Updated: June 8, 2015

Insinkerator Hot Water Dispenser Review - Insinkerator Instant Hot Water

Hot Water Quickly with the Insinkerator Water Dispenser
Every morning when I make my tea I wonder if there is a more efficient way of going about getting my water hot. It seems like kind of a waste to have the hot water tank in the basement running all day, keeping gallons and gallons of water hot, when I really only need that much hot water during the morning shower times, for laundry, and dishes. Having a hot water dispenser attached to a sink would be a great way to save money, time, and the environment as well. There are several solutions to the problem of expensive hot water tanks, one of which is the Insinkerator water dispenser. The Insinkerator company has been around since 1927. They are a good, well established American company run out of the city of Racine Wisconsin. The company started out making just tools for the disposal of kitchen waste, but have since branched out into other lines of products, one of which is the Insinkerator water dispenser line, which we will look at in detail in this review.

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The Purpose of the Insinkerator Hot Water Dispenser

The basic premise of the entire line of Insinkerator water dispensers is to provide a controlled flow of hot or cold water through the use of a faucet from a small source. That source is the tank and filtration system that is part of the Insinkerator dispenser system (the other part being the faucet and tap apparatus). For all the models of the Insinkerator water dispenser, a two or three gallon tank is used. It's easy to fit under most sinks, and heats the water to near boiling temperature in small quantities. Note right away that it is not meant to fill lots of pots and pans or do dishes, but rather to serve hot water in smaller portions; the tank will make about 60 cups of tea before it needs time to re-heat the water coming in from the cold water line. As a general rule, the hot water dispenser will heat around 10.8 gallons of water per hour. So this tank sits underneath your sink somewhere (where it is connected to an electrical source for power), tucked away where no one can see it, and a spigot or dispenser resides on your sink next to the normal faucet or sprayer. You turn a nozzle or lift a lever to get piping-hot water into your mug.

That is part of the beauty of the Insinkerator water dispenser; you only need a cold water line to operate it. The cold water line feeds the water into the tank, where it is then heated to almost 200 degrees F. As hot water is used up, more cold water goes into the tank to be heated. The entire line of Insinkerator water dispenser tanks includes a temperature control valve built onto the apparatus, so you can limit the water supply to lukewarm or anywhere in between should you prefer to do so. The system also includes a water filtration apparatus, which filters out chlorine, other chemicals, and odors and tastes so you enjoy pure, refreshing water every time.

Different Models of the Insinkerator Hot Water Dispenser

The water dispensing system that Insinkerator makes has proved so successful that they have developed several different lines faucet systems, filtration systems, and tanks (entire Insinkerator family here). The main difference between the filtration systems is that some of the filters used are more porous than other ones. The more pores in the filter, the less thorough of a job the filter does. The F-201 Insinkerator filter is the most porous of the line, with the F-201R next and the F601R the highest caliber.

In terms of the system itself, the tanks of the Insinkerator system are interchangeable with the faucet and tap workings. The main difference between tanks is an improvement in design in the modern SST line from earlier models, which were not made from stainless steel. When it comes to the faucet and tap mechanisms, there are two main differences between the models. The first is that in each different line, models are available which dispense both hot and cold water, and hot water only. This is denoted by the use of "GN" or "HC" before the line number. For example, the F-GN2215 has a hot water only faucet, while the F-HC2215 has both hot and cold faucets. The other models in the 2200 line are the 2200. The difference between the Insinkerator 2215 and the Insinkerator 2200 is the shape of the spout. The 2215 has an arced spout, while the 2200 is crooked (this is important, as most people look for a faucet and tap design which will complement their kitchen decor). The Insinkerator 11000 series also includes hot water only dispensers and cold and hot. The Insinkerator 1100s are a more traditional style of sink spout, with a long and tapering arc shape. The Transcape line includes the Insinkerator View, with rounded corners on the faucets, and the Wave which has a rectangular faucet. Unlike other models, the Insinkerator Wave has both the hot and cold water faucets on the same handle, operating on a ball rotation. The Easy Grip handle is placed on top of the unit and has a spout more akin to a bathtub's. Finally, the Insinkerator Classic has a twist handle which is also located on top of the spout.

Reviews of Insinkerator Water Dispensers

So what are people saying about Insinkerator line of hot water dispensers? Well, that largely depends on the site you consult. For example, over at epinions.com, all the lines have a fairly low average rating. While people agree that the Insinkerator products do what they promise to do, which is deliver small quantities of hot water immediately, they do not have a reputation for lasting very long. The problem seems to be mainly with the tanks, which tend to break and leak easily. Customers have noted that this can occur from four months to two years after purchase, something they find unacceptable in these pricey units (and as one reviewer noted, the nicer the design, the higher the price). On homeclick.com, on the other hand, the Insinkerator dispensers rate quite a bit higher, although there is still mention of the problem with longevity. Overall the installation of the dispensers seemed to be relatively straightforward; in most case a professional can do it for you but it is easy enough to do on your own as well. The dispensers are shipped with a minimum of parts, well packed. It will require a separate switch from any food disposal units, however. You may want to check with Insinkerator to confirm that any recent problem issues have been addressed -- most of these companies that have been in business for decades survive because they produce reliable products.

Buying an Insinkerator Water Dispenser

You may have decided to purchase an Insinkerator water dispenser but are not sure of the details. First, let's look at the price. For most lines and models, you can expect to pay out about $450. That's for the entire system, remember. The part you are guaranteed to not have to replace is the faucet and spout, which runs around $130. Filtration systems cost about $75, while the tanks are the expensive parts running anywhere from $230 to $400. You should also keep in mind that InSinkErator filtration systems require changes of the filters every six months or so, and that means a recurring cost of cartridges at about $60 for the lowest end filters.

You can purchase Insinkerator water dispensers at home stores such as the Home Depot, Lowes, and the Expo Design Center. If you want someone to do the installation for you, check out if your local plumbers carry this line. And of course online purchase are always available at Amazon, FaucetDepot, homecenter.com, eFaucets, and plumberscrib.