We frequently get calls from confused customers trying to decide on the right model of Quooker boiling tap, so we decided to do 2 things: one was write this blog as part of our Quooker review series, and the other was redesign our shop pages so everyone can be guided through the process.
You see the great thing about the Quooker range is that you have a huge choice of tap style, tap finish and tank capacity and type – so you can be sure there’s a combination which fits your requirement. And the worst thing about the Quooker range is that you have a huge choice of tap style, tap finish and tank capacity and type – which means it can be very difficult to make the right choice.
In fact - there are 4 tap styles, 3 finishes and 5 different types of tank - which means there are 60 different Quookers to choose from! So here I will take you through the 3 simple steps to making the right decision:
Quooker Tap Style
Firstly, choose the style of the tap. There are 4 to choose from, and they look like this:
You’ll notice that there is virtually no difference between the ‘Basic’ style and the ‘Modern’ style, so unless you have a strong preference, go for the ‘Basic’ style – it is cheaper. There is also no difference in the tap spout style of the Design and Classic – it is just the tap handle which is different.
Quooker Tap Finish
Secondly, you need to choose the finish on the tap. There are 3 choices:
The polished chrome finish is probably most likely to fit in with your existing tap, and is certainly the most popular, although some people steer away from it because it is probably the worst for showing up drip marks and fingerprints (however, this is a tap, not a fridge, so there is not a vast expanse of metal to look at).
The ‘brushed chrome’ is actually not our favourite: it is somewhat dull, and doesn’t look like the ‘brushed chrome’ of many other products we deal with. In fact, the ‘stainless steel effect’ is, in our opinion, much better and is close to what we see described in other products as a ‘satin chrome’ or ‘silk steel’.
Quooker tank capacity
Then finally, you need to choose the capacity and type of the water tank itself.
For the capacity, there are 2 factors you should consider – firstly how much boiling water will you actually need at a time (it comes in 3, 7 and 11 litre options), and secondly, how much space you have under your sink.
In terms of capacity, the standard 3 litre model will be fine for most people, especially if you are using it for tea and coffees. If you do major league cooking, and are frequently filling up large saucepans, or are running a small guest house, then you may need to consider the 7 or even 11 litre version. The thing to bear in mind here is that for the 3 litre model, if you were to use all 3 litres in one go, it will take just 10 minutes for it to refill and get back to boiling point.
Under the sink, the tank MUST be positioned vertically, and needs height space of 49cm (and diameter of 15cm) for the 3 litre and 55cm (and diameter of 20cm) for the 7 litre model.
At this point I should mention the Quooker Combi models. These dispense hot water (by mixing the boiling water with cold water) through your own existing hot tap (or your own existing mixer tap) as well as the usual boiling water through the Quooker tap - so they are ideal if it is difficult or uneconomic to get hot water to your sink. The Combi comes as either a 2.2Kw model or a 3.0 kW model.
Explaining the Quooker model numbers
Once you have chosen the style, finish and type of tank, you can check you are about to buy the right model by looking at the model number. You can construct the model number as follows:
And that’s it – you should now know which Quooker model is right for you! In a blatant plug, I can tell you that you’ll find them at the best prices at Electrical Deals Direct, along with a set of web pages which take you through this same journey to arrive at the right model.