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Cheap Table Top Water Coolers: What You Need to Know

Updated on July 24, 2010

Table top water coolers offer a great way to keep you water chilled and close by. With the increases in refrigeration technology, these water dispensers have become a modern luxury that is extremely affordable and small enough to fit on your counter top. While everyone knows that it’s recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day, when asked, people admit that they don’t get enough. It could be due to our busy schedule and the fact that we have more important things on our mind that we don’t think to drink 8 glasses. Or perhaps it’s because it’s not convenient enough especially considering the trouble of filling the water pitcher every time it runs out. It could be that your drinking water is full of iron or sulfur and just smells or tastes awful. Whatever the reason, having the convenience of cheap table top water coolers might just be the answer to get you to 8 glasses every day.

Whether you’re using it at home or in the office a tabletop water cooler provides one big advantage over traditional bottled water coolers: space. In our modern society of accessorizing and specializing we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. Not that this is bad but it requires a lot of room to accommodate these needs and a countertop water cooler will save space by sitting nicely on the counter rather than in the way in the kitchen. Most table top coolers will accommodate either 3 or 5 gallon water bottles which is nice because it requires fewer refills. These water bottles generally need to be purchased separately but by doing so you can refill them and use them over and over again, saving a lot of money in the long run. The other option you have is to get a water cooler delivery service. These services deliver full spring water to your door at a very affordable price, often only 1 dollar per gallon. The downside is that the water delivery service will drop off several bottles at a time so you’ll need some space in the garage to store them. I should point out that a full 5 gallon water bottle weighs a little over 40 pounds which can be very heavy and awkward depending on your strength. You can always go with the 3 gallon models as you’ll be able to handle them much easier.

Additional Table Top Water Cooler Features

The most popular water coolers will chill the water in one of two ways. The first model use traditional refrigeration compressors to cool the water. These models tend to work faster chilling the water down to drinking temperature quickly allowing for more throughput. They also tend to be more expensive. If you’re looking for a cheap tabletop water cooler then you might want to go with the thermoelectric technology to cool the water. This technology is a lot quieter and more energy efficient; however, it tends to take longer to chill the water so you will have to be patient. These types of water coolers are better for small families, and ideal for singles or couples.

If you’re willing to spend just a little more, there are countertop water coolers that will also heat the water. These are great because they provide hot water on demand any time you want it. I know I use this feature just about every morning in the winter when I prepare my instant oatmeal as well as when I make tea and hot chocolate. It’s so convenient, I don’t really know how I lived without it; I save so much time in the morning when I’m trying to get out the door. To me, this feature is worth the money without a doubt. If you have children, the heater function has a built in childproof feature that makes operating it complex. It’s certainly not that hard once you get the hang of it but I doubt that a child could figure it out very easily.

Every tabletop cooler comes with a removable drip tray which makes cleaning water coolers a breeze. A warranty is also standard with these water coolers; however each company is different.

If you’re in the market to buy water coolers you’re going to have to do some research as there are some affordable water coolers that are of good quality and then there are some downright cheap water coolers. I’ve found the best prices on these items are usually with Amazon as they deal in bulk and have the ability to provide the best prices. However, you may want to look around at some of the specialty online retailers that specialize in water coolers. Every once in awhile you’ll be able to score an amazing deal. Just like with most things a little bit of research will go a long way in finding cheap table top water coolers.

Additional Water Cooler Resources

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