Last Updated on November 18, 2020
Bottleless water coolers have several advantages over the bottled water system. There’s no need to lift and change heavy water bottles, no spilling, and it can save you money over time since there will be no need to purchase refills. However, there are still a few things to think about, like filtration, size, and installation, that you might find costly or challenging to complete.
We’ve chosen seven different popular brands of bottleless water coolers to review for you so you can get a good look at each brand and what the differences are. We’ll give you the Pros and Cons of our experience and tell you about any unique features each model might provide. We’ve also included a short buyers guide where we break down these coolers to see how they work and what makes one unit better than another.
Join us while we discuss size, installation, filtration stages, safety features, and more to help you make an informed purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Brio Commercial Grade||
|Best Value||Avalon A5||
|Brio Self Cleaning||
The 6 Best Bottleless Water Coolers – Reviews 2020
1. Brio Commercial Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser – Best Overall
The Brio CLPOURO420SCV2 Commercial Grade Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is our pick as the best overall dispenser because it’s loaded with features and works well. It features 4-stage reverse osmosis filtering for the cleanest water possible. The first stage removes sediment, while the second is an activated carbon filter that helps remove tastes and odors as well as other contaminants like chlorine. The third stage is the reverse osmosis filter, and the fourth is a second activated carbon filter. It delivers hot, cold, and room temperature water, and there is a child safety lock on the hot water to reduce the risk of accidental burns.
The Brio Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser also features hot and cold switches, which allows you to turn off any part of the machine you don’t need to save power. It’s self-cleaning, durably constructed, and has a large dispenser area to fit your cups and mugs.
The only downside to the Brio is that it’s a little difficult to install and may require you to install a water line.
2. Avalon A5 Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser – Best Value
The Avalon A5 Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is our pick for the best bottleless water cooler for the money. It comes with a complete installation kit, so there’s no running to the hardware store, and it comes with a complete set of step by step instructions. Two-stage filtration helps remove any impurities in the water, and it has three temperature settings. It also provides several safety features, including a built-in nightlight and a hot water child safety lock.
One thing we didn’t like about the Avalon A5 was that it didn’t come with any filters, so we had to purchase them separately, which wasted time and added to the initial cost.
3. Brio Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
The Brio Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is a tall unit that features two-stage filtering. One filter traps sediment, and the second filter is an activated carbon filter that removes other hard to remove contaminants like chlorine and lead that can give water an odor or strange taste. It’s a self-cleaning unit that uses UV light to kill harmful bacteria, and a removable drip tray is easy to empty and rinse. It also features hot and cold-water shutoff switches and delivers water in three temperatures, hot, cold, and room temperature. The hot water has a child safety lock, and a built-in night light eliminates fumbling around in the dark. A complete installation kit comes with the dispenser.
We found the Brio Dispenser too large to fit on a countertop, so you need to make sure you have space before purchase. Also, the water didn’t taste as good as some of the brands with more stages of filtration.
4. Aquverse A6500-K Bottleless Water Cooler
The Aquverse A6500-K Bottleless Water Cooler features a dual float backup system that works to minimize leaks. No-touch operation is easy to use and stays cleaner longer, and a removable drip tray is a breeze to empty and clean. It features separate hot and cold-water tanks, and the hot water has a child safety lock to prevent accidental burns. It comes with an installation kit and has one of the highest flow rates of any of the systems we reviewed.
The downside to the Aquverse A6500-K is that there is no self-cleaning feature, and it’s challenging or impossible to get to all areas for manual cleaning. We also noticed some tap water taste remained and felt the filtration system wasn’t as good as other brands, and the unit stopped working after only a few months, causing us to question its durability.
5. Kenmore KM5K Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
The Kenmore KM5K Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is a dispenser built by a company well known for creating durable appliances. This model is Energystar certified to reduce power consumption over other brands. It has three temperature modes for hot, cold, and room temperature water and it also includes a hot water child safety lock. Hot and cold-water switches on the back of the machine allow you to turn off any part of the machine you don’t need for even more power saving. This model can also connect to your coffee pot and refrigerator ice maker to act as a central hub for filtered water.
We like the four-stage filtration system that the Kenmore KM5K uses, and it delivers fresh-tasting water. Still, you need to use their proprietary filters that might be hard to find in some areas. We also found it a little too tall for most counters, but too short to sit on the floor, so it was somewhat uncomfortable to use, and the fill area doesn’t really provide enough room to place your cup. Finally, the fill buttons are flimsy, and ours broke and stopped dispensing hot water in only a few weeks.
6. Clover D1 Countertop Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
The Clover D1 Countertop Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is a small bottleless dispenser that you can fit nearly anywhere, including under your kitchen cabinets. It features durable stainless-steel construction for both the internal tanks as well as the outer housing. It no-touch operation, a high flow rate that can fill your glass in seconds, and a hot water child safety lock.
What we didn’t like about the Clover D1 is that there is no built-in filtration system. To get fresh-tasting water from the line, you will need to purchase a filtering system separately and install it between the line and the dispenser. The push-in levers for dispensing water are also very flimsy, and you can easily break them by pressing too hard.
In this section, we’ll go over how these devices work and what you should look for in a model of interest.
Bottleless water dispensers require you to connect them directly to your home’s water supply. Connecting these devices will often require lengths of copper tubing as well as specialized connections parts. Dispensers that don’t include an installation kit will require one or more trips to the hardware store, which can lead to buying the wrong parts and increasing the initial cost.
We recommend looking for and purchasing a brand that includes the installation kit.
The water cooler section of the dispenser uses a compressor, like an air conditioner to cool the water. The hot side uses wire coils like an electric blanket to heat the water. Both sides require a considerable amount of water to complete their task, so looking for an energy rating on and prospective brands is a good idea. We have tried to list any brands that worked to reduce power consumption in our reviews.
Another feature that can help save power is hot and cold-water shutoff switches. These switches allow you to turn off parts of the machine you don’t need. For instance, if you only need hot water for morning tea, and can shut it off afterward and only turn it on in the morning.
The primary safety feature you want to look for in a bottleless water dispenser is a hot water child safety lock. This safety feature often requires you to press an additional button to allow the hot water to dispense. It can help prevent burns to children who may play with the dispense, or not know how to use it.
Size is a major concern because you will need to put your dispenser somewhere. There are devices made to sit on the floor as well as some made to sit on a countertop. The best choice depends on your home, just be sure to take accurate measurements, so there are no surprises.
The final critical element to any bottleless water cooler is the water filtration it provides. Some units will require you to purchase a filtration unit separately and install it between the waterline and the dispenser. In contrast, others can provide up to four stages of filtration, including reverse osmosis filtration.
We highly recommend purchasing a unit with a built-in filtration system or else your water won’t taste as good, or you’ll need to invest in another device and install it, which can significantly increase the initial cost of the water dispensing system.
When choosing your nest bottleless water cooler, we recommend a model like our choice for best overall. The Brio Commercial Grade CLPOURO420SCV2 Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser uses 4-stage water filtration that includes a reverse osmosis filter. It’s self-cleaning, durably constructed, and provides hot and cold water with a child safety lock on the hot. The Avalon A5 Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser is another great choice. It is our budget model, and though it cuts filtration down to two stages, it provides great tasting water in a compact size that’s easy to install.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over these reviews, and they have helped you learn a little more about these useful devices. If we have helped you pick your next model, please share these seven best bottleless watercoolers on Facebook and Twitter.
David Slone runs the TapIt Water blog. He first learned about water filtration and the impact it has on the world in college. Ever since that day he has worked towards making the world a better place. He writes to inform you about water filtration, the consequences of plastics, bottled water, and how we can do things better.
He loves to spend time with his beloved wife, 3 kids, and dog when he’s not writing.
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 2 The 6 Best Bottleless Water Coolers – Reviews 2020
- 2.1 1. Brio Commercial Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Avalon A5 Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Brio Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
- 2.4 4. Aquverse A6500-K Bottleless Water Cooler
- 2.5 5. Kenmore KM5K Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
- 2.6 6. Clover D1 Countertop Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion