Why do we need a boiling water tap?
Because life is too short to wait for the kettle to boil. If you choose the right one, boiling water taps are endlessly useful, energy efficient, cheap to run, space saving, water efficient AND if you go for a Quooker boiling water tap – verrrry chic.
At the our studio we are regularly asked the same questions about boiling water taps. The same questions we were asked asked about dishwashers back in the 80s and 90s. Questions like;
- Are they worth the money?
- Will I use it?
- Are they energy efficient?
- Are they cheap to run?
Needless to say dishwashers are installed in every kitchen we design. A modern kitchen without one would be ridiculous! We believe the same thing will happen with boiling water taps. We have one in our own kitchen and, yes, it costs more than the usual, tap – but, in accordance with our client feedback, we believe it is worth every penny and would not be without it now.
Will I use a boiling water tap?
You would be surprised at how many times you need boiling water over the course of a day. Here are just a few ways you will use your boiling water tap;
- Making tea or coffee – four or five times a day? I know coffee is not meant to be too hot but I like my coffee steaming hot!
- An egg for breakfast – boiled or poached – easy.
- A very quick lunch – instant soups/noodles.
- At dinner – boiling potatoes, vegetables, pasta, skinning tomatoes, blanching spinach, poaching fish the list goes on…
- Cleaning – sticky pans, frying pans, sterilizing anything — endless household tasks.
Are they energy efficient?
When you use a boiling water tap you use the exact amount of water you need – unlike a kettle where you often boil far more water than you need. Or, you decide to re-boil because the water cools down – wasting astronomic amounts of energy. Expert Energy have actually estimated that an instant boiling tap can use up to 50% less energy than traditional kettles.
…an instant boiling tap can use up to 50% less energy than traditional kettles.
Quooker invented the boiling water tap thirty years ago and have been honing the technology ever since. They are a family concern with a business philosophy of innovation and sustainability.
How does a Quooker tap work?
The Quooker patented system consists of a small tank in the kitchen cupboard. This is linked to the boiling water tap on the worktop. The tank acts like a vacuum flask connected to the water mains. The air in the insulated wall is so thin that the heat is unable to escape.
It therefore takes very little energy (just 10 watts) to keep the water in the tank at 108°C. The water only starts to boil when the tap is turned on and the temperature of the outflowing water drops to 100°C. While the water is flowing out of the tap, fresh water immediately flows into the tank.
Quooker strive for sustainability in all fields. With people and protection of the planet at the forefront. In 2016, their premises were rebuilt and covered with 900 solar panels. This supplies ALL of their energy needs! They recycle old products and manage all waste flows in a sustainable way, in compliance with the WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Act.
In addition, a Quooker tap itself is easy to maintain which increases its longevity. Quooker taps typically last between fifteen and twenty years!
…hot and cold, boiling, filtered AND sparkling all from one tap!
Are boiling water taps safe?
Once again Quooker design leads the way. With a Quooker it‘s impossible to turn the boiling water on accidentally. It requires a double- push and turn on an inconspicuous ring mechanism, which is completely separate from the regular cold and hot. The water is injected with air, and so is a fine spray which ensures the avoidance of accidental scalds or burns. Quookers have a double insulated spout, and so are cool to the touch, unlike kettles. Last but not least, you cannot accidentally knock, tip or ‘spill’ a Quooker as one can with a kettle or pan of boiling water.
In 2020, the Dutch Burns Foundation conducted research into the use of boiling water taps and the risk of burns. The study concluded that the boiling water tap as a replacement for the kettle, appears to reduce the risk of a burn accident.
If you need more convincing — simply choose a Quooker boiling water tap, they are soooo chic — you’ll be glad you did. You can choose from different colours and designs to suit your traditional or contemporary kitchen. There are different styles to suit your needs – a boiling water tap with hot and cold water – orr, you can go really wild and have hot and cold, boiling, filtered AND sparkling all from one tap! That would be the Quooker CUBE And I can tell you from experience THAT is even more amazing!