Ditch the kettle and enjoy instant boiling, chilled and filtered water at the touch of a button. These clever taps also help declutter your bench top and make great additions to an island or tea point area. Some even have the added bonus of sparkling (carbonated) water.
The newest taps are also energy efficient with innovative heat exchange and energy reclaim technology to minimise their energy usage and cost. Look for the Global GreenTag certifications to be sure you are getting an environmentally friendly and economical system.
There are 3 main types of tap; boiling only, 3 in 1 and 4 in 1. Boiling only taps are designed to replace a standard tap in your kitchen and dispense only boiling water. 3 in 1 taps dispense both regular hot and boiling water, while 4 in 1 taps can dispense standard hot and boiling water as well as filtered drinking water.
Boiling and chilled taps come in a range of styles and finishes to suit any kitchen including contemporary, traditional and retro. Some have additional features such as child safety locks to stop youngsters dispensing boiling water.
When shopping for a boiling and chilled water tap it’s important to consider the amount of water you use, where the tap will be located and the maximum temperature you want to reach. You should also check the tap’s water pressure requirements and whether it requires a specific boiler installation.
There is a wide selection of brands to choose from when it comes to boiling and chilled water taps including Franke, Grohe, InSinkErator and the award-winning Kelly Hoppen CBE endorsed Armstrong series. The latter has a smaller boiler but is more compact and fits behind a plinth, making it a good choice for tight spaces. It also has a self-learning timer that adjusts daily usage patterns to optimise power consumption.
Regardless of which brand you go with, make sure that your boiling and chilled water tap is easy to clean and has a simple user interface. This will help reduce maintenance and ensure that your tap is working at its best all the time.
Our premium pick of the moment is the Franke Omni electronic 4-in-1 filtered boiling and chilled water tap. This stylish tap has a medium-size boiling water capacity of 4.7 litres, and its stylish design can be adapted with either a C or Swan Neck style. It’s also available in a range of metallic shades. It has a built-in child safety lock and operates on a minimum 1.5 bar design, which is much lower than some rivals.
The InSinkErator Eco & Sahara boiling and chilled water tap has a smart energy-saving feature that uses a thermal mass to store the temperature of the water you use. This is a very efficient system and can save you money over the long term.
The Grohe Red is another premium option that has a compact, stainless steel boiler that can be installed in a shallow cupboard and has a low noise level. It’s rated A for energy efficiency and features a smart heating algorithm that recognises usage patterns and shuts the system off at night and at weekends to reduce its power consumption. It has a sleek design and is available in a range of finishes, with a modern option that’s ideal for a contemporary kitchen and a Classic tap with more detailing to suit a traditional kitchen.