Though they are often called water dispensers, you should note that not all water dispensers actually cool the water - some merely dispense room-temperature water. Therefore there is a difference between a water cooler and water dispenser. However many products display the words cooler and dispenser interchangeably, so it can be confusing. If the unit is electrical and has a compressor or other kind of refrigeration unit or technology to cool the water to a certain temperature, it is a water cooler.
Water coolers are available in countertop or freestanding units and both styles are popular. As for price, a countertop model is the cheapest to buy. So if you want a water dispenser that also cools the water, you are looking for a water cooler or water cooler dispenser. As opposed to using filled water bottles, there are water coolers that are designed to incorporate a special bottle that can be refilled and it has a filtration system so you can dispense filtered water.
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