The main benefit of a freestanding or countertop water cooler is the convenience of having cold drinking water when you want it, without the fuss of remembering to keep water bottles or pitchers in the fridge. It’s especially useful if you live in a hot climate where ground water can be quite warm out of the tap. It can also save you money if you pay for metered water, since there's no need to run the tap for several minutes waiting for cold water.
A water cooler dispenser is not a purifier or filtration system though there are some models (none on this list however) that include filtration features. Their primary function is to dispense chilled and hot water. Dispensed water temperature can also vary, depending largely on the size of the compressor or type of refrigeration used.
We've chosen the best water cooler dispensers that reliably and consistently dispense both hot and cold water, while being simple to set up and maintain. These models are also quiet when operating, except for a faint hum from the condenser or the occasional bubble of water in the bottle. These quality water cooler dispenser promise consistently good water flow to quickly fill up a cup or bottle, in addition to also having drip-free systems so there's less waste and cleanup required.
Unlike most other water cooler dispensers, the Clover B7A offers the ability to control the cold water temperature. This water cooler dispenser is all-around a high quality product that runs quietly, dispenses water quickly, and is easy to maintain. Read Full Review
The Clover B7A water dispenser is capable of dispensing both hot and cold water, with a dedicate spigot for each. Unlike many water dispensers, the B7A allows you to control the cold water temperature using the adjustable thermostat located at the back. Although the hot water temperature is non-adjustable, it is consistently hot enough for tea, soups, and anything else that requires very hot water.
This water dispenser uses stainless steel tanks for hygiene and durability, and is Energy Star rated so it will go easy on your electricity bill. Convection cooling of the condenser makes for efficient and quiet performance, and water is dispensed quickly with no drips. Quick to setup and simple to maintain, the Clover B7A is worth the slightly higher premium price tag.
The Primo 601088 dispenses both hot and cold water while the bottom-loading design eliminates much of the hassle and potential for spills that come with replacing bottles on top-loading models. Although the compressor cooling system is a bit loud at times, this is overall an excellent water cooler dispenser. Read Full Review
This water cooler dispenser from Primo offers thoughtful design and excellent performance. Since this model is bottom-loading, much of the effort required and potential for spills that come with top-loading models are eliminated. While there is no option for controlling specific temperatures, this Primo water cooler dispenser offers the ability to dispense both hot and cold water, with a separate spigot for each temperature.
Indicator lights let you know if the dispensers are on, if the unit is currently heating water, and if the water bottle needs to be replaced. An LED nightlight is also included, helping to provide better visibility in low-light situations. A stainless steel drip tray catches any spills, and overall this energy efficient water cooler dispenser is easy to use. Primo also offers a one-year warranty with this model.
The NewAir WCD-210BK offers excellent overall performance and design touches that makes life easier. This water cooler dispenser is quiet and has a small footprint, making it easy to have hot and cold water on-demand. Read Full Review
This water cooler dispenser from NewAir offers a unique design, meant to make water bottle replacement a simpler and more hygienic task. The NewAir WCD-210BK is designed with a bottle puncture at the top of the unit, making it easier to install a new water bottle without spills; this model is compatible with two, three, and five gallon bottles. This water cooler dispenser also uses a stainless steel tank, which is both more sanitary and reduces the risk of any unpleasant plastic taste in the water.
The WCD-210BK dispenses both hot and cold water, and while there’s no dedicated safety feature for hot water, both temperatures require that a button on both the top and the bottom are pressed to dispense any water. Small nozzles on the spigots allow them to fit in even small bottles, and the WCD-210BK is designed to accommodate even tall glasses or bottles. With its attractive design, ease of use, and small footprint, the NewAir WCD-210BK would make an excellent addition to any home, office, or retail space.
This water cooler dispenser is easy to setup and use, with a pleasant silver finish that will compliment most modern decor. The Honeywell HWB1052S can dispense both hot/cold water, and includes a safety lock for the hot water to keep children from accidentally burning themselves. Read Full Review
This freestanding water cooler dispenser from Honeywell features a pleasant silver finish helping it to look somewhat less utilitarian than most. The Honeywell HWB1052S dispenses both hot and cold water, with sturdy mechanical push-in levers for each, although there’s no option for manual temperature control. The hot water lever has a safety lock to prevent children from accidentally burning themselves and the drip tray makes cleaning up spills a simple task. The HWB1052S has a stainless steel tank and a design that helps to prevent spills when changing out the bottle.
The Avanti WD31EC offers good value for money, with several useful features that one might not expect to find in this price range. This water cooler dispenser is best for personal use, dispenses both hot and cold water, there’s built-in cup storage, and a hot water safety latch. Read Full Review
This countertop water cooler dispenser is best suited for personal use, as it may have trouble keeping up with the demands of a large household or office. However, for those who want a water cooler dispenser for themselves without having to pay a fortune, the Avanti WD31EC is a good choice. This model can hold two, three, and five gallon bottles, and dispenses both hot and cold water, with separate on/off power switches for each temperature.
The hot water valve has a safety latch to prevent children from accidentally getting scalded, and a removable drip tray is easy to clean. The Avanti WD31EC also includes built-in cup storage, while its LED display shows all functions. This water cooler dispenser has an energy saving mode, and its use of thermoelectric technology makes it quieter than those that use compressors.