Disadvantages of Using Tap Over A Hob

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Last Updated on September 1, 2022 by Share My Kitchen

You may have heard about pot fillers, which are often referred to as sink taps or tap over a hob. They work in much the same way as ordinary kitchen taps except their spouts stick out over the top of your range and provide a faucet for filling large pots that are hot or overheated. I’d like to discuss some potential disadvantages of using a tap over a hob in your kitchen remodel.

Disadvantages of Using Tap Over A Hob

The main advantage of having a tap over a hob is that it allows you to easily fill water-filled stock pots, pans, and saucepans. But there are disadvantages to using this type of faucet as well. Here are some of the disadvantages

Tap Over A Hob Or No Tap Over A Hob?

Your kitchen designer will ask you to choose from a variety of options as your kitchen remodel progress. One of the design options that a growing number of people ask to consider is a tap over a hob.

Tap over a hob or pot fillers are faucets installed on the backsplash over your cooktop or range. They are equipped with an articulated arm that allows the tap to swing out above the burners, enabling you to fill large stock pots where they will be heated. According to proponents, the greatest benefit is the reduction in the strain on your back, arms, and hands from carrying heavy, water-filled pots all the way from the sink to where they will be heated. However, there are some people who have spent a lot on pot fillers who feel they are more trouble than they are worth.

This special kitchen design accessory can have negatives that outweigh the benefits. While the benefit of not having to move heavy pots from the stove to the sink is a plus, there are many things to consider when deciding if the extra cost of the pot filler faucet is worth it.

A Potentially Leaky Faucet Over My Dual Fuel Range? I Don’t Think So.

There are more chances of something dropping, dripping, or disconnecting if you have additional plumbing and an extra tap. A leaking pipe over stoves can quickly become a big issue, especially if the leak is not detected immediately. If you want your kitchen remodeled, you don’t want water collecting in your oven, within the walls, or on your floor. Nobody wants to return home to find that their expensive electronics have suffered water damage.

Another Greasy Over The Range Fixture To Clean. Joy.

The additional cleaning difficulties are another concern for homeowners. It is difficult to clean any fixture located near the stove as grease can build up, and make it difficult to clean the tap, the arm, and the pipe joints. It may prove difficult to reach the entire arm if it is located near the stove’s center.

Lastly, you should also consider how often you will need to fill a pot full of large amounts of water. The pot filler faucet is not necessary if you only use it for your 4th of July party to serve your famous steamed lobster. It may be easier to move a full pot from the sink onto the stove than to do it manually, but you still need to return it to the sink to dump the water once the lobsters are ready.

Is it Really Worth The Cost for Something That’s Used So Infrequently?

A properly installed double-jointed tap over a hob with two shutoff valves can cost upwards of $1,200, which is a really costly option. It may not make a lot of sense if you are a casual cook who may only use the faucet a few times per year. However, there are certain situations where a pot filler is worth the cost. A pot filler is a great option for serious home chefs who don’t have a prep sink. This can make it more comfortable and more efficient to cook meals. It can also be challenging to carry a large pot of water weighing 20 or 30 pounds through the kitchen, particularly for older cooks. And, a pot filler is a good investment if you cook a lot of soup, stew, or pasta, especially in large quantities.


However, if none of these things apply to your kitchen lifestyle, you might be better off spending your money on a small appliance cabinet, microwave drawer, or set of place ware that matches your new kitchen design. Imagine how wonderful it will be to prepare the delicious meals you’ll make in your new kitchen.

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