Instant Hot Water Dispenser – Ever Ready Boiling Water With So Many Uses
An instant hot water dispenser can instantaneously provide near boiling water whenever you need it. It can be a boiling water tap that is permanently mounted on the edge of a kitchen sink, a plug-in countertop model or a free-standing unit.
These units are a luxury that you soon become dependent on, because they speed up so many kitchen tasks. You will be surprised at how many timesaving uses there are for these dispensers. Without having to heat water, you will conveniently be able to prepare hot beverages, instant soups, noodles and sauces. You will also be able to reduce the cooking time of many foods, by filling a pan with near boiling water from your dispenser.
But that’s not all. You can use boiling water to thaw juices, melt chocolate, soften butter, or warm baby foods and bottles. Instant boiling water is also a great help in all kinds of cleaning tasks, from removing cheese from tiny grater holes, to removing baked-on food from pans or wax from candle holders. You can even use it for warming plates or polishing silver.
An in-sink instant hot water dispenser consists of a dispensing tap at the edge of the kitchen sink, and a small hot water heating tank under the sink. Water enters the bottom of the tank from the main water supply line, and is heated to between 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water then expands and moves into a small, very well insulated expansion tank. When the hot water lever on the dispensing faucet is activated, cool water flows into the bottom of the tank and pushes the hot water out of the spout. Some models filter the water before it enters the hot water tank. If you choose a two lever hot and cold dispensing faucet, you can also receive cold filtered water or even chilled water, if you choose to purchase an under sink chiller.
In-sink instant hot water dispensers can deliver 60 cups of near boiling water every hour. They are extremely economical and will cost you less than 10 cents a day to operate.
Faucets come in wide variety of styles from sturdy units with twist handles to models with elegant levers and tall gooseneck spouts. Designer finishes range from white or black to chrome or oil-rubbed bronze. The most popular models are manufactured by Insinkerator, Kitchenaid, Franke, Mountain Plumbing, Whirlaway, Elkay and Kohler. Models generally range in price from $150 to $400.
Zojirushi, Tatung and Panasonic make the most popular “Thermo Pot” instant hot water dispenser models. These countertop units are a combination of an electric kettle and an insulated storage pot. Because they are not connected to a water supply, they have to be regularly refilled. They have 0.5 to 1.3 gallon capacities, and their prices range from $50 to $200.
If your budget is very limited, you can purchase a 16 oz plug-in countertop unit, like the Sunbeam Hot Shot for less than $20. This model looks like a drip coffee machine.
Aquaverve, Whynter and Avanti make both free-standing and tabletop hot and cold instant hot water dispenser models. Some of these units have a self-cleaning feature which uses near boiling water to flush out the lines and keep them bacteria free. Many models also have a childproof locking hot tap.