5 of the best hot water taps

Save minutes and money with an instant hot water tap for your kitchen, perfect for pasta, pots of tea, and much more besides

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While many of us would love to take the advice of the mindfulness gurus and chronically relaxed ex-CEOs who recommend we take life at a slower pace, we don’t always have the choice. So with time such a precious commodity, we’re always on the lookout for products that can save those precious few minutes, and among the most exciting for homes is undoubtedly the hot water tap.

As a nation of tea lovers, we drink an estimated 165 million cups a day, and with our trusty electric kettles taking an average of three minutes to reach top temperature, that’s a collective 495 million minutes each day waiting for the kettle to boil – that's a lot of time, not to mention energy. By comparison, hot water taps produce near-boiling water instantly (just think about how many more cups of tea you can drink with all that extra time on your hands) as well as taking up less worktop space than a kettle, which is what we call a win-win.

One of the most commonly-rung alarm bells from people considering installing a hot water tap is over safety, however the majority of hot water taps include child safety features, and some come out in fine sprays as well as solid jets to minimise the damage if you do absentmindedly press the wrong button. 

Unlike instant hot water dispensers that sit on the worktop much like a kettle, hot water taps can sit sink-side or even, in the case of hot water mixer taps, replace your current faucet. These are attached to a tank that sits underneath the worktop, so while you’ll be saving on surface room, you might want to measure up your cupboards before giving the go-ahead on sacrificing that space. 

Quooker Pro3vaq Fusion hot water tap

1. Quooker Pro3vaq Fusion

A pro-level boil for your home kitchen

Specifications
Best for: Proper boiling water
Water pressure: 2-3 bar
Finish: Chrome
Tank size: 3 litres
Water temperature: Up to 100°C
Reasons to buy
+ Properly boiling water + Quality HiTAC filter included 
Reasons to avoid
- Filters expensive to replace 

The ‘Pro 3’ in this Quooker tap’s name refers to the tank, which sits neatly out of sight underneath the worktop, and while it might not seem like a big thing, this is actually where the magic happens. Specifically designed to provide 100°C water instantly, this is what sets it apart from most hot water taps, whose output tends to sit somewhere around 97°C. That on-point boiling isn’t all that goes into making the perfect cuppa though, with Quooker’s included HiTAC filter engineered to offer a fresher-tasting brew. Add to that an insulated design, industry-leading child safety lock, and sleek design, and you have our best boiling water tap. 

Franke Omni hot water tap

2. Franke Omni

Franke’s foolproof offering is great for family homes

Specifications
Best for: Families
Water pressure: 1.5-5 bar
Finish: Chrome
Tank size: 4.2 litres
Water temperature: Up to 100°C
Reasons to buy
+ Very easy to use + Sizable water tank 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit slow to filter 

Aptly named, the Franke Omni really does seem to do it all. Like the Quooker Pro 3, it’s a surprisingly rare example of a boiling water tap that really delivers on that just-off-the-boil promise with up to 100°C water straight out of the nozzle, and with large 4L tank, that water just keeps on coming, perfect for making large pans of pasta and filling sizeable mop buckets. Reviewers also loved how foolproof it was: with ergonomic handles for lefties and righties, easy installation, filter change alert lights, splash-proof function and child lock all commended, it looks to be a great all-rounder for big and busy families. 

Grohe Red Duo hot water tap

3. Grohe Red Duo

Super-safe, super-shiny, and super-smooth

Specifications
Best for: Features
Water pressure: 1-5 bar
Finish: Chrome
Tank size: 3-6 litres
Water temperature: Up to 99°C
Reasons to buy
+ Loads of helpful functions + Two-step child lock 
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up a lot of under-cupboard space 

This mixer tap from Grohe is handsome, with its C-shaped spout, simple to install, thanks to its QuickFix Plus fittings, and much more besides. Grohe have coined a whole bunch of handy additions in this mixer tap: it has SilkMove for smooth handling, meaning you won’t accidentally unleash a fireman’s-hose-like gush of boiling water; a StarLight Chrome finish for resilience and beauty; and perhaps most importantly, a two-step pull and turn ChildLock to keep little hands away from scalding water. That’s more trademarks than you can shake a stick at, and more functionality too. 

Insinkerator Filtered hot water tap

4. Insinkerator Filtered Tap

With a small tank and a streamlined design, this is our best for bijou kitchens

Specifications
Best for: Single-lever
Water pressure: 1.7-8.6 bar
Finish: Chrome
Tank size: 2.5 litres
Water temperature: Up to 98°C
Reasons to buy
+ Filtered for a fresher taste + Hot and cold water 
Reasons to avoid
- Small tank 

The 2.5 litre tank of this Insinkerator filter tap is on the petite side compared to some of our other picks, so if you’ve been frantically doing the maths and worrying about making space for an oversized tank, this might be a good solution. While not a boiling water tap (although at 98 degrees, it does get pretty close) the hot and cold functionality of the Insinkerator make it a valuable, versatile addition sinkside, and the filter makes for a fresher taste whether you’re enjoying a straight-up glass or a hot drink. 

CDA TH100CH hot water tap

5. CDA TH100CH

Forget the faff – this is our easiest tap to operate

Specifications
Best for: Reliability
Water pressure: 1-5 bar
Finish: Chrome
Tank size: 2.4 litres
Water temperature: Up to 98°C
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to operate  + Streamlined lever design 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the best for safety 

While a plus in the child safety stakes, the push it, pull it, bop it action required by some of the taps on our list can be tricky to operate, especially for those with mobility problems. This tap uses a simple lever instead, making it far easier to use on those bleary-eyed mornings, however this does mean that this tap would be better suited to an all-adult household. Nevertheless, the streamlined design means it looks more like a regular mixer tap than a specialist bit of equipment, meaning it looks very smart indeed atop the sink. 

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