The Different Kinds Of Boiling Water Dispensers
After purchasing an instant hot water dispenser it will become increasingly more difficult to imagine living without one, for besides providing a ready supply of near boiling water for beverages in the home and office, it also performs many time saving and energy saving tasks in the kitchen.
The most convenient kitchen dispensers consist of a small under sink electric water heating tank and a dispensing faucet at the edge of the kitchen sink. These units can provide you with 200 degree hot water to speed up your cooking, prepare instant foods and warm baby foods and bottles. In addition, they are very useful for softening butter, melting chocolate and thawing fruit juices. Hot water is also a great aid in loosening tight lids and cleaning stubborn dried food residues from skillets and utensils.
An in-sink instant hot water dispenser will cost less than 10 cents a day to operate, and you can save the energy you normally use to heat water on a stovetop, in a kettle or a microwave oven. With these low operating costs, these units can provide you with 60 cups of boiling water per hour. This can be a great convenience when you have parties or guests.
Some models have water filtration systems and a faucet that can dispense both hot and cold filtered water through the same spout. If you purchase an optional under sink chiller, these dispensers will be able to provide you with refreshing chilled water for warm summer days. The hot water comes out of the spout slowly in a steady stream, so you do not have to be concerned about it splashing on your skin.
Many in-sink dispensers come with a DIY installation guide. They are relatively easy to install and many of them have tool-free, push-on connections. New sinks usually have a spare hole ready to accept the dispensing faucet. If you don’t have a spare hole on your existing sink, you can either get a plumber to drill a new hole, or you can remove your sprayer and use the hole that it currently occupies.
The most well known manufacturer of in-sink instant hot water dispenser models is Insinkerator. Insinkerator hot water dispenser models were the original in-sink boiling water dispensing faucets. Riding on the success of the Insinkerator models, other manufacturers began to produce similar units.Ttoday there are many competing models, including popular units made by Franke, Kitchenaid, and Elkay . These manufacturers provide wide variety of dispensing faucet designs and finishes to choose from. Models vary in price from $150 to $400. You can purchase these models from stores like Lowes and Home Depot, or online from many shopping sites. Used models can be purchased from eBay or Craig’s List.
In addition to the permanently installed in-sink units, countertop and free-standing instant hot water dispensers are also available.
The most common type of countertop dispensers are the “Thermo Pot” models. These units consist of a combination of an electric water heater and an insulated storage pot. Because these units are not connected to a water supply they need to be regularly topped up. They are available in 0.5 gallon (2 litre) to 1.3 gallon (5 litre) models and can heat water up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Some models allow you to check the temperature on a digital display. Popular models are made by Zojirushi, Panasonic and Tatung, and prices range from $50 to $150.
There are several countertop models that look like drip coffee machines, and sell for about $20. Like the Sunbeam Hot Shot instant hot water dispenser, these models store 16 ounces of hot water, which is dispensed by simply pushing a button.
Tabletop and freestanding hot and cold water dispensers are made by several manufacturers. Whynter and Avanti make popular models, while Aquaverve makes very stylish upmarket bottle and bottleless units that can enhance the decor of a kitchen or office.