A water cooler dispenser is a staple in many offices. But you can have one in your home too. If you’re thinking about getting one, here are a few tips to help you.
How big should it be?
If you live solo at home, then you probably only need a small model to get you through. That should be more than enough for your drinking needs. However, if you have a big family at home, it may be a prudent choice to go for a larger model.
Where will you put it?
Before you start shopping around for water cooler dispenser options, determine how much space you have for the appliance. If you don’t have much room to spare, then check out space-saving designs and models. That way, you won’t end up with a cramped and crowded kitchen. Some of these include freestanding water coolers or dispensers along with countertop dispensers. On the other hand, if you have a fairly big home, though, and size isn’t an issue, then just get a dispenser with the capacity to provide for you and your family’s drinking needs.
How much will it cost?
Keep in mind that when you buy a dispenser, you’re also going to need to calculate the amount that you will pay for the gallon water bottles. That can add to your budget. You’ll need to do the math before you decide if that’s something you want to tack onto your daily weekly living expenses.
Is bottled water available?
Before you buy a dispenser, though, it’s important that you check if bottled water is available in your area, The Spruce says. Also, don’t forget to factor in the size of the bottles. Do you have someone at home who can comfortably load the bottles onto your water cooler or dispenser? If that’s not the case, then you can always downsize to a smaller gallon-size until you and people at your home find one you can handle.
What are the other features?
Some models have both hot and cold features. Some come with a purification system, have cup holders, a drip tray and even conversion kits. While you don’t need to buy one with all the bells and whistles, it pays to take your time and evaluate each choice until you find one that’s ideal for your budget and needs.