lever. Whilst this doesn’t guarantee no nasty accidents, it makes it pretty much impossible to be operated by any children in the vicinity. CoolTouch also keeps the outer of the tap cool, even when the water is boiling.

The boiler is made from titanium which, unlike the usual stainless steel and copper, is pretty immune to limescale build-up and corrosion. This ensures long-lasting performance. Titanium is also bio-compatible, so there will be no nasty metallic taste in your boiled water.

A comfortable to reach medium-high spout makes filling tall pots and containers easier and is especially suited to smaller kitchens and sink areas which struggle to accommodate large pans.

One downside is that the water produced seems to be slightly frothy. We think this is because of the nozzle on the tap and the aeration of the water, as it goes quickly and doesn’t affect the taste of the water, so isn’t too much of a problem.

There is also no option to filter your cold water to make it immediately drinkable, as is the benefit of more expensive taps. Worth bearing in mind if you like the sound of this technology.

We like

  • Safety features
  • Titanium boiler is on the compact side for saving space

We disike

  • Replacement filters are quite expensive and need replacing often
  • Cold water is not filtered

Final Verdict

Not the most technically advanced, but affordable and simple to use for anybody wanting to see what the boiling tap hype is all about.

+ Specifications

  • Temperature: Up to 95°
  • Water Pressure: 2.0 bar
  • Boiler Dimensions: 325 x 210 x 300 mm
  • Control: Lever

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Download the GROHE 30058000 User Manual Here.

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InSinkErator 44317 GN1100C Chrome Instant Hot Water Tap

Easy to install either onto a kitchen sink or work surface, the 44317 by InSinkErator will save time and money when you go to make your next cup of coffee.

Scale reduction technology will protect the heating elements in your tap and boiler, meaning a longer lasting product. The filter is also easy to replace when required.

The temperature dial is adjustable, if you would prefer to have your hot water drinkable almost immediately.

The elegant spout swivels around for easy access from all angles, and this also makes it suitable if you have a split right- and left-hand sink. It plugs into an electrical socket nearby, and you’re pretty much ready to go once it is installed.

We like

  • Available in brushed steel or chrome
  • Price

We disike

  • No safety features

Final Verdict

An affordable option for added convenience and time-saving water accessibility.

+ Specifications

  • Temperature: Up to 98°C
  • Water Pressure: 1.7 - 8.6 bar
  • Dimensions: 3 x 29 x 10 cm
  • Control: Lever

Instant Water Boiling Tap Buying Guide

How do instant boiling water taps work?

Most work by having a thermally-insulated tank or boiler which stores the boiling water, so it is ready on-demand. When you press the handle or pull the lever, cool water rushes into the water, displacing the boiling water through the tap and into your mug or pan.

Upon releasing the lever, the hot water stops. The boiler then reheats the contents, ready for next time.

Because of this, there is usually a limit as to how much hot water is available at any one time, but there is a good chance you won’t have to wait long for it to all reheat.

Things to consider

There is often more to an instant boiling water tap than an ordinary tap, and they are much more complicated appliances:

  • Addition of a boiler

These store and heat the boiled water. The size of these differs but are commonly around 3 litres.

The boiler is designed to fit under your sink, so ensure you have the space for this before you start.

They also commonly use electricity supply to heat up the water, so a plug socket is needed. If there isn’t one readily available under your sink, or if something like a washing machine or dishwasher is already plugged into it, then you may need the help of an electrician.

  • Extra features

Some boiling water taps are 4-in-1, so can also filter cold drinking water and act as your ordinary household tap as opposed to being used additionally.

There are also some which produce fizzy carbonated water too, but these are rarer. You pay a price for these features, but if you think you’d get the use out of them then it could be a good investment.

  • Safety

Do you have a busy household which you can’t keep an eye on constantly? If you have children who are at an age where they can help themselves to water, there is an obvious risk associated with boiling water being readily available from the tap.

A lot of instant boiling taps now have additional safety features, such as splashback prevention or having to do more than simply pull a lever to gain access to the hot water. You don’t necessarily have to pay through the roof for these features, so it is definitely worth looking into.

  • Adjustable temperature

Many taps allow you to adjust the boiler temperature. This is good if you like to be able to drink your tea and coffee almost immediately after pouring rather than having to wait for it to cool naturally if it is at 100°.

Cost

Instant boiling water taps can range from about £400 to well over £1000. The high-end products are usually more technical but could be worth the extra money according to the specifications

FAQ’s

Will an instant hot water tap help save me money?

Probably, yes.

First of all, you only use the amount of water you need. It is thought that almost 70% of people overfill their kettle when they boil it, not looking at the cup levels on the side for guidance. Many also empty their kettle of old water and replace it with new water before they boil.

Think about the cost of this wasted water, and the energy used to boil it all to only use one or two cups at a time.

If you’re a fan of only drinking bottled water, a tap with an inbuilt filter could also help you save money from your weekly supermarket shop, as well as reducing your plastic use.

How fast will the tap heat my water?

Most of these appliances make boiling water available at an instant, hence the name. It takes on average three minutes for a kettle to boil. If you have one cup of tea or coffee per day, that is 18 hours per year you are waiting for the kettle to be ready.

It will also speed up the process of boiling rice, pasta and vegetables. It is much quicker to fill a pan with water already near boiling point than to wait for cold water to heat up, and this water will also be filtered so you don’t have to worry about it not being clean.

Do I need the water to reach 100°C?

You will have seen that many of the taps featured only go up to around 95-98° (just under boiling point). Not technically living up to their name, you may think.

However, some people argue that most teas and coffees shouldn’t actually be made with boiling water as it ruins the taste. Just below boiling is thought to be the sweet spot.

So, the difference between this few degrees won’t make much of a difference, and don’t let it put you off any of the taps featured!