Review of the Best Bottom Loading Water Dispensers

Anyone that has had to deal with a traditional water dispenser knows how difficult it is loading the cooler onto them. I mean, you (or the intern) have to grab the cooler and throw it on top. One time I actually dropped the bottle and it exploded.

Not my proudest moment.

Anyway, a bottom loading water dispenser solves that problem. You literally just slide the bottle into the bottom of the dispenser. Yes, it really is that easy.

Here are the top five bottom loading water dispensers available on the market. These are great for offices, but I guess you can also use them for your home too. I’m not sure, does anyone use these for their home?

Reviews

Highly Rated: Avalon Bottom Loading

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Alright, first on our list if the Avalon Bottom Loading water dispenser. First, this is made by Avalon as you probably already know. Now, what you might know is that Avalon has a reputation for making great water devices.

Their bottom loading dispenser is no different. This is why it’s our top pick and a highly regarded product on Amazon. In addition to performing well, it also looks great. It has the futuristic stainless steel construction rather than that white plastic that looks straight out of 1996.

The water setting are pretty good as well. You get three different settings to choose from. You can have hot, cold, or room temperature. This is great for all of your potential water needs.

Avalon even has lights on this unit. They put an indication light on the unit itself that alerts you when it is time to replace the water bottle. In addition to that, they also have a light shining near the dispenser part. This helps if it is nighttime and you need to get water.

It’s like a beacon of light in a dark cave. For a normal office, this probably isn’t that useful. However, if you work in a dark warehouse or something, then this is extremely useful.


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Pros
  • Three different temperature settings that cover all your possible needs.
  • A light on the dispenser to help you out if it’s dark.
  • A modern looking stainless steel design.
  • Child safety lock. No need to worry about children getting hot water everywhere.
  • UL/Energy Star Approved. This means it’s energy efficient.

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Cons
  • Can be loud.

Runnerup: Whirlpool Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Dispenser

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Next up on our list is this Whirlpool self-cleaning unit. Self-cleaning is a pretty cool concept and it works surprisingly well.

We like this unit for more than just it’s self-cleaning capabilities though. You also get a unit that is nickel plated stainless steel, which just looks amazing. I mean, this dispenser looks sharp.

Anyway, Whirlpool has been making these type of devices for a very long time. This one is a 5th generation bottom loading dispenser. This means they have fixed any of the big problems that these units first had when released. For instance, the pump on this one is super strong and sucks up all of the water from the bottle. No more having to deal with half a gallon remaining in the bottle at the end of the week.

The cooling in this unit is also cool. Water literally passes through an ice block to cool down. No more having to deal with refrigeration lines or anything like that. It’s a pretty cool and efficient way to cool water.

Now, the hot water stays in a reservoir. This means you have a hot water at a moment’s notice. No having to wait for the water to heat up or come out lukewarm. Nope, the water comes out hot almost instantly.

Even better is that this unit has LED notification lights for everything. It kind of looks like a spaceship if we’re being 100% candid. I like it. An LED indicator light will appear when the self-cleaning is occurring and when the hot and cold water is at a good temperature. Awesome. Oh, you also get an LED indicator when it is time to replace the water bottle underneath the cooler. Like I said, this is basically a spaceship in your office.

Finally, you get a decent warranty on this. As of this writing, this warranty is only available if you purchase it from an authorized retailer. No grey market sellers. The Amazon listing should detail who the authorized reseller is that can provide you with the warranty.


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Pros
  • It’s self-cleaning. You won’t have to worry about cleaning with this unit.
  • LED indicator lights for low water, ideal water temperature, and when self-cleaning is occurring.
  • Warranty when purchased through an authorized reseller.
  • Cold water is cooled by a giant ice cube.
  • Stainless steel with nickel plating looks good.

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Cons
  • More expensive than other units.

NewAir WAT40B

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Right in the middle of the list is the NewAir WAT40B. This unit is great for a more budget friendly customer because it skips some of the fancy features of the other dispensers.

First, this isn’t stainless steel. It isn’t that 1996 plastic either. It’s a sleek looking black plastic, so it still has a fashionable design at a fraction of the cost. Not bad.

Don’t worry. The plastic is BPA free. It’s safe.

Anyway, it’s just your standard water dispenser. It has a hot and cold setting with a child lock. The pump on this one isn’t too loud. Some people still mention that it is too loud though. Can’t please everyone.

Finally, this has the usual LED indicator light that shines when it is time to change the bottle. This is just a solid all around container at a good price without any of the bells and whistles of the other dispensers.


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Pros
  • Great price.
  • Black plastic looks great. It also contains no BPA.
  • Child safety lock on the hot button.

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Cons
  • Some people say that it is loud.

Hamilton Beach BL-1-4A

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Another one of our favorites. This one offers hot, cold, and room temperature water. I mean, with a unit like this you don’t even need to use your sink. Replacing the water coolers that frequently might get annoying though.

Anyway, this is a plastic and stainless steel unit. The front panel is made of stainless steel, which kind of gives this unit a cyberpunk look to it… at least as cyberpunk as a water dispenser can look. So if you want a cyberpunk water dispenser, then this is your unit.

Other than that it is has the usual child safety lock. Pretty much standard for a water dispenser that gives hot water. It also has a removable drip tray, which makes cleaning so much easier. Believe me.

Finally, you get those nifty little LED indicator lights that appear. One appear when the hot water or cold water is ready. One also shows up for the room temperature water, which I’m not really sure what the point of that is to be quite honest, but it’s cool. You get a red indicator that light that lights up when it’s time to replace the bottle too. No more having to look and see, which would get annoying with a bottom loader.


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Pros
  • Good price.
  • Dispenses hot, cold, and room temperature water.
  • Bunch of LED inidcators.
  • Child safety lock.
  • Cyberpunk look.
  • Doesn’t make a lot of noise.

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Cons
  • Water drips out a few seconds after you stop using it.

Primo Pewter 3

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Rounding out our list is the Primo Pewter 3. This unit is black plastic, so no need to worry about the white plastic 1996 look. The plastic does not have any BPA either.

This is another 3 spout dispenser. As mentioned earlier, the hot and cold are good. However, tap water might have a tendency to make you run out of the water a little faster than you would like. This is just something to consider before you go out and purchase one of these.

Now, you get 4 LED lights. Again, you have the whole spaceship design going on with this unit. I think it looks good, but some people might not enjoy the LED.

All I have to say is good luck finding a bottom loading water dispenser that does not have a bunch of LED lights. First, you need one to tell you when to change the bottle. Trust me, you don’t want to have to constantly look underneath and see when it runs low. The added benefit of knowing when the water is ready is also good. No more doing a quick drop of water to determine the temperature. It wastes water and also can make a mess.

Anyway, we like that this has a removable stainless steel drip tray. It can even be put in the dishwasher, so you don’t even have to do dishes.

Finally, this product comes with a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Sweet.

Note: You can see our troubleshooting guide for this unit by clicking here.


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Pros
  • Black BPA-free plastic.
  • Cold, hot, and room temperature water can be dispensed.
  • Stainless steel water reservoirs.
  • Energy Star rated, so it’s energy efficient.
  • The unit is actually quiet.

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Cons
  • The pumps went out early on some models. This problem was due to a bad manufacturing run in 2014 and has been fixed in 2018.

Final Verdict

Our choice and recommendation is the Whirlpool Self Cleaning Bottom Loading Water Dispenser. This unit is expensive, I know. However, it is from a brand that you can trust and it’s self-cleaning. How awesome is that?

You don’t have to worry about cleaning your water cooler. I mean, you still have to clean it. You just don’t have to clean the spigot as frequently. It also looks nice because it’s stainless steel. All in all, this is the best one on the list. We didn’t put it higher because the higher price can scare of some consumers, but if you’re willing to spend some extra money, then purchase this unit. You won’t have to worry about it breaking in 5 months or it randomly deciding to leak and flooding your home.

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