The water dispenser remains one of the most enduring office icons. However, it is also fast becoming a must-have appliance for the home. This is due in great part to its convenience factor and the fact that a water cooler encourages everyone to drink more water.
The water cooler can not be beaten for the ease at which it provides you with cool, safe, refreshing water on demand.
This article will include buying tips for either a water cooler, dispenser and everything you need to know about getting a water dispenser stand!
- 1 Water Cooler vs Water Dispenser
- 2 Countertop vs Freestanding Water Dispenser
- 3 Water Dispenser Stand
- 4 Water Dispenser Stand: WORST-Kept Secrets (!)
- 5 Pros and Cons of a Porcelain Water Dispenser
- 6 The Best Water Dispensers (With Filtration)
Water Cooler vs Water Dispenser
People often fail to understand the difference between a water cooler and water dispenser. Sadly, not knowing the differences can cause confusion for consumers and leave them less informed. It can also mean they buy the wrong thing. So before we go on to talk about a water dispenser stand let’s clear up the differences.
In simple terms, the key difference is that while both types are a water dispenser of some kind, a water dispenser does not cool your water.
|Water Cooler||Water Dispenser|
|This is an electric water cooler that both cools and dispenses your water.||This is a dispenser that does not cool your water (usually non-electric).|
Either type of dispenser will usually be able to accommodate standard water bottle sizes (two, four or five-gallons).
You can also opt to order specific types of water like distilled, spring or mineral water. Once received it is easy to refill your water dispenser.
Benefits of getting a Water Dispenser / Water Cooler
- Quick and easy access to good quality, fresh drinking water.
- Seeing a water dispenser will naturally induce you to drink more water.
- You don’t have to worry about buying and replacing water filters as you will be buying already pre-filtered water.
- It is good for offices and public buildings because you can pay an external company a small fee to monitor and maintain it for you.
- Even a water dispenser (that doesn’t cool the water) can still provide you with water that is cool at room-temperature, which is great in hot climates.
Best Water Cooler Features
- A dispenser or cooler will always have at least one faucet. However, it is now common to get two faucets and the other one is for warm/hot water. Although, it might not be hot enough to make coffee, drinking warm water has some unexpected benefits.
- Getting a water dispenser can help to reduce ‘plastic’ waste associated with buying lots of bottled water.
Countertop vs Freestanding Water Dispenser
Getting a water dispenser can come in the form of a countertop cooler or it can be freestanding.
Water Dispenser Stand
Luckily there are so many types and varieties available to suit every taste and budget.
The most popular being a wooden water dispenser stand, which is often paired with a porcelain water dispenser stand.
Water Dispenser Stand: WORST-Kept Secrets (!)
Some of them come in a flat pack. This means you may have to set it up yourself. If you don’t like this make sure you get one that is already fully assembled.
Many water dispenser stands are made from wood. However, wood that is constantly exposed to water splashes from the water dispenser can become mouldy and smelly.
Wood dispenser stands often don’t come with wheels so can be hard to move around once set up.
Pros and Cons of a Porcelain Water Dispenser
However, before you buy one review the list below to understand the pros and cons.
It is ceramic porcelain, which means it is breakable if you drop it.
A porcelain dispenser will NOT filter water.
Very durable and can last a lifetime since they are made from 100% porcelain ceramic.
Also, they last longer as they are non-electric and don’t have any components that need to be maintained / likely to break.
Not being electric means there is no on-going operating cost.
Water being stored in cool porcelain crock will result in water that is dispensed at room-temperature water.
A porcelain dispenser can accommodate a standard two, four, or five-gallon water bottle.
Very aesthetically pleasing and ideal for customers who love the nostalgic vintage look and feel.
You can also get an equally great water dispenser stand to compliment and complete the look.
The Best Water Dispensers (With Filtration)
Do you want to get a water dispenser but save money on the weekly maintenance?
If yes, consider a water dispenser with filtration.
Getting a dispenser with its own filter means you can simply pour tap water into it and it will turn it into fresh clean drinking water.
There are many different types of water dispensers with filtration systems available. My top pick is the ‘Brio Bottleless Water Dispenser‘ and I’ll explain why in the next section.
Brio Bottleless Water Dispenser Hot & Cold in Black with 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis – Review
The brio bottleless water dispenser hot & cold is one of the most powerful dispensers and comes with a 6-Stage reverse osmosis filtration system.
Stage2 granular activated coconut carbon filter,
Stage3 micron carbon block filter
Stage4 .0001 micron 50 GPD reverse osmosis membrane,
Stage5 involves the water going through a GAC inline cartridge,
Stage6 involves it going through a GAC coconut carbon to enhance taste and soft texture.
Here are some more specific benefits and specifications that come with the Brio bottleless water dispenser hot & cold in black with 6-stage reverse osmosis:
- Arrives fully assembled.
- Comes with a super generous 5 year warranty.
- Compact size that can fit in the corner of any room with dimensions being – L: 12.50″ x W: 12.40″ x H: 39.30″
- Product weight: 34.00 lbs.
- Features a stainless steel interior, including a stainless steel interior shelf, bottom, reservoir and hot tank. This not only preserves the water it also increases the longevity of the product.
- Very durable dispenser that lasts longer with scratch resistant polycarbonate cabinet.
- The machine is easy to maintain and keep clean with a removable dishwasher safe drip-tray.
- The hot faucet is child safe with On/Off switches for hot and cold features. This means you can put it off when it’s not in use and therefore save yourself more money.
- The brio water dispenser has quick pour faucets.
- It includes a FREE sink faucet that directly connects to the filtration system (optional add-on). This also means you can bypass an under sink filter and instead use this to get filtered water for cooking and washing.
- The unit package comes with a standard universal installation kit. This not only saves you more money it makes it easy to install, you literally plug in and play.
Water Dispenser Stand: Capacity Notes
The vast majority of water dispensers have a capacity that can contain standard-size dispenser bottles. This typically comes in 2, 4 and 5-gallon standard sizes.
You can usually refill the large standard plastic cooler bottles with water.
But remember to always disinfect the bottle with a good cleaning solution and rinse very well before re-use.