From Harry and Meghan’s home to your own, the latest kitchen must-have revealed

Screengrab from Hailey Bieber's Architectural Digest home tour video showing her hob tap
Hailey Bieber is one of the celebs who has a 'lazy' tap installed

The latest kitchen trend has found its way from Hollywood homes to British hobs thanks to Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Amanda Seyfried and even the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“Lazy” taps installed above the cooker to make filling saucepans quicker and easier are the new must-have gadget, according to kitchen designers.

The taps, which can cost between £150 and £1,000, are breaking through into British kitchens after appearing on television shows and tours of celebrities’ homes.

Harry and Meghan appear to have one in their Frogmore Cottage kitchen, as seen in their 2022 Netflix documentary. Their renovation of the Windsor property cost at least £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money, which they have since repaid.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the kitchen taken from their Harry & Meghan documentary
Harry and Meghan appear to have one in their Frogmore Cottage kitchen, as seen in their 2022 Netflix documentary

The appliance has been seen in fictional kitchens too.

Sex And The City spin-off And Just Like That featured Charlotte York, played by Kristin Davis, in her airy New York kitchen complete with pot filler tap.

Real-life New Yorker Seyfried revealed her tap in a tour of her property for Architectural Digest, saying it “looks stunning in a kitchen” and makes the room seem “gourmet”.

Screengrab from YouTube of Amanda Seyfried Architectural Digest house tour video
Amanda Seyfried revealed her tap in a tour of her property for Architectural Digest

Other fans include Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Jenner, who showed off her appliance in a similar video.

“My pot filler,” she beamed in a 2020 tour of her California home. “I use this every day because I’m a tea addict, so it’s perfect.”

Emma Chamberlain, an American YouTuber with 12 million subscribers, also has a pot filler tap in her kitchen.

Jen Nash, head of design at Magnet, said the taps were now “one of the biggest kitchen accessory trends of the year” and claimed they can add a premium to property prices of as much as 3.2 per cent.

“A pot filler flows approximately three to four gallons of water per minute, which is more than double the rate of a traditional sink tap,” she told The Telegraph. “This lets you fill larger pots very quickly so that you can get on with your cooking.

”This convenience is driving their popularity in middle-class homes as well as celebrities’, according to Nicolle Whyte, design director at shaker kitchen manufacturer Olive & Barr.

“Typically, pot taps are seen in luxury kitchens,” she said. “However, due to their convenience, we are starting to see them becoming more popular in ordinary family kitchens too.

“For those that cook a lot and often boil water for pasta, rice, etc, it makes a lot of sense and adds another layer of convenience, which for some homeowners is exactly what they’re looking for in a kitchen design.”

‘Must-have addition’

Helen Parker, creative director at bespoke kitchen makers deVOL, said the taps were now “the must-have addition to a larger kitchen” for big families and cooking enthusiasts, not just the wealthy.

“Our customers are often happy to pay for this additional tap for functional and aesthetic reasons, in the grand scheme of things it is a little luxury that is not too expensive,” she said.

“It tends to be people who love cooking and put their money into the things that they are passionate about.”

But what some call luxury, others call lazy - though that is not necessarily a bad thing.

“Any labour-saving device in the kitchen could be called a lazy appliance – the dishwasher, the washing machine, etc – but eventually these new ideas become universal,” said Nigel Palmer, of Rohl UK, the parent company of Perrin & Rowe.

The handcrafted brassware manufacturer saw demand for their £675 pot fillers increase by 10 per cent last year.

“We want to spend our time in the kitchen focusing on food preparation. Anything that makes life simpler helps.”

Tom Howley, design director at the eponymous bespoke kitchen designers, said the taps “could be deemed lazy” because they are “essentially a second tap in the kitchen”.

He said his firm had not yet seen “big demand” from British customers for what he described as a “very American trend”.

“They are probably more an aesthetic fashion statement to finish your kitchen,” he said.

The cost of the taps, even with plumbing and upmarket brass fittings included, is rarely much more than £1,500 – a sum which is relatively minor if homeowners are already forking out for a complete four- or five-figure kitchen redesign.

“If you were conducting a full kitchen refit, then the cost to install an additional pot filler tap would not have a huge impact on the overall investment,” said Luke Shipway, head of product at kitchen appliance firm Caple.

The taps also mean you no longer have to wash up piles of dirty dishes before filling up your kettle, or as Mr Shipway put it: “If you have a busy sink area you can also utilise the tap to fill a kettle for a quick tea break.”