Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best electric kettles before, we’ve gone deep here on the best hot-water dispensers you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best-rated hot-water dispenser
“I first met this appliance at my sister’s and immediately fell into gadget-lust. Perfect for me. I waited until I could justify the expenditure, and now perfect hot beverages are mine! Just make sure the little inside filter (it is cleanable and lasts) is in place. Pour in water. Plug in unit. Wait between one to two hours. When the little tune plays, start dispensing. The water then gradually cools to a temperature you set and stays there. You can quickly reboil if you want … In fairness, it’s not just having hot water that influenced my purchase. Durability in any appliance is a major concern. I haven’t owned this water heater for long, but this is a Zojirushi product. I’ve had my Zojirushi rice maker for years and made all sorts of rice, oatmeal, soups, etc., with nary an appliance hiccup. Others I know rave about their Zojirushi products. Given my experience with this brand and based on reviews, I purchased with confidence.”
Best countertop hot-water dispensers
“This is my second Zojirushi. The only reason I had to part with my old five-liter water pot was that the internal dispensing spout wore out after 17 years … So I decided to spring for a new water part because the new models have a slow dispense feature. The drip mode is the perfect dispensing speed for pour-over coffee brewing using a Melitta or Bodum French press or topping off a cup of tea. The old water pot used to dispense at such high velocity that coffee grounds would splash back all over the place. On this model, now I tap twice on the dispense button to trigger slow-drip dispense mode, and the water comes out at a slow, steady stream. No splashing, even if the coffee filter is half an inch away. The front of the water pot is still spotless. I also like the quick temp feature for presets below 208 degrees and the timer feature to save energy overnight.”
“The Panasonic NC-EG3000 Electric Thermo Pot is great for a smaller family, and doesn’t take up that much counter space (especially since it’s not as tall as larger sizes). The controls are a little different than a Zojirushi, but still don’t take that much getting used to. You select between the four heat settings, which are great for different teas (herbal, green, black), baby formula, coffee, noodles, etc. The higher the temp, the longer it’s going to take to heat up, but once it’s reached the desired temperature, it stays at it unless you want to reboil or change the setting. There’s also a helpful clean setting, which is nice. And the plug detaches easily, so you can move it into the sink for refilling. If you use a lot of hot water and/or love tea, I highly recommend getting one of these pots.”
Best hot- and cold-water dispenser
“If you’re looking for the best water cooler out there look no further. I have owned numerous coolers in the last 25 years and this is by far the best one I have ever purchased. Easy set up right out of the box. This cooler really puts out ice-cold water, and the hot water is super hot! The big plus with this cooler is that it self-cleans, and the water bottle loads easily in the bottom of unit. No more lifting those bottles to the top … Whirlpool thought of everything when they designed this unit. Unit was packaged very well and arrived perfect. It’s a great-looking cooler! I think it’s definitely well worth the money and the quality is A-plus.”
Best under-sink hot-water dispensers
“The InSinkErator Hot Water Tank and Filtration System only falls slightly short of producing New Hampshire pure water. In other words, the filtered water is just about perfect, and that is starting with substandard water to begin with … How do I use the instant hot-water tap? All the time, it’s fast! We’ve had an electric kettle forever, which is a whole lot faster than boiling water on the stove, but this tap puts an electric kettle to shame. Hot, 200-degree water in an instant, immediately, no waiting. Fancy a spot of tea? Warm the cup, add the tea bag, and fill the cup … We enjoy not only the pure, filtered water every day, but not a day goes by when we don’t use the hot-water feature several times. Having on-demand, instant 200-degree water is not only a convenience but a luxury that I now can’t imagine living without.”
“TREAT YOURSELF! I will never have a kitchen sink without my InSinkErator instant hot-water faucet!!!! What a wonderful treat to have boiling-hot water ready and waiting for me at my fingertips whenever I want it. My teenage grandson even enjoys it. It paired very well with my new sink and faucet and has had no issues with them. It will sputter when first installed and heating up, but after that I have had no issues. I believe if it runs too much or continues the sputtering, the temp just needs to be lowered a bit. Buy it and enjoy.”
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