It turns out water and electricity do mix – under the right set of circumstances. While the title may seem redundant, you may better know these as bubblers: the bane of office space chit chat and horrible dad jokes from your co-workers. However, if you’re a man of business and you want to have a welcoming lobby, accommodate for your employees, or you just want a water cooler so you don’t have to keep pouring gallon jugs out of the fridge, then we’ve got you covered. Ditch the tap filters, and stick with a machine that’s built to chill, and be flashy at the same time.
The Best Electric Water Cooler
When innovation is put at the forefront of design, magic happens, and that’s exactly what has produced this well-thought-out and designed water dispenser. The Avalon A4BLWTRCLR Water Dispenser incorporates bottom water bottle loading, which eliminates the strain and stress that comes with top loading. This water cooler requires you to simply secure your water bottle in the compartment located at the bottom of the machine for easy and comfortable loading. As impressive as that is, this dispenser has a whole lot more to offer.
It also delivers water in three different temperatures from piping hot to room temperature all the way to soothing cold. So, you no longer need to wait for your water to get cold in the fridge or get hot on the stove because this machine provides all three temperatures consistently throughout the day. With hot water at a constant 180F, it also includes a child safety lock that prevents little kids from playing with the hot water spouts. As such, hot water-related accidents are totally canceled out. A built-in night light allows you to see what spouts you’re using even in the dark. Also, the light-up empty bottle indicator alerts you when the bottle needs to be replaced.
Consists of a high-grade stainless steel tank
Features easy loading bottom cabinet
Includes convenient push-button spouts
Delivers consistent hot and cold water
- Weight42.2 pounds
Stylish and innovative, the Brio Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Cooler Water Dispenser is a perfect fit in any home or office. Combining functionality with stunning style, it’s hard not to fall in love with this machine. Further, it is a tri-temperature water cooler; this simply means that it provides you with water in three different temperatures for your ease and pleasure. Enjoy a pleasant variety with refreshing cold water, ambient room temperature water and calming hot water, all from the same dispenser. Even better, hot coffee, cool iced teas, and lukewarm drinking water are all things you can enjoy at the same time by simply acquiring the Brio water cooler.
It also comes with an easy bottom loading technology that protects your back and arms from getting hurt during lifting by eliminating the lifting process entirely. Simply load the bottom cabinet with your water bottle and it remains nicely stored away while you go about your business. The Brio cooler is a self-cleaning machine, which makes life a whole lot easier. It
includes an ozone self-cleaning feature that safely and effectively cleanses the dispenser. Cleaning this water cooler is as simple as pressing a button.
Provides hot, cold and room temperature water
Easy and convenient bottom-loading design
Two steps dispensing of hot water for safety
Comes with an ozone self-cleaning feature
- Weight38 pounds
For those times when you can’t seem to choose between hot, cold or even lukewarm water, the hOmeLabs Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Dispenser asks the question “why not have all?” This water dispenser comes with three individual spouts for cold, hot and room temperature water so that you can conveniently get your water. Even better is the fact that you’ll get it in just the perfect temperature over and over again. The hOmeLabs dispenser is also a bottom loading water cooler as such, you’re required to load your water bottle in the bottom compartment of the machine. You’ll be pleased about this because you can finally wave goodbye to lifting and spillage since this machine eliminates both.
More so, as it is a bottom loader, this dispenser is much shorter than traditional dispensers, making it compact enough to fit in small and tight spaces. It equally comes with a drip tray located at the bottom of the dispensing spouts that catches all your water spills. The drip tray is further removable and can be easily cleaned with water and mild soap. You are quite wrong if you think this product can’t get any better because it does. Featuring a self-cleaning UV sterilization technology, this cooler purifies and sanitizes the dispenser in order to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and harmful germs that could compromise the quality of the water. Even more, this cooler includes a child safety lock for the hot water spout as well as an empty bottle alert that lets you know when your bottle is getting empty. We can’t forget the night light that allows you to see which spouts to use once it’s dark. Altogether, this dispenser is compatible with 5-gallon water bottles.
Comes with a tri-temp selector
Compatible with 5-gallon bottles
Incorporates an empty bottle alert
Compact design to fit tight spaces
- Weight33.1 pounds
Avalon brings micro-sized solutions to your kitchen, giving you a fast on-the-go breakfast, or a cup of tea the moment you wake up. This fits into most spaces with ease, making an excellent addition to your kitchen or home office, and the benefits don’t end there. LED indicator lights give you the status of your hot and cold water, while the integrated safety lock means little fingers won’t be able to get hurt. You’re going to run into an issue with a bit of loud humming, but after it’s set up for a while, it’s going to appear as light white noise in the background.
You get a decent speed of water flow (nothing is more aggravating than waiting 20 seconds to fill up a 5oz cup), and the means to move this whenever you need due to the lightweight construction, mixed with stainless steel and ABS plastic. It serves its function well, and all while keeping your budget completely in check. Further information about their one-year limited warranty can be found here, so you can get the full scope of what they’re offering for replacement parts.
Comes with hot and cold water spouts
Top loading design perfect for office settings
Features a space-saving slim design
Includes hot water child lock
- Weight39 pounds
Excellent price for a quick and long-lasting solution
Hot and cold spouts w/ child safety lock
Humming noise persists; noisy
With its sleek design comprising high-grade stainless steel, it’s hard not to get carried away by the looks of this water dispenser. But trust us, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The Primo Bottom Loading Water Cooler combines aesthetics with convenience so that you enjoy the best of both worlds. It equally features bottom loading technology that requires you to simply place the water bottle in the bottom compartment of the device. This eliminates the stress of lifting the bottle as well as prevents dripping. Even better is the fact that it requires no installation or plumbing and is very easy to secure.
The bottom loading characteristic also gives the dispenser a clean look that you’ll appreciate greatly. Coming with a three temperature option, this dispenser also gives you the choice of having piping hot water and refreshing cold water, both of which remain consistent in temperature all day, every day. The hot water feature includes a child safety lock that prevents children from playing with hot water and getting hurt in the process. More so, this product is extremely durable thanks to its steel door panels and water reservoirs. The reservoirs are strong enough to withstand stress or strain. Furthermore, its removable stainless steel drip tray prevents spilling and as you get your water. It can equally be washed in the dishwater for easy and convenient cleaning. This dispenser also includes an added advantage of a one year warranty, there’s also the fact that it is UL certified and energy star rated.
Removable stainless steel drip tray
Bottom loading that eliminates lifting and dropping
Dispenses three temperatures of water
Comes with a one year warranty
- Weight40.8 pounds
Kings of the washer dryer combos, and tyrants of kitchen appliances, Whirlpool continues to amaze us. They put their best foot forward with Self-Cleaning Stainless Steel Water Cooler, making it our top pick, and the most viable option for a slew of different scenarios. You get to avoid one of the world’s biggest issues with water coolers: top-load five-gallon jugs. It just looks cliche and unattractive. This stainless steel tower is compact enough to fit into most spaces, including your kitchen, office, or even your home gym so you have a constant source of hydration.
The warranty information on this is a little specific, and only lasts for a single year. Technically, it’s a large appliance, so we were a little surprised to see this. You’re not going to have to rip this apart and scrub it clean; the 6th sense automatic self-cleaning system uses unstable oxygen, and removes bacteria and potential mold growth. Your blue light LED indicator will tell you everything you need to know: when it’s in cleaning mode, when the hot and cold are ready to go, etc. For a compact solution that looks as high-end as they come, Whirlpool’s got you covered.
6th sense automatic unstable oxygen breakdown feature for self-cleaning
LED indicator to show self-running/temperature settings
Brushed stainless steel and high-end look
- Weight25 pounds
Compact water cooler to fit into most spaces
Bottom load water jug to maintain appearance
You only get a one-year warranty, with specific guidelines
Most of us have owned something from Farberware before, but few of us have gone for big appliances. Truth be told, we were a bit skeptical when we tested this one our, but we were pleasantly shocked, and it ended up taking home the bronze for our list. Keep water at the perfect temperature for adding this to a home gym or kitchen for a refreshing, but not necessarily ice-cold drink. Low energy usage makes this excellent for budget-conscious folk who just want to keep the costs down without having to put too much effort into it.
While those are excellent features, there’s a bit of an issue: this is not good to hold five-gallon water jugs. It can, but it will leak. If you’re refilling your jugs at a station, this fact won’t affect you that much, albeit for a few additional trips from time to time. Slim fit, perfect chill, and cheap enough to get your foot in the door – what else could you want? Be sure to combine this with a cool insulated water bottles from our list.
Underneath storage space (not refrigerated)
Provides hot and cold water
Chills water to 59 degrees
- Weight15 pounds
Extremely attractive price; budget friendly
Low energy consumption keeps this electric bill budget friendly
Outfitted to hold a five-gallon tank, though you will experience leaking; stick with a three-gallon
No safety switch (in our experience, it’s not just for children)
You may not hear about Clover often, but when you do, it’s because they’ve come out with another epic appliance that’s certain to hit the mark. A a median price, this tall water tower comes with a hot and cold setting, which is operable from the switches in the back, acting as your essential child safety lock. We love the fact that this is low maintenance and requires very little cleaning: you simply have to empty the condenser drip tray, and you’re good to rock and roll.
Getting into the negatives, we called it a tower – not a cooler. This is pretty easy to tip over with a full three-gallon jug on it (not built for five-gallon jugs), and while it’s still an excellent cooler, that fatal flaw means you’ll have to position it next to a refrigerator, or somewhere very secure in your space if you have little ones, or if you don’t want to clean up gallons of water from the floor of your home gym in the future. Between pricing, temperature range, and the fact that it’s Energy Star rated, we highly recommend Clover. Be sure to also check out our list of the best coolers for camping for more great items like this.
Hot and cold water tanks are made of high-durability stainless steel
Energy Star rated
Temperature range from 35.6 to 53.6 degrees
- Weight32 pounds
Specific hot/cold switches in the back to prevent little fingers from pulling the heated tab
Top heavy, so you’ll definitely want to put it up against something, like the side of the fridge; easy to tip over
Not designed to fit more than three-gallon water jugs
To kick this one off, we’re going to tell you the single downside first: it’s noisy. For such a great price and minimal issues, it was an easy pick for our list. Front-loaded cooler bottles sit comfortably in the bottom. NewAir WAT40B Pure Spring Dispenser comes Energy Star rated, which is a Godsend if you’re budgeting your electric bill on a tight stipend every month, and includes a child safety lock. In our experience, child safety locks are useful for adults, as well.
BPA-free, and certified by the NSF, you get all the peace of mind necessary to feed your family (and yourself) clean water without extracting chemicals from the physical build of your cooler. Stylish and functional, this cooler fits beautifully in just about any space, from the kitchen to the home gym, and beyond. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best soft sided coolers.
Child safety lock feature
BPA-free and NSF certified
Energy Star rated
- Weight35.3 pounds
Bottom load design
Mild to moderate humming noise
Budget-friendly solutions have arrived. As one of the least expensive options on our list, the Brio model comes with a bottom load capacity fit for up to a five-gallon water drum, making it ideal for high-traffic areas like a waiting room or busy home kitchen. Black-and-silver go with just about anything, especially if you’re already rocking a stainless steel kitchen. We couldn’t be happier with the price and ease of use, though everything comes with its downsides.
You get three indicator lights for water level, as well as hot and cold, though these lights get uncalibrated extremely easily. Sometimes it says there’s hot water, and it comes out lukewarm, or sometimes it says you have three gallons remaining, when you only have two. This isn’t a constant, but it’s mildly frustrating. Overall, from the price to the sturdiness and function of this water cooler, you’re in for an excellent value on a long-lasting water cooler. Love this product? Check out our review of the best backpack coolers for our top picks.
Includes indicator to signal when heated and chilled tanks are ready to dispense
Includes tri-temp wash
- Weight40.1 pounds
Bottom load design
Fantastic price (ideal for low budget)
Indicator gives false information from time to time about water level
Did someone say bottleless? If timed deliveries and running to the store at 9:00 PM isn’t your style, who could blame you? It gets tedious. You’re able to save time and money (not to mention reduce waste from lack of thick plastic water drums), all while enjoying a hands-free maintenance experience. You only need to change the filter once every six months or 1,500 gallons, whichever comes first; that’s some serious stopping power.
If you’re purchasing Avalon Self-Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler for lightweight commercial space use, such as a waiting room or boardroom, you’ll have to ensure proper access to a water line. For some, this isn’t difficult, but whether or not a supply is close by, it’s still a lot more involved of a setup than standard water coolers. You get all the necessary NSF certification guarantees, while also being Energy Star certified to maintain a healthy electric bill, even if this is in constant use eight hours a day.
Energy Star certified product
Three temperature settings
- Weight44 pounds
Stainless steel construction
Bottleless feature; save on plastic and constant refills
More involved setup than a standard water cooler
Last but not least, we come to an alternative model from the previous Brio on our list. We’re rocking most of the same features, including a child safety lock, and 100% stainless steel reservoirs for hot and cold water. Low-cost and simple to set up, you get a lot of budget-friendly aspects, and low maintenance parts, such as the anti-bacterial splash plate. Your splash plate is often the last thing you think to disinfect, but it can harbor mold and airborne bacteria.
That being said, you’ll also have to apply the same TLC to the removable drip tray – it’s a bit touchy. Water seems to get along the edges, even when the tray is only ¼ of the way full, making it a bit of a mess when it comes time to empty. Stylish and functional, this energy efficient top-load water cooler is the perfect answer to your freshwater needs for the gym, office, or even just right in your home kitchen.
100% stainless steel reservoirs
LED cooling/heating indicators
Child safety lock
- Weight38.2 pounds
Triple dispensing faucet
Anti-bacterial splash plate
Removable drip tray is a mess; always have water around it, even if it’s not full