Boiling Water Tap or Kettle, Which Should I Choose?

My husband and I have differing views when making home improvement plans & decisions. Our most recent discussion was whether or not to have a boiling water tap when we finally get round to having a new kitchen. For me there was several reasons why I believed  a boiling water tap would be right for us but to placate my husband I agreed to look into things in a little more depth

I’m sure I’m not the only person that pops the kettle on then goes off to do something else, gets completely side tracked so have to boil it again! Another bad habit I have is filling the kettle to the max line every time I use it. I’m usually on auto pilot in the kitchen so I don’t focus on what I’m boiling the kettle for or how much water I actually need! This drives my husband mad, as he is tight oops I mean a little frugal!

When friends and family pop round, it’s not until I notice them becoming a bit twitchy or in the case of the more straight talking friends blurting out “Am I going to get that drink from you or not?” that I realise I put the kettle on half an hour ago and haven’t stopped talking since, completely forgetting about making their drink! Such a bad hostess ☹

So for me having a boiling kettle is of definite interest and although I’m rather impulsive, in the interest of remaining married to my stingy (oops, there I go again!) careful husband I have made it my business to do some tedious useful research.


Kettle v Boiling Water Tap Initial Outlay

The initial outlay of a boiling water tap will cost you more than a top of the range kettle.

 Kettles  £25 – £200                                                                                      Boiling Taps £310 – £2000.00


Kettle v Boiling Water Tap Running Costs

If you fill the kettle with every use and boil it several times a day, you will be approx. 1.5p a day better off if you only boil the amount of a couple of cups, you will be a approximately a whopping .02p better off. If you’d like to work out comparisons yourself the average cost from a boiling tap is 1p per litre against a kettle at 1.66p per litre. However, there is also the cost of water and if you’re on a water metre and fill the kettle every use you could save another £100 per year on water rates


Kettle tap or not

Kettle v Boiling Water Tap Summary

I have chosen to have a boiling kettle tap in our showroom and the information gathered was helpful when looking from a business point of view. I chose a separate tap that is labelled clearly to avoid any confusion if used by visitors however the option of 3 in 1 is worth considering if space is an issue

Kettle tap
Showroom Boiling Water Tap

I will definitely have one at home when my husband can be bothered finds the time to make a start on our new kitchen and I must confess I made the choice for home before even looking at the financial implications. However, after boring pouring over the above comparison, my husband agreed that other than the initial outlay it certainly wouldn’t cost us any more than a using a kettle.  So marriage still in tact!

In the showroom we have a reasonably priced insinkerator and for me it’s been a godsend so when looking for one at home I am more than happy to have another insinkerator but I have to confess I’ve been rather drawn to this beautiful tap. The Zip Hydro tap not only dispenses boiling water and filtered cold but also sparkling. Yes you read that right sparkling water straight from the tap! This comes in at a whopping £3,399 Oooh now let me think ……..  sparkling water or husband, not an easy call but on this occasion the husband comes out on top. However if the tap were to dispense Prosecco, then taht would be another story!

5 types of water tap

Zip Hydrotap