Beverage dispensers are useful to have around, especially during parties or events where there are a lot of people. The dispensers allow the guests to help themselves with juices, teas, smoothies, slush, and all kinds of drinks. They assist the host in serving everyone faster. They can also become drinking stations with self-service, so everyone can have a drink whenever they want. Additionally, the portability of beverage dispensers allows you to host the gathering in any location.
There are different types of dispensers available for any kind of drink, event or setting. You can get refrigerated, insulated, or non-insulated beverage dispensers.
All the dispensers have spigots or valves to serve the drinks. They also come with one, two, or even multiple containers or polycarbonate tanks that can carry up to 25 gallons or more. These containers may be interchangeable. Some models don’t even need containers, and instead mix the drinks inside the machine to ensure the consistency of flavor.
Refrigerated beverage dispensers typically need electricity to run. They have refrigeration systems inside to make sure that the drinks are always kept cold. Most containers are made of heavy-duty polycarbonate, while the pouring valves are made of stainless steel. Other models use plastic instead of steel.
If you plan to serve cold drinks like smoothies and slush, a refrigerated beverage dispenser would be the best choice. Prices range from $500 to $1000 or more, depending on the number of valves and the amount of beverages it can dispense over a period of time. You will have to take extra care when cleaning this type of dispenser, since it has electrical parts. There are special cleaning kits on the market for dispensers like this.
Insulated beverage dispensers are designed with high-density polyurethane to keep the drinks warm or cold. Polyurethane is a common scratch-resistant and durable insulator for dispensers and similar products. These kinds of beverage dispensers are useful for parties that will continue for long hours.
Use an insulated beverage dispenser for coffees, teas, juices, and other hot or cold beverages. These are cheaper than refrigerated dispensers, with prices that range from $90 to $250, depending on the manufacturer and model.
Non-insulated beverage dispensers do not produce frozen drinks or keep liquid at a constant temperature, but they are the most convenient and easiest to transport. It does not need electricity and can be cleaned quickly. You can safely pop them into the dishwasher. It is ideal for picnics and other public gatherings because it can serve as a handy self-service drink station.
To spruce up your dispensers, you can get self-adhesive labels so people will know what drink they are getting. Most spigots and valves and replaceable, so you can get clean ones or simple change them to different color and style of your liking.