There are many different types of boiling water taps on the market, and finding the perfect one for your kitchen can be a daunting task. Luckily we’ve compiled this buying guide to help you make an informed decision about which type would suit your needs best!
We take you through everything from installation to maintenance so when it comes time to buy, all you have to do is read up and decide what is most important for your situation.
A boiling water tap is a tap that supplies cold, hot and boiling water, generally through the same mixer tap. For conventional use it is operated exactly as you would a normal mixer tap, but the tap can also dispense near boiling water. All manufacturers include some safety precautions to avoid accidentally dispensing scalding water. Hanstrom uses a child-safe spring lock to achieve this.
Boiling water taps work by using a tank that is plugged into the mains and your water supply. The tank heats the water and stores it at the correct temperature, so everytime you turn on the tap, the hot water is available instantly. This means you don’t have to wait for the water to heat up before you can use it – you can just turn on the tap and dispense near boiling water
Installing a boiling water tap is a relatively simple process, and can be done in the same way as a regular tap. This can easily be done by a confident DIY consumer, but there are a few more connections to be made with a boiling water tap, so you may want to use a handyman or local plumber do the installation. The tank will usually be fitted underneath your sink, and you’ll need a standard plug socket close by. Make sure you have enough space for the tank before you buy your boiling water tap.
Once you have the necessary tools and equipment, here are the steps you need to take to install your boiling water tap:
1. Shut off the water supply to your sink. There should be a shut-off valve near where your current tap is installed.
2. Disconnect the old tap by unscrewing the nuts that hold it in place.
3. Connect the new tap by screwing the nuts on to the threaded pipe that protrudes from the tank.
4. Reconnect the water supply and turn on the taps to check for leaks. If there are any leaks, tighten the nuts until they stop.
5. Put the cover back on to the tank and screw it into place.
6. Fill the tank with water by turning on the tap at the bottom. You may need to wait a few minutes for all of the air to escape before the water starts flowing.
7. Once the tank is full, turn off the tap and test your boiling water tap by pouring a cup of hot water.
Please refer to our detailed installation manual before attempting to install the tap yourself. If you have any problems with the installation, or if you’re not sure how to fit your particular boiling water tap, please do consult a local plumber who will be more than able to fit a Hanstrom tap.
A boiling water tap is a great investment for any home. Not only do they offer a convenient way to heat water, they can also save you money in the long term.
Boiling water taps are available at a variety of different price points depending on your budget. At Hanstrom we have focussed on making the best and most durable range of boiling water taps possible – with a range of visually pleasing designs. Of course these taps are more costly initially than a regular mixer tap, we want to make the convenience of boiling water taps available to as many people as possible, so we focus on affordable luxury. You might find that they are less expensive than you would expect!
It’s also crucial to note that these units can save you money in the long run. Most of our customers use their boiling taps multiple times per day – and the savings versus using a kettle soon mount up. With soaring home energy prices the efficiencies of simply boiling what you use are – at present – almost unquantifiable.
The water in a boiling water tap is usually stored at a temperature of between 75-98C which is hot enough to make tea and coffee and also for cooking – in reality using boiling water to make hot drinks tends to ruin the taste.
Some brands of boiling water taps advertise that their taps can reach 100C, but this is not necessary for normal domestic use. In fact to our knowledge there is only one manufacturer who’s product can dispense water at 100C – but as there is no discernible benefit of doing so, Hanstrom has chosen not to do this.
Hanstrom’s touch screen controlled boiler dispenses near boiling water at between 75-98C
The most common types of boiling water tap are the 3-in-1 tap, the 4-in-1 tap and the standard boiling water only tap.
Boiling water only taps do exactly what they say on the tin. They only dispense near boiling water and can only be used as a secondary tap. Hanstrom does not manufacture these taps as they are, in our opinion, far less useful than a boiling water mixer tap.
3-in-1 taps – a 3-in-1 boiling water tap operates as your standard kitchen mixer tap dispensing hot and cold water, with the added feature of a child-lock protected boiling water function which dispenses filtered near-boiling water for making drinks and cooking. Our customers choose to replace their ordinary kitchen tap with a Hanstrom 3-in-1 tap, so there is no need for two taps at the kitchen sink.
We have chosen primarily to focus on 3-in-1 boiling water taps as they are more cost effective for the average homeowner than 4-in-1 taps (or the newly emerging 5-in-1 taps) and for the vast majority of consumers provide everything they need in a boiling water tap.
4-in-1 taps – a 4-in-1 boiling water tap does everything the 3-in-1 tap does with the addition of the ability to dispense both boiling and cold filtered water.
Quick and Easy – Making drinks with a boiling water tap is much quicker and easier because you don’t have to wait for the water to boil. With 13% of Brits drinking 6 or more cups of tea per day – just imagine how much time you get back not standing and waiting for the kettle to boil.
Another advantage of having a boiling water tap is that it makes cooking quicker. You don’t have to wait for the water to boil on the hob, so you can start cooking sooner. This also means that you can use less energy, because you don’t need to use as much heat to get the water up to boiling point.
Space Saving – Boiling water taps can be a great space-saving addition to your kitchen. They take up less room on your kitchen counters by completely removing the need for a kettle. This can be a great feature if you don’t have a lot of counter space in your kitchen.
Safe – Hanstrom boiling water taps are very safe and reliable as they employ safety features such as sprung handles which require pushing before twisting to activate the tap, preventing children from turning them on accidentally with their hands near the hot steam coming out of the spout. Water is also delivered at a slightly lower pressure than regular taps to reduce the risk of splash back.
You can be assured that Hanstrom has put the safety of your family at the forefront of our mind when designing every product.
Great For The Environment – In the UK it is estimated that 3500 of CO2 is wasted every day boiling overfilled kettles. Not only are Hanstrom boiling water taps designed with energy efficiency in mind – because you are only boiling the water you need they massively reduce the amount of energy you use. Considering that around 2/3 of people overfill their kettles routinely – that is a lot of saved carbon.
Great for the environment – but of course in an environment with massive increases in energy costs a Hanstrom tap is also great for your wallet!
I think we have all looked inside our kettle from time to time and seen a disgusting build up of limescale. This is particularly bad if you live in a hard water area. Every Hanstrom tap comes with a water filter which will completely eliminate limescale issues and provide you with fresh, filtered near boiling water on demand.
The filters are designed to be changed just once every 6 months – and this is incredibly easy to do – so maintaining your Hanstrom tap will not be a chore at all.
Every Hanstrom product is WRAS approved – which just means that our products all comply with UK water regulations and by-laws. When shopping for a boiling water tap, please ensure that you only buy from a WRAS approved manufacturer for your peace of mind and security.
At Hanstrom we have a range of taps in all styles and to suit most budgets. Whether you are looking for something traditional, contemporary or bold – please shop our entire range of boiling water taps.