InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS Instant Hot Water Dispenser

InSinkErator is perhaps one of the largest and most popular manufacturers of instant hot water dispensers for residential and commercial use.

Key Features:
  • 750-watt heating element takes less than 30 seconds to heat
  • Adjustable thermostat with a decent temperature range (160oF – 210oF)
  • Can deliver up to 60 cups of heated water per hour

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Things we like

  • 750-watt heating element takes less than 30 seconds to heat
  • Adjustable thermostat with a decent temperature range (160oF – 210oF)
  • Can deliver up to 60 cups of heated water per hour
  • Moderate tank capacity of up to 2/3 gallons
  • Stylish chrome finish faucet with twist knob handle and self-closing valve
  • Dry start protection feature to protect the unit from damage
  • Low energy consumption at only 0.605 kWh per day
  • Compact streamlined profile that fits into most spaces
  • A fairly easy installation process with little maintenance required
  • Budget-friendly and comes with a 3-year limited warranty

Things we don't like

  • Tends to make some noise during operation
  • Faucet doesn’t offer much clearance

InSinkErator is perhaps one of the largest and most popular manufacturers of instant hot water dispensers for residential and commercial use.

The company offers some of the best hot water dispensers in the industry at very competitive prices, which is among the many reasons that have earned it great popularity. It’s also why we’ve covered several of their models in this comprehensive review article.

With that said, topping our list of best instant hot water dispensers is the InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS. This unit is part of InSinkErator’s Invite Series and it takes the lead because of its outstanding features and performance.

Performance

To start, the InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS comes as a complete instant hot dispenser system consisting of a hot water tank and faucet.

The first impressive thing about this unit is its ability to constantly deliver hot water immediately when you need it. The system is equipped with a 750-watts heating element which is capable of effectively heating cool water to near boiling point (200oF).

It will give you water that’s hotter than what your ordinary hot water tap can produce and it takes not more than 30 seconds to heat which is pretty fast considering that a kettle can take up to 3 minutes. It’s ideal for quick beverage and meal preparation.

The tank can hold up to about 2/3 gallons of water. It’s not the largest capacity, but it’s sufficient to yield a maximum of 60 cups of hot water per hour which includes the refills that happen when the tank is empty.

With such a high production rate, the H-CONTOUR-SS is a suitable option if you regularly use or require large amounts of hot water. It will give you an instant and continuous supply of hot water without getting overwhelmed.

Besides this, the system has a temperature control dial conveniently placed on the front part of the tank that allows you to adjust the water temperature from a range of 160oF to 210oF.

This flexibility gives you the chance to heat your water to a temperature you desire rather than having to settle on a pre-defined temperature that can’t be adjusted as is the case of kettles and regular home water heaters.

Dispensing Mechanism

The other convenience this unit provides is an ergonomic handle on the faucet it comes with which makes dispensing the hot water effortlessly. It’s actually a twist knob handle that you just turn to either side and hold it to make the hot water run.

The handle is incorporated with an instant self-closing valve, so once you release it, the water automatically stops running. It’s a safety feature that helps prevent accidental burns resulting from hot water being dispensed when the handle is not held.

The faucet itself is miniature with the spout height measuring 3.7 inches. It doesn’t offer much clearance from the spout to the sink but it’s solidly built to last for a long time and the handle is very comfortable to operate.

Now the best part about the InSinkErator dispensers is that they are designed to be energy efficient. The H-CONTOUR-SS model is no different as it uses a 750-Watt heating element which consumes less energy to heat the water.

It consumes around 0.605 kWh per day which is 40% less energy consumption compared to a regular light bulb, thereby you can expect low operational costs that won’t lead to a significant increase in your monthly energy bill.

One last important thing we liked in this dispenser is the inclusion of a dry-start protection feature. This vital addition prevents the unit from running when the water level goes below a certain level or when there’s no water flowing in the tank. It’s an important safety feature that helps protect the dispenser from damage resulting from overheating.

Installation

Installing the InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS is not that hard at all because it’s a tool-free connection system and everything you need to set it up is provided, plus an installation guide that’s easy to follow.

The only challenging part might be installing the faucet, especially for a novice, as you will have to drill the mounting hole onto your sink if you don’t have one already drilled. It needs about 1¼ to 1½ inch hole.

If you don’t have an electrical outlet under your sink, then you will also have to install one to connect the tank which plugs into a standard 120V outlet.

The tank has a compact, streamlined profile, measuring just 6 x 3.7 x 5.6 inches and weighing 7.4 pounds. It will fit nicely under the sink without taking too much space.

We particularly liked the simple yet elegant design of the tank too which is complemented by an equally stylish chrome finished designer faucet that can blend well with most kitchen décor styles.

In terms of durability, this is a solidly built dispenser featuring a metal construction that’s resistant to rusting, limescale build-ups, and all kinds of deformations. On top of that, it’s backed by a 3-year warranty, thereby, it will definitely last longer when you take good care of it.

One slight downside though is that the unit is a bit noisy during operation. It produces a noticeable rumbling noise around 3 to 4 times every hour for around 30 seconds each time. It’s the same noise made by a lot of other kitchen appliances, so it’s not really something that will be a bother to many people.

All that said, the InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS is indeed a stylish and reliable hot water dispenser that does its job efficiently and requires little to nothing in the way of maintenance. When you also factor in the affordable price tag, it’s the best bet if you are after getting value for your money.

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