It used to be quite cool to tell people that you only drank bottled water but now it’s cooler to say you that have a water filter tap instead. They are an asset to any kitchen, dispensing hot, cold and great tasting filtered water at the turn of the lever.

As we all know, water is a must for health and wellbeing so what easier way is there to help you down your daily 1.5 litres? A water filter tap is easy to install, cheap to run and will provide you with unlimited quantities of pure water, straight from the mains.

Water filter taps cost more than a standard tap but the investment easily pays off over time because of the money you save instead of buying bottled water. It’s less than pint of milk per day for a busy household of four. Plus you are reducing the amount of plastic that has to go for recycling – so a much kinder environmental choice too.

There are a variety of options to choose from offering different levels of filtration quality. The adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is true and a top of the range filter tap will offer a double filtration system of charcoal and ceramic, whereas most systems operate on a single charcoal cartridge.

The cartridges are easy and cheap to replace and depending on water consumption will need replacing once or twice a year. The purpose of the filter cartridge is to filter out chlorine, limescale, bacteria and unwanted particles giving you a purer tasting, clearer looking and odour free water to enjoy.

The best models will also offer a dedicated separate lever and pipe for the filtered water too which prevents cross-contamination with the normal hot and cold supply.

If you did a taste test, you will be surprised how much different tap and filtered water really are. And you will notice it not just when drinking a simple glass of water, but also appreciate the difference it makes to your everyday cups of tea and coffee.

Even with all this sophisticated technology, a filter tap is installed in exactly the same way as any other tap. You don’t have to wait until you have a new kitchen either because you can retro-fit one easily in the place of your current tap – just use the same hole.