Hot and cold, on tap

September 8th 2012

Okay, I don’t take many blog freebies but I couldn’t resist this one since it’s a house-y luxury I would have loved to buy but couldn’t afford when we were doing up the kitchen. The Virgin Pure is a new worktop ‘water bar’ that purifies your tap water and provides instant boiling or cool water on tap – as it were. The machine connects into your mains water supply so it never runs out or needs refilling – installation is quick and tidy.

The machine’s got some nifty features: you can set a daily wake-up timer, fix your glass and mug size to dispense just the right amount, and set your preferred hot and cold water temperatures. It has a built-in replaceable filter plus bacteria-killing UV lamp to make the water it dispenses super pure and tasty. Plus it looks kind of pretty too: it comes in loads of colours. I picked silver to blend into our grey tiles.

Virgin’s aim with this product is to get people drinking more pure water at home without having to buy bottled. This machine really does make tap water taste better, and I love that it’s perfectly chilled without needing ice, especially in this lovely late summer weather. The hot water function makes a lovely cuppa without any scum or limescale flakes, and makes boiling water for cooking super quick. Plus the homebrewing boyfriend is looking forward to trying to make a beer with filtered water becuse apparently it makes a superior brew *shrug*.

My only initial concern is its energy usage, but it does have standby and shut-down modes to save power, and only takes a few minutes to re-heat and cool when turned back on. I’ll update in a month or so with whether I’m drinking more water (and/or spending more on energy bills) as a result, but I love the Pure so far. Would you buy one?

Product supplied for review

Comments (11)

  • Kimberley

    September 8th 2012 at 3:05 pm

    We have one at work, and to be unfortunately honest, I really dislike it. Rather use a kettle/the traditional water cooler.

    Maybe it’s because there is a lot of us and is in constant use, I think we’ve had it about just under year. But the water is never hot enough even after pressing the boiling option and it does get a bit of water scum on the top layer… :/

    1. Katie

      September 8th 2012 at 5:02 pm

      That’s a shame. I think this model is more for home use rather than heavy office use. We haven’t had any of those problems yet. Are the filters changed 6-monthly?

  • siobhan Watts

    September 9th 2012 at 8:00 am

    I have one similar for hot water that just plugs into the mains – it filters the hot water and only heats what you need for one cup. I really like it a lot, and I think it’s supposed to save energy too which is great!

  • Lilly

    September 10th 2012 at 9:47 pm

    You did a wonderful job on Carolines new website. So, I decided to come and check out your blog. It is beautiful too. Do you do blog designs as I need a change. And yes, I would buy one of those. How stylish does it look too?

    1. Katie

      September 10th 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Oh thanks Lilly! Yes I do blog designs, you can see some more of my work here:

  • James

    October 21st 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I assume this is like one of those machines that some restaurants have, if they choose to sell you their own processed tap water rather than mineral water, and if so it does make delicious water.

    So I would like one but..

    It’s big, even if you can then retire your kettle, and it would require rather more disposable income than I have, £300 puts it after quite a lot of major purchases we are saving up for, Apple gizmos, a new push bike etc etc. Lastly I do not understand why it then needs another £12 per month. That of itself would buy more mineral water in bottles than we actually consume

    1. Katie

      October 21st 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Yeah, it’s a luxury that I probably wouldn’t have bought myself but I love now I have it. The monthly subscription pays for replacement filter and UV light to keep the water pure – similar to how you have to replace a filter jug I guess. It doesn’t pay for itself in bottled mineral water terms, but as a convenience it’s wonderful.

  • Dani

    March 21st 2013 at 4:53 am

    How noisy is the water bar when in use and not in use? I’m quite tempted to invest.

    1. Katie

      March 21st 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Dani – when on standby, every so often it has to regulate its temperature and will gurgle away for two minutes or so, sounds a bit like a kettle boiling / home boiler – same when it first starts up, which takes about 5 mins to come up to temperature. Otherwise it’s dead quiet, and we’ve got used to the regulating noises. Hope that helps.

  • Angela

    August 18th 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Katie, am I right in thinking that the £20.00 a month includes the replacement filters and light that need to be changed. Find this hard to believe, I was sure that they would have charged for these.

    1. Katie

      August 19th 2013 at 6:41 pm

      No that’s correct, it covers everything!

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