Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Touchless Water Dispenser for Your Office

Countertop Quench touchless water coolers

Quench’s product lineup includes a plethora of touchless water dispensers for your workforce and customers. Some of our touchless products are sensor-activated, some require foot pedals, and some can even be activated with a smartphone. Although the variety of touchless features gives you lots of flexibility to make more personalized pours, the variety of units available can be overwhelming to those who aren’t well versed in water cooler lingo. What’s the advantage of choosing paddles over pedals? When is it right to choose SensorSafe over a Position Sensitive Detector? What do any of those words even mean?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Review our buyer’s guide below to find the right touchless water dispenser for your workplace facility or manufacturing plant.  

You can choose between five main types of touchless water dispensers for your office or workplace. Those technologies include…

  1. Position Sensitive Detector (PSD) or Sensor-Activated Dispensing: These machines are sensor activated. To dispense, simply hover a hand over the sensor panel on your machine.  
  2. SensorSafe: This type of technology uses infrared sensor dispensing and is available as an add-on to certain machines. Simply hover a glass, hand, or bottle in front of the infrared sensor panel to dispense water.
  3. Dual-Action Foot Pedals: With dual-action foot pedals, users press down on pedals on the floor to dispense cold water, hot water, or ice. 
  4. QR Codes and Phone Apps: Touchless water dispensers with QR codes allow users to scan a QR code on the interface screen of your water machine and control the dispensing right from their smartphone.
  5. Paddles: Users press the side of their drinkware to a paddle on their water machines to release a steady flow of filtered water.

Each technology listed above can satisfy different business needs, and all can help prevent the spread of germs in your workplace. Visit Quench’s Office Cleaning Guide to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 to discover more ways to prevent the spread of germs in your office. Learn more about Quench’s touchless water dispensers here.

Choosing the Best Touchless Water Dispenser for Your Workplace or Manufacturing Plant

Touchless Technology Ideal Industries Main Advantages Daily Number of Users
Position Sensitive Detector (PSD):
– Available in Quench Q8 (Freestanding or Countertop)    
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Professional Services
Gyms
Retail
Salons & Spas
Government
Education
Dispenses:
– Hot & cold quenchWATER+

Key Features:
– Users can either touch the machine or hover their hands over it to activate dispensing. No need to worry about leakage or false activation from shadows or passersby.
– Self-cleaning water dispenser that comes equipped with features like LED UV-C technology and antimicrobial surface protection.

Customer Perk:
– Appropriate for businesses with employees who wear gloves or PPE (i.e., Manufacturing & Healthcare).
<50
SensorSafe
(Standard Capacity Ice Machines)  
-Available in Quench 970 Series hands-free lid (Freestanding or Countertop)  
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Small Offices Salons & Spas
Professional Services
Government
Dispenses:
– Cold water & ice

Key Features:
– Reduced installation costs.
– Can be installed virtually anywhere in your building.

Customer Perks:
– Great for customers who already rent the Quench 970. A hands-free lid can be added to an existing Quench 970 as an easy upgrade.
– Appropriate for businesses with employees who wear gloves and PPE (i.e., Manufacturing & Healthcare).
<25
SensorSafe
(Commercial Capacity Ice Machine)
-Available in Quench 980 Series
(Freestanding or Countertop)  
Education
Food Services
Hospitality
Gyms
Manufacturing
Healthcare
Dispenses:
– Cold water & ice

Key Features:
– Offers filtered water and 425 lbs. of chewable nugget ice in one day.

Customer Perks:
– For businesses serving large volumes of people (i.e., college campuses, large fitness centers, distribution centers).
– Appropriate for businesses with employees who wear gloves and PPE (i.e., Manufacturing & Healthcare)
<200
Pedals
– Available in Quench 960 & Quench 950  
Finance
Retail
Salons & Spas
Professional Services
Government
Dispenses:
– Ambient water, hot water & ice

 Key Feature:
– State-of-the-art Quench filtration

 Customer Perk:
– For customers who rent Quench 950 and/or 960 machines and are looking for an easy, touchless upgrade.  
<50
QR Codes
(Smartphone Operated)
– Available in Bevi (Freestanding or Countertop)
Tech Startups
Professional Services
Gyms
Retail
Salons & Spas
Dispenses:
– Flavored water, sparkling water & plain water

Key Features:
– New and existing Bevi machines offer easy QR code-enabled touchless dispensing using your smartphone phone.
– Choose and mix from four flavors at a time. – Intuitive interface for beverage customization

 Customer Perk:
– For businesses that rent Bevi.  
<100
Paddles
(Standard Capacity)
– Available in the Quench Q5 (Freestanding or Countertop)  
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Small Offices
Gyms Retail Salons & Spas
Professional Services
Dispenses:
– Hot & cold quenchwater+ on tap

Key Features:
– Cost-effective way to reduce the spread of germs.
-Self-cleaning water dispenser that comes equipped with features like LED UV-C technology and antimicrobial surface protection.

Customer Perk: – Great for businesses with employees who wear gloves or PPE (i.e., Manufacturing & Healthcare).
<50
Paddles (Commercial Capacity)
– Available in the Quench 810  
Education
Food Services
Hospitality
Dispenses:
– Hot & cold water

Key Features:
– Reverse osmosis or carbon filtration available

Customer Perk:
– Can serve businesses and institutions with high-traffic environments.
<200

Advanced Filtration

As you might have noticed, many of the touchless water dispensers listed above come with advanced filtration technologies. Advanced filtration technologies, built-in sanitization features, and touchless features work interdependently to make sure the water that ends up in your employees’ drinkware is as clean as possible.

Two of the touchless machines we mentioned (the Quench Q8 and the Quench Q5) even produce a special reverse osmosis (RO) mineral-infused and electrolyte-enhanced water called quenchWATER+. When you drink quenchWATER+, you nourish your body with water free of impurities and full of healthy, refreshing minerals. quenchWATER+ is particularly beneficial for manufacturing plant workers who spend most of their days on their feet or lifting heavy objects. The minerals and electrolytes in quenchWATER+ can help maintain body fluid balance, muscle contraction, and neural activity—all essential to support a body during demanding physical activity.

Upgrading from Touch to Touchless

The process of upgrading to a touchless water dispenser will vary depending on the machines you are currently renting and the touchless machines you want replacing your current units. Most Quench bottleless water coolers can be upgraded to touchless with a simple add-on like a hands-free lid or a dual-action foot pedal. If you rent a Quench Q7, a simple faceplate can be added to the machine to make it a touchless Quench Q8.  Contact your local water expert or fill out a get a free quote form to find the perfect touchless water dispenser for your workplace.