If you didn’t know, Singapore tap water contains dissolved chlorine and fluoride. Although they will tell you these elements are in low concentrations, for the sake of your peace of mind it is best to invest in a quality water dispenser with a reliable filtration system.
One thing you must always be careful about is the quality of water you drink. I would advise you to only purchase water dispensers that filter water to the highest standards possible for your home or office use.
The Singapore market is flooded with water dispensers with each brand claiming to be the best. Getting a suitable one can be difficult. Fortunately, in this article we shall do a review of two top brands (Cosmo vs Cuckoo Water Dispensers) and help you know which one is better.
Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Water Dispenser
Before we even dive into the two products, you need to know how to locate a great water dispenser when you see one. Here is what you should look for when selecting a water dispenser:
- Certified and government approved water dispensers: Some unscrupulous traders manufacture dispensers that have no capacity to filter water. The best way to know a good water dispenser is by checking if it is government approved. A good example is Cosmo Quantum that has all the required certifications and given the go ahead to sell water dispensers in Singapore.
- Convenient to use: Choose a water dispenser that can give you both cold and hot water at a variety of temperature ranges.
- Affordable cost and low maintenance: You don’t want a water dispenser that is too expensive and will be breaking down often.
|FILTER PRICE||$159||$380 for yearly servicing|
|FILTER STEPS||6 Steps||6 Steps|
|TEMPERATURE RANGE||4 Settings: 5-10°C, 30-45°C, 89-94°C, 94-97°C||7 Settings: Room temp, 4-7°C, 40°C, 50°C, 60°C, 70°C, 80°C|
|DIMENSIONS||41.8 x 18.5 x 39.4 (cm)||17 x 46.8 x 40.8 (cm)|
Follow me as I show you in depth, the distinguishing features of each of these water dispensers then we shall make a verdict at the end.
Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest strengths of the Cosmo Quantum. It has an intensive 6-step purification process to ensure every single drop of water you drink is free of any harmful impurities.
In a urban city like Singapore, the risk of water contamination is real. Thanks to Cosmo Quantum, you can be assured that you are using filters that have been tested and proved to have 99.9% efficiency in elimination of germs and other dangerous elements.
To achieve this impressive result, Cosmo uses a series of 6 filters arranged as follows:
1. Sediment Filter
2. Cosmo Ultra-Precision Filter™
3. Activated Carbon Filter
4. UV Led Sterilization
5. Alkaline Filter
6. Anti-Bacterial Filter
The Prince Top model by Cuckoo has a 6 step purification process consisting of 4 filters:
- Sedi Carbon Composite Filter
- Pre-Cabon Filter
- Natural Plus Filter
- Nano Positive Filter
Other than just removing impurities in the water, the added Nano Positive Filter releases positively charged ions that absorb negatively charged harmful substances. This added layer of protection is not common in other water dispensers. This is definitely something special about Cuckoo’s filters.
Verdict: Both brands have a 6 step purification process but Cosmo offers more filter capabilities and a unique Cosmo Ultra-Precision Filter™.
You don’t have to boil water till it is scalding hot then wait for it to cool down to your desired temperature anymore. With Cosmo, you can get your water at just the temperature that you like instantly! The coldest temperature is 5°C and hottest water is at 97°C.
On top of that, you can select the quantity of water you need, whether it is 1000ml, 250ml, 180ml or continually dispense till desired. How nice!
An interesting feature of the Cuckoo water dispenser is the customized temperature setting. It has a wide range of options. There are 7 settings from room temperature to hot water at 80°C. So, you will always be able to get the perfect temperature for your various needs.
Verdict: Cuckoo’s Prince Top has an extensive variety of settings that beats Cosmo’s temperature offerings.
The first thing you will notice on taking a glance at the Cosmo is its sleek and compact design. There are 2 colors (black or white) available with a glossy finish. Having basic colors means it will blend with any home or office style.
Most of the dispensers in the market still insist on having the traditional elongated tower design that occupies a lot of space and is not appropriate for those living in smaller apartments. But with the Cosmo, it fits neatly onto a countertop and does not require a water tank.
It has an elegant and minimalist design that is almost similar to most of the other dispensers available in the market although it seems to be more stylish.
An attractive aspect of the Prince Top is its trendy rose gold color, which is sure to be a beautiful centerpiece in any kitchen. Many people also love the tankless and slim design.
It is designed to be simple and easy to use, making it great for homes so children can dispense their own drink.
Verdict: Cosmo fares better than Cuckoo in regards to design as it comes in sleek and simple colors, while the Prince Top only has one color option. However, the Prince Top’s rose gold color might be highly attractive to some customers.
The ability to dispense alkaline water at the press of a button is something that is now important to many consumers. Alkaline water has higher pH than normal water and has numerous health benefits such as detoxifying the body, healthy skin, boosting energy, improving bone health among many others.
Cosmo offers the alkaline option at no extra cost. The taste of the alkaline water is also not too strong.
Not all Cuckoo water dispensers have the alkaline water feature like the Cosmos. The Prince Top does come with alkaline water but it is only a very mild-alkaline. It is very pricy when you compare it to the Cosmo brand offering you this option. But at least you still get to enjoy some slight benefits of the mild-alkaline water.
Verdict: Cosmo has better quality alkaline water with a pH of 8. Cuckoo only has mild-alkaline levels.
- Minimal maintenance
- Convenient and simple use
- 2-year warranty
- UV sterilization
- Energy saving mode
- Antibacterial stainless steel water tank
- Voice navigation (Malay, English, Mandarin)
- 1-year warranty
- In & Out Auto Electrolytic Sterilisation
- $380/year for servicing and filter change every 4 months
After that intensive review, we must have a winner for this head to head comparison. It goes without saying that both the Cosmo and Cuckoo water dispensers are top brands and choosing one is not easy.
However, the Cosmo Quantum water dispenser seems to have more selling points than Cuckoo. It has a better design, more features, good alkaline water option and is also cheaper.
The Cosmo is better if you want technologically advanced features for an affordable price. However, if you are looking for a premium Korean-made brand with excellent after sales service, the Cuckoo might be better.