These taps from Quooker give you boiling hot water – well, on tap! Filling, lifting, manoeuvring and pouring from a kettle can be difficult for all sorts of reasons, not least should you have any difficulties with strength, vision, balance or coordination, or need to make a cup of tea with one hand. While the Quooker tap might not be the answer for everyone – it does require some grip strength to operate the child-safe handle – it’s a great option to have as an alternative to the traditional kettle. The initial cost is quite high once you add in installation – depending on the finish and capacity, it can be upwards of £1000. It’s really a tap, tank and boiler combo, which can be plumbed in by a regular plumber and means you can have boiling water coming out of your taps on demand just like your regular hot and cold water. The taps store a tank of pre-heated water below your sink so cost around 3p per day to run, which is cheaper than boiling a kettle multiple times (at 6p a pop). The Quooker Facebook page is fond of playing ‘spot the Quooker’ – and the taps have been spotted in such hallowed places as Masterchef, Saturday Kitchen and the Great British Bake Off!
Watch the Quooker boiling water tap in action:
The taps come in stainless steel, polished chrome and brushed chrome and there are several styles to choose from, including a flex tap (a little hose for your hot and cold water).
Tank capacity: 3 litres, 7 litres or combi
Did you know?
Quooker founder, Dutch engineer Henri Peteri, was inspired to create the boiling water tap after working on ‘instant soup’ for a food company in the 1970s. He really wanted instant to mean instant and started working on his idea at home, creating prototypes in the cellar.
In the 1980s and 1990s, his sons got involved and things began to take off, with the first Quooker tap launched in 1992. Quooker now produces tens of thousands of its boiling water taps every year.
I wonder how many of them are used for instant soup?