the best bottom loading water dispenser reviews

Bottom loading water dispenser reviews

The table below lists out the best bottom loading water dispensers available on the market.

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NameWater Bottle SizeOur Rating
Whirlpool 8LIECH-SCSSFP5W3 or 5 gallon9.4 / 10
NewAir WAT40B3 or 5 gallon9.2 / 10
Whirlpool 8LIECHK-SSF-WL3 or 5 gallon8.8 / 10
Hamilton Beach BL-1-4A3 or 5 gallon8.6 / 10
Primo 9001303, 4 or 5 gallon8.6 / 10
Glacial 8LCH-KK-SSM5 gallon8.4 / 10
Vitapur VWD1006BLP3 or 5 gallon8.2 / 10
Avalon A3BLOZONEWTRCLR3 or 5 gallon7.8 / 10

1. Whirlpool 8LIECH-SCSSFP5W

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  • Has a self-cleaning function
  • LED indicator lights that let you know when to change the bottle, when the hot and cold water is ready, and when the self-cleaning function is activated
  • Night light to enable ease of use in the dark
  • Plenty of space under the water spouts to allow use of most water receptacles
  • Child safety release on the hot water control
  • Switches on the back of the unit to switch the hot and cold water on or off, as needed

This unit is a self-cleaning, water dispensing system, providing instant access to very hot and icy cold water.

It is compatible with 3 and 5-gallon water bottles and uses a special cooling technology that produces ice in the cold water tank to keep the water cold, therefore reducing the frequency of compressor activation. This in turn prevents strain on the motor and increases the longevity of the unit.

LED indicator lights enable you to easily see when the water bottle needs to be replaced, when the hot and cold water is ready for use and also when the self-cleaning function is activated.

There are switches on the back of the unit that allow you to switch off the hot and cold water functions, when not required, and a child safety catch on the hot water button prevents unwanted activation by small children.

The space underneath the water spouts is tall enough to allow most water receptacles to be filled with ease and an LED night light makes it easy to dispense water in the dark.

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2. NewAir WAT40B

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  • Comes with two brightly coloured spouts that enable quick and easy identification of the hot and cold water outlets, thus reducing risk of accidental spillages and burns
  • Has a child safety catch on the hot water button
  • Indicator lights let you know when the bottle needs replacing and the hot and cold water is ready for use
  • Made from BPA-free materials
  • Switches on the back of the unit enable you to switch the hot and cold water functions on or off
  • Can use a choice of 3 or 5-gallon bottles
  • Drip tray can be removed for easy cleaning

The NewAir WAT40B has two coloured-coded, water dispensing taps that allow you to clearly identify the correct tap to use to access either hot or cold water, reducing the risk of accidental burns or spillages.

The spouts are activated by pressing the cup against a lever located underneath and the hot water button has a child safety catch to prevent unwanted access by small children.

Indicator lights identify when the bottle needs changing and also let you know when the hot or cold water is ready for use. Switches on the back of the unit allow you to turn the hot and cold water features on and off, as required.

The unit is made from materials that are classed as BPA-free, which will please those who are worried about the effects of BPA materials on their health.

The unit is easy to install and it also comes with a long power cord, allowing the unit to be positioned away from its power source, if needed. The drip tray can be removed for cleaning and the unit can use 3 or 5-gallon sized water bottles.

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3. Whirlpool 8LIECHK-SSF-WL

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  • Has a heavy duty water pump
  • Safety catch on the hot water button to prevent use by small children or burns caused by accidental use of the button
  • Uses special technology to provide genuinely icy cold water, as well as steaming hot water
  • Switches on the back of the unit that allow the hot and cold water features to be turned on and off
  • Powerful water pump that removes as much water from the bottle as possible, ensuring less wastage
  • Simple to clean out and maintain
  • Can use either 3 or 5 gallon water bottles

The Whirlpool 8LIECHK-SSF-WL measures 15-inches deep, 12.6-inches wide, 40.5-inches tall, making it compact enough to fit in a number of small spaces, and it weighs 36.2 pounds.

Being commercial in nature, this water dispenser is designed for heavy use, thanks to its water pump that is designed to work at a slower pace than standard pumps, reducing potential stress on the motor and meaning that the unit will last longer than many conventional, non-commercial dispensers.

The dispenser produce an "ice bank" to keep water as cold as possible inside the cold water tank, whilst the hot water tank maintains a constant high temperature for instant access to hot water. Room temperature water is dispensed directly from the bottle, and the unit is compatible with both 3 and 5 gallon bottles.

The hot water button has a safety catch that is designed to make it difficult to operate by small children and there are switches on the back of the unit that allow you to switch off the hot and cold water when they are not required.

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4. Hamilton Beach BL-1-4A

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  • Child safety lock on the hot water button
  • The entire unit can be cleaned and maintained easily without the need for a specialist engineer
  • Can utilise a choice of 3 or 5-gallon water bottles
  • Indicator lights to let you know when the water bottle needs changing
  • Switches available to turn off the hot and cold water functions, located at the back of the unit
  • LED light to allow ease of use, even in low light
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe tray

The Hamilton Beach BL-1-4A provides you with hot, cold and room temperature water at the touch of a button thanks to its in-built hot and cold water tanks that are made from food-grade stainless steel; the bottle sizes that it utilises are 3 or 5 gallon.

The dispenser is safe to keep in the home, school or office environment where there may be children present, because it has a child safety lock on the hot water button.

On the back of the unit there are switches that can turn off the hot and cold water options, as needed. The LED light located above the water dispensing spout allows you to use the unit when it is dark.

An indicator light flashes when the water bottle needs changing and there are a further two lights that let you know when the hot or cold water is at the desired temperature. The unit also has a removable drip tray that is dishwasher safe.

It has a decent sized power cord which allows it to be located a short distance from its power point, if necessary. The entire unit can be cleaned and maintained easily, thanks to the detailed manufacturer’s instructions.

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5. Primo 900130

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  • Indicator lights that let you know when the hot and cold water is ready for use, as well as notifying you when the bottle needs replacing
  • Has 3 dispensers, for hot, cold and room temperature water
  • Switches on the unit allow you to decide when to have the hot and cold water functions switched on, helping you to save energy
  • Plenty of space between spouts and drip tray to enable filling of tall water receptacles
  • Has an LED light, which comes in handy in the dark

With plenty of space under the spouts for filling pitchers, as well as water bottles, the Primo 900130 provides access to hot, cold and room temperature water via three spouts: one for each temperature.

There are lights located on the front of the unit that let you know when the water bottle needs changing and when the hot and cold water is ready for use. On the back of the unit you will find switches that enable you to turn the hot and cold water functions on or off, as needed.

This unit is able to utilise 3, 4 and 5 gallon water dispenser bottles, ideal for homes or offices with varying water usage. It also contains a removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray for easy cleaning.

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6. Glacial 8LCH-KK-SSM

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  • Produces coffee, as well as hot and cold water, at the touch of a button
  • Has a child safety catch on the hot water button to prevent accidental burns and spillages
  • Has one nozzle for the coffee that is clearly situated under the coffee compartment and one nozzle for the hot and cold water that is clearly situated under the hot and cold water buttons, therefore preventing the risk of confusion and accidental burns or spillages
  • Removable drip tray

The Glacial 8LCH-KK-SSM not only provides instant access to hot and cold water, but it will also brew fresh coffee for you, thanks to its clever design.

The unit utilises 5 gallon water bottles and is capable of producing multiple cups of coffee at a time before it needs to recover. The drip tray can be removed to allow you to dispense fresh coffee straight into your travel mug. Buttons on the top of the machine let you clearly see the different options for coffee brewing.

The hot water button has a child safety catch to ensure that hot water is not accidentally dispensed on small children.

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7. Vitapur VWD1006BLP

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  • Child safety lock on the hot water button
  • Safety technology designed to prevent hot water tank activation when not enough water is present
  • Plenty of space to allow filling of tall water receptacles
  • Has an LED display and night light
  • Water reservoirs are made out of surgical grade stainless steel
  • Cold water thermostat allows you to control how cold your water gets
  • Works with 3 and 5 gallon bottles
  • Indicator lights that notify you when bottle needs changing, and that hot and cold water is ready for use
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Energy efficient

The Vitapur VWD1006BLP provides instant access to hot, cold and room temperature water, using both 3 and 5-gallon bottles.

There is a child safety catch on the hot water button, which helps prevent accidents, and the safety technology prevents the hot water tank from being activated if there is not enough water present.

There is plenty of space between the drip tray and water dispensing spouts to allow you to fill tall receptacles, like water bottles.

Indicator lights notify you when the bottle needs changing, as well as letting you know that the hot and cold water is ready for use. A night light enables ease of use when it is dark and a cold water thermostat allows you to decide how cold you want your water to be.

Maintenance of the unit is simple.

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8. Avalon A3BLOZONEWTRCLR

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  • Self-cleaning system
  • Child safety lock on hot water spout, thus preventing accidental burns
  • Switches located on back of unit that allow you to turn off the hot and cold water functions
  • Night light to allow ease of use, even in the dark
  • Indicator lights that let you know when the bottle needs replacing
  • Can use 3 or 5 gallon water bottles

This dispenser provides you with water at three different temperatures: hot, cold and room temperature. It is able to use both 3-gallon and 5-gallon water bottles and the water is dispensed from one of three spouts. Switches on the back of the unit allow you to switch off the hot and cold water features, as needed.

The unit also has a built-in night light, as well as an indicator light that lets you know when to replace the water bottle.

The other lights on the front of the dispenser let you know when the hot and cold water is ready for use. The self-cleaning feature allows you to keep the machine in excellent condition.

A bottom loading water dispenser is a water system that dispenses water from a refillable water bottle that is situated underneath the main part of the unit, instead of on top.

It is similar in design to a top loading water dispenser except that it uses a water pump to draw water from the bottle to the tank. It is often more compact than a top loading dispenser because its bottle is hidden away inside the unit.

There are two main types of bottom loading water dispensers: standard dispensers and cooler/heating units. Standard models do not cool or heat water, they simply provide access to water that can then be used as needed; however, coolers do cool and/or heat water, but they tend to be more expensive than the standard models.

Most bottom loading water dispensers are freestanding, which means they are easy to move around from one place to another, if needed.

Benefits of buying a bottom loading water dispenser

Purchasing a bottom loading water dispenser can have numerous benefits, depending on the reason for you buying it in the first place, including, but not limited to:

Preventing back injury – this is one of the biggest benefits to buying a bottom loading water dispenser because those large water bottles are incredibly heavy and can cause damage to the spine and back muscles, both in the short and long term. Whether you are using a water dispenser in the office or at home, a bottom loading water dispenser will ensure the health and safety of whoever is responsible for replacing the bottle when it is empty.

Access to clean water at all times – it might not seem especially important if you have access to running tap water, but in the event of a water-related emergency, having a water dispenser can ensure that you still have access to clean drinking water when there is no access to mains water. It also increases the availability of fresh drinking water in areas that don’t normally have easy access to tap water, e.g. reception/waiting rooms, large office spaces and sports courts.

Making the best use of space – as mentioned previously, bottom loading water dispensers tend to be smaller and more compact than top loading ones because the water bottle is nicely tucked away inside the unit. This allows you to make the best use of every space, perhaps by storing the unit in a small alcove.

Ease of use and minimal technical assistance required – the bottom loading water dispenser is very quick and easy to install and doesn’t require any specialist knowledge to do so, nor does the replacing of water bottles. This means that it is easy for almost anyone to use.

Installation

Installing a bottom loading water dispenser in your home or office is straightforward and usually requires nothing more than fitting the drip tray in place, plugging the dispenser into the wall and connecting a water bottle, then changing it as needed.

For most models, connecting the water bottle is simple: you remove the seal and cap from the top of the bottle, insert the long tube, and screw/secure it in place using the appropriate connector. You then slide the bottle into the bottom of the unit. Of course, it is advisable to read the manufacturer’s instructions properly before installation and use because some units might differ.

Things to consider before buying a bottom loading water dispenser

It is important to remember that bottom loading water dispensers are normally only slightly more expensive than most other water dispensers. However they cost pretty much the same to run as any other dispenser that requires refillable bottles. The only possible expense that might arise is if there is a fault with the water pump, which will usually require specialist repair from a qualified professional.

You should consider why it is you are buying a water dispenser and then look at the benefits mentioned above to help you gauge whether or not purchasing a bottom loading water dispenser is the best solution for you.

If you are on a tight budget, then these dispensers might not be for you if you require more than one or two of them. But if you suffer from back problems, or have small children or vulnerable people in your home or workplace, then they may well be perfect for your needs because there is no risk of anyone being injured by the bottle falling when being changed or used because it is inside the unit.

The freestanding models are also ideal for workplaces that may require a portable, easily maneuvered water dispenser.

A final thing to consider when purchasing a bottom loading water dispenser is that they don’t normally filter the water before use because they use bottled water and it is assumed that this water was filtered prior to being bottled. Whilst most bottled water companies will filter their water, not all do, so it is best to check with them before purchasing their bottles.