Best boiling water tap 2020: 9 top hot water taps for your kitchen

Find the best boiling water taps and instant hot water taps from big-named brands – such as Quooker, Abode and Grohe – in our expert guide

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Looking for the best boiling water tap, or instant hot water tap? Fair enough (we say). You may be finding that since lockdown began you just want to upgrade your traditional taps to something more modern or you've been thinking of refitting your kitchen and doing away with one of your best kettles, as extreme as that may be. Whatever the reason, they will essentially mean that your teas, coffees and hot chocolates are on tap – what's not to like?

What's the difference between a boiling water tap and an instant hot water tap?

The difference between an instant hot water tap and a boiling water tap is pretty slight. Put simply, a boiling water tap produces water that's reached 100ºC, while hot water taps tend to hit a maximum of about 98ºC.

If you're worried about boiling water taps and young children, don't be. They're not tricky for adults to use, once you've got the knack of your boiling water tap's functions – but the safety functions mean that it would be incredibly difficult for a young child to operate the boiling water function. And while they're certainly an investment piece, they won't make a huge impression on your overall kitchen revamp budget. We couldn't recommend them more for busy – or impatient – cooks. Lastly? They can be retro-fitted, too, so you don't even need to wait for a new kitchen to get one.

Keep scrolling for our pick of the best boiling water taps and hot water taps, so you can start sipping your favourite hot drinks and tucking into instant foods even quicker than before.

The best boiling water tap and hot water taps for 2020

best boiling water tap - Quooker

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1. Quooker Fusion Round Boiling Water Tap

Best boiling water tap: nice design which is easy (and safe) to use

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

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; this is is definitely one of the best boiling water taps you can buy. 

Why we like it

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. 

Quooker, also, 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.

What it does well

It 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. 

What to watch for

Not necessarily something that should put you off, but do bear in mind that Quooker taps are expensive. 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.

  • Buy the Quooker Fusion Round Boiling Water Tap

Best hot water tap: Abode PT1105 Pronteau 3-in-1 Prostream Monobloc Instant Boiling Water Tap

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

Best instant hot 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

Get instant steaming hot water when you need it, as well as a stylish upgrade for your kitchen with this boiling water tap from Abode. Thanks to its stunning design and affordable price tag, this is our top pick of the best hot water tap you can buy.

Why we like it

It looks gorgeous annnd it's affordable. It comes in a range of different finishes – chrome, brushed nickel, graphite, mat black and copper, so you will definitely find something to suit your space. 

What is does well

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. 

What to watch for

The only possible problem with this hot water tap is the small tank capacity. 

  • Buy the Abode PT1105 Pronteau 3-in-1 Prostream Monobloc Instant Hot Water Tap

Best boiling water tap for ease of use: QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap

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

Best boiling water tap for ease of use: 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, this intelligently named boiling water tap delivers cold water, hot water and water at 100ºC in an instant.

Why we like it 

This is probably the best boiling water tap 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. 

What it does well

It'll replace your current kitchen tap, and it has a four litre capacity. Also, if you do happen to drain the four litre 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. 

What to watch for

You will need to get a plumber to install the Qettle 4-in-1, but with anything involving water that’s probably no bad thing. 

  • Buy the QETTLE 4-in-1 Instant Boiling Water Tap

Best boiling water tap for safety: Stiebel Eltron Undersink Water Boiler and 3-in-1 Tap

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

Best instant hot water tap for safety: an ideal hot water tap for busy families

Specifications
Best for: Safety
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) tap from Stiebel will replace your current kitchen tap so that you can use a combination of (almost) boiling, mains cold and domestic hot water all from one tap. 

Why we like it

We loved that there's no surge during tapping, meaning no spluttering and risk of scalding yourself (or anyone else). With a 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.

What it does well

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. 

What to watch for

The tank is pretty bulky, so bear in mind you are going to need to space to store it if you don't want it out on show. 

  • Buy the Stiebel Eltron Undersink Water Boiler and 3-in-1 Tap

Best single-lever boiling water tap: Insinkerator Filtered hot water tap

5. Insinkerator Filtered Cold and Boiling Water Tap

Best single-lever hot water 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

This filtered water tap from Insinkerator is a compact and practical solution if you’re after a do-it-all model that won’t be too obtrusive in your kitchen.

Why we like it

The build quality and the overall look and feel of the Insinkerator definitely feels more premium than the price tag. 

What it does well

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. 

What to watch 

The 2.5 litre tank of this Insinkerator filter tap is on the petite side compared to some of our other picks, but if you’ve been frantically doing the maths and worrying about making space for an oversized tank, this might be a good solution. 

  • Buy the Insinkerator Filtered Cold and Boiling Water Tap

Best boiling water tap for families: Franke Omni hot water tap

6. Franke Omni 4-in-1 boiling water tap

Best boiling water tap for families: 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, this boiling water tap from Franke really does seem to do it all. It looks almost like a regular tap design but you soon discover that it’s got lots more going for it... 

Why we like it

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, the water just keeps on coming, perfect for making large pans of pasta and filling sizeable mop buckets. 

What it does well

Reviewers 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. 

What to watch for

There's only one design available, but it's pretty neutral so we reckon it will suit more households. Apart from that the only thing to overcome is the pretty hefty price tag, but you are buying from a high-quality, experienced brand.

  • Buy the Franke Omni 4-in-1 boiling water tap

Best boiling water tap for temperature control:

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7. Insinkerator 3-in-1 Steaming Hot Water Tap

Best hot water tap for temperature control: for instant hot (or warm) boiling water as you please at whichever temperature you like

Specifications
Best for: Temperature control
Tank capacity: 2.5 litres
Temperature range: Adjustable from 88˚C - 98˚C
Finish: Chrome, Rose Gold and Gold
Reasons to buy
+Hot water is filtered+Available in a range of finishes and shapes+Safety features+Space saving compact design+2 year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Regular hot and cold water isn't filtered

We love the compact design of this hot water tap, plus we think it's the best boiling water tap if you are looking for a model that allows you to completely control the temperature. 

Why we like it

With the ability to dispense up to 100 cups of boiling water an hour, this hot water tap gives you the option to set the temperature to whatever you like, so whether you need it at its hottest for boiling veg or just a little warm for the baby's bottle, it has a setting to suit everyone. 

What it does well

The unobtrusive 2.5 litre tank fits easily under a sink to supply water at all temperatures, and all hot water that comes out is filtered, too. For those who are style-conscious, it's available in two shapes and several finishes to complement your kitchen. In terms of safety, it has a push-lever safety mechanism to prevent accidents. Its best quality is by the far its adjustable thermostat, making it the best boiling water tap for temperature control.

What to watch for

Reviewers mentioned that it could be quite slow at dispensing larger quantities of water, so just be aware of that if you are going to be using it frequently for cooking. Although obviously it's still going to be quicker than boiling a full kettle.

  • Buy the Insinkerator 3-in-1 Steaming Hot Water Tap

Best boiling water tap for features: Grohe Red Duo

8. Grohe Red Duo Instant Boiling Water Tap

Best instant hot water tap for features: 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 

A super-safe hot water tap that boasts a stylish design and great build quality, the Grohe Red Duo deserves a spot in our round up of the best boiling water taps. 

Why we like it

We liked that you can choose from either a 3 litre or 5.5 litre boiler, depending on requirements. You will, however, need space in your kitchen cupboard to allow for this to be installed.

What it does well

Available in four different designs, the Red Mixer Tap from Grohe makes both a stylish and functional addition to a modern kitchen. 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.

What to watch for

This can be an issue with a lot of boiling water taps, but reviewers did note that despite the insulated sides, parts of the tap did get hot to the touch.

  • Buy the Grohe Red Duo Instant Boiling Water Tap

Best boiling water tap for filtered water: Carron Phoenix Larunda 3-in-1 tap

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9. Carron Phoenix Larunda 3-in-1 Filtered Boiling Water Tap

Best instant hot water tap for filtered water: an affordable 3-in-1 hot water tap with a built-in water filter

Specifications
Best for: Built-in water filter
Tank capacity: 2.4 litres
Temperature range: 98°C
Finish: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Good safety features+3-in-1+Affordable+Water filter
Reasons to avoid
-Requires a minimum operating pressure of 1.5 to 5 bar-Only available in one finish

This boiling water tap from Carron Phoenix is a sleek new tap that not only dispenses 98⁰C hot water, but also hot and cold water, all from one single tap. 

Why we like it

Cleanliness. Thanks to its water conditioning filter, your hot water will always be free of sediment, odour and any unwanted particles. 

What it does well

Its available in a chrome finish, the tap features a timeless swan-neck design to suit a wide range of kitchen styles. In terms of safety, it has a cool-touch spout and features a push-and-twist operation to protect against accidental activation of the steaming hot water function. Its 2.4 litre tank can sit neatly in a cupboard under the sink and, for a 3-in-1 tap with a built-in filter, the price tag is pretty low, sitting in the £500 bracket. 

What to watch for

It is a little slow at dispensing large quantities of water in one go and a few reviewers mentioned that the temperature didn't quite reach boiling. Also, it sometimes spits in use and parts of the tap get hot to the touch.

  • Buy the Carron Phoenix Larunda 3-in-1 Filtered Boiling Water Tap

What we look for in the best boiling water tap and hot water tap

In this expert guide we have scoured the web and our favourite retailers to bring you, what we think, are the best boiling water taps and hot water taps on the market for 2020. We've donned our appliance hats to compare the manufacturing quality, ease of installation, add-on availability, safety features, appearance, the size and the price – all the important elements – so, essentially, you don't have to spend your precious minutes, hours and days looking for the best option because we've done all the leg work for you.

How to choose the best boiling water tap and hot water tap

So you've honed in on the best boiling water tap or hot water tap for the household, but there a few things now to consider on how to actually get it into the home.

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).

If you are going from two pillar taps to one boiling water tap, you will need a replacement kitchen sink with just one hole.

Temperature: why are some called boiling water and some called hot water taps?

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.

Filters

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: How much does a hot water tap cost?

Boiling water taps and hot water taps and boiler tanks are not exactly 'cheap' by anyone's budget with prices starting from around £500. You'll then need a plumber to 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. This means that these instant hot water taps are a real investment, and is one which needs to be carefully thought out.

Running costs

Aside from the initial upfront costs, you'll need to have a think about the general running costs to see if it will save you money in the long run and know what to expect when your monthly energy bills land.

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. Although it does look more pricey from the outset, if you tend to boil your kettle several time throughout the day – in the morning, in the afternoon and just before bed, for example – then you could save save a few pennies at the end of each month.

What is the best boiling water tap or hot water tap?

To recap...if you are after what gets the Real Homes vote for the best boiling water tap, we recommend you buy the Quooker Fusion. It is a stylish – and child friendly – design, and has great functionality. Also suitable for use as a regular hot and cold tap, this piece of kit will replace the kettle and revolutionise your current sink set-up.

Alternatively, if you're looking for the best instant hot water tap, we recommend buying the Abode PT1105. It's an all round winner, showcasing the best of the best when it comes to style and functionality.

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