Updated: June 8, 2015
Water Dispenser Reviews:We grew up with an Alhambra water dispenser in our kitchen. My parents spent quite a bit each month to have the big Alhambra water jugs delivered to our house and we placed them in the water dispenser. Today, water dispensers are becoming popular again as people realize the importance of drinking clean, fresh water. You may have one of these at your workplace - commonly referred to as a water cooler. There are 2 kinds of water dispensers - freestanding or floor standing and countertop models. The freestanding water coolers are more expensive than their tabletop counterparts, but you can get a larger jug on the floor standing models which means less jug changes overall. In recent years we have all become aware of the large waste associated with plastic water bottles that you see everywhere. You are much better off buying a travel water bottle that you fill up regularly at your water dispenser.
Buying Guide - Who makes the best water dispenser? We found the most popular models come from Haier, Avanti, Primo, Whynter, New Wave, and Hamilton Beach. You can find them in stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart, and most department stores. Amazon.com carries a nice selection online with owner reviews posted to help you make an informed buying decision. The modern water dispensers are capable of dispening out cold water, but some are also able to give you hot water. Another thing to consider are the bottled water dispensers versus bottle less dispensers. The bottle-less water dispensers use an existing water line in your house or office to send the water. A water filtration system in these models ensures that you get fresh, clean water. If you do go with the standard bottled type - expect them to hold 3 to 5 gallon jugs of water. The jugs are typically made of plastic or glass and get placed neck down on the water cooler. When you run out of water, either get a replacement water jug at a store or from a water delivery company. Gone are the days of plain white water coolers, now you can find stainless steel dispensers that match your other decor. Most are very basic to use, just pull the lever to get hold or cold water. The water dispensers with hot water will need to be plugged into a wall outlet. One feature that I like on the new water coolers is that the bottles are spill free which means less mess when changing out the bottles. We found several water delivery companies in our area that rent out the water cooler if you subscribe to their service. The cost varies on the contract, but we say buying a water dispenser is better than renting. The countertop water dispensers can be very convenient when living in an apartment or smaller dwelling were space is a premium. The tabletop water coolers are portable so you can take them to the office or workplace if you want. They are a great source of hot water for making tea or coffee when at work or home. How much do water dispensers cost? They range in price from $60 to $200. We found some excellent water dispenser reviews on websites like Epinions and Target. Amazon also carries dozens of consumer reviews for water coolers at their site and it's worth checking out. You can browse their top selling water dispensers online here.