Why you need a water dispenser
- Instant clean water: Water filter dispensers provide immediate access to clean and safe water on demand. The Global Water G3-RO, the Kenmore Water Cooler Dispenser, and the Brio CLPOURO420SCV2 feature advanced multiple-stage filtration that removes contaminants.
- Versatile drinks: The best water dispenser for home and office use dispenses hot, cold and room temperature water so you can customize the output for your soup, coffee, water and other refreshments.
- Eco-friendly and cost-saving: These appliances save money and the environment because you reuse and refill the water bottles.
- Compact designs: A countertop water dispenser fits easily in small spaces, and a bottom loading water dispenser with a cabinet where you quickly slide in the refilled water bottle and keep it out of sight would be ideal for a busy office.
- Low maintenance: The Avalon A3, the Brio CLPOURO420SCV2 come with self-cleaning features and
Features to consider when choosing a water dispenser
We look at the key features to consider when choosing the best water filter dispenser that will remove fluoride, bacteria, and other impurities from your tap water.
Top- or bottom-loading? Maybe countertop? Or bottleless?
Instant water dispensers are available in a variety of styles which differ in design and features; top-loading, bottom-loading, countertop, and bottleless models.
In top-loading water cooler dispensers such as the Magic Chef MCWD30TS and the AQUAWELL WD-002, the bottle is positioned on top of the unit, and water is dispensed through gravity. The advantage of this type is that it is cheap, easy to set up, and you can easily monitor the water level. However, you have to lift and flip the filled bottle, and the tank is also exposed.
Bottom-loading water dispensers feature a bottom cabinet that holds 3- or 5-gallon bottles. They use a pump to dispense water, and they are more convenient to refill and load water bottles which are also stored discreetly out of sight. This gives them a clean and elegant appearance as we can see in the hOmelabs HME030236N, the Avalon A3, and the Brio CLBL520SC.
A countertop water dispenser like the Avalon A1 CT is a compact appliance with a small footprint that would be ideal for small offices and studio houses. It either uses water bottles or connects to an existing water line.
Instead of using bottles, a bottleless water cooler dispenser connects to your existing water supply line and a drain line. It removes impurities through advanced filtration systems such as the reverse osmosis featured in the Global Water G3-RO and the Brio CLPOURO420SCV2, and the ULTRA+3 Filtration System utilized by the Kenmore Water Cooler Dispenser.
Water temperature output
At minimum, the best instant water dispensers should have cooling and heating capabilities to give you more options for water, cold refreshments, and other beverages. Confirm the water temperature for hot and cold settings that is specified by the manufacturer before making your purchase. For instance, the Avalon A3 dispenses cold water at 47° F and hot water at 185° F and the Brio CLBL520SC has water temperature output of 170° F for hot and 44.8° F for cold.
Consider products like the Global Water G3-RO, the AQUAWELL WD-002, and the hOmelabs HME030236N that have independent power switches for cooling and heating that can be turned on or off separately to save energy.
Which bottles it works with
Knowing the bottle capacity of a water dispenser will help you to find the product that can accommodate a wide range of sizes. For example, the Magic Chef MCWD30TS is only compatible with 5-gallon water bottles, while other 5-gallon water dispensers such as the Primo hTRiO also fit 3 and 4 gallon bottles.
The ideal dimensions will depend on where the instant water dispenser will be positioned, and the level of water demand since dispensers with a high capacity are typically bigger. A countertop water dispenser would suit a small hotel room or a kitchen with several other appliances.
The Avalon A1 CT has dimensions of 12 x 12 x 19 inches compared to the top-loading AQUAWELL WD-002, which measures 14.4 x 14 x 40.2 inches. Since the water bottle is hidden away in bottom-loading dispensers, this type tends to be relatively smaller than traditional designs.
Warranty provides insurance against defective and malfunctioning units. Some brands offer different lengths of warranty for the compressor and the unit itself.
One year is the general warranty period for most water dispensers for home use. This applies to every product we have featured with the exception of the hOmelabs HME030236N, which comes with a warranty of 2 years.
Self-cleaning: Models like the Avalon A3 and the Brio CLBL520SC have this capability that reduces maintenance. When you press the switch, ozone is released into the water to kill bacteria and bio-films, and then it is converted to oxygen and emitted out when the cleaning cycle is completed.
Noise: A key feature to look for in the best bottom loading water dispenser is the level of noise produced by the pump and compressor. Top-loading products have fewer components because they use gravity to dispense water and are, therefore, quieter. For instance, the Magic Chef MCWD30TS produces 42 decibels of sound.
Handles: A water cooler dispenser with handles is easy to move around.
Materials used: Plastic free of Bisphenol A (BPA) is commonly used in water dispensers for small homes and offices because it is light in weight. But stainless steel is the preferred material because it is durable, and your water will not have the initial plastic or chemical taste that is associated with plastic appliances.
Child safety lock: This function is installed in a hot water dispenser to prevent your little ones from operating it.
Night light: A convenient feature that will improve visibility in dim environments to avoid spillage and scalding accidents.
Storage cabinet: This provides additional space for your cups, coffee pods, and other kitchen ingredients. The AQUAWELL WD-002 has a bottom compartment, and Primo hTRiO comes with a built-in storage tray that fits 20 K-Cup pods. This makes it the best hot water dispenser for brewing single serve beverages in 6, 8, and 10 ounces.
Filter lifespan: Bottleless models like the Global Water G3-RO come with multiple filters for advanced water purification. Consider a filter that would last for a minimum of half months to avoid accumulating large expenses on frequent replacement. The ULTRA+3 Filtration set that is included with Kenmore Water Cooler Dispenser purifies approximately 7,200 ½-liter bottles of water before it requires replacement, making this the best water filter dispenser.
Empty-bottle indicator: The light blinks to alert you when you need to refill.
Energy efficiency: Energy Star and UL certifies products that adhere to the guidelines set for safety and efficient energy. A hot water dispenser that includes pumps and compressors can hike your utility bills, but models such as Primo hTRiO that have been approved by authorized bodies would be more efficient. Instant water dispensers with Energy Star rating consume approximately 30 percent less energy than non-certified products.
- Flush the unit with hot water to prime it for initial use and to remove any residual smell. Consult the product’s manual for instructions on how to do this as well as maintenance cleaning.
- Even self-cleaning water dispensers for home and office need to be cleaned regularly to prevent accumulation of bacteria and biofilm. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends cleaning your instant water dispenser with every bottle replacement or after every 6 weeks.
- Always unplug the unit before you start cleaning it.
- Prepare a bleach solution, preferably unscented, consisting of one tablespoon of bleach for each gallon of water. Apply it on stains for up to 5 minutes to prevent abrasion.
- Make a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:3. You could add lemon juice to this mixture if you wish.
- Use a wet sponge or soft cloth to clean the internal parts and then wipe it dry before reassembling it.
- After reassembling the water cooler dispenser, drain the water through the faucet for a while to remove any remnants of soap, vinegar or bleach.