The Best Water Coolers for Your Office

The Best Water Coolers for Your Office

The average adult human body is made up of up to 65% water, making this clear blue liquid one of the most important parts of maintaining good health in general. Physicians often recommend consuming up to two liters of water a day (roughly 8 glasses). The average workday spans up to eight hours. This got us thinking does your company have a clean water supply in place that could (hypothetically) sustain each employee drinking the required glass an hour?

No? Don’t worry. Most companies don’t, and many underestimate the benefits of having a consistent freshwater supply, not only from an employee perspective but from a financial perspective too. Office water coolers, for example, provide this consistent supply and also have a host of other benefits which we should explore a little further.

The Benefits of Having a Water Cooler in the Workplace

And no, this doesn’t just relate to the social aspect of having employees gather for a quick chat in their break time or even over lunch (although this is a good way to encourage company culture too). Firstly, an office cooler helps to provide a fresh supply of water to both staff and guests. Nobody is left guessing whether the water they are consuming is detrimental to their health in any way, as is often the case with polluted tap water in most countries around the world. Not to mention, your guests will be left with a good impression of your company (something that would not happen if Jane from accounting had to run to the tap in the kitchen each time a guest she was meeting with asked her for some water), especially if you position the cooler near primary meeting rooms and possibly in reception as well. On average, a company of 50 people requires three or four coolers in key areas around the office. 

Keeping this in mind, can you imagine what it would cost to stock individual still water bottles for each member of staff, as well as guests arriving for meetings? This does not make financial sense (nor does it help your sustainability profile to be using that much plastic each day), especially in economically tight times. 

By entering a contract with a water cooler supplier, you’re not only able to get better value for your money, but there are no unforeseen surprises when it comes to invoicing either: you are charged a fixed rate, with the company delivering directly to you on a regular schedule, with very little hassle.

The Different Types of Water Coolers

There are two primary types of water coolers doing their rounds in most businesses around the world these days.

Bottled water coolers provide underground mountain spring water that has been purified and filtered multiple times. This happens using activated oxygen, and no chemicals are added in the process. This is a good option for smaller sized companies, that attend most of their weekly meetings off-site. A bottled water cooler also leaves you with very little surprises when it comes to your water bill.

Bottleless water coolers provide filtered water directly from the source, cleaning the water directly from your tap supply. This doesn’t leave you with the risk of running out in any given month and can be beneficial to large teams with multiple in-house meetings in a week. Many corporations opt for this, while also monitoring their water use a little more carefully. Employees and guests may not use this kind of cooler as sparingly (consider this similar to “uncapped” vs. “capped” WiFi), but it does give you peace of mind that you won’t run into problems towards the end of the month when that important investor arrives for a funding meeting and you’re left scrambling.

Popular Water Cooler Suppliers

While there are many water cooler suppliers in South Africa, there are three that have caught our eye in particular:

The Water Cooler Company offers a variety of options, mostly in the bottled cooler type. Based in Cape Town, but offering next day delivery, these guys offer a trusted, family-run service.

YuppieChef offers an online selection of water coolers, providing customers with the choice to explore a diverse range of brands at a variety of prices. Consult with an expert before making a buying decision, and consider approaching a supplier directly should you want a longer-term solution for your home or business. 

Aquazania, which has roots going back over 50 years, emerged out of a need for better quality drinking water. The product of intensive investigation and study of water markets worldwide, these guys are the Rolls Royce of water cooler suppliers (though they won’t cost you an arm and a leg).

Don’t leave your staff and guests high and dry (mouthed). Take pride in your office space as a home away from home for many of your employees, and consider a water cooler solution today.

Best Water Cooler for a Reception Area:

Best Water Cooler for a Reception Area:

No one likes waiting. It’s mundane and we hate it.
Nonetheless, we all find ourselves sitting in a reception room from time to time.
You can kind of picture it…
A whole bunch of chairs (the uncomfortable ones), some generic paintings up on the wall, a few outdated magazines on each coffee table and a room full of people (semi) patiently waiting for their turn.
Then in the corner of the room is this machine offering a silver lining. A water cooler with the option of either a hot or cold beverage bringing a glimpse of possibility to the room.

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What NOT to look for in a water cooler for a reception room:

Plumbed-in water coolers are for your offices and gyms needing to cater for many people.
These water coolers have an unlimited water supply and some can produce up to 80l of premium water per hour ,pricing at up to R35 000 or R2500 p/m. These water coolers have a lot more advanced features and perks but can be deemed excessive for your everyday reception rooms.

So what are the requirements for a water cooler in a reception room?

Well, reception rooms don’t see large volumes of people every day and for that reason you won’t require a water cooler with a very high water capacity (nor a high cost).
This points you in the direction of a bottled water cooler as it is the more cost-efficient option with features that are suitable for a reception room environment.

A Bottled Water Cooler will set you back R4500.00 or R150p/m.
Despite the low price you will receive a machine with premium features including a hot or cold water option (with a child-safe tap), as well as non-drip taps and stainless steel reservoirs that preserve the fresh taste of the water.
This kind of water cooler require no plumbing and therefore can be moved to whichever part of the reception room you please.
However, they do rely on water bottles that need to be replaced after each one is finished.
These water bottles can be rented at 5 bottles for R75 p/m.
These water coolers can produce 4.5l of water per hour which is fitting for your reception room.

In essence,
A bottled water cooler provides the luxuries of having a constant clean, pure, hot or cold water option at barely an expense,there to keep your guests satisfied. With that being said every reception room needs a water cooler.
Whether its bottled or bottleless – a water coolers says a lot about the room it occupies and does a lot for the people you have waiting.
So why not have a water cooler that is an investment in your business and a convenience to have around.

Best Water Coolers for Homes:

Best Water Coolers for Homes:

With water being an essential part of everyday life, having a water cooler at home has become an increasingly more relevant topic.
How so?
Well, tap water is far too contaminated for those health conscious individuals wanting to avoid chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine in their water. And bottled water is far too expensive to be considering it on an every day basis to cover your daily drinking requirements.
So now we are left with a water cooler that offers pure, premium filtered water at everyday, affordable prices making it imperative that you have this healthy, cost-efficient necessity.

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What to look for in a water cooler for your home?

There some basic yet crucial components that must be considered upon making your purchase:
– Affordability is a must.
– A machine offering clean, uncontaminated better tasting water.
– The option of hot and cold water.
– A machine requiring little maintenance.
– The right water capacity to cater for you and your family.

With that being said, which water coolers are NOT a good fit for your home?

Plumbed-in water coolers are great but are more for your businesses that are seeing a large volume of people everyday.
They are also a lot pricier reaching prices of up to R35 000 per machine, whereas there are cheaper, more applicable options.
These machines need to be plumbed-in and therefore are not transportable and cannot be moved around to adjust for other appliances in your home.

However, there are options for water coolers that are designed for all your ‘at home’ needs:

Now we’re looking at bottled water coolers.
Aquazania’s bottled water coolers have a 4.5l water capacity per hour offering both hot and cold water and can be purchased for R4500.
Their stainless steel reservoirs ensure the preservation of your water, while carrying the capacity to hydrate your family and guests
When your bottle runs out, its not a worry as all it takes is a replacement bottle and you are all set. This will eradicate all your water cooler maintenance concerns. The hygienic non-drip silicone taps are there to ensure no leakage and thus no cleanup and also have the optional child-safe feature to prevent any mishaps. These transportable coolers are also available as floor standing coolers and desktop coolers making placement a non-issue.

Its also important to view your other options and see what is out there:

62 Waters offers bottled water coolers at roughly R2500.
This is a cheaper option and offers features like hot and cold water, as well as 2l of cold water per hour.
This doesn’t quite match Aquazania’s 4.5l per hour but certainly carries a lower price.

Additionally, Empire Purification offers bottled water coolers ranging from R1950 – R3200.
These machines have a water capacity of 2.8l per hour and have the hot and cold option.
Some water coolers even offer functions like a 16l fridge compartment.

In essence,
when purchasing a water cooler for your home, there is more to consider than just clean, purified water.
Take a look at the numerous options and see which is the best fit for you and which water cooler offers the most comfort and convenience.
Make the change and buy a water cooler, then thank yourself later.

Best Water Coolers for Gyms:

Best Water Coolers for Gyms:

So you’re exercising at the gym and you really working up a thirst.
You then go and make your way over to the water cooler, fill up a cup and gulp it down.
And while this cold, refreshing (almost sweet) water makes it way down your throat, you’re already thinking about refilling another cup and gulping that one down too.

This water tastes different though. I can’t quite put my finger on it… but its colder and smoother and just revives whatever remaining energy you have left. But does water really taste that much better just because you have been running around and lifting weights? Or is it the state of the art water coolers with their purified premium water offering a healthier, more enjoyable experience?

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Here are the water coolers that are ensuring you a fresher, superior experience at the gym:

Bottled Water Coolers:

For your smaller gyms with fewer members it would be fitting to purchase the cheaper, more cost-efficient bottled water cooler at R4500 or R150p/m. These Aquacoolers are fitted with an internal filtration system that prevent bacteria from entering the water cooler, therefore allowing for purer, healthier water. These machines are also equipped with stainless steel reservoirs that preserve the quality and taste of the water.

By no means are you sacrificing or compromising the traits that allow for such fresh, true, natural water but instead you are purchasing the machine that best suits the size of your gym.

How so?
Bottled water coolers rely on their 4.5l bottle being replaced once they have been finished.
This means that at gyms that are busy and have high volumes of people, there will be a lot more people drinking water and consequently finishing the bottles, requiring for the bottles to be replaced and thus additional maintenance required and furthermore creating room for error, frustration and unhappy customers.
Whereas implementing a bottled water cooler at a smaller gym will carry all the same benefits of a more expensive water cooler with the luxury of paying exponentially less.

Bottleless Water Coolers:

Now we’re talking the real deal.
We’re talking water coolers ranging from R6000.00 to R35 000.00 and from 4.5l per hour to a cool 80l per hour. These machines boast an attractive design with settings and functions that show your everyday gymers just how important customer experience is to your gym. These machines offer the benefits of healthy, pure water coupled with the option of still, ambient or sparkling water. There are also options to enable or disable the hot water function too. With water coolers producing up to 80l per hour, these bottleless water coolers are a good fit for a big gym as they cater for a large amount of people with little to no maintenance required, only perks and customer satisfaction.

In essence, pure, fresh water is a sure necessity for a gym that only a water cooler can provide.
Learn more about the many options there are and which water cooler is viable for your gym.