Water Coolers vs Bottled Water

Water Coolers vs Bottled Water

Water is an essential nutrient that we NEED in order to survive, and as a result, it is important that we are able to find and drink safe, clean water every single day. And with all the harmful toxins and contaminants that are found in our water, the responsibility has been put on us to ensure we are drinking water of a high quality that is not harmful to us and detrimental to our health. Many people have shied away from using tap water and have resulted in either using bottled water or water coolers. For this reason, the pros and cons of bottled water and water coolers will be discussed and compared. 

 Bottled Water:

For quite some time people have been purchasing large packs of bottled water to store at home so that there is a constant supply of drinking water. It proves to be very convenient as there is always clean, tasty, and portable water available. However, there are a few disadvantages of using bottled water as your source of daily drinking water. 

Firstly, from an environmental point of view, It takes 17 million barrels of oil to create one year’s worth of bottled water. Additionally, The water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. And moreover, stopping the use of or banning water bottles would greatly reduce the waste and protect the environment by preventing the manufacturing, purchasing, use, and discarding of up to 70 billion plastic bottles each year. 

Bottled water is also not as highly controlled as tap water is, thus there have been many findings indicating that some bottled water carries twice as many micro-plastics as tap water does. In addition, bottled water is far more expensive than tap water is and tap water also contains fluoride which is beneficial to our dental care and bone strength. 

Moreover, the plastic used in bottled water also contains chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), this chemical has been known to seep into the water we drink and can cause health issues. 

Additionally, storing bottled water for long periods of time only increases the amount of BPA that is found in your water as it has more time to seep in. A better option would be to buy a glass water bottle or a BPA-free water bottle and refill it when need be (but we will get into that later). 

Water Coolers:

Water coolers dispense clean and safe water at any time you want and most water coolers come with a built-in purifier in order to prevent toxins and contaminants in our water. 

Water coolers are the superior choice as there is always an option of hot or cold (and clean) water. Despite the fact that the water does not come in a plastic bottle and this can be seen as inconvenient, this can easily be avoided by purchasing a glass or a BPA-free water bottle so that at any time, you can fill up your bottle and have the same convenience as bottled water, just without all the health risks and concerns. 

The use of water coolers will also greatly decrease the amount of carbon dioxide emissions and various other environmental issues. 

However, there are some minor concerns that drive people away from using water coolers such as: 

  • Maintenance and cleaning can be tedious. 
  • They run on electricity and thus this is another cost you have to consider, as well as the fact that if you don’t have electricty then you won’t have hot or cold water.  
  • If you do not have a plumbed-in water cooler then you will need to constantly refill the water so that you have cold and hot water available when you want it. 
  • There is a larger initial payment on water coolers than bottled water. 

In essence, after reviewing both bottled water and water coolers, it is clear that water coolers are healthier, safer, cheaper and the more environmentally friendly option. 

So next time you are looking for a clean, reliable, everyday water source, water coolers are the way to go!

Sediment Water Filters vs Water Coolers

Sediment Water Filters vs Water Coolers

There are many different purified water solutions to choose from for your home or office. This can easily be overwhelming but you don’t need to feel like a fish out of water when deciding which option is the best for you. The below guide will explain and help you navigate between sediment water filters and water coolers. 

Different Filtration Methods

There are two filtration methods to keep in mind that are usually used for all water purification needs from drinking to bathing. The first is a Point of Use system (POU) and the second is a Point of Entry system (POE). POU systems allow municipal water to flow normally through pipping and filters the water directly at the point of use such as the water cooler tap or shower faucet. Where the POU system filters water right where it is used at the tap, POE systems filter water for the whole household or office. This system attaches to the main water line and filters the water before it ever gets to the tap. 

So POU vs POE? They both offer value but the choice depends on your personal context. POU systems are best for improving the drinking water of a single tap such as in the kitchen or for a water cooler in the office. POE systems are best for filtering water for a whole house, for everything from bathing to drinking. 

Sediment Water Filters

These filters use the POE method, meaning this filtration is best when you would like to filter water for many taps such as through the whole office and through all the house taps. This method is best for large offices, households and restaurants. 

This methods filters all matter that is not liquid from the water such as dirt or rust from plumbing. This system prevents any particles from entering your water and acts as the first line of defence against water impurities. 

There are many types of sediment filters to choose from and these range in how much they filter out. These filters will need to be changed every six months to one year. When water pressure starts to drop then this is a sign that it is time for a filter change. 

Water Coolers

You can choose from water coolers where the water is pre-purified and then bottled for delivery. Or, you can choose water coolers where the water is purified through a POU system where the water is purified on-site and at the tap and no bottles are required. The choice is dependent on whether you want to keep large water bottles on hand and receive deliveries. If you do not have the space for this then water coolers using a POU system without water bottles are best. Water coolers are ideal for offices and households when your main concern is drinking water and not the filtration of the whole building. Water coolers using bottled water are low maintenance as water gets delivered and the machines do not require the maintenance that comes with POE systems. 

So which should you purchase?

  • For restaurants and mass filtration choose sediment water filters. 
  • If your main concern is drinking water then choose an easy-to-use water cooler, such as for your kitchen or office. 
  • If you have limited storage space then choose a POE water cooler. 
  • If you prefer not to maintain a filter than choose a POU water cooler. 

Fridge Filtered vs. Cooler Filtered Water

Fridge Filtered vs. Cooler Filtered Water

A lot of people around South Africa are switching to a filtered water supply at home, be it in the form of a standalone water cooler, getting a water filter that connects directly to the main line, or purchasing a fridge that comes with a water dispenser. That begs the question as to, when it comes down to it, whether fridge filtered water and cooler filtered water provide the same overall health benefits to the consumer. While difficult to generalise, we’ve decided to take a look at two supplies, providing a short case study of each, to help you decide what is going to work best for your family, before you make a decision on the type of system you’d like to introduce at home.

A Good Water Supply is Essential

Firstly, it’s important to consider that a good, clean water supply is essential to our our wellbeing as humans. It is not enough to bank on good ol’ tap water, which is riddled with various bacteria that can cause a host of health problems for you. Your body may have a harder time fighting these off, especially if you’re prone to getting ill often, or if someone in your family has a lower immune system. If you’re getting the sense that the household is getting ill more regularly of late, consult your doctor first, but also consider the state of the water supply to the household as a secondary problem.

Case Study: Samsung Fridge Filter

Samsung, for example, has a range of fridges with a built in water dispenser, each requiring you to change the filter roughly every 5 to 6 months. While fridge filters are convenient in a sense, providing quick and easy access to cold water, these systems don’t always reduce the same amount of contaminants as other options. The primary function when a fridge is designed, plainly put, is how it keeps your food cold or frozen. Providing a clean water supply is a secondary consideration. Even with regular cleaning and maintenance, impurities can get into a fridge filter at any time. At times, parts can also be tricky to track down, and keep in mind that you need to use a specific product related to the type of model of your fridge, which, in some situations, requires you to get part from an international source. Locally sourced replacement cartridges are around R600 a pop (you’ll need at least two a year), and luckily these are fairly uncomplicated to install, and some online stores do allow you to get a bulk order of three or more, at a discounted rate. 

Case Study: Aquazania Water Cooler

Aquazania also has a range of water products, split between bottled and bottleless options. For these machines, their primary function (as set out in their design) is to remove as many contaminants from your drinking water as possible, be it through the direct source of water at home, or by providing the cleanest possible water through traditional standing water coolers. With these products, 99% of contaminants are tackled, leaving you with less worry about the quality of the water, which is always sterile, fresh and cool. Renting one of their machines starts from as little as R150 per month, and you also get direct access to their maintenance team if you choose to do so. Their products also come with a hot water dispenser, something that is rare on most refrigerator dispensers, especially those on the lower end of the scale. Water coolers are built to be environmentally friendly too, which is a major plus in this day and age.

Russell Hobbs Water Dispensers For The Office

Russell Hobbs Water Dispensers For The Office

Keeping your staff hydrated, especially as the summer months start to approach, should be one of your top priorities as a decision maker in the office. Many companies, especially when things get a little tight economically, skimp on important basics such as clean water, and often the staff are the first to suffer, with regards to their general health and also overall happiness at the office. A water dispenser is an easy way to provide clean, purified water to the team, without having to cost an arm and a leg. Today, we’re exploring the range from Russel Hobbs, which caught our eye earlier in the year. Let’s explore this together. 

About Russel Hobbs

Russel Hobbs is a British company, popularly known for manufacturing household appliances. Popularised by their forward facing, modern kettle designs, the business was founded in 1954 by William Russel and Peter Hobbs, ultimately becoming a household name through its expansive product range, as well as from taking some risks and venturing off into other areas of products, including water dispensers, for instance.

Why Water Dispensers For The Office Are Important

The water coming directly from the tap is not generally known to be good for your health, not only because it is impossible to tell what is in it (without testing, of course), but because the supply is known to be riddled with various bacteria that could be detrimental to your health. A water dispenser takes away this worry, usually containing either clean water from a spring source, or providing a direct line to the water supply, purifying the water and making it safe for you to drink.

Water Dispenser Range from Russel Hobbs

If you can manage not to get sucked in by their beautiful kettle range while doing research online, it’s well worth taking a look at the water dispensers they offer, which are not only beautifully designed, but seemingly practical as well. These are our top 3:

  • The Hot And Cold Standing Dispenser (RHSWD3) is one of their most popular products online, perhaps for its sleek, beautiful design. Coming in what can almost be considered metallic black, this model retails for roughly R2500 and is an elegant option to consider for the office.
  • The Russel Hobbs 20L Glass Floor Standing Dispenser is marketed as “helping South Africans expand their decorating awareness” and by looking at it, you understand why. While traditionally a white dispenser is harder to keep shiny and clean, the design of this is enough to turn heads at your next company board meeting.
  • If you’re looking for a more economical option, Russel Hobbs hasn’t left you in the lurch. Their Silver Cold Water Dispenser (856057) retails at under R2000. While the downside is that you’ll only be able to get cold water, it could be a practical decision to have this at the office, especially if you already have a filtered supply of hot water in the kitchen. The silver design and eco-friendly nature of this machine, puts it high up on our list for sure. 

Don’t Make Your Next Water Buying Decision Alone

If you’re interested in exploring a few more options. Aquazania is a good way to go. They not only offer a 7 day free trial on their products, but are happy to consult on what will be the best water solution for your office, should you have any questions or queries. Talk to them about Russel Hobbs and other products, to make sure you’re keeping to budget, and supplying the office with a longer term solution, from a practical, as well as a health sense. Good luck!

Stefani Water Filters Range

Stefani Water Filters Range

A decent water purifying system in your home, provided by a trusted source and from a reputable supplier, can make all the difference when considering the longer term health goals of your family. It’s no surprise that doctors prescribe two liters (or 8 glasses) of water a day, and it is encouraged that the supply is clean and purified, to ensure you don’t expose yourself or your family to any nasty viruses or bacteria. Our natural water supply has this in abundance, so it’s simply not good enough to trust that the water supply coming from the tap will be good for you in the long run. Let’s explore some water filter options from Stefani, a reputable international brand, looking at what they offer, and hopefully helping you to find the correct match for you lifestyle.

More About Stefani

Established in the early 90’s in the Australasian area, Stefani is a leading manufacturer of water filtration products, shipping internationally to the home and commercial market. What we like about these guys, their general mission and value statement aside, is that they are committed to a quality assurance program which holds their products accountable on a global scale. Needless to say, this forward facing brand has established itself as a leader in the industry and is showing no signs of slowing down as we head into the 2020’s.

Why Water Purifiers Are Important

As mentioned, a purified water supply is a far greater source of a natural resource we are dependant on, rather than simply trusting the supply from a tap or elsewhere. Water purifiers, through a host of systems and processes, ensure that a majority of harmful bacteria are eliminated, while a minute chemical addition makes the water as safe as possible for consumption. Without water filters and purifiers, there’s no telling what you’re drinking, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you’re getting ill more often than some of your friends or peers at work. That’s why it is important to make your health a top priority and invest in a water filtration system sooner rather than later. 

Types of Water Purifiers in the Stefani Range

Stefani has a wide range of products tailor to home or office use. The following three caught our eye specifically, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also because of user-friendliness and other design elements that would be beneficial to the everyday user:

  • The 10L Black Porcelain Purifier is a table top purifier, that is so easy to use, you don’t even need a plumbing solution. This purifier uses an easy to install ceramic gravity purifying candle and these candles are relatively cost-effective if you buy them in bulk upfront.
  • The 12L Ceramic Purifier provides maximum capacity pure water for you and the family. Coming in an elegant white colour, this product only contains three quick steps to use, purifying 1L per hour, so you’ll be set up in no time, enjoying a glass and improving your health too.
  • The wildcard product in their range is the 2L Water Jug, perfect as a backup system and if you’d like to keep cold water in the fridge. Looking almost like a kettle, this product requires a small cartridge to purify the water, and will also make sure you’re not left hanging when you get home from work after a long hot day.

Finding the Correct Water Filter Solution for You

Regardless of your needs, it’s worth starting by speaking to an expert about it first. Aquazania is a leading water brand in South Africa that not only offers a wide range of choices, but they’re renowned online for offering great service in the process too. Explore Stefani Water filters and others when chatting to them, and be sure to find out about any special deals or upcoming products that may be worth your while. 

Sunbeam Water Dispenser Range

Sunbeam Water Dispenser Range

Having a clean water supply in your office is absolutely crucial, especially ahead of the hot South African summers, which frankly are getting hotter and hotter with each passing year. It is important to consider a decent water supply for your staff and team members, not only ensuring their good health and hydration, but showing them that you make their wellbeing something that is high up on the company’s priority list. Sunbeam is a well recognised brand in the water cooler industry, and we were curious to hear that they recently released a very modern style range of coolers, which we were happy to be able to explore a little. 

About Sunbeam

Sunbeam’s history dates back to 1902, having been established in Australia as part of another corporation called the Chicago Flexible Shaft Company. In 1946, the company itself was changed to the Sunbeam Corporation and became publicly traded in the 1950’s as a result. Almost 70 years later, their water coolers are in homes and offices around the world, with the brand establishing themselves as an industry leader for a bulk of that time.

The Appeal of Modern Water Dispensers

Modern water dispensers have high mass appeal in the modern era, thanks to their efficiency and ease of use. The way they have been designed in the last few decades, has provided the user with a choice between bottled, floor standing and plumbed in options, opening up the industry to a range of unique offerings. We’ve mentioned how important a clean supply of water is to the office from a health and culture perspective, although it’s worth reiterating that unlike other industries, modern water dispensers are designed with cost to the user in mind, ensuring added value each time. It’s a win-win, really. 

Water Dispensers in the Sunbeam Range

While hard to choose just three, the following really caught out eye not only in terms of design, price and user friendliness, but also because of any features that point to “over and above” added value to the customer:

  • Their Cold and Hot Floor Standing Water Dispenser comes in two product variants, namely Sunbeam and Sunbeam 2. The former is more tailored to office use, and retails at roughly R2000. The latter, which has more of a sleek design and comes in luxurious black, is more high end and is similar to what you would see in the gym, albeit slightly more fashion forward of course.
  • Sunbeam’s Table Top Water Dispenser is an alternative solution if you’re looking for something a little more mobile, and specifically for single person use (the product only has one dispensing spout). This is great for an entrepreneur on the go, providing up to 2L’s of clean water at any given time. 
  • The SSWD-200H Water Dispenser is a more affordable option than either of the Floor Standing options, albeit a little smaller and not as tall off’ the ground. With the minimum temperature of water provided ranging from 6 to a maximum in the 90’s (yikes), this versatile machine is a good starting point if you’re not looking for too many bells and whistles in the process.

Where To Get Your Next Water Dispenser

Aquazania is a forward facing company, offering a 7 day free trial on any machine in their water cooler range. Based in Sandton in Johannesburg, these guys service the wider Gauteng area and should be a first stop if you’re considering getting a water dispenser for your home or office. What’s particularly great is that their types of products are diverse enough to give you many options to choose from, depending on your individual needs, and in line with the pricing you feel comfortable with. Happy hydration this summer!