Which Water Cooler

Need help choosing the right Water Cooler?

There are a number of considerations you need to take into account when choosing your water cooler. We're always happy to change rental machine's over if you find that the machine you have isn't exactly what you're looking for but obviously it's much easier for everyone if we get it right first time.

So here's the definitive list of what you need to take into account.

1) Desktop or Freestanding

This is fairly self explanatory and largely driven by how much space you have and where you want to site your cooler. For a freestanding machine you normally need about 40cm x 40 cm floorspace. For a desktop machine you need to consider both the footprint (again normally about 40cmx 40cm) and also the height. If the cooler is going onto a kitchen countertop it has to fit under any cupboards above. Our smallest cooler has a height of just over 40cm, normally small enough to fit in any kitchen situation. If you're unsure we're always happy to bring a few different cooler variations for you to try.

The specific dimensions of our coolers are available in their tech spec pdf's

2) Hot, Cold, Sparkling

Most coolers come in either hot and cold or ambient and cold variations. Some coolers also offer a sparkling option in addition to the hot and cold but this is normally a fairly expensive proposition. The temperature of the hot water varies depending on the quality and price of the water cooler but can go up to about 95 degrees (just under boiling). Many customers love having the option to make hot drinks such as coffee at the same point as there cold drinks however a hot machine may not be a sensible idea for public area where children could scald there self if left unattended. Also bear in mind that a hot and cold cooler uses more than double the amount of power that a cold only uses. As yet no manufacturer makes a cooler that does both chilled and boiling water however we can supply filtered water boilers if required.

3) Look vs cost

Coolers come in all shapes and sizes, from the budget grey boxes through to Phillipe Starck designed behemoths. Some customers just want the cheapest machine there is (as long the water tastes good) while others don't care about the cost and are happy to go all out for the best looking machine's we have. Fortunately these days we're also able to provide modern and stylish coolers at very reasonable costs that allow you to have the best of both worlds. We can also personalise (branded water coolers) a lot of our water coolers to your own branding should you wish to make it really stand out. Whatever you're looking for we're always solely driven by your requirements while never forgetting that the bottom line is the water has to be tip-top.

4) Usage

All the coolers in our range have different water outputs and the requirements are different for each customer. Usage depends on how many people are using the cooler, how much water they drink and how often they use it. A school is likely to see huge peaks during breaktimes and lunchtimes etc whereas an office is likely to be fairly constant all day.. so we need to recommend coolers to cope with each individual situation.

Water output has 2 separate forms. The first is the amount of water that the cooler can chill in an hr. This is determined by the cooling system (normally a compressor) inside the machine and is measured in lt/hr. Generally the more litres per hour a water cooler can produce the more expensive it is.

The second form is the amount of water that the cooler can dispense, this is controlled by the delivery system of the cooler (normally a pump in modern coolers) and again is measured in lt/hr. Again the greater the amount lt/hr a water cooler can put out the better and the cooler with high outputs generally cost a bit more.

The water outputs of our coolers are available in the tech spec pdf's

5) Dispense area

This is small matter which is often overlooked but can be very annoying if it's not taken into consideration. The dispense area of a cooler dictates what size of object you can fit underneath the tap so to give an example you wouldn't want to use a water cooler with a small dispense area for a gym where people are constantly filling water bottles or a kitchen where the staff want to fill jugs. They'll quickly find that their receptacle won't fit and will end up trying to squeeze it in there at an angle. Therefore if you need to fill anything other than glasses or cups then it's a good idea to get a cooler with a large dispensing area.

Most dispense areas of our coolers are available in the tech spec pdf's

6) Style of Water Cooler

Water Coolers come in a variety of styles. A standard cooler normally has a couple of water options, delivered from one tap and a drip tray to catch the excess. This is perfectly adequate for most customers however there are other situations where a different style is required. Schools and gyms are the most common exception as they normally prefer the 'fountain style' of cooler. A water fountain cooler normally has a high water output and comes with a swan neck (for filling glasses or bottles) and a bubbler for people wishing to take a drink straight from the machine. These machines also require a waste supply to drain away all the excess water. We can provide these machines with options such as double thickness stainless steel, output of up to 75l/hr and operating temperatures up to 43 degrees (not normally an issue in the UK unfortunately!)

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