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Finding The Right Water Cooler for your Office

If your office doesn’t have a kitchen sink, or the water is questionable, you can easily solve this with a water cooler. Your employees will thank you.

Finding the right water dispenser for your office also doesn’t have to be a complicated choice, despite the huge variety in water cooler’s available on the market.

If you’re in charge of an office and you’re tasked with improving drinking water for the staff, you’ve come to the right place.

Number of Employees

Ideally, you don’t want to change the water bottle multiple times a day, so you may need one or more depending on how many people you expect will drink from it.

A good rule of thumb is for every 15 people, you will need a 5 gallon jug.

Water Cooler Placement

Where you plan to put your water cooler will drive what size and design you want.

Water coolers come in a variety of colors; be sure to pick one that matches the office decor!

The best place for the water cooler is somewhere out of the way that won’t disturb other employees at work. A break-room or kitchenette can be ideal.


Many commercial grade water coolers are self-cleaning, but they do cost more than their more basic counterparts. It’s recommended that you opt for a self-cleaning model in an office space.

Otherwise, be ready to clean the dispenser of limescale and other sediment build-up.


Every business runs by the numbers, and even your water cooler can get expensive. Be sure to buy something that fits your budget, but keep in mind that hydrated employees will perform better at work.

Top-Load vs Bottom-Load: Which is better?

Top loading water coolers are generally less expensive than bottom-loading. However, it is more difficult to replace a water bottle on a top load vs a bottom load.

If you choose a bottom loading water cooler dispenser, then everyone will have the ability to change the bottle, whereas you need to be taller and stronger to replace a top loading bottle.

Reading Reviews

You should always read reviews before making an online purchase. In our water cooler buying guide, we selected the Brio CL520 as the best top loading water dispenser for commerical purposes.

For bottom-loading water coolers, we recommend the Whirlpool Self-Cleaning Water Cooler

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