The best boiling water taps and hot water taps

Fed up with putting the kettle on every time you want a brew? With the best boiling water tap or hot water tap, you can get hot water on tap (literally). We've found the best here

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Whether you're a keen (but impatient) cook or get through the day by drinking constant cuppas, investing in the very best boiling water tap or hot water tap (there is a difference, more on that later) is wise move. 

With our top pick of easy-to-use boiling water taps and instant hot water taps, you can say goodbye to your kettle and hello to more worktop space. In fact, these taps can replace traditional kitchen taps completely, bringing you three different water temperatures, all from one tap.

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Who might boiling water taps or instant hot water taps suit? 

From an aesthetic point of view, they are perfect for contemporary or minimal kitchens, or kitchens that lack the worktop space for a kettle. They are also handy for anyone who might have difficulty lifting a kettle. It's worth knowing, too, that boiling water taps and instant hot water taps are usually operated by a pump and turn action that's child-safe, so they're a good option for families. 

What to consider when buying a boiling water tap or hot water tap

Installation

The latest boiling water taps don't just dispense instant hot water – they deliver mains hot and cold water, too. Although they can be retro-fitted, a boiling water or instant hot water tap is a high price tag item that's probably best installed alongside a brand new kitchen, especially as you have to factor in the space beneath the sink for the tank, which can range from two litres to 11 litres (bear in mind that most kettles have a capacity of around 1.7 litres). 

Temperature

While instant hot water taps are often referred to as boiling water taps, most boiling water taps might boil the water to 100ºC, but it's delivered at 98°C (many have adjustable temperature settings). There are only a few taps that truly deliver boiling water.

Design

Look out for designs that come with a filter to purify the water before it enters the boiler tank. This will not only remove prevent limescale build-up in the tank, but it will also make the water taste better. 

Price

Boiling water taps and hot water taps and boiler tanks start at around £500. A plumber can install the tap in the same way that they would any tap (although admittedly with more connections to filters and boiler tanks); the boiler tank often comes with a standard 13 amp plug that goes straight into the wall next to it.

Running costs

While a kettle costs around 2.5p per boil, Quooker says that their boiling water taps cost just 3p per day to run on standby. Quooker does not use boiler technology, but instead uses a unique patented vacuum flask tank, which holds water under pressure at 110°C, so that it is dispensed at a consistent true 100°C boiling.

THE BEST BOILING WATER TAPS AND HOT WATER TAPS

Abode PT1105 Pronteau 3-in-1 Prostream Monobloc Instant Boiling Water Tap

1. Abode PT1105 Pronteau 3-in-1 Prostream Monobloc Instant Boiling Water Tap

This copper hot water tap will add elegance to any kitchen

Specifications
Best for: Elegance
Tank capacity: 2ltrs
Temperature range: Up to 98ºC
Finish: Chrome, Brushed, Graphite, Copper & Matt Black Finishes
Reasons to buy
+Range of finishes to suit all kitchens+Hot water is filtered+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Tank capacity is small

With a capacity of two litres, this gorgeous hot water tap is ideal for smaller households. Through its elegant swan-neck, the tap delivers domestic hot, cold and filtered hot water up to a temperature of 98ºC. In terms of ease of use, the tap can be rotated 360ºC for accessibility, and it always remains cool to the touch. It also comes in a range of different finishes, meaning there's bound to be one to suit your kitchen's style. All in all, thanks to its stunning design and affordable price tag, this is our top pick of the best boiling water tap you can buy.

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Quooker Fusion Round Tap in gold

2. Quooker Fusion

With a childproof double push and turn switch with red LED warning light ring to alert you when your tap is in boiling mode, this Nordic-design boiling water tap is a no-brainer

Specifications
Best for: Style-conscious
Tank capacity: 3ltrs or 7ltrs
Temperature range: True 100ºC boiling
Finish: Polished chrome, brushed chrome, stainless steel, black and gold. Other Quooker models include Flex, Classic and Nordic single
Reasons to buy
+Child-friendly +Stylish+Hot, cold, 100ºC boiling and filtered cold water from a single tap+Saves time, water and energy 
Reasons to avoid
-Not available off the shelf from multiple location chain high street DIY stores, but via 3,000 kitchen dealer partners or the Quooker website-Expensive

Ideal for those who want a boiling water tap which looks good, but still want it to be safe around the kids and of course, practical; the Quooker Fusion has a childproof double push and turn switch, and delivers boiling water in an aerated spray to avoid any accidents. There's also a cold filtered drinking water option, and our favourite part is the red warning light ring which illuminates when boiling water is heating up or being dispensed. As with all Quooker boiling water taps, you can choose your tank size depending on your personal usage, and you can select add-ons like a soap dispenser, scale control and a mounting bracket. Prices for the Fusion start from £1,150. Quooker also provides a single boiling  water tap which starts at £950. You can also opt for a Combi tank which mixes boiling and cold to provide ordinary hot water, supplying all temperatures from just one cold feed. 

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QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap

3. QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap

This boiling water tap ticks all the boxes, and doesn't have a high price tag

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Tank capacity: 4ltrs
Temperature range: Up to 100ºC
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+LED light to let you know when filter needs changing+Tank reheats in just 10 mins+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Needs to be installed by a plumber

Delivering up to eight cups of boiling water at one time, the intelligently named Quettle delivers cold water, hot water and water at 100ºC in an instant. It'll replace your current kitchen tap, and it has a four litre capacity. If you do drain the boiling water tank, it'll reheat in just 10 minutes. It's safe for those with children as the tap has a safety clip, and the best part is that it costs only 3p a day to run when it's on standby. For those who are eco-conscious, when the time comes to change the filter (the LED display on the tap will light up to let you know), it's not only affordable, but the replacement filter cartridges are also recyclable. The best boiling water tap for ease of use, we think.

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Stiebel Eltron Undersink Water Boiler and 3-in-1 Tap

4. Stiebel Eltron Undersink Water Boiler and 3-in-1 Tap

The best hot water tap for busy families

Specifications
Best for: Families
Tank capacity: 5ltrs
Temperature range: 65ºC-97ºC
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Large water tank+3 in 1+Child lock
Reasons to avoid
-Big tank which would need to be in a cupboard if you don't want it on display

This three-in-one (cold, hot and near-boiling) hot water tap by Stiebel will replace your current kitchen tap so that you can use a combination of boiling, mains cold and domestic hot water all from one tap. For those who have children, it's also childproof as it has a push and turn handle for the almost-boiling water to come out. You can also choose your preferred temperature on the dial on the tank, which ranges from 65ºC to 97ºC. The best part? There's no surge during tapping, meaning no spluttering and risk of scalding yourself (or anyone else). With the large water tank capacity of five litres, you'll be drinking tea all day, every day, and there'll be no need to wait for it to heat up again.

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Mayfair Instant hot Water Kitchen Tap 3 in 1

5. Mayfair Instant hot Water Kitchen Tap 3 in 1

The best hot water tap for those who don't want to spend lots of money, but still want boiling water at an instant

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Tank capacity: 2.4ltrs
Temperature range: 75ºC-98ºC
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Has a digital tank+Affordable price
Reasons to avoid
-Smallish water tank

Not only will this boiling water tap add a touch of style to your kitchen, but like the others, will also help you out when it comes to making your morning coffee, sterilising baby bottles or boiling pasta for your dinner. Offering three different temperatures from one single spout, you can choose from hot, cold or boiling water. Although smaller in capacity than others (the water tank is 2.4ltrs) it can deliver plenty of water for a small household, and it only takes 10 minutes to heat up once it's empty. The tank also has a digital screen to control the temperature of the boiling water, and to tell you the temperature the water is at the time. A budget tap which still manages to tick all of the boxes we think.

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Insinkerator Filtered hot water tap

6. Insinkerator Filtered Tap

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

Specifications
Best for: Single-lever
Tank capacity: 2.5 litres
Temperature range: Up to 98°C
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+ Filtered water for a fresher taste 
Reasons to avoid
- Smaller tank than others

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 98ºC, it does get pretty close) the hot and cold functionality of the Insinkerator makes it a valuable, versatile addition sink-side, and the filter makes for a fresher taste, whether you’re enjoying a straight-up glass or a hot drink. 

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Franke Omni hot water tap

7. Franke Omni

Franke’s foolproof offering is great for family homes

Specifications
Best for: Families
Tank capacity: 4.2 litres
Temperature range: Up to 100°C
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+ Very easy to use + Sizable water tank 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit slow to filter- Very expensive

Aptly named, the Franke Omni really does seem to do it all. 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 a large 4ltr+ 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 and the best boiling water tap for big and busy families. 

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Grohe Red Duo

8. Grohe Red Duo

Super-safe, super-shiny, and super-smooth, this one can deliver up to 5.5 litres of water

Specifications
Best for: Features
Tank capacity: up to 5.5 litres
Temperature range: Up to 99°C
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+ Loads of helpful functions + Two-step child lock + Large tank capacity
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up a lot of under-cupboard space 

Available in four different designs, the Red Mixer Tap from Grohe makes both a stylish and functional addition to a modern kitchen. Thanks to QuickFix Plus, it's easy to install with either a 3 litre or 5.5 litre boiler – which fits handily under the sink –depending on your needs.

Two-step, child-safe activation and a release-to-stop model makes it one of the safest options available on the market and therefore perfect for a family home, while the option for an integrated hot and cold tap for make it the perfect replacement for a standard kitchen tap.

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CDA TH100CH hot water tap

9. CDA TH100CH

Forget the faff – this is our easiest tap to operate

Specifications
Best for: Reliability
Tank capacity: 2.4 litres
Temperature range: Up to 98°C
Finish: Chrome
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.

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1970 Perrin & Rowe Celeste 3-in-1 Hot Tap

10. 1970 Perrin & Rowe Celeste 3-in-1 Hot Tap

Designed for easy installation, this 3in1 hot tap by Perrin & Rowe is made from quality lead brass

Specifications
Best for: High quality
Tank capacity: 2.4 litres
Temperature range: 75°C to 98°C
Finish: Brass, bronze or gold
Reasons to buy
+Easy to install+High quality product
Reasons to avoid
-That price tag

Handcrafted in the UK, this hot water tap is produced from quality low lead brass, and is available to purchase in several different finishes, including bronze and gold. Not only is the tap plated to a thickness which actually exceeds industry standards, but it can operate from as low as 1.5 bar pressure, plus it has a unique anti-scald locking mechanism to prevent any accidents. It's water and time saving, as well as energy efficient, and the best part is that it's known to be easy to install. Our only complaint is the price tag, but if you can look past that then why not invest in a high quality boiling water tap like this?

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