Boiling Water Tap – is it worth it?

This isn’t an ad. I just had so much love & curiosity about my new tap on Instagram I thought I’d write a little post about it.

When we I was planning our renovation, my one extravagant purchase was to hopefully be able to budget in a boiling water tap. I drink copious amounts of tea, from the normal cuppa to Countess Grey. I love a morning coffee too. So to me this was an amazing new piece of technology in the kitchenware department. It literally is 100 degree water at the turn of a tap!

Basically tea on demand – Dreams do come true!

When I started to research them the pricing varied, from £250 to £1,300. Like with any type of tap you don’t want to buy too cheap, you really do get what you pay for with them. So I started looking at their specification:

There is quite a bit of kit with these taps, and if all the parts are in one sealed unit it’s harder to get to/fix/replace bits (some companies will only let their engineers come to fix it, to me this seemed like an inconvenience/probably costly when the warranty ends).

The water temperatures alter on each tap, not all are a true 100 degrees. Does it matter if my tea is made from 97 degree water instead of 100? No, of course I’m not that fastidious, but if you have a baby on powder formula it absolutely does, those few degrees are a must for their safety. We do want more children in the future, you never know I might not be lucky enough to breastfeed again (all babies are different) so I definitely kept that in mind. It’s a pricey purchase so it needs to be right for all the family for a long time.

The tank size is another part to ponder, many I read are only 2-2.4 litres but some do go up to 5.5 litres (in layman’s terms that’s 10/11 mugs of tea every 10 minutes should you need it). Because I like to host family coffee mornings and hate waiting for the kettle all the time, a smaller one seemed pointless. And may I add not all the smaller capacity tanks were the cheap options either most were the £750 up ones. Except for the 5.5L one which was one of the dearest taps, at an eye watering £1,299.95.

So after all these differences in spec and looks, like with everything it did come down to price. I could not justify spending £1,300 just so making cups of tea was easier.

So what did I decide?
I bought a Qettle 4 in 1 Boiling Water Tap for £498.

It really did tick all the boxes. Normal hot & cold water, 100 degree water plus filtered cold water. It has a red safety clip, so when on the boiling water can’t be dispensed (child safety paramount obviously). Is has a 4 litre tank, so 8 mugs of tea every 10 mins. But I don’t think it ‘eats’ up space under the sink either, see picture below to see what you think. It’s a ‘proper sexy’ looking tap too which is lovely to clean. It feels sturdy, not flimsy or ‘cheap’ in any way. My kitchen fitter was very taken by it actually, he fits lots of different ones being in that trade, he would actually buy this one for himself he added, which massively reassured me that I had made the right decision with it.

I have only used the tap for a few days, but already very accustomed to the luxury boiling water life; busy renovation/Mum life, anything that saves time is a winner. I also enjoy not having a kettle clogging up the worktop. Although £500 may sound dear, the way I looked at it convinced my husband was, if you buy a fancy looking kettle (a Smeg one for example), they’re around £130, normal kitchen taps vary as well, any nice mid range tap is still around £200-£300. To me the extra money was definitely worth it with a boiling water tap, and I can’t recommend it enough at the moment, click to see it in action. I will write another honest blog post in 6 months time once the Qettle has settled in more.

Under my sink. The stop tap & combimate on the left then the Qettle kit on the right.

Off to make my 600th cup of tea of the day 🙂

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