At a good party, you can work up a sweat, especially in the summer. Nothing kills the good times like dehydration and nothing relaxes the guests like a cool, refreshing drink. A reliable drink dispenser is always there to be a good host.
The best party water dispensers are available in all shapes and sizes. The ones you probably know best are the ice-filled kegs sitting next to a stack of cups on the edge of each television sporting event. Unless they are content with winning coaches, these simple products make sure the teams are hydrated and working. The requirements for a party drink dispenser are much easier. They trade volume for convenience and style. Their essential purpose, however, remains unchanged. As with the orange barrels with taps that athletes use, party vending machines need to keep drinks cool and accessible.
Finding one that keeps drinks cool without licking or as a stain can be a bit tricky. They come in glass, plastic, metal and even in ceramics. If you base your choice only on materials, this is not a safe bet. Some dispensers emphasize the look, offer multiple beverage containers, or have clever cooling features. Finding something that will not let you down when the party is in full swing requires a lot more than just window shopping.
- Double reservoir ActionFly Machine
- Separate base Home Essentials & Beyond
- Adjustable tiers Jumbl Stackable
- Extremely sturdy New Wave Enviro
- Nice to look at Home Essentials Heritage
- Appealing design LANSH Glass
- Pure copper RawyalCrafts Water Tank
How we found the best party water dispensers
To select the products from our list, we had to check the options against a set of standard criteria. Though it was everything from the material used to the integrity of the spout, it was divided into four basic categories. Each will be explained in more detail below.
- construction quality
- user friendliness
- nuclear power
The quality of construction takes everything into account, from the materials used to leaks. Leakage seals were a big problem, and these weak spots were usually the first to fail. Metal outlets are not only made of sturdier materials, but fit much better than plastic, which is much more susceptible to warping, bending and slipping. The primary reservoirs have received more recognition for their sturdy shape than for their material. Although a few products had uniquely rugged and durable bodies, almost all party beverage dispensers are made of plastic or glass. As mentioned earlier, plastic tends to warp and bend over time. Of course, glass is very fragile. Every material has its drawbacks, so we did not evaluate the products according to the manufacturer’s decision in this regard. However, we have considered the value of glass and plastic in the consideration of value and price.
Although shipping is not necessarily a design issue, this is a process that still depends on the seller. For this reason, we have included shipping aspects in this category. Products that have arrived defective do not score as well as those delivered in one piece. Manufacturer’s warranties, return policies and customer service also played a role. After all, accidents happen to everyone and shipping glass has never been easy.
For guests, a vending machine is always easy to use. If there is no fault in the spout that falls under our design criteria, it is quite easy to remove a drink from the dispenser. Filling a drink into a dispenser is a bit more complicated, so our ease-of-use criteria take into account the needs of the host more than the guest’s needs. Basically, the same type of spout was used for each of our products. Apart from the design standards, they were not part of our considerations.
The ease of use is all about preparing for the party and how hard a host must be to keep the party going. Although ice buckets generally earn more points that we will discuss in the core service, their placement in this category was a key concern. Because even if guests have completely emptied a dispenser, replacing the ice in the rack is a time consuming task. The host must remove the top and try to hold it while filling in new ice. It is uncomfortable and there is rarely room for this procedure on a cramped party buffet table. That’s why cooling features with top access are so valuable. They are easily accessible, easily replaceable and it does not matter how much fluid is left in the dispenser.
The ease of use also takes into account additional features such as the blackboard tags or the top access diffuser that some products are touted for. The blackboard labels make life easier for the hosts. Nobody wants to spend the evening answering any guest who wants to know what’s going on. The diffuser also allows the host to quickly change tastes, adapt to taste, and prevent stray product particles from landing in a guest cup. The less potential headache the host has, the better the drink dispenser will be.
This criterion examines exactly how well a beverage dispenser dispenses drinks. Does she think it’s cool? What is the temperature? Is there enough fluid volume to be useful? How versatile is that? Anything that could affect the ability of the product to keep drinks cool and put them in cups without leakage was considered under this consideration.
One of the key points of the core performance of vending machines is the temperature. We did not look for donators who can offer hot drinks because they deserve their own moment in the limelight. All products in this article should keep the drinks cool. No one has a power source, so they can do so only by adding ice. Ice containers are crucial for maintaining temperature. Even ice chambers in the stands gained attention. Unfortunately, most glass dispensers reached a similar level as their plastic competitors, as they had no separate ice chambers available. Throwing ice directly into the drink only leads to water drinks, and nobody wants a tasteless punch. Nevertheless, the ground-based ice chambers could not hold the temperature of the entire donor evenly. You can cool the bottom, but the top could be warm. The inner ice inserts won the highest recognition. Even if the donor had other problems, if he contained an inner ice channel or insert, they went into our considerations.
You do not have to do much to keep a donor in order, apart from washing. Therefore, the adjustment became the focus of this criterion. If a product could go into the dishwasher, this has turned the category. If it had to be washed by hand, it did not score so well. If the manufacturer did not confirm that a product could get into the dishwasher, the product was rated as it could not because cautious users would rinse it by hand.
The easy storage also fell under the maintenance. Glass dispensers require a lot of tender, loving care. They can break as easily as they do when they fall over at a party. Plastic and metal options proved to be much more robust.
Party Drink Tips
When your donor is done, it’s time to break the recipe book and search for your favorite punch recipe. But do not get caught in a trap. There are some simple ways to add some fun and excitement to your drinks, whether they are drinks or alcoholic drinks.
Look for a fresh touch. In almost all areas for donors fresh fruit floats at the top. Adding lemons is an easy way to beat lemonade or iced tea without fear of becoming creative. There are many other fruits in the world. Do you have a herb garden? Try adding fresh thyme, basil or rosemary to your drinks instead of relying solely on mint. Edible flowers are a fantastic and unforgettable addition.
If you want to reduce calories, cut costs, or just reduce noise, break out the bubbling water. It’s a cocktail favorite for a reason. Everyone loves the bubbles, and this simple drink goes well with anything. It can revive a cocktail mix just as easily as your traditional family punch recipe.