How to Choose a Water Cooler

By Chris Cook

Choosing a water cooler that will be suitable for your office does take some thought. You don't want to end up with the wrong system so we've put together this short guide to help you decide on the best type of water cooler to suit your needs.

The first thing to do is to decide on a location for the water cooler. Remember, they are heavy so you need a sturdy surface to place the cooler on. The location should be perfectly flat as well; you wouldn't want the water cooler to be at any risk of tipping over! You will also need to chose a location that is near to an electrical socket so that the water cooler can easily be plugged in. If you're considering a plumbed in water cooler, you will also need to choose an area close to a cold water pipe. Do you need a desktop model or a floor standing model?

Once you've chosen a suitable location, you will need to measure the area. It should be roughly a foot square (that's about 12 inches) but you should allow a bit more space than this just in case the cooler you have chosen is a bit larger.

Now that you have selected a location it's time to think about what type of water cooler you need. There are two main types: bottled water coolers and plumbed in water coolers. Bottled water coolers usually hold a large bottle of water on the top, they are often cheaper than the plumbed in variety, but you will need regular deliveries of water to ensure you do not run out. The other main type is the plumbed in water cooler, these are attached to the mains water supply and filter and chill ordinary tap water.

Now that you've made your decision regarding the type of water cooler, have a think about whether you need a hot tap or an ambient tap. Most water coolers do not just dispense chilled water, but can also dispense hot and / or ambient. Hot water taps are great for making instant coffees!

Now have a think about the look of the water cooler; more expensive water coolers tend to be more stylish, if this is a factor you will want to check out the various different models available.

Now onto the water! Find out from your supplier if they provide mineral water, pure water or just plain old tap water. You probably know that there is a difference to the taste of water and not all water is the same. Obviously with a plumbed in water cooler you will be drinking what is effectively tap water.

So, onto your purchase options. You can usually either buy or rent your water cooler. Buying can be an expensive option up-front, but can work out better in terms of lifetime costs, however many people prefer to enter into a maintenance / rental agreement which will usually include sanitation and repairs.

Now you should be all set! We hope you find yourself having many wonderful water cooler moments!

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