Last Updated on November 23, 2020
Bottom-loading water dispensers keep the water bottle itself out of sight. They also negate the need to have to lift and flip the water bottle, and this combination means that they are suitable for use in offices and commercial properties, and even in homes.
A full five-gallon water bottle can weigh around 45 pounds, so it is no easy feat to lift and situate the bottle. However, while a bottom-loading water dispenser might look less unsightly and be easier to load, but it needs some means of pumping the water up to the dispenser.
There are numerous options, as well as a choice of models that include features like hot or cold water, self-cleaning variants, and the ability to work with different sized water bottles (typically 3- or 5-gallon bottles). With this amount of choice, it can seem a daunting task to get the right dispenser for your needs, which is why we’ve written reviews of the top 10 best bottom-loading water dispensers available today.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Brio CLBL520SC Bottom Loading Water Dispenser||
|Best Value||Primo 601088 Bottom Loading Water Cooler||
|Premium Choice||hOmeLabs Bottom Loading Water Dispenser||
|Avalon A6 Touchless Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser||
|Brio CLBL420V2 Bottom Loading Water Dispenser||
The 10 Best Bottom-Loading Water Dispensers – Reviews 2020
1. Brio CLBL520SC Bottom Loading Water Dispenser – Best Overall
The Brio CLBL520SC is a reasonably priced water dispenser, despite having a raft of excellent features. It has 3 water temperature settings and will accept either 3- or 5-gallon bottles. It has a child safety lock to prevent injuries and accidents with the heavy bottles.
It also has 3 dispensing faucets, so you can prevent queueing around the water cooler. There is a simple self-cleaning feature. Simply press the button and the Brio will dispense a disinfectant solution that cleans all internal components and water lines. The splash plate is anti-bacterial, so it’s entirely safe, and the drip tray is removable, which makes it easy and convenient to clean this component too.
There’s even an empty water warning light, which means that you don’t have to keep opening the door to check when it’s time to put the next bottle in. Perhaps the only gripe with this dispenser is that it isn’t the quietest model on the market, although it still isn’t deafening either.
2. Primo 601088 Bottom Loading Water Cooler – Best Value
If you’re operating on a budget and don’t need quite the same wide range of features, then the Primo represents the best bottom-loading water dispenser for the money.
It only has 2 faucets, rather than 3, but this should be more than enough for most offices and workplaces. It also only has 2 water temperature settings but, again, this will be enough in most cases. It still accepts 3- and 5-gallon bottles and the hot water faucet, which will provide piping hot water, has a child safety shut-off feature. Its sleek black look houses a stainless-steel water reservoir while the removable drip tray is even dishwasher safe.
The Primo 601088 uses a combination of filters, including a reverse osmosis filter, to deliver purified and great tasting water. The Primo can be a bit loud, and it gets louder after being used for several months. In a typical office, the volume won’t be that noticeable, but it could be an issue if you’re sat right next to it or in a waiting room or reception area.
3. hOmeLabs Bottom Loading Water Dispenser – Premium Choice
The hOmeLabs water dispenser is another model that works with pretty much any standard size of water bottle. It also has 3 temperature settings so that you can opt for freezing cold, piping hot, or somewhere in between.
The stainless-steel door looks good and helps prevent accidental damage to the unit. It has a removable drip tray that is easy to clean and there is an indicator to let you know when it is time to switch out the water bottle for a new one. The LED night light means that you can dispense cold water without having to turn the lights on, and the safety lock offers a convenient method of protecting small hands from getting burned.
It is one of the most expensive options on our list, despite not having an automatic cleaning function, though, but it does look great. Its sleek design is only a little wider and deeper than the water bottle, so it should fit easily into any space in any property.
4. Avalon A6 Touchless Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser
The Avalon A6 Touchless Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser has hot and cold waterspouts that are clearly marked as blue for cold and red for hot water. There’s a child safety lock on the hot water dispenser, and both feature a touchless lever that you push your glass or cup against to dispense water so that you don’t have to use your hands.
The cabinet will hold a 3-gallon or 5-gallon bottle and there is a removable drip tray that is easy to clean and just as easy to replace after cleaning.
However, there are some problems with this model. The water float has a tendency to get stuck, which can cause the dispenser to continue dispensing water, even when not required, leading to some fairly major leaks. This has been a problem in a handful of units but is worth mentioning. It is also quite a noisy unit, whether it is in use or is simply waiting to provide water.
5. Brio CLBL420V2 Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
Compatible with 3- and 5-gallon bottles, the Brio CLBL420V2 is a bottom-loading water dispenser that offers 3 temperature settings for hot, cold, and warm water. Its child safety lock prevents burns, and its smart water level meter alerts you when it is time to change the bottle so that you don’t have to keep opening the door and checking the water level.
The removable drip tray is not only easy to clean but is BPA free, and it has a good-looking design with stainless steel accents that will look good in any office or other location. It is recognized for its quiet operation and for the fact that it doesn’t require any plumbing or mechanical work to install, although this should be a common feature with any water dispenser of this type.
It is at the more expensive end of the dispensers we feature, though, despite not having high-end features like a self-cleaning unit.
6. Avalon A3BLK Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
The Avalon A3BLK Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Dispenser has 3 temperature settings. As well as cold water that negates the need to add ice, and hot water that is more than hot enough for coffee and tea, it also serves room temperature water. It has a built-in nightlight that illuminates the spouts while the empty-bottle indicator lights up to let you know when it is time to change the bottle. The hot waterspout also has a child-safety lock that shuts off the hot water dispenser and prevents burns and scalding water accidents. It is compatible with 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles, and the design combines a stainless-steel water compartment door with dark gray, almost black elements.
Although the Avalon A3BLK is quite expensive compared to most models on the list, it does have a self-cleaning feature that cleans all internal elements including the water pipes, ensuring that you can enjoy clean and fresh water without having to take it apart for cleaning.
7. Vitapur VWD1006BLP Bottom Load Water Dispenser
The Vitapur VWD1006BLP is a bottom-loading water dispenser with a lot of the usual features. It will dispense water at 3 temperatures so you can enjoy your choice of cold, hot, or room temperature water.
It has indicator lights that let you know when it is ready for use and a safety shut-off for the hot water. It also has a float switch system that prevents leaking and stops water from overflowing. It will work with 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles.
Unfortunately, the Vitapur is at the higher end of the price bracket for this type of product, despite not being a self-cleaning unit. It is also quite loud and there are multiple cases of the doors not closing properly, as well as some other malfunctions and problems that suggest it has not been constructed well. It also has a tendency to leak when using a 5-gallon bottle, suggesting that the water straw that is placed in the bottle is not the right length.
8. LeMuna Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
The LeMuna bottom-loading water dispenser offers many of the usual features. It will work with 3-gallon or 5-gallon water bottles which also makes the unit easy to install because it doesn’t need plumbing or any mechanical installation. Simply plug it in and wait three minutes.
It offers water at 3 temperatures and has 3 separate faucets so it can dispense water at each of the 3 temperatures at the same time. It has a removable drip tray for easy cleaning and there is a safety shut-off on the hot water button that will prevent burning water from being dispensed except when you want it.
However, the LeMuna bottom-loading water dispenser is not ideal for heavy use. It needs to constantly heat water so that, after each cup of hot water, you will have to wait before dispensing another. It doesn’t have the same build quality as a lot of other models, either so it suffers from things like poorly fitting doors. There are better options out there for the money.
9. Costway 23358-CYPE Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser
The Costway 23358-CYPE is a water dispenser that can dispense cold or hot water but does not have a middle temperature setting. It has separate spouts for each, and switches for each, which means that you can turn the cooler or heater off, as required, and save money and energy according to your typical use. The dispenser will produce 1 liter of cold water an hour and 3.2 liters of hot water every hour.
There’s also a child-safety lock on the dispenser and the large drip tray is easy to remove so that it can be easily and conveniently cleaned. Unfortunately, it is only compatible with 5-gallon jugs, it doesn’t have a middle temperature setting, and its quality is lower than others on our list.
10. Magic Chef MCWD40BB Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
The Magic Chef MCWD40BB bottom-loading water dispenser is expensive for what it offers, but it does dispense hot or cold water, at temperatures suitable for a nice chilled cold drink or a piping hot cup of tea or coffee. It has separate spouts, which are operated by pushing the lever back with the cup or glass, so it offers no-touch operation. It uses food-grade stainless steel and BPA plastic.
It comes in a black or white finish and has a dishwasher-safe and removable drip tray. It also has an empty-bottle indicator and the usual child safety lock on the hot water tap that should prevent accidental injuries to small hands.
Unfortunately, the Magic Chef MCWD40BB Bottom Loading Water Dispenser is only compatible with 5-gallon water bottles, it is lacking the room temperature setting that a lot of other dispensers have, and is primarily made of plastic which doesn’t give a sense of durability or strength. For the price of this model, you can certainly find better.
A bottom-loading water dispenser not only provides water on tap, but it negates the need to have to lift heavy water bottles and flip them for use in standard dispensers. Most models offer at least hot and cold water, with some also yielding room temperature water as a third option. Ensure that they have security and safety features like child-locks on the hot water tap and consider spending a little extra to get the self-cleaning function that makes maintenance and care much easier. There are a lot of options to choose from, so we hope that our list of reviews above has helped you choose the model you want, or at least eliminate those that aren’t suitable.
While compiling our reviews, we found the Brio CLBL520SC offered some really good functions at a reasonable price. It has three water temperature faucets, a self-cleaning feature, and a really good build quality. If you’re willing to forego the self-cleaning function, don’t require room temperature water, but still want the same high-quality product, the Primo 601088Primo 601088 offers the best value for money during our testing and reviews.
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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 10 Best Bottom-Loading Water Dispensers – Reviews 2020
- 2.1 1. Brio CLBL520SC Bottom Loading Water Dispenser – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Primo 601088 Bottom Loading Water Cooler – Best Value
- 2.3 3. hOmeLabs Bottom Loading Water Dispenser – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Avalon A6 Touchless Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser
- 2.5 5. Brio CLBL420V2 Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
- 2.6 6. Avalon A3BLK Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
- 2.7 7. Vitapur VWD1006BLP Bottom Load Water Dispenser
- 2.8 8. LeMuna Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
- 2.9 9. Costway 23358-CYPE Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser
- 2.10 10. Magic Chef MCWD40BB Bottom Loading Water Dispenser
- 3 Conclusion