The 10 Best Water Coolers

Updated September 07, 2017 by Sam Kraft

10 Best Water Coolers
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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. With a handy water cooler you'll help keep your family, coworkers or customers healthily hydrated day in and day out. And who knows, once you get the new dispenser set up in your home, office or gym, you might even get to hear some juicy gossip. Just make sure to take a look at our list of your best options before making a decision. 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

With its convenient paddle spouts designed to dispense water from the gentle press of a cup or glass, the Avalon Hot/Cold is relatively user-friendly. Unfortunately, the customer service isn't very helpful if you encounter issues.
  • energy star approved
  • highly-efficient compressor
  • rather bulky and heavy
Brand Avalon
Weight 40 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Hamilton Beach Black

The Hamilton Beach Black uses a bottom-loading design that accommodates both 3 and 5-gallon water bottles. Its food-grade stainless steel water tanks are designed to keep your water clean, but the unit’s dispensing speed is rather slow.
  • bottle replacement indicator
  • built-in power-down switch
  • hot water button is difficult to use
Brand Hamilton Beach
Model BL-1-4A
Weight 47.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Global Water 3-Stage

The Global Water 3-Stage provides a large 10-inch dispensing gap ideal for filling up large bottles and containers with water processed from your own plumbing system. Its drain collection tank also catches overflow from your faucet.
  • stainless steel storage tanks
  • hot water lock prevents burns
  • potential for mild plastic taste
Brand Global Water
Model G4CTRO
Weight pending
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Primo Water Free-Standing

The Primo Water Free-Standing has a compressor cooling system designed to efficiently produce cold water for the whole family. It also includes a stainless steel drip tray, a child safety latch, and a capacity for 51 full ounces of cold water.
  • built-in led nightlight
  • lightweight and easy to move
  • has a tendency to leak over time
Brand Primo Water
Model 817206010883
Weight 41 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Glacial 8LDIECH

Using reactive oxygen technology, the Glacial 8LDIECH is capable of self-cleaning several times per day. The unstable oxygen eliminates bacteria while it keeps the cooler clear of biofilm and bad tastes. However, it’s not the most affordable option.
  • keeps cold water just above freezing
  • attractive steel and black exterior
  • is somewhat noisy
Brand Glacial
Weight 44.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Bottleless Clover D7A

With the Bottleless Clover D7A, you never have to worry about the need for bulky plastic bottle deliveries or additional water bills. Its thermostat also has a temperature range of 35.6 to 185 degrees. However, it's hard to clean.
  • polypropylene self-closing spigots
  • sturdy drip tray
  • no filtration system
Brand Clover
Model D7A-Black
Weight 33.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Mojo Water Frost

With its easy-access alcove area for filling coffee pots and extra-tall height of 43 inches, the Mojo Water Frost delivers tasty cold and hot water on demand. Thanks to its vertical construction, you don’t need to strain your back to reach its dispenser.
  • 1200-gallon purification system
  • sleek and stylish design
  • ideal for homes and gyms
Brand MOJO Water
Model M1-S22
Weight 43 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Clover D9A

The energy-efficient Clover D9A is constructed from robust UV-protected ABS and provides a convenient countertop design for placement in small kitchens and offices. Its polypropylene self-closing faucets are also very durable.
  • rust- and corrosion-resistant
  • convection-cooled condenser
  • easy to mantain
Brand Clover
Model B9A
Weight 30.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Mojo Denali

The Mojo Denali features internal cold and hot water reservoirs constructed from pure stainless steel. Its 1-micron filtration system is effective in eliminating chlorine, lead, bad taste, and odors from up to 1,200 gallons.
  • removable and washable drip tray
  • thermostat for adjusting temperature
  • filter cartridge is easy to replace
Brand MOJO Water
Model MW1-SS
Weight 43.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Whirlpool Stainless

Using its innovative sixth-sense self-cleaning technology, the Whirlpool Stainless works to eradicate germs and viruses within the water. Its temperature regulation capabilities keep cold water at 41 degrees and hot water at 194 degrees consistently.
  • toddler safety hot water lock
  • convenient bottom-loading process
  • includes 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 September 07, 2017 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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