Telling Stories around the Playroom Water Cooler

In Product, Review by Chris

Have you been wanting to introduce more water in your kids diet? I felt like my kids were drinking too many juice boxes, so when this opportunity fell into my lap, I jumped at the fun and healthy alternative.

We’ve spent the bulk of last year remodeling our basement into a viable play area for our kids. We wanted it to be their own comfortable child-friendly haven. We’ve painted, water-proofed, added comfortable vinyl plank flooring and new bright lighting. The final step was moving-in affordable IKEA furniture for toy storage and play zones. We are very happy with the results.
NewAir WCD-100W Water Dispenser
Our only issue with the basement playroom is the lack of plumbing, specifically, water for drinking and art projects. We included a small refrigerator for quick snacks and bottled water, but it can be a hassle to keep full, it always seems to be empty when it’s most needed.

The NewAir WCD-100W water dispenser was the solution.

To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t even thought of a water cooler until NewAir presented me with one. I haven’t seen water coolers in wide-spread use in almost two decades. But apparently, they are still as popular as ever.

NewAir shipped our dispenser very quickly, it was at our door the same week we ordered. It was wrapped in two heavy cardboard boxes separated with foam. The unit ships as one whole piece, so there is zero assembly required. In 2 hours, you’ll be dispensing fresh, clean water.

We settled on the WCD-100W because its modern design fit the white decor throughout our basement. It was much bulkier than I had anticipated, but I also didn’t expect the extra storage space it provides down below the dispensing station. This thoughtful use of space provided an inconspicuous area to store drinking cups. The surface of the cooler is a glossy white with black curvy stripe down the center. The design really fit-in with our space.

The unit’s most exceptional feature, as one would expect, is the water dispensing. The WCD-100W dispenses water on-the-fly at three temperatures: cold, hot and room temperature. You cannot however, set the exact temp, but I’m not convinced you would even need that option. The water flow is optimal for our children’s reaction speed. My single biggest concern over the unit was quickly settled when I learned the unit is child-safe on the hot water valve, or can be completely disabled through the back switch. Much like any refrigeration appliance, the WCD-100W does make humming noises when the water temperature rises and must be cooled again.

The final step to solving our basement water need came down to water itself. We don’t see the Culligan trucks delivering water like we used to. After some research, there is still water delivery options in our area, but it seemed just as easy and more affordable to fill bottles ourselves. Grocery stores, dedicated retail outlets, and even “water-ATM’s” are accessible options for the frugal-minded. It cost me $2.00 for a 5-gallon bottle, not bad at all.

So, the real question is, how did our kids like the NewAir WCD-100W Water Dispenser? Turns out breaking juice habits and creating a culture was tougher than I thought, but they are drinking more water in general. We purchased some fun-themed water bottles that remind them they have water readily available. I have peace of mind knowing they’re drinking healthier, but also that we have extra drinking water on-hand in case of an emergency.

Overall, we’re enjoying the benefits of our NewAir WCD-100W Water Dispenser!

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