Instant boiling water taps are an easy way to make tea and other hot drinks. They work by connecting to your mains plumbing and tapping into the hot water tank beneath. Using an instant boiling water tap uses less energy than the average kettle as they only supply the amount of hot water you need, rather than continuously heating it up. Often they also have a water filter which helps with cleaning, especially in hard water areas and can help reduce limescale build-up.
There are many different types of instant boiling water tap available, the type you choose depends on what you need. A basic tap like the Insinkerator Boiling Water Tap, for example, has a large four litre capacity and costs just 3p a day to run when on standby. This type of tap looks much the same as a regular tap and is a great option for those with small children in the home. It has a safety button that needs to be pressed in order to activate the boiling water, and as soon as it is released the boiling water stops.
For a slightly more sophisticated option, you can opt for a 3-in-1 tap that connects to your existing taps and adds a boiler underneath for instant 100oC boiling water. Examples of these include the Quooker Fusion Tap, which has a minimalist design and a 2, 4 or 7 litre boiler, and the Quettle Signature Modern Tap, which offers hot and cold mains water, and filtered and boiling water from one single spout. These types of taps typically have some form of childproof lock to prevent accidents with scalding hot water.