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Jun 13, 2017, 10:06 PM
 
Does anyone have one of those super fancy taps/faucets in their kitchen?

There are some that provide instant boiling or chilled water. I saw one that does chilled water and can also make it sparkling to varying degrees.

They aren't cheap so I'm not going to get one any time soon, but I hate drinking water thats much above fridge temp and my fridge doesn't have an ice dispenser or anything. Keeping cubes in stock is a PITA. I figure being able to get ice cold water to drink and boiling water to cook straight from the tap would be borderline life-changing.

Anyone got any opinions on these fancy electric taps at all?
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Jun 14, 2017, 03:13 AM
 
Never knew of such a creature existed. I thought you were referring to ones with a neck and moves around like a snake. I have that one and it is useful for cleaning the sink, and nothing else.
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Jun 14, 2017, 03:46 AM
 
I've seen under-counter water heaters, for hot taps. Haven't looked for a chiller, and have not heard of a combined hot-cold unit. So far as I know, you'd need two separate units, and two unused holes in your sink. Plus space under the counter for the hardware. An electric outlet under there too. If you're missing any of those, the price is going to go up.
     
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Jun 14, 2017, 09:46 AM
 
Since we still don't commonly have garbage disposals, I figured the US would be way ahead of us on these things, but maybe they are a Euro thing.

Here is the chilled still/sparkling one:
https://www.grohe.co.uk/en_gb/kitche...FVPhGwodb2ACuQ

I was wrong. Seems the hot one doesn't do chilled. Could have sworn it did.
http://www.quooker.co.uk/enuk
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Jun 14, 2017, 10:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Since we still don't commonly have garbage disposals, I figured the US would be way ahead of us on these things, but maybe they are a Euro thing.
So what happens to table scraps? Dumped in the bin?
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Jun 14, 2017, 11:27 AM
 
Compost?

The only person I know with a dedicated cold/hot drinking water tap is a retired software exec who flies small aircraft for fun. Gutted a victorian house and fitted it with all the modern fixings.

Also should think about the water filtration, unless your water is excellent?
     
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Jun 14, 2017, 11:56 AM
 
Long ago we tried one with touch controls and a chilled water option in the kitchen, but it didn't last long before it was malfunctioning, so we swapped it out for something conventional. They're probably better now, but I've not bothered. We do have a whole-house filtration system though, and that works really well.
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Jun 14, 2017, 12:39 PM
 
I've never seen an ass tap before, but I'm always open minded to new adventures.
     
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Jun 14, 2017, 05:02 PM
 
The chill tap I linked to filters the water too I think.

And yes, food scraps go in compost or the bin. Or the dog.
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Jun 15, 2017, 08:58 AM
 
A Chill tap sounds like GREAT idea for those in the southern states like Texas. They could sell millions! The hot water taps are all around in the states. They do suck the electricity though. I JUST looked up some. They want almost $2K for it. YIKES!!!
     
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Jun 15, 2017, 10:56 AM
 
Water coolers (freestanding refrigerated water chillers fed by a bottle) are more popular than undercounter solutions. Or freestanding refrigerated drinking fountains.

For undercounter hot taps, you must be looking in the wrong places. I'm seeing $150 to $300. Add $30 more for the tap itself and a connecting hose.
     
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Jun 15, 2017, 01:21 PM
 
The chill taps are lots more complex than hot taps.
     
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Jun 16, 2017, 09:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
So what happens to table scraps? Dumped in the bin?
Used to be only in the bin, yes. Now we're all supposed to do basic sorting, so liquids are poured out, solids in a bag for compost, and the various packaging materials sorted separately (paper, plastic, glass, metal). Whether anyone does that is up to them.
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Jun 16, 2017, 10:57 AM
 
Might not be true everywhere but our local council (who operate our 'garbage trucks' and the local dump) take food and garden waste and actually sell compost made from it.
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Jun 16, 2017, 04:37 PM
 
Yes, this is different from country to country and region to region. In Sweden, the only hard and fast rule is that nothing goes on a dump - it is recycled, composted or incinerated. Economics tends to do the rest. Metal is sold for scrap, glass can be remolded into new shapes, paper can be recycled, and plastic is supposed to be recycled. The first three generally happens because the profit margin is greater than incinerating it. Plastic is more commonly incinerated for reasons that would bore you to tears. This leaves old food leftovers and the like which it is more efficient to compost than burn because of the paper content, so the garbage companies usually have some sort of incentive to push its "clients" to do that.
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Jun 17, 2017, 05:55 AM
 
I think they made ski slopes out of some of them.
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Jun 20, 2017, 09:04 PM
 
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Jun 21, 2017, 12:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
When I went through their selector, a hot+cold (+ filter apparently) came out to 2,600 pounds. About $4,000 + shipping.

I couldn't find specifications, presumably 240v 1ΓΈ 50 Hz. Running it on 60 Hz would be OK for the heating side, provided it's resistive heat. 60 Hz may cause problems for a UK compressor on the cold side. Which would also be problematic for the hot side, if they're using it as a heat pump. They may have done that to maximize efficiency.
     
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Jun 21, 2017, 08:24 AM
 
Yes, cheap it ain't.
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