12 Best Instant Hot Water Dispensers To Replace Your Kettle

Move over kettle, make way for the hot water dispenser! While a kettle would traditionally count as a kitchen essential, these days, there are options beyond the standard kettle. The alternatives are both more efficient and quicker when you just want a cup of hot water.

These new style kettles or hot water dispensers use the same boiling technology as those found on high pressure espresso makers. It has boiling elements and pumps that pushes water through it in small quantities allowing it to reach boiling or hot temperatures faster, keeping the heating time short and cooking only the exact amount of hot water  you need. No more boiling too much or too little water or waiting for minutes to get a single cup of boiling water.

These units typically come with its own water reservoir that can hold a large volume of water. This means you do not need to keep refilling it as often as you would your standard kettle. And, you can also find water tanks that come complete with water filter built-in, perfect for those living in areas with hard water so you can enjoy fresh water in every cup. Usually, the entire unit can be removed from its base much like the standard kettle to let you can top it up under the tap while other models require you to top up its water tank with a jug.

The Benefits of an Instant Hot Water Dispenser

  • super quick boiling, no waiting around
  • boils only the amount of water you need
  • saves on energy as you only boil what you need
  • big water tank means less refilling
  • variable dispenser serves different sized cups
  • elegant design with advanced concealed boiling elements
  • easy to clean and takes up little counter top space
  • automatic dispenser pours water safely into the mug

The bottom line is, by switching to an instant hot water dispenser you can save up to 70 percent or more energy compared to boiling a kettle, which is more than enough reasons to have one.

1. Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser

Breville has the most number of HotCup instant water boiler in this list and here is their first, the VKJ318, a high capacity 2.0 litre hot water dispenser, large enough for 10 drinks with a quick 60 second boiling time thanks to its 3kW boiler. This second generation HotCup comes with a variable dispenser, meaning you can pick from nine different cup sizes using a selector dial to pour just the right amount of water for you. It’s trial and error to begin with especially when you have different sized cups and mugs but once you get the hang of it, it will be fine. There is always the manual stop button to control the flow of water.

To refill the huge water tank, simply lift up the main unit from its base, take it to the kitchen sink and refill it straight under the tap easy as that. The base also comes with a removable drip tray that you can empty and clean out easily in the dishwasher. There is also a built-in limescale filter but if you live in an area where the water is hard, consider de-scaling your unit regularly to prolong the life of the boiler. The VKJ318 has a clean gloss black look with stainless steel trim and a semitransparent water tank with water level marker that glows when boiling.

Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 2 litre (6-10 cups)
  • Power: 3000 Watt

2. Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser – BUILT-IN FILTER

This Breville instant hot water dispenser not only has a variable dispenser but a Brita filter built-in so you get clean and filtered water boiling water straight to your cup. If you live in an area where the water is hard or do not own a separate water filter, this system will be perfect for you to filter out the limescale and chlorine. It uses the standard Brita Maxtra cartridge that you can buy off the shelf from major supermarkets and a convenient indicator on the lid lets you know when to replace the filter.

With variable dispenser, you can choose from nine different cup sizes to automatically pour the right amount of water for your cup. It also has the option to manually stop the pouring with a push of a button. A convenient removable overflow tray sits underneath the spout to catch any drips and splash, avoiding a wet counter top. The system boils water in one minute and a blue light will come up to indicate when the water reaches 100°C

Breville VKJ367 Brita Filter Hot Cup with Variable Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 1.8litre
  • Power: Fast boil 3kW concealed element

3. Andrew James Electric Hot Water Dispenser and Purifier – ADJUSTABLE TEMP., BIGGEST CAPACITY, BUILT-IN FILTER

If you are after size, you can’t get bigger than the Andrew James Electric Hot Water Dispenser and Purifier. With its big 4 Litre capacity and small foot print, it is perfect for the home or office. The instant boiler serves up hot water in just 5 seconds with five different heat settings to choose to dispense three different preset amount of water, 100ml, 200ml or 300ml.

You can also decide how much you wish to pour with the manual button. Use the touch screen to set your desired pre-programmed temperatures between 55 to 100 degrees and then the amount you need. There is also a filter only settings where you get your filtered cold water direct to your cup or mug. Being able to set different temperatures also means you can make your favourite beverage and enjoy it at your preferred temperature.

If you worry about having one of these instant hot water dispenser and not being able to fill up your sauce pan for cooking when needed, the Andrew James hot water dispenser have you covered. The Andrew James Electric Hot Water Dispenser & Purifier comes with Strix Filters that can filter up to 150 litres of water. Two filters are included with your purchase. Our only concern is the height of the pouring spout from the removable drip tray. You will need quite a large mug or a wide cup and stay well clear of the unit when pouring to avoid any splashes.

Andrew James Electric Hot Water Dispenser and Purifier
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  • Capacity: 4 Litre – BIGGEST
  • Power: 2600W
  • Pre-programmed temp. 55˚C / 65˚C / 75˚C / 85˚C / 100˚C
  • Pre-set volumes: 100ml / 200ml / 300ml or push to pour

4. Koölle Electric Instant Hot Water Dispenser

This Koolle hot water dispenser, like some espresso machines has a big capacity removable water tank with a convenient carry handle. The tank can store up to 2.5 litre of water, bigger than your average kettle. There is enough water for 8 to 10 cups of your favourite beverage. This also means that you do not need to refill it so often. The water tank is made from clear see through plastic so you can tell at a glance the water level and when it needs refilling. The powerful 2600 watt heating elements lets you enjoy hot boiling water in a matter of seconds on flicking the power switch. It’s hot water on demand. Like most dispensers in our list, the drip tray is removable and is handy to catch any spills from your cup.

Koölle Electric Instant Hot Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 2.5 Litre
  • Power: 2600 Watts

5. Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Water Dispenser

An earlier model from Breville but by no means still a strong and popular choice given its lower price tag, the Breville VKJ142 has a lower capacity water tank at 1.5Litre but comes with a convenient built-in handle that lets you pick up the water dispenser easily for refilling, much like you standard kettle from its base. At that capacity, it is capable of dispensing up to five cups of water at 250ml each. It also has an extra large rear water window so you can see when water in the tank is low and the tank illuminates during use. The base unit hold a removable drip tray, which is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity:  1.5 Litre – SMALLEST
  • Power: 3000 Watt

6. Morphy Richards 130001 Accents Hot Water Dispenser

Available in Pebble (shown below) or black, both with stainless steel trims and silver finish, the Morphy Richards Accents Hot Water Dispenser has a size cup capacity water tank or 1.8 Litre in volume. Unfortunately the tank is not removable so you will need use a jug and as the hole to the tank is quite small, you will need a steady hand.

It takes approximately 45 seconds to bring the water to boil with its 3000 Watt heating element from the push of the button. We like the little spot lights on the front of the unit that shines at the cup when pouring. While you can set the amount of water to pour using the cup size selector with 8 different cup size settings, you can also use the stop button to overwrite it. The water tank has a see through strip to let you know how much water you have left.

Morphy Richards 130001 Accents Hot Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity:  1.8 Litre
  • Power: 3000 Watt

7. MLITER Electric Hot Water Dispenser Instant Water Boiler – ADJUSTABLE TEMP.

MLITER hot water dispenser has a quick boil heater that pours boiling water in just five seconds. It also pours at a rate of 450/500ml per minute making a quick dispenser. Another important feature of the MLITER hot water dispenser is the ability to control the water temperature. Select from 0, 45, 65, 85, 100 degree Celsius using the selector dial and use the push the power to pour. There is also an indicator light built into the power button that shows green when pouring or red when there is no water in the tank. The big 2.2 litre water tank is not removable but comes with a big lid so you can fill it up easily with a separate jug.

MLITER Electric Hot Water Dispenser Instant Water Boiler 
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  • Capacity: 2.2 Litre
  • Power: 2600 Watt

8. Breville VKT124 Hot Cup Water Dispenser

Quickly become a choice among those who wants to give their kitchen a modern minimalist feel, the Breville VKT124 comes with a wide base, straight lines and finished in glass black. You won’t be able to lift up the unit to refill it under the tap so you will need a separate jug for this. There is a convenient see through window on the front of the unit so you can tell quickly how much water is left in your water tank and when it needs refilling.

The easy one-touch operation dispenses one cup of boiling water at a push. If you need more, push the button again and use the cancel button to manually stop the pouring. Another feature unique to this Breville is its movable drip tray. Basically, you can raise the drip tray to hold smaller cups to avoid splashes. It is also removable for emptying and cleaning. Also, there is a permanent limescale filter built-in. We like it for its clean lines, easy to use design and great value. For a bigger capacity choose the Breville VKT111 Hot Cup Dispenser.

Breville VKT124 Hot Cup Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 1.7 Litre (6-8 cups)
  • Power: 3000 Watt

9. VonShef Instant Black Hot Water Dispenser Kettle

Similar to the Koolle hot water dispenser, the unit has a straight forward design. The water tank has a wide opening flip lid lets you access and refill the tank easily using the included 1L filling jug. The hot water dispenser dispenses hot water at least 95°C in just a few seconds upon flicking the switch. To stop it pouring, just turn the switch off, it’s that simple. The see through plastic water tank holds up to 2.5 litres of water enough for up to 10 cups of water, while the water level marker lets you know how much water you have left in the tank. Bigger capacity water tank also means less filling up. You can also remove to tank to fill it up at the sink but it does not come with a handle unlike the Koolle. With the including of the 1L filling jug, VonShef is hinting that you ought to leave the tank in situ. The other removable component is the drip tray.

VonShef Instant Black Hot Water Dispenser Kettle
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  • Capacity: 2.5 Litre
  • Power: 2600W

10. MLITER Electric Instant Hot Water Dispenser

Here is another MLITER hot water dispenser but this time with a giant handle just above the big 2.5Litre water tank. It uses a powerful 2600Watt heating element to bring water to boil quickly at around 95 degrees Celsius in just 5 seconds. It also dispenses water a rate of 450 – 500ml per minute so definitely no waiting around. As for the controls, you get a straight forward on/off power knob to get just the right amount of water that you need. It also means that you can use it to make whole pots of tea or coffee or to fill a small saucepan. A safety light indicator turns from green to red when you run low on water. The water tank has clear water level marker that you can use to let you know how much water it has dispensed.

MLITER Electric Instant Hot Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 2.5 Litre
  • Power: 2600 Watt

11. Dihl Instant Hot Water Boiler Dispenser Kettle Machine

Looks familiar? We have seen a couple of these hot water dispenser in our list wearing a different badge. The Dihl Instant Hot Water Boiler is no different to that from VonShef or Koolle, just some minor cosmetic differences. It still features a manual dispense button, a removable high capacity water tank and removable drip tray. Dihl is offering the hot water dispenser in three different colour trims; black, red or yellow all with chrome accents.

Dihl Instant Hot Water Boiler Dispenser Kettle Machine
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  • Capacity: 2.5 Litre
  • Power: 2600 W

12. Breville VKT111 Hot Water Dispenser

A premium HotCup from Breville, the VKT111 has a metallic finish, cup selector for variable dispensing and cancel button as well as a huge 2 litre capacity. Like the smaller 1.7 litre VKT111 featured earlier, this model also comes with an adjustable and removable drip tray and a convenient water level window in front of the unit. The unit also illuminates in cool white when boiling. Definitely one to go for if you are after something with style, however the shiny metallic finish is just plastic.

However, it does mean that you cannot lift up the unit easily and cannot refill its water tank at the kitchen sink. Use the hinged lid on the top of the unit near the back to refill the water tank using a separate jug. The variable dispenser lets you set between 1 to 9 different cup sizes so that at a push of a button, you get the right amount of water depending on your mug size. Don’t worry if you got the wrong setting, simply push to pour again and manually stop it with a second button when full.

Breville VKT111 Hot Water Dispenser
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  • Capacity: 2 Litre
  • Power: 3000 W