The Best Water Cooler Options for Smaller Offices

The Best Water Cooler Options for Smaller Offices

With 2020 fast approaching, there has never been a better time to get organised at the office, making sure you and the team are utilising the space you have to the best of your abilities. If your office is a bit of a tight squeeze already, it’s a good idea to look at all your must-have items, like desk space and your water solution, to make sure these are taking up as little room as possible. While there’s little you can do about furniture without a substantial investment, your watercooler solution, which is not an option to let go of (have you Googled how many germs there are in tap water?) is something that can be changed a little more easily. Let’s explore a couple of options that will help to maximise office space in general, with a short term solution in mind.

AquaCooler Desktop Cooler

If old school is the way to go for you, and you’re looking for a bottled solution, a great place to start is the AquaCooler Desktop watercooler. The smallest product in their range, this machine fits neatly on a desktop, providing mobility and ease of use at the same time. What we like most about this machine, aside from its size, is that it contains an environmentally friendly cooling system, essentially arriving at your doorstep without any disposable plastic components. While it’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll have to replace the bottled water regularly, do some calculations to see if it may end up helping the bottom line of the business by doing so, especially if you have a small team.

AQA Slim

More and more small businesses are opting to go for bottleless water cooler solutions, not only from a maintenance perspective, but because it does offer you with a few extra options for you and the team to work with. The AQA Slim, which is a standing product marketed as “the world’s smallest large output water cooler” is a great option to consider if you want something a bit more traditional, but are still mindful of needing something with a modern design. This bad boy can produce a stellar 19 litres of hot or cold water an hour, plus there is even an option to add a sparkling water capability into the mix. Made in Italy, it can be mounted against a wall, or be used as a free standing item. Considering its price, this is a great machine to keep in mind if you’re running into end of year cashflow problems, but still need a reliable water solution for your staff. 

AQA Touch

The AQA Touch watercooler is also bottleless, but boasts a slightly more impressive output of more than 30 liters of cold or hot water per hour. Dynamite in a box, this machine is one of the easiest machines to use out of the entire range, and fits neatly on desktops or countertops wherever you can manage to squeeze in some space. The product also comes with the option of adding a custom designed stand, depending on whether you can wangle the room in the office. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly, if you can get past your employees thinking that this is an ice cream dispenser (it has been confused for this in the past), you’re good to go with something that not only takes up minimal space, but is a high performer as well. 

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.