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How Much Money Should I Spend On Our Office Water Cooler?

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By Matt Stimpson |  Published

When installing a mains fed or bottled water cooler in your office or workplace, there are plenty of factors to consider. First and foremost, it needs to keep your staff and visitors hydrated. But you also want it to look smart, be energy-efficient, and maintenance-free – but at what cost? Let’s look at how much you should spend on your office water cooler.

How much does a water cooler cost?

If you’re new to the world of office water coolers, it’s understandable why you might think a water cooler would be a high-spend item. After all, there are water bottles, cups, and deliveries, plus maintenance, repairs, and running costs. And that’s before the price of the water cooler unit itself. So let’s unpack your options.

It’s quite possible to search online, find a national supplier, and buy your water cooler up front.

Depending on your requirements and the supplier, prices can range from around £200 to £500. While the lower price range will feature ambient and chilled water options, you’ll need to increase your spend if you want to add a hot water option. And, of course, costs will also depend on your water cooler's chosen style and design.

What happens next?

So is that a bad deal? Well, you’ll have your shiny new water cooler delivered directly to your door, hopefully with some water bottle supplies to go with it. While this will see you through the next couple of weeks, what happens next?

Buying upfront might get your initial water cooler spend out of the way, but there’s very little in the form of accountability. This usually means more time calling national call centres, speaking to someone different each time, reordering your water bottles, cups, and accessories – all at extra cost to you – and arranging for maintenance and sanitisation.

And you probably won’t be given any timescales of when your orders will arrive, meaning there could be long delays before you get what you need. Find out more about what you should expect from a new water cooler supplier as standard.

How much money should I spend on a water cooler?

Buying upfront is probably not the best option, especially for a high standard of ongoing customer service. And it won't be a cost-effective or time-efficient option for you either. So how much should you spend on your office water cooler?

The most flexible option is to rent your water cooler with monthly payments covering all your supply deliveries, maintenance, and sanitisation. At Thirsty Work, our costs start from just £4.60 per week for our bottled water coolers and £7.00 per week for our mains fed water coolers. And of course, those costs are all-inclusive, with water bottles (if needed), cups, and accessories, responsively delivered when you want – or need – them.

Choose Thirsty Work for flexibility and reliability

Thirsty Work can tick all the right boxes for a more cost-effective, flexible, and reliable option for your office water cooler spend. Chat with our customer service team today on 01392 877 172, or email Get your free quote and all the information on our delivery times, schedules, and service packages – or why not go ahead and start your no-obligation 10-day free trial?