The 10 Best Water Coolers

Updated April 21, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're feeling out of the loop in your office, it may be time to install a new water cooler. The dispensers on this list are sure to draw a crowd, so you can finally get the good dirt on your coworkers. They're also fantastic for home use, but any gossip you hear there is much more likely to be painfully personal. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best water cooler on Amazon.

10. Avalon Hot/Cold

The Avalon Hot/Cold has a slim design that enables it to tuck away in the corner or next to your fridge, giving you more room in your kitchen. The paddle-style levers make it easy to get a quick drink even when your hands are full.
  • comes with bracket for cupholder
  • not a lot of room for glasses
  • produces a loud and constant hum
Brand Avalon
Weight 39.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Sansone SA0015-1L

The Sansone SA0015-1L is made of stainless steel, helping it to repel germs and bacteria, rather than unleashing them in your H2O. It pairs well with your own home filtration system, ensuring that you have plenty of fresh water on hand without dealing with tons of plastic.
  • easy-to-use lever spigot
  • keeps water very cold
  • no air vent in lid
Brand Sansone
Model SA0015-1L
Weight 5.2 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

8. Whirlpool Commercial

The Whirlpool Commercial will instantly become a hit in the office, as it looks great and serves some of the coldest water you'll find anywhere. There's even storage space underneath the dispenser, ensuring that you'll always have plenty of paper cups on hand.
  • easy to replace bottles
  • can set desired temps
  • flow gets interrupted easily
Brand Whirlpool
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Clover D9A

The Clover D9A provides a convenient countertop design ideal for small kitchens and offices, ensuring you can have clean water without the cooler dominating your space. Its polypropylene self-closing faucets are very durable in order to give you years of faithful service.
  • rust- and corrosion-resistant
  • uses very little energy
  • can't adjust temperatures
Brand Clover
Model D9A-POU9
Weight 30.9 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Primo Effortless

The Primo Effortless has a stainless steel drip tray that helps to minimize the damage from spills and overflows, but it does seem to always leave a little bit of water in every bottle, since the suction tube doesn't reach the bottom of the containers perfectly.
  • bpa-free construction
  • uses both 3- and 5-gallon jugs
  • has a tendency to leak over time
Brand Primo
Model 817206010883
Weight 41 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. DrinkPod USA

You can finally tell your pricey bottled water company to go soak in a tub, thanks to the DrinkPod USA bottleless cooler. It has a 4-stage purification system that gives you some of the cleanest water you'll ever drink, and replacing the filters is a breeze.
  • great for rural users
  • don't have to install drainage line
  • replacement filters can be expensive
Model Drinkpod 100 Series
Weight 52 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Brio Essential

The Brio Essential is a bottom-loading option with a sleek and elegant display, helping it blend in with all the other state-of-the-art appliances in your kitchen. The controls have child-safety locks, so you don't need to worry about your little ones scalding themselves.
  • steady and rapid water flow
  • very quiet while in use
  • good for elderly or infirm users
Brand Brio
Model CLBL420
Weight 40.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Avalon Bottleless

If you want the convenience of a cooler without the hassle of swapping out jugs, then the Avalon Bottleless is just what the doctor ordered. It uses a hidden filtration system instead of bottles, giving you delicious water without the risk of throwing your back out.
  • self-cleaning feature
  • nightlight for late night drinks
  • perfect for home gyms
Brand Avalon
Weight 48.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Primo Top-Load

If you want a classic design with a modern update, the Primo Top-Load has stainless steel and black paneling that gives it a futuristic look. The water really rushes out of it as well, so you won't have to stand there waiting impatiently for your cup to fill.
  • can turn heater off to save energy
  • room temperature option
  • can set glasses on its flat grate
Brand Primo
Model 900127
Weight 34.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Whirlpool Stainless

Using its innovative 6th Sense technology, the Whirlpool Stainless works to eradicate germs within the water by utilizing unstable oxygen to kill off any bugs. Its temperature-regulation capabilities keep cold water at 41° and hot water at 194° consistently.
  • easy to transport from room to room
  • great for making tea
  • empty bottle indicator
Brand Whirlpool
Weight 30 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Flaunt What You've Got

This ought to make you about as thirsty as it will make you sad: according to the UN, about 85% of the world's population lives in the driest half of the planet, and about 783 million people in the world don't have access to clean water. That is more than two United States combined.

Water is as vital a resource as there is, and the simple act of drinking more water can reduce incidences of diabetes, obesity, and other medical ailments. This is especially important in children and at the work place.

That's why these water coolers are such smart investments. They take the apparent convenience and refreshment of a cold soda and give it to you in a clean, crisp cup of water. There's no chlorine taste, no calcium deposits, and no waiting around for water to heat up if you want to make some tea. This makes for happier, more productive children and employees. Hopefully not child employees.

All of these coolers work on the same basic principals, as well. You have water shipped to you, or you refill your five and six gallon jugs where available. When I was growing up my town had a natural well that was free for residents to access, and we filled up there once a week.

Some of these coolers have you place the large jug upside down on top of the unit, allowing gravity to pull the water into two separate wells, one that cools the water and the other that heats it with a combination of electric power and temperature sharing. Essentially, the warmth that's drawn out of the room temperature water in the cooling process is incorporated into the maintenance of the hot water in its neighboring well.

Other models are bottom-loaded, which eliminates the dangerous and sometimes messy act of balancing a hefty water jug atop a three and a half foot cooler. These units have simple hoses that draw the water up from the jug and into the wells described above.

Simply pull the lever for hot or cold and voila! Fresh, clean water; the envy of the world.

Perfecting The Water Experience

The very simple, top-loading water cooler with a light blue and bright red tab for each of the two water temperatures is the standard image of these machines. Ask a child to draw a water cooler, and this is what you get. That may not be the case for long.

Bottom-loading coolers are getting more and more popular, as are more futuristic designs intended to fit in with modern appliances.

There are interesting competitive features for you to examine, like larger filling areas for coffee pots if you're putting the cooler in your office, filters to purify your water further, or automated cleaning functions. These are all well and good, but you have to ask yourself where you intend to put the cooler before you can grapple with the task of selection.

As noted, larger wells make for great office coolers, but take note of the service speed. After all, the water cooler is a common place for gossip to be shared and work to fall by the wayside. You should view any excuse for your employees to milk their time at the cooler as an unwelcome one.

In your home, you have to take the decor into account. If you're sporting the latest stainless steel everything in your kitchen, that bright white cooler with its frumpy blue jug is going to stick out like a sore thumb with a gambling problem in Vegas. You definitely want to look into a more aesthetically pleasing cooler, ideally one that can clean itself as much as possible, to reduce your work load in the home and to look good while doing it.

Gather Around The Watering Hole

The watering hole is a magical place. Animals of such disparate species gather there with greatly reduced levels of animosity toward one another, as though they have a deeper understanding as to the benefits and the necessity of the drink. Drop one human into the mix, though, and they scatter. We're repulsive like that, so we needed to create our own system.

While a glass jug with a block of ice in it has been used as a method for attaining cool water since humans began putting ice and water together, it wasn't until 1906 that a codified water cooler was created.

The inventors, Hasley Willard Taylor and Luther Haws, developed the unit to provide water that was sufficiently isolated to reduce the risk of spreading Typhoid fever, the very disease that claimed young Haws' father. Later, health concerns and basic demand for refreshment led the inventors to create a cooling system for their fountain that could kill additional microorganisms.

At a certain point in the history of the American workplace, the water cooler became a symbol for a brief pause in the day in which two workers could catch up with one another, refresh their minds as well as their bodies, and–in more recent days–trade perspectives on the latest medieval television drama.

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Last updated on April 21, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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