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Igloo Countertop vs Avalon A5 Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser Side-by-Side Comparison

Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser vs Avalon A5. A top-loader and a freestanding model with a water filter. Both a choice for the home.

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Igloo Countertop vs Avalon A5 Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser

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The Igloo water cooler dispenser and the Avalon A5 bottleless with a water filter are both potential choices for the home. The Igloo can conveniently sit on a countertop or similar surface. The Avalon A5 is convenient for its water filters that can last up to 6 months.

The Avalon A5 is the better machine with an excellent build quality and attractive stainless steel panel. The Igloo is a lower-quality machine, especially for the buttons, drip tray, and rear drainage port. 

The Avalon A5 is an all-round top performer. It can produce a cup of cold 50-54 ℉ (12 ℃) water every three minutes—6 L per hour or enough for 20 people. 

The Igloo produces only 78 fl. oz. (2.3 L). Although a lower capacity can be expected for the size, the Igloo flow rate is 12 ml/sec compared to 34 ml/sec for the Avalon A5.

Additionally, the hot water temperature of the Igloo is only 185 ℉ (85 ℃) while the Avalon is a standard 198 ℉. This may be a factor for a home dispenser. Also, the Igloo is heavy for a countertop model and difficult to move since it has no side handles.

Pros & Cons

  • Heating time
  • Simple panel design
  • Adjustable feet
  • Stainless steel panel
  • Easy filter installation
  • Cold water performance capacity
  • Hot water temperature
  • Flow rate
  • Ozone sanitation
  • Sanitary nozzle design
  • Slow flow rate
  • Hot water safety
  • Water baffle
  • Drip tray
  • No pocket handles
  • Drip tray attached to door
  • Cold water tank cleaning

Key Specs

Dimensions WDH
31 x 38 x 52 inches
13 x 12 x 41 inches (33 x 30.5 x 104 cm)
Weight
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)
35.0 lbs (15.9 kg)
Loading Type
Top Loading Countertop
Freestanding Bottleless
Dispensing Mechanisms
Buttons
Buttons
Cold Water Temperature
50‒54 ℉
50‒54 ℉ (10‒12 ℃)
Cold Water Capacity
78 fl. oz. / Hr
200 fl.oz. (6 L) / hr

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$124.73
$249.99

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.0
9.6

Hot Water Test

5.8
9.0
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.
23.05 fl.oz. (680 ml)
Heating Time
8.5 fl.oz. / 1 min 57 sec
8.5 fl.oz. (250 ml) / 2 min 55 sec
Temperature
185 ℉
198 ℉ (92.2 ℃)
Flow Rate
0.4 fl.oz. / or 12 ml /sec
1.1 fl.oz. (33 ml) / sec

Cold Water Test

4.5
10
Cold water testing on the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser. A thermometer is measuring cold water flowing into a cup.
A paper cup placed in the center on the drip tray of a water cooler dispenser.
Serving Capacity
78 fl. oz. / Hr
200 fl.oz. (6 L) / hr
Temperature
50-54 ℉
50‒54℉ (10‒12°C)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.2
8.7

In the Box

The unboxed Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser with the included drip tray and user manual shown on the far right.
A full view of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser, product  box, and bundled items including the manual and leaflets.

Build Quality

5.3
9.0
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 the cabinet and drip tray of a bottom loading water cooler dispenser.
Close up of the cabinet and drip tray of a bottom loading water cooler dispenser.
Side and front view of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Close up of the cabinet interior of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser with a filtration system and unassembled parts.
Close up of the bottom of a water cooler dispenser with a plastic non-slip stopper.
Side Body
White metal sheeting
Black metal sheeting
Front Panel
White plastic
Stainless steel
Cabinet Door
No
Silver plastic, white inside
Base
Metal plate with rubber feet
PVC plastic
Extra Features
Adjustable feet
Rear carry handle

Dimensions

Annotated diagram showing the dimensions of the Igloo countertop water cooler dispenser in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser showing the height, depth, and width across in inches.
Depth
38.0" (96.5 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Width
31.0" (78.7 cm)
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Height
52.0" (132.1 cm)
41.0" (104.1 cm)
Weight
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)
35.0 lbs (15.9 kg)

Panel & Indicators

7.2
9.0
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.
Stainless steel panel with working indicators shown on a water cooler dispenser.
Stainless steel panel with working indicators shown on a water cooler dispenser.
Side view of the display panel and dispensing booth of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Power Status
None
Far left
Hot Water Test
Top left
Second left
Cold Water Test
Top right
Second right
Bottle Or Filter
No
Far right
Others
None
Dual function indicators

Water Inlet Controls

6.5
8.0
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.
Filter head brackets on a POU water cooler dispenser already installed on a bracket.
Filter head brackets on a POU water cooler dispenser already installed on a bracket.
Close-up of the water line input valve for a POU water cooler dispenser.
The water baffle of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser displayed above the cold water tank.
Mechanism
Water guard, water baffle
Filter heads, baffle
Materials
Plastic
Plastic and metal
Extra Features
None
Water line inlet, filter drainage port

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 three dispensing buttons found on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of three dispensing buttons found on a water cooler dispenser.
Finger indicating a hot water safety mechanism and a hot water dispensing button on a water cooler dispenser.
Three water spout nozzles found on a water cooler dispenser.
Mechanism
3 buttons
3 buttons
Outflow Points
3 recessed panel nozzles
3 panel nozzles
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Extra Features
Original icon designs
Hot water safety

Drip Tray

7.0
8.3
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 black colored drip tray with a red bobble float found on a water cooler dispenser.
A black colored drip tray with a red bobble float found on a water cooler dispenser.
A water cooler dispenser drip tray removed from its bracket.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Color
White
Black
Length
21.1" (53.6 cm)
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
3.8" (9.7 cm)
Depth
1.6" (4.1 cm)
2.1" (5.3 cm)
Level Float
No
Yes

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.
All the switches found on the rear of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Hot Water Test
Yes
Far right
Cold Water Test
Yes
Middle
Others
None
Night Light and Ozone

Door and Cabinet

Close up of a cabinet door locking mechanism on a water cooler dispenser.
Close up of a cabinet door locking mechanism on a water cooler dispenser.
Opening the cabinet of a water cooler dispenser from below and not from the side.
Inside the cabinet of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Has Door
No
Yes
Internal WxDxH
N/A
11.5 x 20 x 10 in
Material
N/A
Silver (or black) plastic
Extra Features
N/A
Hook for PE tubing

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 the three-pronged plug found on the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Close up of the three-pronged plug found on the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Man holding the electric cord across the body of a water cooler dispenser mounted sideways on a table.
Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)
76.0" (193.0 cm)
Position
Rear rt., 4.3 in
Rear right, 21 in 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
8.3

Dispensing Water

5.5
9.0
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 top view of a water cooler dispenser showing three dispensing buttons.
A top view of a water cooler dispenser showing three dispensing buttons.
A close-up view of three water nozzles on a water cooler dispenser molded into the panel roof.
Three paper cups lined up on the drip tray of the Avalon A5 water cooler dispenser.
Mechanism
Push button
Push button
Water Type
Hot, cold, normal temperature
Hot, Cold, Normal
Spout Type
Recessed panel type
Molded into panel
Dispensing Height
9 in
9.0" (22.9 cm)

Hot Water Safety

6.0
8.0
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.
How to operate a hot water safety switch on a water cooler dispenser.
Mechanism
Mounted lever
Button-mounted lever

Bottle / Filter Changing

7.5
8.0
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.
A demonstration on how to insert a water filter into the bracket of a water cooler dispenser.
A demonstration on how to insert a water filter into the bracket of a water cooler dispenser.
A demonstration of where to insert the water line into a bottleless water cooler dispenser using POU filters.
A hand pressing a filter reset button on a water cooler dispenser.
Design
Top loading
POU filters
Feature
Water guard and needle
Attached filter bracket

Cleaning

6.2
7.7
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.
Using a flat screwdriver to open the cold water tank of a water cooler dispenser.
Using a flat screwdriver to open the cold water tank of a water cooler dispenser.
The inside of a cold water tank of a water cooler dispenser showing the connecting tube to the water baffle.
A close up image of a water cooler dispenser’s water nozzle revealing the ease of cleaning and sanitation.
A close up image of a safety screw cap covering the drainage outlet for a water cooler dispenser.
Self Cleaning
No
Ozone
Drainage Plug
Rear rt., 2 in from ground
21 in from ground