Buyer’s guide: smart kitchen taps

Here's what you need to know before making an investment in a boiling, chilled, filter or sparkling water tap.

By Hugh Metcalf | 11 August 2020

These kitchen taps include the latest technology to reduce the need for energy-consuming kettles and reliance on plastic bottled water.

quooker black tap in modern white kitchen - grand designs

Image: Quooker

You’ll no doubt be aware of some of the features that are available in contemporary kitchen taps – after all, according to Grohe, 21% of new kitchens installed in the last 12 years have included one.But while smart kitchen taps are considered a must for many in a new kitchen design, they can also be retro-fitted relatively easily too.

Ready to take the plunge and invest in your first smart tap? Here’s what you need to know

Smart functions

The functions your tap offers will depend on its make and model. Many taps have their own USPs, which may sway your decision on which to choose, while some pack in as many features as possible to create all-rounder models, such as the InSinkErator 4N1 Touch tap, for example, which combines steaming hot water and chilled water functions.

InSinkErator 4N1 Touch J Shape tap - grand designs

Image: InSinkErator

If, for example, you’re mainly interested in having access to filtered water direct from your kitchen tap, Grohe’s Blue Pure specifically features a high-quality filter function, and is significantly cheaper than other models incorporating a greater number of functions.

One of the most sought after features in the modern kitchen tap is a boiling function – where near-boiling water is dispensed from the tap, saving time and energy otherwise spent waiting for the kettle to boil.

Chilled and even sparkling water functions are also common to see in contemporary kitchen taps.

Read more: Kitchen trends: latest tap styles for 2020

Practical considerations

Key elements to consider when choosing a hot water tap are the size of the tank. This will have to be fitted under the sink and the size of this will affect how much water can be dispensed in one go. As well as a cold water supply, you’ll also need to have an electrical supply nearby for installation.

If you have a young family, investigate what child-proofing measures your tap offers also. Most if not all have locks that will help to prevent children from scalding themselves while using the tap’s normal functions.