Investing in a water dispenser takes thought. After all, when you buy or rent a water-dispensing unit, you want it to offer convenience and versatility, as well as being suitable in the long term. What are the factors on which to base your choice? Let’s look at some of the features of water dispensers and the advantages they offer.
The Type of DispenserThere are two dispenser types:
- Bottle fed – as the name suggests, water is provided via a bottle which often, sits on top of the unit and is a gravity fed system. As the tap is opened, water ‘drops’ and is fed through a filtration system. On some models, this water bottle is hidden behind a panel but on others, is visible.
- Mains-fed – also known as plumbed-in water dispensers, these units take their water from a rising main. They cannot be used with a system in which the water is held in a tank before being fed through a system. Common in high footfall areas, mains-fed water dispensers are ideal in any workplace or public space.
TemperatureThe most basic of water dispensers produce chilled or ambient water on demand. Ambient refers to ‘air temperature’, for want of a better description. Chilled or ambient water is a personal preference, although chilled water is often in demand during hot summer months. There are water dispensers that offer a third option: hot water. At the touch of a button, hot water at the right temperature for tea and coffee is dispensed. This makes taking a break from work with your favourite brew much easier and convenient.
Water TypeAs well as hot, ambient and chilled water, there is another option, which many hospitality customers find useful. Sparkling water can also be a feature on some of our water dispensing machines. In fact, many of our units come with differing combinations of water temperatures too. The Waterlogic 4 is available as a free-standing and counter top unit. Choose from five combinations;
- Cold only
- Cold and ambient
- Cold and sparkling water
- Extra hot and hold
- Extra hot, cold and sparkling