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.
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.