Are Boiling Water Taps Safe? Here's the Truth

Welcome to the world of modern convenience, where boiling water taps are all the rage among homeowners seeking instant access to unlimited hot water. However, there's a burning question on everyone's mind: Are these taps truly safe compared to time-tested methods like kettles and microwaves?

Fear not, for we're here to clear up any confusion surrounding their safety and functionality. So, grab a cuppa and join us as we unravel the truth behind these game-changing taps, helping you make an informed decision. Let's get started, shall we?

What is a Boiling Water Tap?

Boiling water taps - often referred to as "instant hot water taps" - are the most efficient way to access boiling water in the kitchen. Manufactured by a number of brands (including ourselves!), these systems use a mains-powered boiler tank that holds a constant supply of piping hot water, which can be drawn from the tap whenever it's needed - helping you wave goodbye to the days of waiting around for your kettle or stovetop pan to come to the boil.

Most of these taps have adjustable temperature settings and a range of other technologies to provide the most convenient tap humanity has ever known (no, we're not kidding!). Not only do these types of taps save on time, but they can also be an eco-friendly choice since drawing from a boiler tank instead of overfilling a kettle each time is generally more energy efficient. You can read more about how a boiling water tap works here.

copper kitchen tap dispensing boiling water

Are Boiling Water Taps Safe?

Boiling water taps are incredibly safe for homeowners, their children and pets. From design through to construction, every effort is made to ensure that the risks posed by boiling water are limited. In our taps, this includes:

  • A spring-loaded handle that turns the boiling water off if you step away from the sink
  • A child-safety spring lock that requires an adult to access
  • An insulated tap to prevent surface burns
  • An advanced boiler that monitors and reacts to temperature

If you have any concerns about safety, we highly recommend you get in touch so you can find out whether one of these taps is right for your home.

What if I have children?

As boiling water taps gain popularity among homeowners, it's natural to wonder about their safety, especially if you have little ones running around. Thankfully, these taps come with a host of safety features designed to keep your children protected from the potential hazards of hot water.

For starters, many models have an automatic shut-off feature that turns the tap off if the push-down handle isn't activated. Additionally, a spring-loaded mechanism ensures that kids can't turn on the tap without adult supervision. And lastly, thanks to an insulated system, the tap itself won't become scorching hot, even when dispensing boiling water.

Boiling Taps vs Kettles

Boiling Taps

These modern marvels bring convenience right to your kitchen, offering instant boiling water with just a twist of the handle – no more waiting around for kettles to boil. As we discussed above, boiling taps come with added safety features like child locks, reducing the risk of accidental scalding.

Moreover, they're generally easier to clean than kettles, as there are no tricky spouts or cords to deal with. However, boiling taps do have their drawbacks – they're pricier than kettles and require additional installation work.


Kettles have been around for centuries and have been used in kitchens worldwide because they are simple and inexpensive compared to most other methods of boiling water quickly. They are easy to use and clean – simply empty out any remaining water after each use and give it a rinse with warm soapy water every now and then – meaning that anyone can use them without having any special knowledge or skills required for installation or maintenance.

The downside of using a kettle is that it takes far longer than a boiling tap because you have to wait for it to heat up before pouring out boiling water from it – this could take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, depending on how much water you put inside. 

Some people also find kettles annoying due to their noise level when heating up; this isn't always an issue but could be off-putting if you're living in close quarters with someone else who finds it loud or disruptive. 

What's more, kettles can be dangerous to handle - and can be turned on and moved by young children. This means they're susceptible to being dropped, causing burns or damage to your floor or feet.

The Benefits of Boiling Water Taps

We stand firm in our belief that a boiling tap is the best appliance when it comes to improving the way your kitchen works. Don't believe us? Here are ten great benefits:

  1. Safety: Equipped with child locks, automatic shut-off features, insulated parts and advanced monitoring systems, boiling water taps prioritise safety to prevent accidental burns and scalding.
  2. Instant access: Say goodbye to waiting for kettles to boil – boiling water taps provide immediate access to hot water whenever you need it.
  3. Energy efficiency: With their on-demand functionality, boiling water taps only heat the water you need, reducing energy consumption compared to traditional kettles.
  4. Space-saving: Eliminate the need for a separate kettle, freeing up precious counter space in your kitchen.
  5. Ease of cleaning: With no awkward spouts or cords to deal with, boiling water taps are easier to clean and maintain than their kettle counterparts.
  6. Modern aesthetics: Boiling water taps offer a sleek and stylish addition to your kitchen, boosting its overall design and appeal. With 6 finishes to choose from, you're spoilt for choice.
  7. Improved taste: By providing filtered water, boiling water taps can improve the taste of your hot drinks, as impurities are removed before heating. Our 4-in-1 taps also come with a chilled water function, supplying purified cold water in addition to boiling, hot and cold water.
  8. Multi-functional: Many boiling water taps also provide cold and filtered water, making them versatile additions to your kitchen setup.
  9. Reduced limescale buildup: Filtered water from boiling water taps leads to less limescale accumulation, prolonging the life of your appliances and keeping your kitchen cleaner.
  10. Convenience: Simplify your daily routine with easy access to boiling water for cooking, brewing tea, making coffee, and much more – all at the turn of a tap.


After reading this post, you should have a better understanding of whether or not boiling water taps are safe. While they may be more expensive than your bog-standard kettle, the plethora of benefits they can provide to the modern home make them more than worth the investment (in our unbiased opinion!).

If you're looking for a way to improve your kitchen, boiling water taps are a great option to consider. Our boiling water taps come with in-built safety features designed to protect you and your family. Find out more about how a boiling water tap works.

4 litre Tank Specification
Capacity: 4 ltrs
Width: 197 mm
Depth: 299.5 mm
Height: 272.5 mm
2.4 Litre Tank Specification
Capacity: 2.4 ltrs
Width: 188 mm
Depth: 188 mm
Height: 262 mm