Brio CL520-POU Water Cooler Dispenser

While it’s dubbed as a professional commercial/residential water dispenser, the Brio CL-520U is actually a more basic bottleless water cooler dispenser. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles we saw in the Avalon dispensers above. It’s just a two-function dispenser with no built-in filtration system.

Key Features:
  • Hot water is steaming hot while cold water is ice cold
  • Allows you to adjust the cold water temperature to your liking
  • Dispenses water fast and doesn’t make a lot of noise

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Things we like

  • Hot water is steaming hot while cold water is ice cold
  • Allows you to adjust the cold water temperature to your liking
  • Dispenses water fast and doesn’t make a lot of noise
  • Simple design with sturdy levers for easy operation
  • Hot water lever has a child-proof feature
  • Large fill area that accommodates small to tall containers
  • Highly durable unit that’s fairly easy to install
  • Comes with a 2-year limited warranty

Things we don't like

  • No built-in filtration system
  • The drip tray is small in size
  • Doesn’t have a nightlight
  • No self-cleaning functionality

While it’s dubbed as a professional commercial/residential water dispenser, the Brio CL-520U is actually a more basic bottleless water cooler dispenser. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles we saw in the Avalon dispensers above. It’s just a two-function dispenser with no built-in filtration system.

Functions

The Brio CL-520U dispenses cold and hot water. The performance of both functions is not bad at all. The hot water is steaming hot with temperatures ranging from 185oF to 195oF.

On the other hand, the compressor cools water to ice cold levels. It can chill the water down to 32.9oF – that’s about the freezing point (32oF) of water.

Moreover, the unit is equipped with a cold water thermostat which is a nice touch and a feature that lacks in most other water cooler dispensers.

Located on the back of the unit, this thermostat allows you to adjust the cooling temperature to the level you want. You can adjust it from 32.9oF to 53oF. It’s short-range but the fact that you can set the temperature of the cold water to your preference is a big bonus.

The speed of the water as it flows out of the spouts is fairly quick. You can fill cups and glasses in a matter of seconds – around 20 seconds to be precise. It’s a unit that’s suitable for use in environments with high traffic like an office setting.

Aside from the usual soft humming common with water cooler dispensers, there’s barely any noise produced by this machine while working. The water from both spouts has no unpleasant taste which is attributed to the use of stainless steel water tanks rather than plastic ones.

Operation

Brio has tried a lot to keep the design of this unit simple and the same applies when it comes to operating it. There are no buttons or anything of the sort on the front part. Just the spouts.

All the controls are located on the back which includes the on/off switches for the cold and hot water functions.

The unit uses levers for dispensing water which provides easy operation. You just push down the lever for the water of your choice to release the water out. The levers are made of plastic but sturdy plastic that can handle constant use.

The hot water lever has a child-proof feature that works fine and can offer some level of protection against accidental burns although both levers are placed right on top of the spouts.

You can fit small to tall bottles underneath the spouts. The fill area is large but the drip tray is small. It doesn’t provide much space to sit a container – you will have to hold it when filling. Dispensing water at night will also be a problem as the unit doesn’t feature any nightlight.

Installation

Setting up the Brio CL-520U is straightforward, however, the installation kit is not provided hence the installation can be somewhat challenging for beginners.

There’s no self-cleaning feature either. The good thing though is that the unit has a drain valve on the back, so you can flush the system with a food-grade sanitizer to clean and prevent any bacteria or germ accumulation. Brio has also included dual backup shut-off floats which help prevent water from overflowing.

Finally, this unit sports a robust construction from the frame to the internal components and water tanks. It’s a highly durable unit that can certainly provide service for several years.

Verdict

Although it has a simple, laid-back design with no advanced features, this Brio CL-520U model is one reliable water cooler dispenser for heating and cooling water. It’s an option we would recommend if you already have an existing filtration system installed or don’t need one.

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Brio CL520-POU Water Cooler Dispenser
Brio CL520-POU Water Cooler Dispenser
Brio CL520-POU Water Cooler Dispenser
Brio CL520-POU Water Cooler Dispenser

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