Boiling point


Quooker provides safe and efficient boiling water on tap – alongside filtered cold and sparkling water – as and when it is needed

“Quooker derives from an amalgamation of the words ‘quick’ and ‘cook’,” says Stephen Johnson, Managing Director of the brand that pioneered boiling water on tap. “When our founder, Henri Peteri, was working at Unilever in the 1970s as part of the development team that invented instant soup, he became so frustrated by waiting for water to boil that he decided to develop a tap that would produce water at 100 degrees Celsius.”

It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the first Quooker tap was ready to be commercially launched in the Netherlands. “No one had seen anything like it before,” Stephen explains. “It was an invention unlike any other – a way of storing boiling water under pressure in a vacuum, where a stainless steel cylinder draws the water from a cold feed into a tank.”

The result is true 100 degrees Celsius boiling water, delivered in a very fine spray that ensures the avoidance of accidental scalds or burns. It is much safer than a kettle, Stephen points out, which can be easily knocked over. It is also far more energy- and water-efficient than a kettle, since the tap only delivers what you need, when you need it. All models feature a double push-and-turn mechanism to activate the boiling, which is separate from the regular hot and cold lever.

Yet perhaps the main attraction of the Quooker tap is the time it saves. The average person spends four months of his or her life waiting for kettles to boil – but not with Quooker. “The time-saving element is incredible,” says Stephen. “It’s not just for tea and coffee, either: you can blanch vegetables, sterilise baby bottles, clean dirty pans and even bring a pan to the boil immediately. It’s a kitchen appliance that can be used for a multitude of tasks.”

More recently, Quooker has launched its latest innovation, the Cube. This delivers filtered, chilled and sparkling water in addition to 100 degree Celsius boiling water. “It eliminates the need for single-use plastic bottles,” says Stephen. “People want efficiency but they are also becoming more aware of the environment and sustainability. That is where Quooker comes in.”