Whirlpool 8LIECH-SC-SSS-5L-W Water Cooler Dispenser

This Whirlpool bottom load water cooler like the Brio CLB520SC model is a robust, quality unit that’s much suited for those who are keen on durability. Its performance and features are also within the standards of the best bottom load dispensers on the market.

Key Features:
  • Cold water is properly chilled
  • Hot water is near boiling temperature
  • Fast water flow from both spouts

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Things we like

  • Cold water is properly chilled
  • Hot water is near boiling temperature
  • Fast water flow from both spouts
  • Easy-to-press buttons for water dispensing
  • Effective child safety lock on hot water button
  • Pump drains 99% of the water in the bottle
  • Plenty of room in the fill area
  • Highly durable unit covered by a 1-year limited warranty

Things we don't like

  • Cold water may have plastic taste in the beginning
  • Spouts are flush with the roof of the filling area
  • Night light does not illuminate the buttons

This Whirlpool bottom load water cooler like the Brio CLB520SC model is a robust, quality unit that’s much suited for those who are keen on durability. Its performance and features are also within the standards of the best bottom load dispensers on the market.

Functions

The cooler has just hot and cold water options. No room-temp water function. Nonetheless, the compressor is powerful and chills the water well. It’s able to dispense cold water consistently and the water is a lot colder (41oF) than tap water.

Likewise, it heats the water to boiling temperature, so you get hot water that can make a properly brewed cup of tea or coffee.

The best part is that the water flows quickly from both spouts compared to other similar units. It’s amongst the fastest on the market which makes it even more convenient to use.

The compressor does make a humming noise when cooling water but the pump produces a bit more noise when filling up the reservoirs. It’s a soft noise though that’s not distracting.

However, similar to the Brio CLB520SC, some users said that the cold water has a plastic taste that disappears after dispensing a few gallons. This is because its reservoir is made of plastic (BPA-free plastic). There’s no bad taste for the hot water – the tank is stainless steel.

Operating

Operating this unit pose no difficulties since it uses buttons for dispensing the hot and cold water, and they are placed on the top part.

The unit is safe if you have kids around the house. It would be hard for a child to get accidentally burned as the safety lock on the hot water button prevents them from attempting to dispense the hot water. It’s also high enough for a toddler’s reach.

Three switches have been included on the back for turning on/off both the hot and cold functions as well as the LED night lights.

Speaking of the night lights, they are a nice addition. The only issue is that they don’t illuminate the buttons which are black and likely to blend in with the top at night which is equally black.

The height of the fill area is about 8.5 inches while the drip tray is around 3.5 – inches in depth. Therefore, there’s plenty of room to fit different-sized containers except tall sports bottles.

Loading the Water Bottle

A small detail we liked about this Whirlpool water cooler is that the tube that goes into the bottle reaches all the way down to the bottom hence it’s able to drain 99% of the water in the bottle. Others often have short tubes that leave a considerable amount of water in the bottle.

The loading compartment itself is large and can accommodate either a 3 or 5-gallon bottle and the unit alerts you by LED indicator lights and sound when it’s time to replace the bottle.

The spouts are flush with the roof of the dispensing area which is something that a few users didn’t like because it makes it hard to re-fill water bottles. You have to learn where to exactly position the bottle so that water doesn’t spew over the edges of the bottle’s opening.

That said, the unit has a robust steel frame. It’s built to withstand heavy use for years which is the most impressive thing about it and it’s equipped with the ozone self-cleaning functionality too.

Verdict

To sum it up, if durability is a top priority for you, this Whirlpool water cooler is a much better option to consider. It’s a high-quality unit and you will get your money’s worth.

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