Tap water is losing favorability due to the presence of pollutants. Thus, many people prefer the more convenient hygienic way of getting some drinking water at controlled temperatures. A dispenser offers just that, if not more. However, there are different types of dispensers based on certain parameters. Here is how your best bottom loading water dispenser compares to others.
The Quality of Water
Top-loading: the bottled water for this version comes from various companies. Such companies utilize different methods of ensuring high levels of water purity. The common methods being ultraviolet light for killing microbes and carbon filters that get rid of pesticides and any heavy metals.
Point of use dispenser: though hard to come by, such dispensers are usually connected directly to your plumbing. They make use of plenty of filters to clean up your tap water. Such, Include carbon filter (chlorine reduction), nutrient booster, reverse osmosis membrane, PH balancer, sediment filter, detoxifier, pre-carbon filter, taste filter, antibacterial filter, among others. The number of filters used depends on manufacturers.
Bottom-loading: like the top-loading version, these ones too use the bottled water delivered by various companies. The only difference is the water gets sucked first into a steel reservoir that does not affect taste as much as plastic does.
The Dispenser’s Setup
Top-loading: made of durable, easy to carry plastic, this version is quite easy to setup. With a water bottle attached, their height ranges from 1-2 feet. Thus, make sure there is enough room in your electric socket area.
Point of use dispenser: it is the only version that requires professional installation due to the direct connection to the plumbing. Nonetheless, the plumber will still consume less than an hour in installation.
Bottom-loading: these types of dispensers are just like the top-loading version. The only difference is the pump used to draw water into the tank. Also, the fact that the tank is stored in the base makes them considerably shorter.
Top-loading: such dispensers are probably the hardest to refill. Lifting up that water bottle is quite some task. Over time, lifting could lead to back injury if not done right. Squat and lift up the bottle with the knee weight. Otherwise, bending at the waist to lift it up will lead to injuries. Again, splashing can be an issue when overturning the bottle to fit it into the dispenser. Of course, most manufacturers have reduced the struggle by providing a pricking mechanism that makes a hole in the bottle’s cover.
Point of use dispensers: in terms of refilling, they are quite favorable. After the initial setup, water flow is constant unless there is a problem with supply. However, there is a hassle in changing the filters yearly or every 6 months. Some even require a specialist to make the change.
Bottom-loading: spillage risk stands least here. Just remove the bottle cover, slide the bottle inside the base of your dispenser, and put the hose in place. Usually the hose comes with a lid that covers the bottle’s top.
Initial and Maintenance Costs
Top-loading: price ranges for the top loading dispensers are the lowest. You can get a good dispenser for a comparatively small amount. Yet, there are some that cost slightly higher depending on specifications. Nevertheless, the long-term maintenance could prove a bit costly as the water bottles have to be changed on every refill.
Point of use dispenser: at first, it might appear costly, but these kinds of dispensers cost the least in terms of maintenance. Just make sure you pay water bills on time, to keep water running.
Bottom-loading: while they cost more than the top-loading ones, they cost the same in terms of maintenance. Perchance, the extra charge is for convenience during bottle replacements.
Now that you have all the information you need, it will be quite easy to choose a suitable dispenser. That is, based on budget and specific needs.