Choose the Best Water Dispenser for Your Home or Office
Water dispensers and coolers are a great addition to all homes and offices because they provide fresh water for all your beverage needs. Stay cool and hydrated by drinking chilled water during the summertime, or have hot water ready for soup and coffee during the winter.
There are many different features and options to choose from when shopping for a water cooler, so we've assembled this guide to help you choose the best water dispenser for your home or office.
Do you want hot, cold or warm water?
Water dispensers offer a range of options when it comes to water temperature.
- Room temperature
The simplest versions dispense room temperature water through a single spigot, and require no electricity to operate.
- Cold water only
These models offer cold water dispensing only. Water temperature usually ranges from 35 to 50 degrees F.
- Hot & cold water
Built with two spigots and separate stainless steel tanks, these can store water at different temperatures. Typically they have a thermometer setting so you can control the hot water temperature between 175 and 190 degrees F.
- Room temperature & cold water
Feature two tanks, but the water from the second tank isn't heated. This prevents accidental scalding, making these units perfect for family areas where children are always present.
Freestanding or countertop water dispenser?
The next factor in deciding which water dispenser to choose involves where you want to keep it.
- Freestanding water coolers
Typically found in offices, today's freestanding water dispensers have slim profiles and usually don't take up much floor space.
- Countertop water dispensers
Smaller countertop units can save space, especially in the kitchen. They usually measure about half the size of their freestanding counterparts, and can be placed on tables and desk, too.
A common myth about countertop water coolers says that these units actually take up more space because they use smaller water bottles, thus needing more frequent bottle changes. However, this is not true: most countertop water dispensers are able to use 2-, 3-, or 5-gallon water bottles, just like the freestanding models.
Bottled water or bottle-less dispensing?
- Bottled water dispensers
These allow you to choose your favorite brand of water - spring water, filtered water, etc. Usually they accommodate varying bottle sizes from 2 to 5 gallons. Smaller bottles are easier to change, but larger bottles mean you have to change them less often.
- Bottle-less water dispensers
Also called "point of use" dispensers, these are connected directly to the water pipes to provide a continuous supply of water on demand. Point of use water dispensers eliminate the need to store and replace bottles, and make sure you never have to worry about running out. Though bottle-less water coolers may be a little more costly during the initial installation, they save you money in the long run on water costs.
Did you know that a standard hot & cold water dispenser can use more energy than a refrigerator?
No matter what appliance you're shopping for, it's smart to find energy efficient models because they can save you a lot of money over the years and they're great for the environment. Features that improve energy efficiency in water coolers include improved separation between the hot and cold water tanks, more insulation, and improved chilling mechanisms that require less energy.
Fortunately, many water dispensers have earned the EnergyStar rating, which can result in savings of up to 45% over standard products.
An important feature when deciding which water dispenser to buy is safety. For households or offices where children are constantly present, choose a model that features a child safety hot water faucet lock. This safety feature protects curious hands from scalding and other dangers near 185° hot water.
What else would you like to find on your water dispenser?
Different brands feature a variety of features that complement the water dispenser's basic function. Some of these include:
- Ice maker - Get fresh ice along with your cold water
- Clock - Show you the current time at a glance.
- LED night light - A convenient LED light perfect for nighttime use.
- Cleaning reminder light - Know exactly when to clean your water dispenser.
- Adjustable thermostats - Adjust the temperature to your tastes.
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