In a busy life, convenience is a commodity. And, installing a boiling water tap in your residential kitchen or commercial space will save you time and money, while also minimising the effect you have on the environment.
With just the flick of a switch, you can access boiling hot water – perfect for those moments when you need a cup of tea, now.
From zero to almost 100 degrees Celsius, our taps at The Water People help you to live at high speed. Browse our boiling water tap range.
How hot is boiling water from a kettle?
You probably think that tap water boiling from a kettle is exactly 100 degrees Celsius. Well, you're wrong! Water from the kettle will usually boil at slightly over 100 degrees Celsius, because of 'impurities' in the water, like minerals, which cause it to have a higher boiling temperature.
That's OK though: for normal, non scientific uses, water that is approximately 100 degrees (whether slightly higher or lower) is still going to work in basically the same way in your kitchen.
Do instant boiling water taps actually boil?
While often referred to as ‘boiling’ water taps, the truth is most water systems provide water at just under 100 degrees Celsius. Thanks to its patent on providing 100-degree water from a tap, Dutch company Quooker is the only brand which produces true boiling hot water taps. But the real question is, does it matter? Our answer: no.
- Boiling hot water burns tea leaves and can alter the taste of the brew
- Herbal teas should be brewed between 65 and 90 degrees Celsius
- Coffee should be brewed at 95 degrees
Kettle-makers know this. That’s why they’ve extended kettle functions to include temperature settings.
Different types boiling water systems
There is a range of boiling water systems. These can be applied in different ways in residential and commercial spaces.
From the type you can simply unpackage and place on your countertop for immediate use to systems which require access to your mains, countertop water systems are sleek and stylish.
- Residential: When it comes to installation and set up, no system is more convenient than the Bibo Bar. It’s an all-in-one comprehensive system – you can adjust temperature controls, serving size settings and energy-saving sleep modes.
- Commercial: A countertop system like Waterlux Trend has direct access to the mains, so users can access unlimited water supply. It’s a great way to provide instant hot water in warehouses, universities or medical centres.
Under-sink taps eliminate the need for a separate mains hot water unit. They are easy to install, with minimal electrical parts, pumps or valves.
- Residential: If you don’t care about the bells and whistles, a single-purpose tap like the Zip HydroTap Miniboil is the solution. It sits at the more affordable end of the scale, and requires minimal effort when installing.
- Commercial: Mixed-use taps like the Billi Quadra are great for small offices and cafes. It offers instant boiling and chilled water via a sophisticated touch button system. And, thanks to a 1-kilogram disposable CO2 canister, it also provides sparkling water.
This type of water system is best applied in commercial settings, thanks to its flexibility.
You’ll find them most commonly in reception areas, for an excellent reason, too. They don’t need to be connected to the mains water supply and can be placed anywhere, bench or no bench.
The Waterlux Bottled Water Cooler features a 6.5-litre bottle on top. When it runs out, simply replace with a new bottle. It produces 45 cups of boiling water per hour, so it’s perfect for sports clubhouses or doctor’s waiting areas.
Wall-mounted water systems come with their own in-built boiler system, meaning they can service a high volume of people in commercial areas.
They typically use more energy than the other types of water systems but provide continuous and unlimited hot water at the highest temperatures.
You’ll find wall boilers like the Zip Econoboil – which recycles energy from steam to pre-heat incoming water – in office kitchens, restaurants or function centres or within aged care facilities.
Why you should install a boiling water tap
They save you money: Kettles use more electricity than you would think. Depending on its size and power wattage, a kettle can cost almost as much as 5 cents per boil.
They reduce your carbon footprint: Even if your company is small, or your residential community only has ten or so residents, your carbon footprint will be larger than your neighbours. Instant hot water taps use less energy and are more environmentally friendly. If you installed
They save time: A kettle with a capacity of 1.7 litres, operating at 2200 watts, can take as long as 4 minutes and 19 seconds to boil. By switching to an instant boiling water tap or system, your employees or residential community can save on time.