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What To Look For In A Freestanding Water Cooler

April 25, 2022 2 min read

Planning to Buy a Freestanding Water Cooler?

Investing in a water dispenser takes thought. After all, when you buy or rent a freestanding water cooler 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.

Freestanding water coolers are typically best for open work spaces like offices, meetings rooms or reception halls, home and offices. Many of these units can be taken to trade exhibitions to provide drinks on stands – check with your supplier for models best adapted to this kind of usage.


The 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 Type

As 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 Freestanding water cooler is available as a free-standing and a benchtop water cooler. Choose from five combinations;

  1. Cold only
  2. Ambient and cold
  3. Sparkling water and cold
  4. Extra hot and hold
  5. Extra hot, cold and sparkling

All of these combinations are available in both models.


To understand the capacity of the water dispenser, you need to have some kind of understanding of the level of use of the machine. For a water dispenser to offer a high level of convenience, and dispense the cups of water you need, it must easily meet demand.

It is measures in cups per hour. You might wonder, especially in the case of a mains-fed unit, why this matters because, surely it is a case of turning on a tap?


Our units dispense water that is clean, free from chemical residue, sediment and water-borne bacteria. This is because when you press the button, water passes through carbon filters and other cleansing processes to ensure that the water you drink tastes great. This takes a small amount of time and thus, units will have a per cup capacity indication.

As an example, our water coolers dispenses 60 cups of cold water an hour and 100 hot water cups per hour (cups are 150ml).


Freestanding water coolers work well in a workspace where you have the right spot to place it – this means, where people can access it and where it is within a metre of an electrical socket.

Rent or Buy

Now all you need to decide is whether to rent a water cooler or to buy your own. There are pros and cons to both, something our team will be more than happy to discuss with you – call us!