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Instant hot water taps

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Rodrat, Jan 29, 2022.

  1. farfromthesun

    farfromthesun pfm Member

    How would the 3 year old be accessing a tap fitted on a standard worktop? If they're climbing then they're already into hazard territory. Don't get me wrong, I know that toddlers are inquisitive and daring, and I'm not judging!

    We had a Qettle boiling tap (about half the price of Quooker) and it was rubbish. Continual issues, and whilst their customer service is pretty good, all I wanted was for boiling water to come out, and not having to dismantle the whole thing month after month to replace parts. Got a full refund in the end, after 18 months of hassle.

    Now have a Quooker, and it has been flawless. Fitting was free. The boiling water is controlled by the aforementioned double push and turn, and it's not that easy to do, the right balance between child-proofing and usability. My mother can't do it!

    In my opinion it's safe, and my kids have no need to deliver boiling water and as such never touch that part of it. The spout is insulated and doesn't get hot and the normal hot / cold flow is controlled like any other conventional tap.

    We got one because we wanted to save worktop space in a newly fitted kitchen. Aside from making tea and coffee more quickly, it's also good for cooking e.g. boiling pasta or rice, and cleaning pans that need a soak - just speeds things up a little bit. Having said that, we have a rice cooker now (not taking up worktop space).

    If you really wanted one but safety was your concern then I wouldn't let that side of it put you off.
  2. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    Thanks for the reply, The youngest pulls a stool from the kitchen island and puts it in front of the sink so she can play with water in the sink.. difficult to stop her doing it tbh!!

    Ok, your post reassures me a bit. Looking into it the Blanco one also looks nice - you can adjust the amount for tea, pots, pans etc. looks like a good idea..
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  3. ian123running

    ian123running pfm Member

    Thermostatic kettle - would never go back. As well as setting the right temp (eg 90 degrees for instant coffee) and less risk of scalding drinks, it chucks off far less water vapour as we very rarely set it to 100 deg. Very cool gadget which even my wife is now convinced by.
  4. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Interesting. I've never heard of those. Mind you, if its only use is to have the kettle switch off at a predetermined temp., I can't see the benefits when you can manually switch a kettle before boiling; maybe not to an accurate measure but is this needed? Coffee = before the boil and tea = on the boil as a general rule.
  5. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Does anyone use cups nowadays? We have quite a few redundant ones taking up space because it's been mugs all the way for decades. Our Russ.-Hobbs starts at 2 but does mention 'cup' on a label elsewhere. Offhand, I'd say that the average porcelain mug contains at least 20% more than your standard cup (reminder to measure).
  6. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  7. Nero

    Nero Don’t call me Bud

    By the way, to avoid starting a new thread, we use bottled water in our kettle for making the tea. I can't stand using tap water, or anything artificially softened. It also means the kettle last for years, with absolutely no calcium deposits.

    Not all bottled water is created equal - only Tesco Ashbeck does the job for us so far. If you have any other suggestions, let me know - the dry residue of Ashbeck is around 85mg
  8. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    We also have the Franke Omni Tap & have found it much better and reliable than ones several friends have. With filtration built into the supply it removes all the tastes/contaminents others have talked about being in the boiled water. We have also found it to be pretty foolproof & think you'd have to be a bit dim to get it wrong.

    The water is boiled via a thin spiral hollow element which the water passes thru when you turn the tap on. To make a cuppa just put the correct amount of boiling water (let it run for 1 or 2 seconds first) into your mug/cup drop your bag in as the temp is not too hot too scorch because the mug/cup absorbs some heat brew & drink a lovely cuppa

    I had doubts about having one in our new kitchen but would'nt be without one now as has been said very versatile for cooking drinks just pure fresh boiled water time after time at your fingertips.
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  9. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Tea bags in mugs.
    How common.
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  10. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    'Dead Mouse Tea' my old Granny called it...
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  11. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

  12. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    Yep thats me ;)
  13. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Now dead against one, just realised I can put the £1000 towards new Oled tv. I just have to come up with a convincing argument that will allay SWMBO’s suspicions on why I am now happy with a kettle :)
  14. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Yup! Certainly is, so must have sth going for it. At Yorkshire Gold level, it's almost like brewing in a tea-pot, but as I use Y.G. loose (with a dash of lapsang, jasmine, mango and Darjeeling), for my 2 x early morning MUGS, I would say that.. Brewing for 1 mug just ain't efficient use of anything.
  15. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

    Had a Zip HydroBoil when I ran my print company.
    Saved a lot of time and money, worked fine, nowhere near the normal tap
    Recommend it for heavy use.
    Not a lot of point for most households though

    Previously people who should have know better used to fill up a kettle, spend a few minutes staring out the window or looking at the floor and decant their one mug

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