The Goods: Water Coolers

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Brita Hydration Station

Brita’s wall-mounted unit has a touch-free sensor for dispensing water. Unlike the other coolers here, it must be connected to a tap-water line, instead of a standard water line. It does not dispense hot or chilled water, but you can add a chiller for an extra $23 a month. The carbon filter removes impurities and reduces lead and the taste and odor of chlorine. Filters last for 40,000 8-ounce servings, and refills cost $80 each. cost: $69 a month to lease, which includes two filters a year