Kitchen taps have come a long way in the past few decades. With access to increasingly advanced technology, taps have evolved to make our way of living more convenient than ever. Taps that dispense boiling water are a particularly popular choice for new builds, extensions and renovations, allowing homeowners to access piping hot water instantly, instead of waiting for the kettle or a stove-top pan to boil. But with a growing number of brands on the market, knowing which hot water tap to choose can be overwhelming.

Today, we’re saving you precious time by sharing a straightforward, side-by-side comparison of three top models: our Athena tap, the Quooker Fusion and the Franke Minerva 3-in-1.

Price

Budgets are an unavoidable aspect of home planning, so let’s see how these taps might fit into yours. 

Tap Price (as of July 2022)
Athena From £369
Quooker Fusion From £1,150
Franke Minerva 3-in-1                        From £1,092

Of the three, the Athena tap is by far the most affordable, with the Fusion and Minerva 3-in-1 taps requiring homeowners to fork out around three times as much. If your budget is limited or you have multiple taps to buy, the Athena could be the best option for you.

Finishes

If you’re passionate about creating a cohesive look throughout your home, being able to choose from a variety of different looks can be a dealbreaker. Let’s see how customisable each tap is:

Tap Finishes
Athena Swan or D Neck: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Matt Black,

Brushed Gold or Copper 

Quooker Fusion Swan or D Neck: Polished Chome, Stainless Steel, Black,

Patinated Brass or Gold

Franke Minerva 3-in-1                         Chrome

While the Athena and Fusion taps come in 10 or 12 different looks, respectively, the Minerva 3-in-1 is available in just one shape and colour: Chrome. While chrome appliances are still popular in home design, if you want to stand out then the Minerva 3-in-1 may not be the best choice. 

It’s also worth noting that changing the appearance of the other two models from their standard ‘Chrome’ look will come at an added cost. The Quooker Fusion’s most expensive finish (Gold) will add an extra £870 to your bill. The Athena’s most expensive finishes (Matt Black, Brushed Gold or Copper) will add an extra £30 to your bill.

Boiler size

The boiler size will dictate how much hot water can be drawn at a time without the need to reheat. Let’s see how our competitors stack up:

Tap Boiler size
Athena 2.4L
Quooker Fusion 3L, 7L (+£270), COMBI (+300)
Franke Minerva 3-in-1                        5L

The biggest of the three standard tanks is the Minerva 3-in-1, which comes with a 5L, horizontal tank. The Fusion tap follows with a 3L standard tank, with the ability to upgrade to a 7L for £270. Finally, the Athena tap comes with a 2.4L tank, which is still able to deliver 5-6 cups of boiling water at a time. With only 4 minutes required for the boiler to reheat, a higher capacity tank would only be needed for a particularly large household. If that sounds like you, the Fusion or Minerva 3-in-1 taps could offer that.

Water types

A tech-savvy tap can transform your everyday cooking and cleaning, providing different types of water in an instant. Here we can look at which taps offer what:

Tap Can dispense
Athena Cold, hot, boiling (98°C)
Quooker Fusion Cold, hot, boiling (100°C) + sparkling (CUBE upgrade for £1,150)
Franke Minerva 3-in-1                        Cold, hot, boiling (100°C)

All three can dispense cold and hot water through a mixer, along with boiling water - though the Athena’s is 98°C vs the Fusion and Minerva’s 100°C. This two-degree difference is designed to prevent spitting and save energy, though some argue that water has to be 100°C to be truly ‘boiling’. Despite that, for almost every use in the kitchen, 98°C is more than hot enough. The Fusion tap can also dispense sparkling and cold filtered water with the addition of its ‘CUBE’ add-on, which will foot an extra £1,150 onto your bill. 

Warranty

Coming home to a faulty tap can create unwanted stress, which is why a warranty cover is so important. All of the taps in our comparison offer a warranty, but let’s see how long:

Tap Warranty
Athena 5 years for tap, 2 years for boiler
Quooker Fusion 2 years
Franke Minerva 3-in-1                        2 years

The Fusion and Minerva 3-in-1 hot water taps come with a standard 2 years warranty. The Athena, however, extends this by three years, offering a 5-year warranty for its tap, and 2 years for the boiler. While manufacturing issues are rare these days, faults can still spring up on taps from established brands - which is why a longer warranty can offer extra peace of mind.

Today’s analysis has hopefully shed some light on the differences when it comes to boiling water taps. With more information at your fingertips, it should be easier to make an informed decision when it comes to buying. If the Athena tap stands out to you, find out more by heading to the dedicated Athena taps page.

Designing a new kitchen - or renovating an existing one - can take you on a journey through all manner of technical specifications and complex costs. It can become confusing to keep on top of everything when there are so many variables out there, but getting the right fixtures and fittings can make or break your kitchen’s form and function. 

Modern homes require a modern tap. Thankfully, taps are more sophisticated than ever, and homeowners are increasingly choosing taps that can dispense boiling water in addition to regular hot and cold water. As experts in hot water taps, we’ve made your life easier by stacking three popular models side-by-side to reveal what you should look for and how they compare.

Let’s take a closer look at our Athena tap, the Fohen Fahrenheit tap and the Grohe Red tap.

Price

First things first: let’s talk numbers. Home renovations are often not cheap, with bills quickly racking up when it comes to tech and fittings. How do our test subjects compare?

Tap Price (as of July 2022)
Athena From £369
Fohen Fahrenheit                           From £469
Grohe Red From £1,533

It’s clear to see there is a wide range of price points when it comes to boiling water taps. At over 4x the cost of the Athena, the Grohe Red is the most costly of the bunch. The Fohen Fahrenheit is over £1,000 cheaper - though the Athena is £100 cheaper still. For homeowners who need to stick to a modest budget, it’s clear who the frontrunner would be. 

Finishes

For interior design connoisseurs, picking a matching aesthetic to tie into a theme can be just as important as the function itself. Let’s see what each tap offers in terms of customisation:

Tap Finishes
Athena Swan or D Neck | Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Matt Black, Brushed Gold or Copper 
Fohen Fahrenheit           Polished Chrome, Matt Black, Brushed Gold, Unfinished Brass, Gunmetal Grey, Brushed Nickel, Polished Bronze, Champagne Gold, Polished Nickel, Titanium Gold, Silk White & Satin Pink
Grohe Red Stainless Steel

With an astounding 12 colour choices, the Fahen Fareinheit leads the pack. It includes standard kitchen colours like ‘Polished Chrome’, ‘Matt Black’ and ‘Unfinished Brass’, along with alternative options like ‘Silk White’ and the bombastically bright ‘Satin Pink’. Closely behind, the Athena tap comes in two spout shapes and 5 different colour choices - making 10 combinations in total. If the shape of the spout is important, the Athena wins out as the only tap to offer two options.

The Grohe Red falls behind on aesthetic choices, with just one: its standard ‘Steel’ look. If your home has a cohesive look that involves other metals or colours, this model may not be right for you.

Boiler size

Back to function: the size of the boiler tank dictates how much hot water can be drawn at a time - which is, of course, an important factor when choosing a hot water tap.

Tap Boiler size
Athena 2.4L
Fohen Fahrenheit                           2.4L
Grohe Red 3L, 5.5L (+£194)

Inching slightly ahead, the Grohe Red comes with a 3L tank as standard. Compared to the Athena and Fohen Fahrenheit taps, which both come with a 2.4L tank, the Grohe Red, therefore, has the capacity to dispense more boiling water without pausing to reheat. The Grohe Red also has the option of a tank upgrade, taking it from a 3L to a 5.5L at the added cost of £194. 

As capacity goes, the standard tank sizes aren’t too different from each other. A 2.4L tank will already hold enough water to dispense 5-6 cups without reheating, which takes roughly 4 minutes for the Athena model. Unless you have a household requiring large amounts of boiling water in a short space of time, a 2.4L tank is often more than big enough to handle day-to-day use.

Water types

These days, taps can come with all sorts of features to take them from basic to advanced. Take a look at what kinds of water these three tap models can dispense:

Tap Can dispense
Athena Cold, hot, boiling
Fohen Fahrenheit                           Cold, hot, boiling
Grohe Red Cold, hot, boiling

As you can see, all three taps are neck and neck, with the ability to dispense cold and hot water through a standard mains mixer, plus boiling water using the in-cupboard boiler. This makes cooking and cleaning far easier than before, saving you time waiting for water to boil on the stove or in a kettle.

Safety features

With taps becoming more and more sophisticated, safety is often a big concern for parents. Thankfully, the industry knows that safety isn’t up for negotiation. All three taps demonstrate this by having child-proof locks, preventing little hands from accessing hot water when parents aren’t around. The Grohe Red does this with a button and accompanying LED lighting system to show when the child-lock is on or off. The Fohen Fahrenheit and Athena taps, on the other hand, use a spring-loaded safety handle. 

Warranty

Faulty appliances can prove to be a real headache, which is why looking at what warranties are offered can save costs and stress down the line. Let’s examine the warranty periods for our three boiling water taps:

Tap Warranty
Athena 5 years for tap, 2 years for boiler
Fohen Fahrenheit                           2 years (upgrade to 5 for £175)
Grohe Red 2 years (+1 year upon registration)

The Athena tap strides ahead when it comes to warranties, offering 5 years warranty for the tap and 2 years for the boiler. The Fohen Fahrenheit and Grohe Red taps come with 2 years as standard, which can be extended by 3 years or 1 year, respectively. The 3-year extension for the Fohen model comes at a price of £175, while the Grohe Red’s warranty extension is free after registering your product on the site.

There are lots of variables when it comes to boiling water taps, but hopefully, with today’s post, we’ve demonstrated that great features and designs don’t have to cost the earth. To find out more about the Athena tap, head over to the Athena collection page.

There’s plenty to think about when designing a modern kitchen. From functionality to aesthetics, every aspect comes with a multitude of methods and looks. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and has a vital role to play in cooking and cleaning, which is why it pays to prioritise functionality when it comes to your taps. 

Taps are becoming increasingly sophisticated, offering more features than ever before - and today we’re cross-examining some of the top products on the market: our Quantum tap, Quooker’s Nordic Twin Taps and the Insinkerator 4N1 Touch.

Price

When you’re renovating, upgrading or designing a kitchen, you’ve likely set a budget aside for each aspect. With that in mind, let’s see how the options weigh up:

Tap Price (as of July 2022)
Quantum From £469
Insinkerator 4N1 Touch From £1,149
Quooker Nordic Twin Taps                        From £1,200

There’s little question as to which tap comes out on top when it comes to affordability. At less than half the cost of the others, the Quantum model is as budget-friendly as you can get when it comes to boiling water taps. If you are looking to install multiple taps, the price of 4N1 and Nordic Twin Taps could quickly add up, so consider how much you’re willing to spend.

Finishes

Aesthetics also matter in your kitchen, so here you can see what finishes and designs each model offers:

Tap Finishes
Quantum                               D-Shape: Matt Black | J-Shape: Matt Black, Brushed Nickel, Chrome or Copper
Quooker Nordic Twin Taps Square (D-Shape) or Round (J-Shape): Polished Chrome or Stainless Steel
Insinkerator 4N1 Touch     J-Shape, U-Shape or L-Shape: Chrome, Velvet Black or Stainless Steel

There are plenty of customisation options when it comes to shape and colour. Both the Quantum and 4N1 Touch offer the fashionable black boiling water taps that have become the darlings of interior design. All in all, the Insinkerator has the most options: 9, compared to Quantum’s 5 or the Nordic Twin Tap’s 4. 

But these choices come with an added cost. The Insinkerator’s most pricey finish - ‘Velvet Black’ - is £167 more than its standard ‘Chrome’ finish, while the Nordic Twin Tap’s ‘Stainless Steel’ finish adds an extra £240 to the final bill versus ‘Polished Chrome’. Quantum’s priciest finish - ‘Matt Black’ - is only £39 more than its least-expensive ‘Chrome’ finish.

Boiler size

Your boiler’s capacity will decide how much hot water you can access in one go. Usually fitted below your sink, it will maintain a constant reserve of hot water, ready for you to use instantly when required. Let’s take a look at the stats:

Tap Boiler size
Quantum 2.4L
Quooker Nordic Twin Taps                        3L, 7L (+£270), COMBI 7L (+£300)
Insinkerator 4N1 Touch 2.5L

In terms of the standard boiler, the Quooker Nordic Twin Taps take the edge with a 3L tank. You can upgrade to a 7L tank, though this will cost you an added £270. Following closely behind, the 4N1 and Quantum models are neck and neck with 2.5L and 2.4L tanks, respectively. 

A 2.4L tank will produce 5-6 cups of hot water at a time without the need to reheat, which only takes around 4 minutes. Unless you’re in a particularly large or busy household, this tank will have plenty of capacity for your cooking and cleaning needs.

Water types

All three taps in our comparison can dispense multiple types of water, but let’s compare what they can (and can’t) do:

Tap Can dispense
Quantum Cold, hot, boiling, filtered
Quooker Nordic Twin Taps                        Cold, hot, boiling + filtered & sparkling with CUBE (+£1,150)
Insinkerator 4N1 Touch Cold, hot, boiling, filtered

The Quantum and 4N1 Touch offer 4-in-1: cold, hot, boiling and filtered, straight out of the box. The Nordic Twin Taps offer three water types straight out of the box: cold, hot and boiling, with the option to add filtered and sparkling at an extra cost of £1,150. If budget isn’t an issue for you, the Nordic taps win here. However, cost-conscious homeowners will be pleased to see the other models offer four great functions with no extra cost.

Safety features

Boiling water is no doubt a danger if handled incorrectly, however, each model has its own child-safety mechanism to prevent little hands from turning on the tap, which is possibly why boiling water taps are shown to be safer than kettles. So whether you have 1 youngster or 10, you can rest assured that these taps are unlikely to cause accidents.

Warranty

Nobody wants the stress of a faulty tap, which is why warranties can be a crucial lifeline. They also demonstrate confidence in the manufacturer’s build quality. Let’s look at the warranties for our three models:

Tap Warranty
Quantum 5 years for tap, 2 years for boiler
Quooker Nordic Twin Taps                        2 years
Insinkerator 4N1 Touch 5 years for tap, 2 years for boiler

All three offer a warranty period, though the Quantum and 4N1 both come with a lengthy 5 years warranty for the tap and 2 years for the boiler. On the rare occasion something goes wrong, that means you’re covered by the manufacturer for longer when it comes to sourcing spare parts.

The case has been made, but which hot water tap leads the pack? Offering state-of-the-art features at an unbeatable price, our Quantum tap can fit into the most modest of budgets. We firmly believe that having a modern kitchen shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, so head over to our Quantum tap page and find out more.

In recent years, 4-in-1 taps have become a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Offering far more functionality than a basic mixer tap, they still deliver cold and hot water directly from the mains but with the addition of boiling water and/or filtered water. This means you can access pristine water straight from your countertop at a spectrum of temperatures perfect for a busy home.

There are lots of competing taps on the market, however, not all are created equal. We’re saving you the hassle of comparing each one by looking at three of the most popular: the Qettle Original, Minerva Helix and our very own Quantum model.

Price

Cost is pivotal when comparing products - let’s see how the options weigh up:

Tap Price (as of July 2022)
Quantum                                 From £469
Qettle Original                          From £495
Minerva Helix                            From 1,747

It’s easy to see which of these models is the most budget-unfriendly. At over 3x the cost of the other two models, the Minerva Helix carries a far heavier price tag. If you have a fixed budget or your renovations are extensive, consider whether splashing out on this model is right for you.

Finishes

Appearance is often second to price, so here we’ll compare what each model offers by way of finishes:

Tap

Finishes

Quantum                           

Matt Black (D-Shape), Matt Black, Brushed Nickel, Chrome & Copper

Qettle Original                  

Steel

Minerva Helix                  

Champagne Gold, Stainless Steel, Industrial Black, Copper & Anthracite

While the Quantum and Minerva Helix taps come in a plethora of different styles, the Quantum tap is the only one that offers a ‘D-Shape’ option. The Qettle Original, on the other hand, comes in just one, standard look. If appearances are paramount to your living spaces, consider whether a plain steel tap will tie into your unique style, or whether a different look would work better. In recent years, black boiling water taps, in particular, have sprung into fashion. Or perhaps a classic finish like copper could tie nicely into your cabinetry. Either way, the Helix and Quantum models offer plenty of looks to choose from.

Boiler size

The capacity of the boiler will decide how much boiling water you can access at a time. Sitting below your sink, it stores hot water ready for immediate use whenever it’s required. Here’s how the different models compare:

Tap Boiler size
Quantum                                    2.4L
Qettle Original                           2L, 4L (+£50), 7L (+£100)
Minerva Helix                             4.7L

Of the three, the Qettle Original has the smallest standard boiler tank, however, the option is there to increase this to a 4L or 7L tank, which would cost an added £50 or £100, respectively. The Quantum comes in next with a 2.4L tank, followed by the Minerva Helix with a 4.7L tank. A smaller tank will save you valuable cupboard space, however, if you’re in a particularly busy household or like to use a lot of boiling water to cook, you may be better off with a larger tank size. 

Safety features

Boiling water can be dangerous, however, all three of these taps offer a safety handle that prevents it from being turned on accidentally. In addition, the Minerva Helix has an insulated spout design which means the spout doesn’t get hot when you run boiling water through it. All in all, it’s easy to see that a lot of thought has gone into the safety of each model. Boiling water taps can be a safe alternative to kettles, and their safety handles offer a great line of defence against curious kids or pets.

Warranty

The last thing anyone wants is their 4-in-1 tap to become faulty, which is why many manufacturers offer a warranty. Let’s check what the warranties are for our three models:

Tap Warranty
Quantum                                   5 years for tap, 2 years for boiler
Qettle Original                            2 years
Minerva Helix                          2 years on the tap, tank and filter housing

While they all come with a warranty period, we’re proud to say our Quantum model comes with 5 years warranty on the tap and 2 years for the boiler. That means our customers can depend on us for even longer to replace faulty parts, on the rare occasion something goes wrong.

Whether you’re a self-confessed tea addict or a pasta connoisseur, you can say goodbye to a slow-boiling kettle and access piping hot water straight from your worktop using a 4-in-1 tap. The options we looked at today are all state-of-the-art, however, our best-selling Quantum tap inches ahead with a better price, more customisation and an extended warranty.

Can’t decide? Why not enjoy a free 60-day trial of our Quantum tap first. Get in touch to find out more!

Building, renovating or upgrading a kitchen in this day and age opens a whole world of possibilities. With thousands of choices at your fingertips, designing a functional and beautiful kitchen means you’ll find yourself making decisions and comparisons at every turn. When it comes to details like kitchen taps, it pays to not make them an oversight. While aesthetics are important, the kitchen plays a central role in the day-to-day life of your home, making functionality an equally crucial design aspect.

Pull-out taps are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the added versatility they bring to a kitchen worktop. The number of different brands and styles on the market can be overwhelming, however, we’ve made things straightforward by looking at some of the most popular; breaking them down to save you time and money. Read on to see how the Quooker Flex, Fohen Flex and our Platinum 4-in-1 tap stack up.

Price

Cost often comes first when comparing products - let’s see how our competitors weigh up:

Tap Price (as of July 2022)
Platinum 4-in-1 Starting from £599
Fohen Flex Starting from £849
Quooker Flex Starting from £1,150

Side-by-side, it’s easy to see which pull out tap is more budget-friendly. At almost £250 cheaper than the Fohen Flex, and £551 cheaper than the Quooker flex, our Platinum 4-in-1 is hands-down the winner here. So, whether you’re replacing your current tap or completely redesigning your kitchen, our Platinum range could fit neatly into a modest budget - saving you money that you could use for renovations elsewhere.

Water types

All of the taps in our comparison can dispense multiple types of water, but let’s compare what they can do:

Tap Can dispense
Platinum 4-in-1 Cold, hot, boiling, filtered
Fohen Flex Cold, hot, boiling
Quooker Flex Cold, hot, boiling + sparkling (extra cost)

All three can dispense cold, hot and boiling water, though the Platinum has the added bonus of dispensing filtered cold water, providing spectacularly clean water straight from the tap. The Quooker flex can also offer sparkling water, by installing a CUBE at an added cost of £1,150 (as of July 2022).

Safety features

When people hear that you can access boiling water straight from the tap, safety concerns can sometimes spring to mind. While research from the Dutch Burns Foundation concluded boiling water taps to be safer than kettles, keeping children and pets safe from hot water is an important concern. Fortunately, all three of these pull-out taps have a safety mechanism to prevent children from accessing boiling water. In addition, the Quooker Flex model has a safety stop that prevents boiling water from being used when the spout is pulled out.

Finishes

Appearance is what ties your kitchen together, so here we’ll compare the tap finishes to help you build a cohesive look:

Tap Finishes
Platinum 4-in-1 Chrome, Brushed Gold, Nickel & Matt Black
Fohen Flex Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brass & Matt Black
Quooker Flex Steel, Chrome, Black

While all three offer a variety of finishes, the Quooker Flex stands out as offering only three while the Platinum 4-in-1 and Fohen Flex offer four. So, if your home has a specific style, consider which finish you’ll need to tie your kitchen together.

All in all, these three pull-out taps all offer similar appearances and features. The deciding factor may come down to cost, which our Platinum model is unbeatable on. Take a look for yourself to see why this best-selling tap is so popular with homeowners.

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