The 10 Best Beverage Dispensers

Updated June 07, 2017 by Tina Morna Freitas

10 Best Beverage Dispensers
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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Drink dispensers are a convenient way to serve a crowd at home or the office. Our selection offers a variety of options for whatever kind of beverage you plan to have at your next gathering. We've included everything from basic, functional models that will fit on any kitchen counter to decorative ones for fancier affairs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best beverage dispenser on Amazon.

10. Creative Ware

The Creative Ware has a wide, sturdy base with a handy compartment that can be filled with ice for additional cooling or you can place fresh fruit or even lights in it for a special, decorative look. The lightweight acrylic construction makes it easy to transport.
  • dispenser locks onto the base
  • two size options available
  • not for long-term beverage storage
Brand CreativeWare
Weight 4.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Circleware Mini Yorkshire

The traditional design of the Circleware Mini Yorkshire exudes a country charm that will enhance the decor at your next cookout. The durable, thick glass makes this the perfect vessel for making old-fashioned sun tea and it is offered at a budget-friendly price.
  • available in 1 or 2 gallon sizes
  • lead-free glass
  • spigot is plastic not metal
Brand Circleware
Model 66944
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Home Essentials Del Sol

Dress up your table with the Home Essentials Del Sol that sits on an elegant metal scrollwork stand that makes it ideal for weddings or other formal affairs. This beautiful hammered-glass vessel has a unique square shape and a rounded lid.
  • holds just over 2 gallons
  • top opening is narrow
  • very heavy and difficult to wash
Brand Home Essentials & Beyon
Model 1868
Weight 10.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Buddeez Tritan

The Buddeez Tritan has a tall, elegant design, despite being made of plastic. Without the ice cone it holds 2.5 gallons, making it a good choice when you need to be able to serve a large amount of beverages but don't have much table space left.
  • can also be used without the stand
  • lid stays securely in place
  • hand wash to avoid scratches
Brand Buddeez
Model 13901
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Hamilton Beach Brew Station

The Hamilton Beach Brew Station features one-hand dispensing that your guests will appreciate if they are juggling multiple items in a buffet line. The dual heater system keeps coffee hot and fresh without that overcooked, burnt taste.
  • can be used for hot water as well
  • makes up to 40 cups
  • spout too low for large mugs
Brand Hamilton Beach
Model 40540
Weight 6.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Artland Oasis

The Artland Oasis is a jumbo-sized version of a classic mason jar. The galvanized metal stand included gives it a rustic, vintage feel, and it comes with an optional insert that can be filled with ice and a flavor infuser ball.
  • matching mason-style lid
  • spigot sits high off the table
  • infuser is difficult to open
Brand Artland
Model 10401A
Weight 10.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Boxxle 3 Liter

The Boxxle 3 Liter is an elegant way to serve inexpensive boxed wines at a party or if you just want to keep your boxed wine fresher longer. It uses an innovative technology that keeps wine tasting great up to 6 weeks after you have the first glass.
  • choose from three colors
  • quick and easy to load
  • only works with boxed wine
Model BX002013
Weight 6.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Shannon Crystal Roxborough

The Shannon Crystal Roxborough boasts a beautiful hand-made design that adds a touch of elegance to any affair. The polished chrome base and matching lid are tarnish-resistant and can be separated from the glass for cleaning and storage.
  • restaurant-quality durability
  • thick mouth-blown glass
  • high price but worth it
Brand Godinger
Model 22286
Weight 11.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Buddeez Unbreakable

The Buddeez Unbreakable has a removable ice cone to keep drinks cool without diluting them that is designed to be easy to refill even when the dispenser is full. This sturdy unit is constructed out of shatter-resistant, BPA-free plastic.
  • nonslip snap-on base
  • graduated measurement marks
  • drip-free spigot
Brand Buddeez
Model 08501C-ONL
Weight 5.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Daily Chef 2 Pack

The versatile Daily Chef 2 Pack is a set of two 1.75-gallon drink dispensers that each come with their own base, but are also stackable if table space is at a premium. Their recessed serving lids can be used to hold cups and/or decorations.
  • chalkboard labels included
  • bases with ice tubs
  • premium spigots
Brand Daily Chef
Model 14340C
Weight 7 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Choosing The Best Beverage Dispenser

Whether you are serving ice cold cocktails, refreshing lemonade, or warm and spicy apple cider, great beverages are the key to having a great party. People of all ages enjoy a great drink, and tasty drinks come in a wonderfully wide variety. One could spend an entire day just considering the different types of flavored water that could be served at a party, reception, or that could be placed in a hotel lobby. From water infused with cucumber to basil to mint to lemon to any variation using multiple different herbs, fruits, and other flavorings, there is an art to creating the perfect healthy, flavored water for a given location and time of the year.

So too could one spend hours trying to decide which cocktail best suits a given event. From a batch of sangria to a great mint julep to a classic daiquiri, there is always a perfect adult beverage for each occasion -- from a wedding to a reunion -- and choosing it is an art form unto itself.

While selecting the perfect beverage for a given event can be a challenge (an enjoyable challenge, but still difficult nonetheless), choosing the right beverage dispenser can be more of a cut and dried scenario. When you set up a beverage dispenser at your party, on the counter at a shop or in a lobby, or in an office, you remove the need for a person (a staff member, a waiter, or a willing friend, for example) to stand around serving drinks. It allows guests to get their own beverage whenever they would like and with minimal effort.

If you want a beverage dispenser that can serve both hot and cold drinks, such as coffee one day and iced tea the next, you need to choose a beverage dispenser that can stand up to temperature extremes; most plastic options are not viable for hot beverages. If you will only be serving chilled beverages (or room temperature drinks) then you have a much wider latitude of choice.

Plastic beverage dispensers are a good idea for use around kids, or if you will need to move the dispenser around frequently, potentially carrying it long distances, such as from the car to a picnic table or to the poolside. Glass dispensers look great and work well, but can be quite heavy even before they are loaded with a beverage.

For a truly classic beverage dispenser, a unit with a glass reservoir and a metal spigot is your best bet. These dispensers look great, offer plenty of durability, and keep beverages cool. Just make sure you look for issues like spigot placement, which can leave some beverage wasted at the bottom of the dispenser, and do keep in mind the weight issues presented by glass.

If you want to take your beverage dispensing abilities to a professional level, consider multiple tiered or side by side options that can hold several beverages at the same time. These units offer guests choice, which can be especially appreciated when both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are on offer, and for offer both caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks as well.

Perfect Party Beverage Ideas - No Booze Required

If the best beverage for a kid's party or for an event held during the daytime is a batch of good old lemonade, the second best is arguably iced tea. But to make things more interesting (and tasty) consider blending the two to make a delicious Arnold Palmer. Named for the famous golfer who is credited for popularizing this beverage, if not in fact for creating it (though it seems hard to believe that no one on earth had ever mixed lemonade induced tea before the year 1960, the first year which the beverage was noted by name), an Arnold Palmer consists quite simply of one part iced tea, one part lemonade. But within that simple blend are in fact myriad options. You can choose sweetened or unsweetened iced tea, flavored lemonades, and you can always add other flavors such as mint.

To make delicious fruit punch beverages that will stay perfectly tasty all throughout the party, plan ahead: freeze the same beverage that will be in your beverage dispenser in ice cube trays so you can keep the drink cool without diluting it. Also make sure to add some fresh fruit to the dispenser; it will add a little extra flavor and a lot of extra aesthetic appeal. One of the easiest fruit punch recipes you can make simply involves mixing equal parts of orange juice and cranberry juice cocktail. Float some fresh orange slices in the blend for added tanginess.

The only beverages that don't do well in beverage dispensers are those that are carbonated, as they will soon go flat and lose their flavor along with their bubbles. Aside from that, don't shy away from anything as basic as flavored water, as wild as an original juice blend, or as comforting as chocolate milk.

Adult Beverages By The Batch

When making a big batch of adult cocktails, a few classic options are out -- such as a gin or vodka tonic -- as they call for carbonated beverages, and others, such as a manhattan or martini, are a poor idea because they are simply too strong to serve in large quantities. You also want to serve a large batch cocktail that's relatively easy to make. Many amazing cocktails involve multiple ingredients, and are not something you want to be tasked with creating halfway into your party, especially if you have been imbibing as well.

One of the simplest cocktails you can make takes its cue from the Arnold Palmer, but with bourbon in place of the iced tea, and with the ratio slightly modified. A great whiskey and lemonade cocktail consists of three parts lemonade to one part whiskey. Float slices of fresh lemon in the liquid and use frozen lemonade ice cubes to keep it chilled.

For a cocktail that will be a delight served cold all year round and warm during the winter, offer your guests a great hard cider. Just mix three parts of your favorite cider with one part brandy, add slices of lemon and wedges of apple, and stir everything well. Add iced cider to keep things cool, or bring the cider to a nice warm temperature before adding the brandy and then mixing everything in the beverage dispenser.

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Last updated on June 07, 2017 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and two cats. She enjoys making and sipping margaritas and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

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