Any office manager who’s had to run out and lug a case of bottled water back to the office knows that a water cooler is a great workplace amenity. Not only will you be preventing a sweaty errand in the summer heat, but there are numerous long-term benefits that will make switching to a water cooler an easy decision.
Interested in taking the plunge? Let’s walk through the benefits and some great options for your next filtered water dispenser.
No contest: bottles or cans vs. water coolers
The amount of plastic that turns into waste each year is in the millions of tons and plastic bottles are no small part of that. At Bevi, we’re on a mission to unbottle the future, and transitioning just one office to a sustainable water dispensing system can make a difference of about 30,000 plastic bottles a year.
While the upfront cost is more, eliminating water jug delivery adds up to savings over the lifespan of your water cooler. It also eliminates the oil needed to create plastic for bottles and other air pollutants associated with transportation.
Perhaps most importantly, water coolers have great benefits for you and your colleagues. It’s no secret that staying hydrated is paramount for productivity and filtered water dispensers make refills easy and fun. Not only that, but the conversations that can spring up around a communal water dispenser are a huge plus for team camaraderie. We can’t tell you how many fun ideas have been formulated around the water dispenser at our office!
Choosing the right water dispenser
It’s important to find the right setup for your office and needs. A few things to consider are bottled water coolers versus point-of-use machines, freestanding versus countertop dispensers, as well as any bells and whistles like flavored sparkling water or self-cleaning capabilities.
Based on sources like Small Biz Trends and Water Filter Magazine, we’ve rounded up a few great water cooler options to help you make the decision that’s best for your office.
The Best Water Coolers
Small Biz Trends’ top pick, this “top-loading water dispenser gives you a choice of cold, room-temperature and hot water to satisfy all your hydration needs. The stainless-steel modern cabinet makes this water cooler ideal as part of your office décor.”
This is a classic option with the iconic upside down blue water jug on top. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done.
One of Water Filter Magazine’s favorites, the Costway 2-in-1 “effortlessly incorporates the functions of a water dispenser and a filtered ice maker.” Like many other models, it features the standard three water options: cold, room temperature, and hot. If your office is already stocked with an ice maker, Costway’s main benefit probably won’t move the needle for you, but if you’re looking to solve two water-based needs, this could be one to add to your wish list.
A Bob Vila favorite for the office, the Avalon’s self-cleaning feature “uses ozone to kill bacteria and clear biofilms. With the flick of a switch the cooler stays clean, which is important in high-traffic offices.”
This is a bottom-loading unit which means you’ll still need to arrange water delivery and won’t save as much plastic as with a point-of-use machine, but the self-cleaning feature is enticing as more employees return to the office.
Bevi filtered water dispensers are all about customization and bubbles. Choose between sparkling or still and a variety of flavors like Strawberry Lemongrass and Peach Mango. With a return to the office imminent and health top of mind, our touchless technology is ideal for shared office spaces.
In addition to the ease of use, you’re staying safe, working toward a more sustainable future, and providing unique options for every employee’s palate.
As the proud promoters of a pet-friendly office ourselves, the Primo Pet Station receives our honorable mention. It’s important for everyone—employees and their supporting cast—to stay hydrated, and this water dispenser does both.
Ready to take the plunge?
No matter what specifications best meet the needs of your office, a water cooler is a smart investment for your team and for the environment. Bevi users have saved over 250 million bottles to-date, and we’re grateful to the other companies on this list for joining us on the same mission.
When you’re ready for your own touchless filtered water dispenser, get in touch here so we can help you find the best solution for your office.