Advantages and Disadvantages of Water Dispensers

Many cities treat their water to kill off harmful bacteria and parasites. What many people don’t know is that other impurities such as lead, copper, aluminum, pesticides, and so on can still remain in the water even after being treated. Not only that, but tap water does not have a good taste. The reason for this is that there are chemicals such as chlorine used during the water treatment process. In an attempt to remedy these problems, many people purchase water dispensers. They help in eliminating these impurities while making the water taste better.

Water Dispenser
Research shows that a water dispenser will save you roughly $600 a year if you were to buy 16-ounce water bottles. Some people like to bottle their own filtered water. By doing so, you will reduce plastic waste and save money. Talk about a win-win situation.

Water dispensers come in different shapes and sizes. Some conveniently fit right into your refrigerator door. There are some that come with a larger container for larger quantities of water. Although they do not fit in your refrigerator door, they will fit nicely inside your refrigerator.

Reading all of this, you might want to rush out and buy yourself a water dispenser. Before you do that, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of water dispensers.


  • They require no plumbing.
  • Size- they make for easy storing and are usually portable.
  • With so many different types of water dispensers on the market, you can choose one that suits your needs and budget.
  • There is minimal installation. Almost everything is done for you by the company.
  • Cleanup is very simple. The only thing you really have to do is replace the parts when needed.
  • How to use the water dispenser is fairly easy. The instruction manual does not require an expert to interpret.

plastic water bottle pollution

  • Although perceived as safe, try to keep it away from dust. They can easily become a breeding ground for diseases.
  • Cost. The water dispenser itself does not cost much, but it requires a new filter after so many uses. This extra expense increases especially during the summer and can add up.
  • Check the quality of the plastic before you make the purchase. If it is made of harmful cheap plastic material, the purpose of drinking chemical free water is pointless. Read our article on: BPA Free Water Bottles
  • If you refill old water bottles, you might be causing more harm than good. Most water bottles are meant to only be used once.

The ideal and best solution to drinking water from a good source is investing in a whole house water filtration system. Most filtration systems eliminate 90% of harmful chemicals. Also, knowing where your water is coming from is rather reassuring. The long term effects on your health alone are worth the investment.

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4 responses to “Advantages and Disadvantages of Water Dispensers

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