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Igloo Countertop vs Avalon A1 Top Loading Water Cooler Dispenser Side-by-Side Comparison

Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser vs Avalon A1 top-loading dispenser. Size differences apart, the Avalon A1 is by far a better machine.

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Igloo Countertop vs Avalon A1 Top Loading Water Cooler Dispenser

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The Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser and the Avalon A1 are both top-loading machines. Apart from that, they are quite different in terms of design and performance.

The Igloo is somewhat larger and bulkier than similar countertop machines. Also, it doesn’t have side pocket handles so it’s difficult to move, especially for descaling.

For dispensing water, the Igloo uses buttons and the Avalon paddle levers. The Igloo buttons, however, are noisy and the hot water safety mechanism cumbersome. The slow flow rate of 12 ml/sec doesn't help much either.

The Avalon A1 paddle levers allow for effortless dispensing, even one hand for cold water, and the flow rate is a comfortable 32 ml/sec. Being a larger machine, the Avalon has better capacity for both hot and cold water. In fact, it’s one of the best-performing machines for cold water.

 Both machines have a lower-than-average hot water temperature. For the Avalon, it’s 192 ℉, but the Igloo is even lower at 185 ℉. The only advantage of the Igloo, not considering size differences, is that it also dispenses room-temperature water.

Pros & Cons

  • Heating time
  • Simple panel design
  • Adjustable feet
  • Cold water performance
  • One-hand cold water dispensing
  • Color design
  • Hot water safety mechanism
  • Slow flow rate
  • Hot water safety
  • Water baffle
  • Drip tray
  • No pocket handles
  • Stiff water guard
  • Fixed nozzle design

Key Specs

Dimensions WDH
31 x 38 x 52 inches
W 10.8 x D 12.2 x H 43 inches
Weight
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)
30.9 lbs (14.0 kg)
Loading Type
Top Loading Countertop
Top loading
Dispensing Mechanisms
Buttons
Padel levers
Cold Water Temperature
50‒54 ℉
50-54 ℉
Cold Water Capacity
78 fl. oz. / Hr
193 fl.oz. (5.7 L) / Hr

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$124.73
$149.00

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.0
8.9

Hot Water Test

5.8
8.1
Water temperature being measured as hot water flows out the nozzle of a water cooler dispenser.
Water temperature being measured as hot water flows out the nozzle of a water cooler dispenser.
Single Draw Capacity
21.5 fl. oz.
15.11 fl.oz. (447 ml)
Heating Time
8.5 fl.oz. / 1 min 57 sec
8.5 fl.oz. (250 ml) / 2 min 20 sec
Temperature
185 ℉
192 ℉ (88.8 ℃)
Flow Rate
0.4 fl.oz. / or 12 ml /sec
1.08 fl.oz. (32 ml) / sec

Cold Water Test

4.5
9.5
Cold water testing on the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser. A thermometer is measuring cold water flowing into a cup.
A paper cup filled with water resting on a drip tray below the cold water outlet on a water cooler dispenser.
Serving Capacity
78 fl. oz. / Hr
193 fl.oz. (5.7 L) / hr
Temperature
50-54 ℉
50‒54 ℉ (10‒12℃)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.2
8.6

In the Box

The unboxed Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser with the included drip tray and user manual shown on the far right.
Unboxed Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser showing the actual box, machine, detachable drip tray, and all bundled literature.

Build Quality

5.3
9.5
A close up side view of a countertop water cooler dispenser focuses on a poor joining seam.
A close up side view of a countertop water cooler dispenser focuses on a poor joining seam.
A front to angle view of the Igloo bottled water cooler dispenser showing side ventilation slats.
A gloved finger pointing to the sharp edges on the bottom of a heat exchange grid on a water cooler dispenser.
The underneath of a water cooler dispenser showing a metal plate, a stub leg, and a water drainage plug.
A gloved hand showing how to adjust a rubber stump leg on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of a detachable leg stopper on the base of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser clearly showing the screw.
Close up of a detachable leg stopper on the base of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser clearly showing the screw.
View of the underside of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser showing a metal base plate.
A full length angular view of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser showing the white side panel, and black rear metal grate.
Close up of the Avalon A1 water cooler side panel and rear plate  with two ventilation holes visible on the bottom left.
Side Body
White metal sheeting
Hard plastic molding
Front Panel
White plastic
Thick white plastic
Cabinet Door
No
No door
Base
Metal plate with rubber feet
Metal plate with 4 rubber leg stoppers
Extra Features
Adjustable feet
None

Dimensions

Annotated diagram showing the dimensions of the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser showing the height, depth, and width across in inches.
Depth
38.0" (96.5 cm)
12.2" (31.0 cm)
Width
31.0" (78.7 cm)
10.8" (27.4 cm)
Height
52.0" (132.1 cm)
43.0" (109.2 cm)
Weight
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)
30.9 lbs (14.0 kg)

Panel & Indicators

7.2
7.8
A close up of the working panel of the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser.
A close up of the working panel of the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser.
A close up of the icons of a small water cooler dispenser.
Close up of the control panel indicators on the Avalon A1 water cooler dispenser.
Power Status
None
Far left
Hot Water Test
Top left
Middle
Cold Water Test
Top right
Far right
Bottle Or Filter
No
None
Others
None
None

Water Inlet Controls

6.5
8.3
Close of a detachable water needle found on a small countertop top-loading water cooler dispenser.
Close of a detachable water needle found on a small countertop top-loading water cooler dispenser.
A gloved hand showing a partly removed water guard from a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A top down view of a typical water baffle found in the tank of a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A gloved hand holding a water baffle removed from a cold water tank of a water cooler dispenser.
The water baffle removed from its tank and resting on the partly detached water guard on a water cooler dispenser.
The water baffle removed from its tank and resting on the partly detached water guard on a water cooler dispenser.
A hand holding a water guard that has been removed from a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A top view of a water cooler dispensing showing the water guard and the water needle inside.
Mechanism
Water guard, water baffle
Water guard with needle, baffle
Materials
Plastic
Plastic
Extra Features
None
None

Water Dispensers

A close up top down view of three white buttons of a water cooler dispenser.
A close up top down view of three white buttons of a water cooler dispenser.
A bottom up view of three water nozzles found on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser. The left red lever dispensers hot water, and the blue one cold.
Close up of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser. The left red lever dispensers hot water, and the blue one cold.
Underview of two nozzles on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up view of the underneath of a hot water nozzle on a water cooler dispenser.
Mechanism
3 buttons
2 press levers
Outflow Points
3 recessed panel nozzles
2 protruding nozzles
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Extra Features
Original icon designs
Hot Water safety button

Drip Tray

7.0
7.5
A top down view of a white colored drip tray of a small countertop water cooler dispenser.
A top down view of a white colored drip tray of a small countertop water cooler dispenser.
A gloved hand showing holding up the cover of a drip tray found on a water cooler dispenser.
A gloved hand holding a drip tray of a water cooler dispenser with the cover askew and removed from its holding.
A drip tray seen below a partial view of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser.
A drip tray seen below a partial view of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of a hand holding a detached drip tray removed from its hold on a water cooler dispenser.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Color
White
Gray and silver
Length
21.1" (53.6 cm)
9.2" (23.4 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
3.5" (8.9 cm)
Depth
1.6" (4.1 cm)
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Level Float
No
No

Rear Switches

Two tank switches found on the rear of a water cooler dispenser. The right is red and the left green, both with on/off labels.
A rear view of a water cooler dispenser showing two switches, one red the other green, in the ‘off’ position.
A rear view of a water cooler dispenser showing two switches, one red the other green, in the ‘off’ position.
A close-up water cooler dispenser switches in the ‘off’ position. The red switch on the right is for the hot water tank, and the green on the left for the cold water tank.
Hot Water Test
Yes
Yes
Cold Water Test
Yes
Yes
Others
None
None

Door and Cabinet

Has Door
No
No
Internal WxDxH
N/A
N/A
Material
N/A
N/A
Extra Features
N/A
N/A

Cord and Plug

A man holding the electric cable of a small water cooler dispenser double folded across its horizontal length.
A man holding the electric cable of a small water cooler dispenser double folded across its horizontal length.
A gloved hand showing the plug of the Igloo water cooler dispenser against the front panel background.
A close up of the position of the electric cord in close proximity to the water drainage port of a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of a three-pronged plug for a water cooler dispenser against a faded background of the front control panel.
Close up of a three-pronged plug for a water cooler dispenser against a faded background of the front control panel.
Man holding a white electric cord of a water cooler dispenser doubled across the length of the horizontally resting machine.
Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)
6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Position
Rear rt., 4.3 in
rt side, 32 in. (81 cm) from ground
Plug Type
Type B - two flat pins, one grounding pin
Type B - two flat pins, one grounding pin

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.1
7.6

Dispensing Water

5.5
8.5
A person dispensing hot water from the Igloo hot and cold water cooler dispenser.
A person dispensing hot water from the Igloo hot and cold water cooler dispenser.
A person dispensing cold water from the Igloo bottled water cooler dispenser.
A close up of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser. The left red lever dispenses hot water and the blue cold.
A close up of two dispensing levers on a water cooler dispenser. The left red lever dispenses hot water and the blue cold.
Cold water being dispensed from a water cooler dispenser with a one-hand lever operation.
Mechanism
Push button
Push levers
Water Type
Hot, cold, normal temperature
Hot and Cold
Spout Type
Recessed panel type
Protruding
Dispensing Height
9 in
7 in. (17 cm)

Hot Water Safety

6.0
9.0
Close up of the hot water button on a countertop water cooler dispenser.
Close up of the hot water button on a countertop water cooler dispenser.
A gloved finger showing how to operate a hot water safety mechanism on the button of a hot water cooler dispenser.
Mechanism
Mounted lever
Push button

Bottle / Filter Changing

7.5
6.0
A water bottle loaded onto the Igloo hot and cold water cooler dispenser.
A water bottle loaded onto the Igloo hot and cold water cooler dispenser.
Top down view of a countertop water cooler dispenser showing the water guard and water needle.
A close up of the water guard and water needle of a top-loading water cooler dispenser.
The water needle inside the water guard of a top loading water cooler dispenser.
The water needle inside the water guard of a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A water bottle being mounted onto the water needle of a top loading water cooler dispenser.
Bottle of water resting in place on a top loading water cooler dispenser.
Design
Top loading
Top loading
Feature
Water guard and needle
Water needle

Cleaning

6.2
6.4
A gloved hand holding a waterguard removed from a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A gloved hand holding a waterguard removed from a top loading water cooler dispenser.
The inside of a cold water tank of a top loading water cooler dispenser showing the water baffle.
The rear water drainage plug on a small countertop water cooler dispenser.
A demonstration of how to move the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser with no side handles.
A top view of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispensing showing the water guard and the grip at the rear to remove it.
A top view of the Avalon A1 water cooler dispensing showing the water guard and the grip at the rear to remove it.
A water baffle inside the cold water tank of a top loading water cooler dispenser.
A view of the inside of the cold water tank on a top loading water cooler dispenser with the water baffle removed.
A close up showing how to clean inside the water nozzle of a water cooler dispenser using a cotton Q-tip.
Close up of a red colored drainage plug with a protective screw cap at the rear of a water cooler dispenser.
Self Cleaning
No
No
Drainage Plug
Rear rt., 2 in from ground
18 in. (46 cm) from ground