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Should you invest in a boiling water tap?
I've wanted a boiling water tap in my kitchen for the longest time, but often people would tell me they were gimmicky or a danger (particularly to small children) so it always put me off making the investment in one. When Qettle reached out and shared all of the amazing features that theirs has, including a 3 point safety system, I was instantly sold. I've now had my Qettle for over two months so I'm here to tell you all about it and why it's 100% worth investing in one!
Who are Qettle?
Qettle is a British brand based in Norfolk, and have been designing and making clever taps for over 50 years - that's right 50! They do it all, from creating the concept of the tap to the design, to bringing the product to life. Not only are the Qettle boiling water taps absolutely beautiful, but they are also affordable which is a huge bonus. Boiling water taps can be super expensive, but the Qettle taps are actually half the price of some of their rivals such as Quooker. The features and functionality of the Qettle are completely equal to the rivals, but you save big on the cost due to Qettle being both the designer and manufacturer. You buy the Qettle directly from themselves so they're able to sell it at a much more affordable price!
Maintenance requirements are also much more affordable, you only need to replace the filters once or twice a year, which cost just under £30 each. A Quooker cartridge sets you back at around £50. You can also deep clean a Qettle tank yourself without the need for an engineer visit for under £10, so once you've made the investment in your Qettle the costs are really pretty low.
Are boiling water taps safe?
Is a kettle safe? The truth is, not really. I think the main worry that people have in general, is that with a boiling water tap, you could turn the boiling water on by accident instead of the normal hot or cold. Or that a child can easily turn it on by accident. Thankfully, the Qettle is designed with a safety clip that you can choose to have on or off, with it on, it makes dispensing boiling water impossible. Not only that, but to access the boiling water you have to push down a button whilst turning it clockwise. It's also located on the opposite side of the tap to the normal hot/cold lever, so it's really not difficult to get them mixed up. I personally don't use the safety clip as I don't feel the need for it, a kitchen tap is a fixed object at the back of the worktop, it can't be grabbed and most little hands won't or shouldn't be able to reach it. Even if they could, it's highly unlikely they would be able to figure out how to turn the boiling water on as it's more of a manoeuvre for big hands. Any child could easily pull a kettle of a countertop by the wire, or knock it over onto themselves or the floor, so I actually think this tap is much safer personally.
In terms of the elderly or anyone with limited mobility, I can imagine carrying a heavy kettle full of boiling water is a difficult task, so being able to simply switch a tap on is bound to be much easier too.
3 in 1 or 4 in 1?
The Qettle taps are a 4 in 1 tap so it gives you your normal hot and cold on the left hand side, and the boiling hot water as well as cold filtered water on the right hand side. How cool is that?! The Qettle 4 in 1 tap is completely mechanical instead of electronic too which means if anything breaks down or needs repairing in the future, it's a lot easier and cheaper to fix/replace mechanical parts as opposed to electronic parts. I love drinking filtered water, it tastes so much better and the water in York has such hard water that I always prefer to filter it. I'm also saving loads of space by having a filtered tap as I no longer need a huge filter jug in my fridge! So that's another huge kitchen product I've managed to get rid of along with my kettle. If you have a small kitchen, these taps work out great for space-saving.
Why a Qettle?
They're a 4 in 1, affordable, absolutely beautiful and super safe to use. Qettle is also one of the very few brands that actually delivers true boiling water, and gives you a genuine 100C. True boiling water is essential for things like a good cup of tea, making gravy and sauces and speedy snacks like pot noodles. There's nothing worse than a lumpy sauce or lumpy gravy when your water isn't completely boiling and the granules won't dissolve!
I really love how much of a beautiful feature it makes in my kitchen, towering over the sink and making a pretty statement. Having a boiling water tap makes cooking and cleaning an absolute breeze, with boiling water ready to go at any time without having to wait for a full kettle to boil. The tap swings round so I can clean the draining board with ease, I'm able to disinfect things instantly, and it's fab for dissolving grime off of pots and pans. I can fill a pan up within seconds for cooking anything like pasta and potatoes.
I have the Qettle original and the largest tank which is the 7 litre and it fits snugly in the cupboard under my sink without taking up all of the space. I'm left with half a cupboard which is more than enough room for all of my cleaning bits. The 7 litre tank comfortably fills 14 cups or two pans of water and takes about 10 minutes to reheat which is super quick. I haven't ran the tank out whilst using it yet and I use mine all of the time so it's a great size for a family!
Are you thinking about investing?
If you're sold on a Qettle like I was, you can purchase the Mini, Original or Signature taps directly from the Qettle website. I absolutely love mine and would never have a normal tap again. I have now got rid of my kettle and the extra worktop space is fantastic! There's so, so many benefits to a boiling water tap.
Do you have a boiling water tap, or are you thinking about buying one?
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Qettle.