Do you need a water dispenser for your home or office?

A water dispenser in Singapore is a common sight in homes and offices providing filtered, chilled drinking water and hot water for beverages such as coffee and tea. It has become a basic necessity to have the convenience for better productivity and better living. There are numerous types of water dispenser and many different features and options to choose from – so how do you decide which water dispenser is the best for your individual needs?

Do you need cold, hot or warm water?

Nowadays, many dispensers incorporate two separate tanks for water at different temperatures. Mainly they are for cold (5- 7°C) and hot water (80-95°C). There are some dispensers which serve warm water (water at room-temperature) instead of hot water. This can prevent any accidental scalding during the dispensing process and makes this type of dispenser popular in family areas where young children are present. (Many models come with child-safe feature for the hot water as well). So first you should think about why you need a water dispenser. Is it only for chilled drinking water? Do you need to provide warm or hot water for beverages like tea and coffee or instant soups or even noodles? Some water dispensers offer room temperature water too. Some models have separate switches for hot and cold and if cold is not required, it could be switched off to save energy.

Countertop or freestanding water dispenser?

Once you have decided on the type of water you need, you should decide which model of water dispenser will be best for you. There are two basic types available: countertop and freestanding models. Countertop water dispensers are very common at home as they can simply be placed on a table or kitchen countertop. They do not occupy any floor-space. Freestanding water dispensers are very common in offices and placed where many people need to access the dispenser.

Both models are typically available for use with bottled water or pipe-ins (bottleless).

Bottled or bottleless water dispenser?

Bottled water dispensers are usually freestanding models. Depending on the vendors, in Singaporeuse bottles of water could be 16 or 19L bottles that cost $8 to 15 per bottle. Offices with no water source in office will have to use this or Refillable bottle dispensers. Theses bottles are treated and delivered to the offices. Pipe-Ins are bottleless and are typically connected directly to the water source (piped-in) at home or in the office or wherever the dispenser is installed. This latter option, without bottles, can save time and money if a lot of people are using the water dispenser. You do not need to buy or order 19L bottles of water and you do not need to store the bottles (both empty and filled). A bottleless water dispenser may typically cost slightly more to buy and install – but over time it is cheaper than using a water dispenser that requires bottled water – and it’s more environmentally friendly because there are no plastic bottles used & no transportation of the bottles from the vendors to users. That means no using of fossil fuels and pollution for our Earth yet you still enjoy good quality filtered water. Want to be environmentally friendly yet have no water source in the office? Consider using a refillable water dispenser. Check out our Mineral Pot Refill that offers 5 stage filtered water yet retaining the natural goodness of minerals in water. With this 16.5L mineral pot, you can do away with bottle water delivery service and refill the pot with a pitcher. So, no backbreaking lifting of 19 litres.  

If you choose a bottleless water dispenser …

You will need to consider the installation requirements for the water dispenser. These dispensers are typically installed about 2 metres from the mains water supply and will require an electrical socket /outlet to connect it.

Water dispensers connected directly to the mains water supply, typically use a filter. This filter removes chlorine, organic matter and other possible contaminants from the water dispenser. A filter change is usually required in 9 to 12months.

Other factors to consider:
Budget & recurring cost
No of pax users & capability of dispenser
Type of filtration preferred

Other features such as UV Technology, which helps prevent bacteria, and SIP Technology, which reduces cleaning and maintenance, are also available on certain models of water dispenser available in Singapore. More articles about water dispensers:
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