The cold drink is a duty of the summer. There is no greater pleasure than having a cold beer or soft drink while enjoying a day at the pool or beach. However, it is not always possible to keep them at the right temperature. One solution to achieve this is cold drink dispensers: they have independent deposits in which to add ice cubes that remain intact much longer than in a conventional refrigerator or inside a bag.
This also has the advantage that the ice does not come into contact with the drink, therefore they cool it without watering it down. In addition, they have a small tap for convenient filling of glasses. The following coolant distributors they pass with flying colors and are ideal for use at parties and with all types of drinks.
Which cold drink vending machines did we choose?
For this comparison we have selected four models of cold drink dispensers: BT-SET goods and gadgets (with an average score of 8 points); InnovaGoods Freer V0103462 (8.75); Perfect (7.5) and SLEO (7.25). To test and evaluate them, the following characteristics were taken into consideration:
⋅ Capacity: how many liters of drink does it allow
⋅ Material and weight: What material is it made of and is it too heavy to carry without problems?
⋅ Firmness: If the base is stable enough to support the weight of the drink on any type of surface
⋅ User experience: whether the drink comes out under pressure and sufficiently chilled (how long can the ice in the tanks last)
⋅ Others: if it includes lighting fixtures, if it is necessary to clean it with special products…
Comparison of the best cold drink dispensers
The cold drink dispensers selected in this comparison have been tested and used for an average of two weeks with different drinks and in different situations, both indoors and outdoors, and with some medium-high temperatures (always in the shade). The best drinks dispenser after the tests carried out is the InnovaGoods Freer V0103462 since it has a large capacity and the drink stays cold for quite a while.
Freer InnovaGoods V0103462 cold drink dispenser: our choice and the best value for money
The winning model of the comparison is light AND it doesn’t take up too much space: weighs just over three pounds (empty) and is about 16 inches tall. It is made of ABS plastic and is divided into two parts: the lower part is the base, and the upper part, with transparent plastic and lid, is where you add the drink and where the two removable ice tanks are located.
Between the two parts is the faucet, made of stainless steel. The bottom of the dispenser can be used to store glasses and plates. Has a maximum capacity of 4 litressomething that is sufficient for small gatherings or parties.
When using for the first time and after cleaning it with a rag moistened with soap, we used about three liters of beer to fill it up to just over half full. This is because then you have to insert the ice deposits in the center and if it fills up more you run the risk of the liquid leaking out. The deposits fit perfectly, do not move and have a capacity of at least 5 or 6 ice (depending on the size) in each one.
|Materials: ABS plastic and stainless steel.|
|Dimensions: 22 x 26 x 41cm.|
|Capacity: 4 litres.|
|Refrigerant: ice in removable containers.|
The ideal is to add the previously chilled drink in the fridge, so that it lasts longer. In tests it was used both indoors and outdoors, always placed in the shade, and with a average temperature between 25 and 30 degrees. For the first two hours, the drink stays pretty cool. After that time, it is true that it begins to warm up something, but you can drink without problems. In total it remains in acceptable condition for about 4 or 5 hours.
On the other hand, the InnovaGoods Freer V0103462 cold drink dispenser rests firmly on a flat and stable surface. The lever faucet is very convenient to use and has an anti-drip system, which sometimes fails. In the case of beer, it doesn’t come out with too much pressure, i.e. it is just served with its characteristic foam.
- The best: its capacity, the lightness to carry it and that the drink stays fresh for a few hours.
- Worse: In case of using beer, it doesn’t come out with too much pressure and the anti-drip system of the tap sometimes doesn’t work well.
- Conclusion: It is useful for outdoor environments with medium-high temperatures and for use with several people.
Goods & Gadgets Cold drinks dispenser BT-SET: the alternative
With tower shape, this model of cooler drink dispenser has a smaller capacity than the comparison winner: 2.5 litres. Curiously, an error can be perceived in the box: it indicates that it has a capacity of 4 litres, but in reality it only admits 2.5 liters of drink. It also weighs a little more, about two kilos.
THE cold drinks vending machine Goods & Gadgets BT-SET It is made entirely of plastic, including the faucet. Still, it has a pretty solid foundation, even with the drink inside. It has a very resistant lid and a single elongated container for the ice, also placed in the center.
It is recommended to combine small and large ice cubes so that they last longer and not to put the container with water in the freezer as it can break easily. Furthermore, you don’t have to fill it to the top: about three quarters of the surface is enough.
In this case, and doing the same during testing as with the other model, the cooling time is similar: about 4 or 5 hours as long as it is kept in the shade. It serves for any type of drink although the beer doesn’t even come out with pressure. As a differentiator, it has a led light, which works on batteries, and which illuminates the part where the drink is. It’s very striking in meetings.
On the other hand, the product is very easy to clean since with a sponge for soft surfaces it can be cleaned in a few minutes.
Perfk cold drink dispenser
The cooler is entirely made in stainless steel, with the exception of the beverage container which is made of polycarbonate. In general, it is a bit heavier and more difficult to transport than other dispensers. Has a capacity of three liters is one height of almost 50 centimeters. Also in the shape of a tower, it has an internal removable ice compartment in which 5 or 6 cubes can be added.
the basics of Perfk cold drink dispenser It has an outlet as a grate for the drink extra which remains outside the glass. This part is easily cleaned by simply removing the grille.
Between the tap and the base it is recommended to use standard size glasses so that there are no problems with spilling liquids during removal. The faucet, for its part, is used comfortably, like a lever. No need to pull as hard as yours functioning AND very soft. The dispenser has a removable lid and does not have to be filled to the top.
Juice and water were used during the tests, keeping both refrigerated for about three hours indoors at medium temperature. By and large, this model it is very useful for indoor meetings both for the design and for the material, which can easily heat up if it gets too hot, and consequently also the drink.
SJLEO cold drink dispenser
This is the model with the I look forward to more professional and also the one with the highest price. Has a different design, with a red and white structure and is the closest to the beer towers found in bars. It is also the one that weighs the most (5 kilos) and the one that measures the most (53 centimeters in height), so its transport is not as comfortable as one would like.
Made of stainless steel, it has a capacity of three liters and the beverage container detachable from the frame, very useful for cleaning. It also has a removable ice container. In this case it is possible to place it in the freezer in advance since the material is designed for it. The base is quite stable and solid.
Beer was the drink used during the tests and although it doesn’t come out with too much pressure, foam appears at the time of serving, but it disappears after a few minutes. In terms of cooling, it is similar to the other models in the comparison both indoors and outdoors. clean this SJLEO cold drink dispenser It’s easy to do – all you need is one wet rag AND some soap.
*All purchase prices included in this article are accurate as of July 22, 2023.