Thinking of buying a water cooler? That is a very wise decision, as drinking water on a regular basis throughout the day is critical to your health. It is just as important however that the water that you do drink is of good quality.

In order to ensure that you make an informed decision as to which type of water cooler will best suit your needs, it is important to look at all the pros and cons:


  • Water coolers are far more hygienic than drinking fountains or drinking water from a tap in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Many water coolers are movable so can be suitably placed, yet easily moved if that location becomes inconvenient for some reason
  • Water coolers are hygienic
  • Water coolers come with paper or plastic cups, which means no glasses or cups to wash
  • A water cooler makes getting fresh, chilled water extremely accessible
  • Some water coolers provide chilled, ambient and hot water options
  • A water cooler will encourage everyone to drink water rather than carbonated drinks


  • Bottled water coolers mean that you need to have bottles delivered regularly or you could be left without water
  • Bottled water coolers mean that you will need extra ace to store both empty and full bottles
  • Water bottles can be heavy and difficult to change
  • Purchasing a plumbed-in or mains water cooler may cost quite a bit in the beginning, as the price generally includes installation, which must be done by a professional
  • Some water companies do not adhere to the guidelines laid down by authorities, and unsanitary conditions may arise

At the end of the day, purchasing a water cooler is a good investment, as long as you make sure to choose a reputable water company that is a member of a controlling body such as the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) – this will ensure that the water company adheres to strict rules and regulations regarding the water and equipment supplied.