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Boiling tap drip tray. Yes or No?

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Secretsout Mon 09-May-16 19:36:40

Hi all, looking for advice. Am about to have a new kitchen fitted. We've ordered a Quooker boiling tap and it will be positioned away from the main sink and taps. It will be by my induction hob. We are having Quartz worktops. If anyone has done this, would you recommend we install a drip tray of some sorts? And can you recommend a stylish one (not ultra modern as we are having an inframe kitchen. Thanks

DustOffYourHighestHopes Tue 10-May-16 06:38:28


Secretsout Tue 10-May-16 14:27:07


LizzieMacQueen Tue 10-May-16 15:28:46

I didn't want a little sink as, like you, I have the tap next to the hob.

So I have a plug & drain, see picture but please excuse the tea stains.

Somerville Tue 10-May-16 15:41:03

Yes, have a drip tray!

I have a Quooker above a small sink. Sometimes the water spills over the top of a mug, as the steam is so billowing that it's hard to see the water has reached the top, IYSWIM? I've got the feel for it now, but my guests often make this mistake. I wouldn't want boiling water going straight onto my worktop on a regular basis - potentially quite dangerous as well as perhaps bad for the work surface.

DustOffYourHighestHopes Tue 10-May-16 17:30:17

Can you get a tiny prep sink? Can also be use to wash veg etc

Secretsout Tue 10-May-16 17:36:12

Thanks for replies. Definitely no option for a small sink and I do have a 1.5 bowl as my main sink and a sink in the utility room. I'm just wondering if, because I'm having a fairly bomb-proof worktop that any spillage wont cause too many problems. The small drip trays I have seen are over £100!

OneMagnumisneverenough Tue 10-May-16 20:20:21

How about something like this:

Obv that ones in the US, but something similar might fit the bill - it's not plumbed in but you'd just life and empty it and it would be robust.

OneMagnumisneverenough Tue 10-May-16 20:22:34

Here's a selection of different ones, just google beer drip tray or bar drip tray

Lelivre Wed 11-May-16 19:38:18

I put my tap centred to the half bowl which is level at the top edge with top edge of the main sink. I'm a lazy toad who has reheated pasta and cooked the peas under the kettle tap in a colander, so a bit useful wink

Lelivre Wed 11-May-16 19:42:16

It's also useful to sterilise things. I see why close to the hob but I had it close to the hob away from the sink area and it is a bit messy. They tend to hiss and spit a bit if it's a proper boiling temperature (sometimes set just below in which case the water won't taste so great in tea) I don't know if those drip trays are sufficient, anyway you will still love it wherever it's installed.

Secretsout Wed 11-May-16 20:28:09

Thanks for the suggestions. I find all the drip trays to be really ugly, that's the problem I have. lelivre. I can't put it by the main sink as I'm having an Insinkerator and the sink unit will not fit both units in the cupboard. Think I'm going to take a chance on no drip tray and live with it 😳

Somerville Wed 11-May-16 22:19:45

It's quite a big chance to take. Not burning yourself/wrecking your work top/floor.

Have you tried a Quooker? The heavy flow surprised me, after ours was installed.

Lelivre Thu 12-May-16 07:59:15

Ok, are you certain though? I would imagine most of the pipework could go in the void behind the units and some of the flasks actually sit underneath the plinth. I thought the Quooker did. Mine doesn't (another brand) and the flask is big (about 3L?) or looks it with the insulation. Anyway I have lots of room under the sink still and as there is a flexible hose to the flask I can shove it around quite a bit when I look for things. If you just want it for tea then a drip tray is ok. If you want to make full use of if then, it will not accommodate all uses. Also I have Corian and the official word is no boiling taps on their surfaces (or it was anyway) mine runs straight into the stainless steel plug and surround and I don't worry too much about splashes etc but I would double check with any surface and warranty etc.

LizzieMacQueen Thu 12-May-16 09:52:56

Another reason to have a drip tray or drain (and reasonably easy to attach to the drains as pipes can be hidden behind units) is that you can draw off the first few seconds of water that are not at boiling point. I use that to warm the cup before making my tea. Handy to have the drain to sluice the water into.

Lelivre Thu 12-May-16 13:40:42

That's true too. A kettle tap as fantastic as they are...It's not like pouring a kettle and there is some 'drain away' required.

Btw I'm very sniffy about kettles now. We laugh at ourselves at how primitive we find it on holidays wink

No I am not into camping grin

Somerville Thu 12-May-16 17:40:39

Sniffy about kettles now grin

And yes, totally agree about needing the drain for the first bit of not-quite-hot-enough water, as well as overspill.

DooblieDooo Fri 13-May-16 11:02:13

I have a boiling water tap and it is over my actual sink but when I fill the pasta pot I need to hook the pot under the spout of the tap (it isn't a Quooker)

What I am trying to say is would you be able to use your biggest pot underneath it on the worktop?

But going back to your sink issue I have a Franke 1 1/2 bowl sink and a standard Ikea 60cm wide cupboard. The draining board is to the left of the sink.

The filter (white cylinder) for the instant hot water tap is in front of the tank (black box behind filter) but these could have been housed in the cupboard next to the sink. it already contains the pipework for the tap which as you can see feeds through the wall into the sink cupboard. The tap is above the corner unit so we added our own shelf (pine thing in photo)

Could that not work for you?

The chap who came to sort an issue I had with my tank installs waste disposal units and said he could easily get one under my sink. My instant hot water tap is an Insinkerator hot water only.

PutAPlasterOn Fri 13-May-16 11:08:27

I would definitely have a drip tray. They often spot or drip. Ive never seen them fitter not over a sink. Seems a bit odd to me to be honest. I have an Insinkerator hot water tap fitted in cupboard under a Belfast sink so the cupboard is 600mm wide and only half the height of a standard unit. I still have plenty of space for cleaning products too.

specialsubject Fri 13-May-16 11:28:15

so these things don't produce instant boiling water and they drip?

what a great invention...

TJEckleburg Fri 13-May-16 11:39:02

Have a look at the franke tap instead, which is boiling water in with a normal tap, so minimal extra pipe work, and tank sits under the plinth

Secretsout Fri 13-May-16 12:21:03

Blimey. I didn't realise they weren't boiling straight away. I definitely don't want it by the main sink, needs to be by the hob - was a tip from a couple of the kitchen companies we looked at. . TJ. The quooker's already been bought so I don't have a choice. dooblie. The kitchen company were certain that a quooker tank and Insinkerator will not fit in a 600 sink unit. Looks like I'm going to pay £150 for a drip tray 😭

FrikkaDilla Fri 13-May-16 12:36:57

My tuppence worth - I wouldn't have one if it couldn't be at the sink. I love mine - it also filters the water and I fill up carafes to put in the fridge every day so we have ice cold filtered water.

I don't think you will have enough space underneath the tap if you don't have it over a sink.

OneMagnumisneverenough Fri 13-May-16 12:43:09

Can you put it close enough to the hob that you can turn it so it is over a pot? presume the intention is that you can add boiling water for cooking etc so it should be nearby - just use the pot as your "drip tray" Also, even if both units cant sit within the unit (which I would clarify as I smell bollocks) can't the pipe work just be extended so one sits in an adjacent unit?

Somerville Fri 13-May-16 14:30:34

Mine doesn't drip at all, special subject. It does however produce lots of steam so sometimes you can't see the water level as you fill a container and then boiling water starts to overspill the sides of the container.

And the water from mine is boiling within one or maximum two seconds. But for that first second or two the very-hot-but-not-boiling water needs somewhere to go.

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