As the weather gets warmer, it’s getting more and more important for my family to keep hydrated. Of course, the best way of doing that is by drinking water, a lot of it. Unfortunately, that’s been a real challenge for us. None of us are really fond of the taste of plain water and the urge to slurp down icy sodas is just so strong. Though I never really thought about owning a water dispenser for our home, that just might be the extra push we need to drink more water. Even in our small one-bedroom apartment, we found just the spot for our new NewAir Water Dispenser (WCD-100W).
Product received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
NewAir Water Dispenser (WCD-100W) for Home or Office
While you might think water dispensers / water coolers are just for the office, this one is also designed for home use. It has a sleek design, is nice and compact, has a stainless steel tank so you don’t get that ‘plastic’ taste in the water. It even has a handy compartment to store cups, stirrer, colorful little paper umbrellas, etc.
When the NewAir Water Dispenser arrived, the box was packed inside another box with extra foam cushioning. This is not the kind of item you want arriving broken so I appreciate the extra care taken to package it properly.
At only 35 lbs. the water dispenser was not too heavy for Frans to lift it out of the box. HOWEVER, soon after he pulled the product out, we discovered that the bottom of the box was not connected and the outside box was supposed to easy be slipped off. Oops! That called for a do-over.
Since there is a cooling element, the directions state that it’s important to let the dispenser stand still and the components settle for at least a couple of hours. We used that time to head out to the store and get a water bottle. The dispenser takes a 2-, 3-, or 5-liter bottle. The store we went to only had a 3-liter bottle but that was perfect for our small family. Plus, the smaller, stubby bottle makes the dispenser look much cuter in our entryway corner.
WCD-100W Set-Up and Installation
Before use, there is a one-time cleaning process to follow. First we had to put the bottle on the water dispenser and then let the apparatus run for 30 minutes. The WCD-100W includes a bottle spike but the bottle we were using didn’t need to be punctured. So, we just popped that full water bottle on. Okay, it didn’t quite go as smoothly as we had thought it would. It became apparent that we need to polish our water bottle-flipping skills (queue lots of towels…).
30 minutes passed and it was time to drain the water dispenser. I emptied the cold water into a bowl and about 1/2 liter came out. On the back of the dispenser is a plastic plug labeled ‘HOT’. Not wanting to be burned, I tried to open the plug with an oven mitt on. Yeah, that wasn’t working. I wasn’t sure if the plug had to be pulled or twisted but, either way, I needed my bare fingers to open it. Turns out that the plug had to be screwed off and, yes, the water was hot. When draining this part keep these things in mind:
- Screw off the cap/plug.
- Wear gloves or use a towel.
- Have a container large enough to hold 1/2 to 1 liter of water as the flow from the drain is constant.
Finally, our NewAir Water Dispenser was clean and ready for use! We closed up the plug, dried off any water in the area, connected the power, turned on the heating and cooling switches, and waited. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to heat but about 10-15 minutes to cool. The cold water was extremely cold and very refreshing. The hot water was hot enough to make tea and filled 2-1/2 mugs full of water. The room temperature tap, well, we haven’t tried that one yet because it’s not as fun.
Parents and clumsy people will be happy to know that the nozzle for the hot water has an extra piece so pressing that one is more deliberate. I really appreciate this extra safety feature to prevent accidental scalding (not that anyone would do it on purpose).
Using the NewAir Drinking Water Dispenser (WCD-100W)
The NewAir Water Dispenser (WCD-100W) is really a great addition to any home. It offers hot and cold water at all times and is small enough to fit in even small spaces. Operation is very quiet, except during the times it’s heating and/or cooling the water. Even then, this is not happening all the time and racking up your electricity bills. The water dispenser only heats or cools water as needed. In fact, the price to refill the bottles (one place only charged 39¢ per gallon) is much less expensive than continually buying bottled water. Overall, this is a nice item and one we plan on using for a while.