Top 5 Boiling Water Taps for your office in 2020

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Best boiling water taps 2020:

The best boiling water taps and hot water taps are great for providing hot water for your cuppa without delay. It’s like having a kettle that’s always on, but much more energy efficient!  You also remove the time factor involved while you wait for the kettle boil. A boiling tap looks much more modern and saves having an ugly kettle cluttering up valuable worktop space.  You will only heat what you use which will save money from your water bills.

Some boiling water taps can replace the existing mixer tap you have in place and others are a separate, dedicated tap for hot drinks only.  When we say only for hot drinks, of course there is the option with most commercial boiling water taps to have a chilled function too which makes the investment even more worthwhile.

Most of our hot tap installations are installed into new kitchens where we can work with the contractors to install the plumbing and electrics, however if you’re not planning on replacing your kitchen we are often able to work around your existing set up.  We would recommend a site survey by one of our technical advisors to check that this is possible before ordering a hot tap.

There are a many taps available to choose from, and whilst they all have an end result in common, they each have their own pros and cons.

We have listed the most popular office boiling water taps for this year below:

#1 – Billi Quadra 460 – Code 904060 Review

This is a genius piece of equipment and wipes the floor from any other taps around.  Our absolute favourite boiling & chilled tap this year and here’s why..

  • Pros:
    • High capacity, instant draw off of 60 cups of boiling water and 180 boiling/175 chilled cups per hour
    • No ventilation required in the cupboard
    • Very energy efficient – 9p per day average running cost
    • Sleek tap design available in a large range of finishes
    • Can be installed over a sink or with its own drainage font.
    • Compact under cupboard unit which fits into standard 600mm cupboard
    • Wras approved
  • Cons:
    • Quite costly compared to some taps
    • Not available in an ‘all in one’ tap which includes the mixer tap

#2 – Zip HydroTap G4 Classic – HT1764UK Review

The Zip tap is a well know brand and has been the market leader under Billi was introduced to the market several years ago.

  • Pros:
    • Average capacity – 100 boiling/75 chilled cups per hour
    • Wras approved
    • Three finishes available including matte black
    • Can be installed over a sink or with its own drainage font
  • Cons:
    • Ventilation required with any unit that has chilled function
    • Higher capacity models require an additional booster pump.
    • All in one taps are domestic use only
    • Don’t have much tap clearance for filling bottles.

 

#3 – Brita Vivreau Vi Tap 304 Review

Brita are the leading water filtration experts and having combined their knowledge with Vivreau they have a good solution for the smaller offices.

  • Pros:
    • Average capacity – 150 boiling/160 chilled cups per hour
    • Easy to use touch sensor on top of tap
    • Removable dispenser nozzle for improved hygiene
    • Dispense height of 245mm
  • Cons:
    • Ventilation required with any unit that has chilled function
    • Cupboards known to become very hot and often have to be fitted with fans to help take the heat away.
    • Not available in an ‘all in one’ tap which includes the mixer tap
    • Only two colour finishes available
    • Has to be installed over its own drip tray rather than a sink
    • Under cupboard units is large and takes up a lot of cupboard space

#4 – Illimani Hot Tap Review

A new tap to the market, led by an entrepreneur to bring game changing filtration techniques.

  • Pros:
    • Average capacity – has a good instant draw off but hourly use is overestimated.
    • Touch tap which is DDA perfection
    • Unique filtration system to help eradicate lime scale from the water
    • Satin black and chrome finishes available
  • Cons:
    • Ventilation required with any unit that has chilled function
    • Filtration system is overrated and very new to the market to have real valuations
    • Only two colour finishes available
    • Has to be installed over its own drip tray rather than a sink
    • Under cupboard units is large and takes up a lot of cupboard space

 

#5 – Heatrae Sadia Hot Tap Review

Heatrae Boiling water taps deliver a practical solution for instant boiling, ambient or chilled water in medium-traffic workplaces.

  • Pros:
    • Integral electronic water conditioner to reduce scale
    • Can be installed over a sink or with its own drainage font
    • Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK
  • Cons:
    • Ventilation required with any unit that has chilled function
    • Low capacity – 135 boiling/85 chilled cups per hour
    • Separate under counter units for hot and cold means it requires two cupboard spaces.
    • Only one colour finish available
    • Clunky design making it have more of a commercial look
    • Not Wras approved

What to look for in a boiling water tap:

Keep an eye on the temperature capabilities of the tap, as boiling water taps might take the water temperature right up to 100ºC, but it’s more usually served at 98º-99ºC. Settings can often be adjusted, however, although be sure to check what the hot tap is able to do before plumbing it all in.  If it is set at 100C it will cause spitting whilst it is being dispensed, this the case with the Quooker hot tap which has raised the alarm with some users.

 

Boiling water taps and hot water taps are expensive, and they do require some space, usually underneath your worktop for the kit that comes with them. A water supply and a three-pin plug socket both need to be in close proximity.

You will need to have a hot tap installed by a professional engineer as the warranty can be void if the install isn’t carried out correctly.  A lime scale filter is imperative to help protect the hot tank and parts inside the unit, these filters will need replacing at least one a year so bear this in mind when costing up your project.

The overall running costs of the hot taps are usually much less than a kettle which is on average, 2.5p per boil.  The Billi Quadra tap is the most energy efficient tap as any heat generated by the chiller is harvested and used to help heat the hot water which saves wasted energy and also means the heater hasn’t got to work as hard to heat the water up!

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Need further advice?  Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team to discuss in more depth.

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