Are you thinking about getting a boiling water tap for your office? Perhaps your team has grown in number or your office needs have changed and using a kettle no longer cuts it. Whilst there are lots of benefits to having a boiling water tap at work, they cost considerably more to purchase and install than a kettle or a domestic boiling water tap.
We take a closer look at commercial boiling taps and whether their higher price tag will pay off for your business.
What’s a boiling water tap?
There are hundreds of ranges, styles and designs of boiling water taps to choose from and as their name suggest, they look and work just like you would expect a normal tap – except they come with the added ability to produce boiling water on demand. They’ll also dispense filtered cold water with some giving you the option of ambient and sparkling water as well. They’ve been increasingly popular for both home and office settings and The Times reported that just last year, more than 25,000 Instagram posts mention their sleek looks, ease of use and swank factor.
Why are commercial taps expensive? Domestic vs commercial
Like most appliances you’ll find in the kitchen, there are domestic and commercial models. Domestic appliances are designed and built to withstand use in the home, serving small groups of people and families where demand is moderate. Domestic boiling water taps are no different.
A simple Google search will result in lots to choose from and most people will have heard of market leaders including Quooker, Grohe, Fohen and Franke and they certainly improve the home kitchen experience. They provide hot water much more quickly and easily than a kettle. In the home, boiling taps are considered an affordable luxury and make a sleek and stylish addition to the kitchen. They’re certainly a good option if you’re out to impress your visitors or neighbours!
As you would expect, there are challenges though if you’re looking to bring a domestic water tap into a commercial environment.
Commercial appliances are designed to cope with high throughput. If you take your busy peak times in the office kitchen which tend to occur in the mornings or at lunchtime, there is a high demand on making hot drinks.
The quality of build, durability and reliability of commercial products make them more expensive, especially when compared to their domestic counterparts. However, if you’re in a larger office where demand for boiling water far outweighs the needs of say, a family of four, a domestic boiling water tap isn’t going to make the cut!
What does expensive mean to you?
It’s important to take a moment to think about what ‘expensive’ means to you. If an appliance, in this case, a commercial boiling water tap, brings added value, improves your workplace culture, helps you attract and keep talent, makes your office more sustainable AND helps keep your team happy and hydrated – what’s a reasonable price to put on that?
Of course, if you’re an office or facilities manager, there are budgets to balance and pricing is an important factor to consider, but weigh that up against the added value and you may find that a commercial office tap pays off.
Does my office need a commercial boiling water tap?
The boiling water tap was invented and patented by Dutch engineer Henri Peteri in the 1970s, but it took 20 years of research and development before it became a viable consumer product.
We’ve come a long way from the humble office kettle and a cup of instant coffee from back in the 70’s and these advancements in technology have been fundamental to improvements in office culture across the UK.
Major manufacturers like Zip, Brita Vivreau, Billi Waterlogic and others have together changed office kitchens for the better and helped to make peoples’ day at the office a little easier and more convenient.
For really small offices with very few people or low demand on usage, it is possible that a domestic boiling tap would meet your needs but you should consider the fact that they rarely come with a service plan. And if they do, it may not cover you for commercial use. Commercial boiling taps will more likely come with a service plan to provide you with cover in case anything goes wrong. Having a service plan is vital to keeping the office running as if there are any problems with your system, you have a team of people on hand to get it fixed, and fast.
Another benefit to commercial boiling taps is that you can choose to rent rather than purchase outright meaning you don’t have to fork out large spending if budgets are stretched, or you want to remain open to taking advantage of new models as they become available. Our range of options will cost from around £30-£40 per week to rent and you can check out our full range here. In short, if you’ve got a busy, bustling office with a team that enjoys hot drinks, a commercial boiling water is definitely going to be a welcome addition to your office kitchen.
It’s worth noting that along with being quick and convenient, boiling water taps are a green option as well. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to businesses so by opting for a tap over a kettle, you’ll be saving energy and also saving yourself money in the long run. Many people are prone to overfilling kettles and they waste water and energy in the process. With a boiling water tap, it makes it simple to pour exactly how much water you like, which reduces waste. They’re more energy-efficient than a kettle and the average daily running cost is around 9p.
Safety first and hygiene
The idea of pouring boiling water at the touch of a button or switch of a tap can be a worry for some, but actually, taps are a much safer option than a standard office kettle. Boiling water taps stay fixed, unlike kettles which can easily be knocked or dropped whilst pouring. Research carried out by the Dutch Burns Foundation found that “ using a boiling-water tap instead of a kettle reduces the risk of burn injuries.” Add to this the fact that taps are often mounted over a separate font rather than over the sink – this means you don’t have to hold your cup while the boiling water is being poured – a much safer option.
The DDA is an Act of Parliament that ensures that people are not discriminated against for having a disability. Boiling water taps are DDA compliant thanks to their ease of use for employers or employees with disabilities. They’re generally a much more accessible, safer and more inclusive option for your office team.
In a world where hygiene has never been so important, boiling water taps are really easy to keep clean and maintain offering a much more hygienic solution to the kettle. A report revealed that the average office kettle harbours a staggering 2,483 germs per square inch that’s more than a toilet seat!
In conclusion, there are so many options to choose from and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to your individual office needs. Take time to research the boiling tap market and find what’s best for you and your team. If you need a hand, we’re here to help. Just get in touch with us.