Last Updated: 10-08-2020

10 Best Instant Hot Water Taps 2020

Instant hot water taps are a bit of a kitchen revelation. Forget waiting for kettles to boil or refilling your boiling water dispenser – instant hot water taps give you immediate perfect-temperature water for when that coffee or tea drink craving hits.

The taps we have listed below are all perfect for making hot drinks. This is because they don’t actually reach boiling point, have the option to finely tune the temperature output or the ability to quickly switch to cold water to bring it down a degree or two. 

Despite what you may assume, the ideal temperature for brewing coffee and tea is just under boiling point, so some other boiling water taps will be too extreme for hot drinks.

We have selected some of the best instant hot water taps available to buy online to make your brewtime seamless.

Our Top Picks

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Abode Pronteau 3-In-1
  • Temperature: Max 98°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 25.7 x 21.7 x 17.5cm
  • Tank Capacity: 2L
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Franke Omni 4-in-1
  • Temperature: Up to 100°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 35.2 x 18.2 x 23.3cm
  • Tank Capacity: 4L
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Bristan GLL RAPSNK4 C
  • Temperature: 4 Settings – 80, 86, 92, 98°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 31.5 x 22.5 x 20cm
  • Tank Capacity: 3L
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The Best Instant Hot Water Kitchen Taps

1.
Franke Omni 4-in-1

Specifications

  • Temperature: Up to 100°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 35.2 x 18.2 x 23.3cm
  • Tank Capacity: 4L

Able to access 100 degrees Celcius water as well as going a bit lower for those artisan coffees, this is a great tap for whatever the occasion and need.

There is a huge 4.2L water tank, which makes it ideal for larger households where water is always in demand. It will still fit nicely under the sink, however, and can completely refill and reheat in around 10 minutes.

It will filter the water, cutting out the need for extra products, and improving the taste of the end coffee by ensuring the right amount of valuable minerals are still retained but the bad stuff is taken out.

Reasons to Buy

  • Does everything
  • Mixer tap for the correct temperature needed

Reasons to Avoid

  • Difficult to get exact temperature water

2.
Bristan GLL RAPSNK4 C

Specifications

  • Temperature: 4 Settings – 80, 86, 92, 98°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 31.5 x 22.5 x 20cm
  • Tank Capacity: 3L

By far one of the best instant hot water taps around, because it does everything that a special tap such as this can do.

Not only are there four temperature settings to choose from depending on what you’re up to, but the 4-in-1 means it can filter your cold drinking water for immediate dilute juice, and produce ordinary hot and cold water too so you can replace your existing kitchen tap.

The temperatures it can reach are 80°C, 86°C, 92°C and 98°C, so with a little dash of cold water on the top temperature, you can get the perfect temperature. The lower levels are great for green or fruit teas, and the boiling water can only be operated by holding the sensor continuously so there will be no accidental scalds.

It holds three litres of water at once, so is great for preparing around eight large cups at once. With one of the smallest tanks on the market, it is great for pretty much any undersink setup too.

Reasons to Buy

  • Choice of temperatures
  • Great value for a 4-in-1

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price of filters is a little high

3.
Abode Pronteau 3-In-1

Specifications

  • Temperature: Max 98°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 25.7 x 21.7 x 17.5cm
  • Tank Capacity: 2L

This is a tap which is available in loads of different finishes, 

Hygienic 98°C hot water is available right away at the touch of a handle, as well as everyday hot and cold water as normal. As it is just under boiling point, it is perfect for coffees and teas as it won’t scald the beans or leaves. A safety feature will ensure that the boiling water only comes out when it is meant to, to protect little hands or any accidents.

It can be used in new kitchens or in upgrades, and the 2-litre tank will keep the water flowing for those big tasks like washing the dishes and filling up pans for pasta. The aerator at the end of the tap reduces splashing, and the tank is compact to fit under your sink.

Reasons to Buy

  • 360-degree rotation of the spout
  • Great choice of colours and finishes

Reasons to Avoid

  • Nothing!

4.
QETTLE 4-in-1

Specifications

  • Temperature: 100°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 23 x 18.2 x 35.4cm
  • Tank Capacity: 4L

Qettle have created this very clever hot water tap which is a great addition to any kitchen, and you have access to around eight cups of water at any one time which is perfect for families.

There is a filter which means that the water you get is always perfectly safe to consume, and it also keeps the tap free of limescale build up for longer. This needs replacing every six months or so, and there is a built-in LED light which will alert you to when this needs doing.

It has a ten minute hot water recovery time, which is one of the best around, and it costs just 3p per day to run if left on standby, so it is a really economic alternative to your kettle. As it is 4-in-1, it can replace your current tap, and will do pretty much all of the jobs you require water for.

This Qettle can only dispense water at 100°C, which is why it isn’t higher up on our list of the best hot water taps for coffee making, but if we are talking generally then it would definitely make the top 3.

Reasons to Buy

  • Big brand
  • Decent price for a 4-in-1

Reasons to Avoid

  • Limiting temperature selection

5.
Bristan GLL RAPSNK3 C

Specifications

  • Temperature: 7 Settings – Between 75°C to 98°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 33 x 17.5 x 36.5 cm
  • Tank Capacity: 2.4L

This RAPSNK3 is similar to the Bristan RAPSNK4, except it doesn’t filter the water. After all, not everyone will need this feature, and if it is just instant hot water you’re after, it saves you quite a bit of money in comparison.

The tap is of a similar design, curved and with a chrome finish, with a small tank so it will fit in pretty much any space. The tank holds 2.4 litres of water at any one time, roughly enough for about six mugs of coffee.

Another big difference is the choice of temperature selection, with the option to pick between 75°C and 98°C for not only the perfect cuppa, but also the option for some personalisation in case you like yours a bit cooler or hotter than norm.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wide choice of temperatures
  • Easy to access hot water

Reasons to Avoid

  • Boiler is on the bulkier side

6.
Redring REDITAP 3-in-1

Specifications

  • Temperature: 65-100°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 58.5 x 37.5 x 32.5 cm
  • Tank Capacity: 2L

Able to give you ordinary warm and cold water as well as instant hot water, this is a great tap to install in your kitchen and really looks the part too.

It can reach between 65-100°C, which is a great medium level for hot drinks. Taking just 12 minutes to heat the full tank from cold, you have a pretty much constant supply of water ready to make drinks, boil pasta and wash greasy pans.

Thermal overheat protection will ensure that the water is never hotter than you’ve set it, so there will be no surprises or accidents. It is a competitive price, and is one of the easiest to descale.

Reasons to Buy

  • Can heat up to 33 cups per hour
  • Wide temperature range

Reasons to Avoid

  • Water boiler is noisy when at work

7.
Pudin Electric Instant Heater Tap

This is a tap which can range in temperature between 30 and 60 degrees, so is perfect if you don’t like very hot coffee or want to drink speciality brews.

Scale reduction in the tap will ensure nothing bad builds up, and the hot water is delivered within seconds. You also get cold water, of course.

Instructions are included for an easy self-installation, and it will be a safe tap if you’re worried about little hands getting scalded.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lower ‘hot’ temperature
  • Easy fitting
  • Displays temperature on screen

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not hot enough for some

8.
Hyco Zen Solo

Specifications

  • Temperature: 98°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: Tap 4.9 x 15.2 x 28.8 cm
  • Tank Capacity: 3L

Not the most famous manufacturer on our list, but it comes in at a great price for the tank capacity, style and specs.

It is a true 100°C boiling water tap, which is too hot for drinks, but you do have the option to reduce this down to 98°C. This makes it a great tap if you want something which can wash pans just as well as making your morning coffee.

One of the few which has a full 360°C swivel function, this Zen Solo is also great if you want something versatile in positioning, over a large Belfast sink or double sinh setup on a kitchen island for example.

It is cool to touch at all times, and only costs around 4p per day to run which is brilliant if your boiling water is always in demand but you’re concerned about your energy-sapping kettle.

Reasons to Buy

  • One of the most stylish
  • LED status ring on base to indicate ready or heating (green/red)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Doesn’t go below 98 degrees

9.
GROHE 30058001

Specifications

  • Temperature: 99°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 59.5 x 40 x 40cm
  • Tank Capacity: 4L

One of the priciest on the list, but you do get one of the largest tanks and a real quality finish.

Grohe is a big name in the tap industry, and this is a great solution if you want a model which does everything. The right hand side lever accesses ordinary mains water, and there is a child lock in place for the boiling water to minimise the risk of accidents. Just hold the button down for three seconds to disable the lock, and hold down the pour button for as long as you need the water to pour.

It is available as a C-Spout or L-Spout design, so you can get the finish and look you wish for.

Reasons to Buy

  • Available in two styles
  • Good child lock

Reasons to Avoid

  • One of the pricier options

10.
Franke Minerva Original 1 Lever 3-in-1

Specifications

  • Temperature: 100°C
  • Dimensions: Tank 25.7 x 21.7 x 17.5cm
  • Tank Capacity: 2L

This tap can reach the full 100 degrees C of a boiling water tap, so making hot drinks will require a little bit of a cold water splash too but it does mean that it is a great all-rounder for pots and pans and other tasks, too.

You have access to hot and cold water as well, with separate control for the boiling, positioned on the right or left side. And there is more good news for anybody prone to accidents or concerned about their children, too – as it is all insulated, it won’t be hot to touch.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to control boiler
  • Stylish chrome finish

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the best for somebody whose main concern is hot drinks due to high temperature

Instant Hot Water Tap Buying Guide

The best hot water temperature for coffee

As mentioned in the introduction, 100°C is actually too hot for most coffees and teas. It results in burnt grounds or leaves, resulting in a slightly bitter taste.

The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 91°C (195 F) and 96°C (205 F). The closer to the top level the better, and anything below 91°C will not extract the flavours efficiently.

Some of the taps above are boiling taps, so won’t go much below 100°C and are therefore not the absolute best for hot drink production, but they are better for anyone who also needs boiling water for other household tasks. Adding a dash of cold water to the cup before adding the coffee is a good way of getting around this.

Reasons to buy an instant hot water tap

  • Quick – They really are instant, which saves time waiting for water to heat otherwise
  • Energy Efficient – They’re thought to be cheaper to run than boiling a kettle. There is also no wasted water, as you just use what you need – no boiling excess water and pouring it away unused
  • Multiple Uses – We love them for making hot drinks (obviously), but they can also be good when cleaning, making pasta, boiling vegetables, filling hot water bottles or sterilising
  • More Space – There is no need for a kettle taking up space

Types of instant boiling water tap

  • Single Function – These only produce hot water, so sit alongside your mains tap
  • 3-in-1 – Usually provide you with ordinary hot and cold mains water as well as the boiling water
  • 4-in-1 – As the 3-in-1, but also providing filtered cold water which is great for dilute drinks 

Things to bear in mind

  • Tank Size – This is how much hot water the tank can hold at any one time. If you have a large family of hot drink lovers or always have a lot of washing up to do, look for one which is on the larger side, around 3 or 4 litres
  • Dimensions – The size of the tank is probably the most important factor here. You want to ensure it will fit under your sink in the cupboard. Also look at the size of the tap though, so it isn’t too imposing or small, as well as the size of the neck
  • Water Reheat Time – Most tanks will take around 10-15 minutes to properly refill and get the water back up to temperature, but it could be worth bearing in mind if it will be in demand or you’re in a commercial environment
  • Safety Features – Most boiling water taps will have a two-step method to access the hot water but think about how secure you want it to be. If there are children around, you may want top security. If not and you’re confident there is little chance of accidents, you may want something easier
  • Tap Shape and Style – Not only do you need to bear in mind the dimensions of the tap, but also how it will look and the materials/finish used
  • Filters – If your tap is a 4-in-1 with filtered drinking water, check the cost of the filter and availability to ensure it won’t cost too much to run in the long-term
  • Fitting Cost – Most will require professional fitting as there is also electricity involved. Factor in this cost if you have set a budget

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