review: comparing a Billi Eco tap to the BIBO water bar

review: comparing a Billi Eco tap to the BIBO water bar

If you’ve decided to install a new filtered, chilled & boiling water system in your bar or kitchen, two brands to consider are Billi and BIBO. Billi systems have been around since 1990 and BIBO is the new kid on the block. Here we compare the Billi Eco to the BIBO water bar. Both units are ideal for home or a small to medium business, and this quick overview will help you figure out which is the best filtered, chilled & boiling water system for you.

cost of a Billi compared to BIBO

The Billi Eco has two tap options and comes with either a lever style tap for $3,361 or a touch tap dispenser for $3,421 (source: winningappliances.com.au, 2018). It requires inn-stallation by an approved technician at an additional cost. The BIBO Water Bar retails for $1,496 including installation (source: bibowater.com.au, 2018).

how to install a Billi compared to the BIBO water bar

Billi is a two-part fixed system with an above-counter tap and an under-counter filtration unit. The ‘box’ usually goes under a sink because it requires plumbing into the mains and a waste water outlet. The filtration unit for the Billi Eco is 18 x 50 x 34 cm. This unit can dispense up to 90 cups of boiling water and 60 cups of chilled water every hour.

The BIBO is an all-in-one counter-top unit that requires connection only to the mains via flexible ¼” piping. It can be placed anywhere that’s suitable for a bench-top appliance and has a footprint of 30 x 35 cm. Instead of needing a waste water outlet it has a detachable spill tray , similar to a coffee machine. An upside is that you don’t need to locate it right next to a sink and if you move house you can take it with you. This unit can dispense up to 90 cups of boiling water and 50 cups of chilled water every hour.

maintenance and filter change for the Billi compared to the BIBO water bar

Both units require a filter change every six months. Replacement filters for the Billi Eco cost about $336 per year and most people organise a technician to change the filter at an additional callout cost.. The annual cost of replacement filters for the BIBO water dispenser is $176 and it’s fairly simple to change the filter yourself, see video.

what nasties do the Billi and the BIBO water bar filters remove?

Both of these units have an industry leading multi- stage carbon block filter, with a capacity of 6000 litres. It removes sediment, chemicals like chlorine, heavy metals such as lead, and cysts such as cryptosporidium, but retains fluoride and beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium.

The BIBO also has a unique UV lamp to prevent the build- up of bacteria and compensate for the removal of chlorine.

are Billi and BIBO water bar water temperatures the same?

Both systems allow you to set temperatures within a range to suit individual preference.

The Billi Eco dispenses chilled water at from 6-15°C and hot/boiling water at 98°C only.

The BIBO water bar dispenses chilled water from 4-16°C and hot/boiling water at from 70-98°C. It also dispenses warm water from 30-60°C, which can be temperature controlled at increments of 5°C. This feature is useful if you want heated, but not boiling, drinking water and a specific temperature, such as for herbal teas, to mix with baby formula, or make warm drinks for younger kids.

what Billi or BIBO water bar colours and styles are available?

The Billi tap is available with either a lever or touch tap dispenser and in a range of different colours.

The BIBO Water Bar comes in a range of 10 popular colours, including red, white, silver and black – check them out here.

what are some of the other Billi and BIBO features?

Other features in both units include an energy saving mode and time/date display and automatic reminder notices when it’s time to change the filter.

The BIBO has a touchscreen panel that is easy to use and offers more menu options for those who like their tech. These include pre-set temperatures, programming a set cup size and activation of a double child-lock to prevent misuse.

Learn more and download the Zip HydroTap and BIBO water bar comparison sheet here.

Other useful articles:

Read the BIBO review from the Water People.

Read ‘How much can I expect to pay for a Billi system’ from The Water People.

Download the Zip, Billi, BIBO PDF comparison sheet

Read Google User Reviews:

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review: comparing a Zip HydroTap to the BIBO water bar

review: comparing a Zip HydroTap to the BIBO water bar

If you’ve decided to install a new filtered, chilled & boiling water system in your bar or kitchen, two brands to consider are Zip and BIBO. Zip has been around since the 1960s and they are the most widely used while BIBO is the newest kid on the block. It offers a good alternative to the Zip, with some cool and unique features. Here we compare one of Zip’s smaller models, the Zip HydroTap® G4 100/75 to the BIBO water bar. Both are ideal as home water filtration systems or office water dispensers, and this quick overview can help you figure out which is the best filtered, chilled & boiling water system for you.

cost of a Zip HydroTap compared to BIBO water bar

The Zip HydroTap G4 BC 100/75, one of Zip’s entry models, offers filtered, chilled & boiling water and is priced at $4,495 (source: winningappliances.com.au, 2018). It requires installation by an approved technician which Zip can organise for you at an additional cost. The BIBO Water Bar retails for $1,496 including installation (source: bibowater.com.au, 2018).

how to install the Zip HydroTap compared to the BIBO water bar

Zip is a two-part fixed system, with an above-counter tap and an under-counter chiller/boiler unit. This ‘box’ usually goes under a sink because it requires plumbing into the mains and a wastewater outlet, and housing in a cupboard with air vents to allow heat to escape. The undersink unit for the Zip HydroTap G4 100/75 is 28 x 46 x 33 cm. This unit can dispense up to 100 cups of boiling water and 75 cups of chilled water every hour.

The BIBO is an all-in-one counter-top unit that requires connection only to the mains via flexible ¼” piping. It can be placed anywhere that’s suitable for a bench-top appliance and has a footprint of 30 x 35 cm. Instead of needing a waste water outlet it has a detachable spill tray similar to a coffee machine. An upside is that you don’t need to locate it right next to a sink and if you move house you can take it with you. This unit can dispense up to 90 cups of boiling water and 50 cups of chilled water every hour.

maintenance and filter change for the Zip HydroTap compared to the BIBO water bar

Both units require a filter change every six months. Replacement filters for the Zip HydroTap G4 BC 100/75 cost about $490 a year and most people organise a technician to change the filter at an additional callout cost. The annual cost of replacement filters for the BIBO is $176 and it’s very simple to change the filter yourself, see video.

what nasties do the Zip HydroTap and the BIBO water bar filters remove?

Both of these units have an industry leading multi-stage carbon block filter, with a capacity of 6000 litres. It removes dirt, sediment, chemicals like chlorine, heavy metals such as lead, and cysts, but retains beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium.

The BIBO also has a unique UV lamp to prevent the buildup of bacteria and compensate for the removal of chlorine post filtration.

are Zip HydroTap and BIBO water bar water temperatures the same?

The Zip HydroTap G4 BC 100/75 dispenses chilled water in a range of 5-10°C and boiling water at 98°C.
The BIBO water bar features a useful menu option which allows temperatures to be set to suit individual preference. It dispenses chilled water between 4-16°C, hot/boiling water between 70-98°C, and warm water between 30-60°C. This feature is useful if you want safe, heated, but not boiling, drinking water at a specific temperature, such as for herbal teas, to mix with baby formula, or make warm drinks for younger kids.

what Zip HydroTap or BIBO water bar colours and styles are available?

The only visible part of the Zip is the tap which comes standard in chrome. The tap is also available in a variety of optional design styles in black and brushed steel at an extra cost.

The BIBO water bar comes in a range of 10 popular colours that work with your renovated kitchen colour scheme, including red, green, white, silver and black.

what are some of the other Zip and BIBO features?

Other features in both units include an energy saving mode, time/date display, and automatic reminder notices when it’s time to change the filter.

The BIBO has a touchscreen panel that is easy to use and offers more menu options for those who like their tech. These include pre-set temperatures, programming a set cup size, and activation of a double child-lock to prevent misuse.

Learn more and download the Zip HydroTap and BIBO water bar comparison sheet here.

Other useful articles:

Read the BIBO review from the Water People

Download the Zip, Billi, BIBO PDF comparison sheet

Read ‘How much can I expect to pay for my Zip Tap’ from The Water People.

Read Google User Reviews:

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BIBO water bar makes a splash at Australian Good Design Awards

BIBO water bar makes a splash at Australian Good Design Awards

Peter Molloy and his wife Vicki at the Good Design Awards Ceremony in Sydney

BIBO Water Bar has been recognised for its stylish looks and innovative features at the 2017 Australian Good Design Awards.

This high tech benchtop water dispenser was one of only 244 entries to receive the 2017 Good Design® Selection and was a finalist in Product Design (Domestic Appliances).

BIBO CEO Peter Molloy represented BIBO at the black tie Awards Ceremony at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney earlier this month.

“It was a great honour to be shortlisted at this prestigious Award ceremony featuring many of Australia’s most innovative products,” Mr Molloy said.

Launched in Australia late last year, the BIBO Water Bar filters and purifies tap water providing pristine chilled and boiling water at the touch of a button. And it comes in 10 amazing colours to suit any décor.

Operating the BIBO water bar is simple with its user-friendly touch control panel and display screen. It has many useful menu settings including hot and cold temperatures, serve quantities, and power saving sleep mode when not being used.

BIBO was chosen among the best entries to receive the Good Design Selection after an extensive evaluation process by a Jury comprising more than 35 Australian and international design experts.

‘A joy to use and look at’

The Jury set the bar very high this year with only the very best submissions receiving this level of recognition.

They described the BIBO Water Bar as “an innovative, no-fuss water dispenser that is a joy to use and look at.”

“The Jury commends BIBO for opening up a new category in this market.”

Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950s and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products.

The 2017 Good Design Awards Ceremony and Festival coincided with Vivid Sydney, now the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

“The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program.

Making our lives better and happier

“This is one of the few design award programs in the world where design and innovation are celebrated so broadly. This year’s Good Design® Selections represent excellence in design across the widest spectrum of design including Product Design, Service Design, Architectural Design, Design Strategy, Digital and Communication Design and Social Innovation,” Dr Gien said.

“Good design is about making our lives better, safer and happier. It extends to everything around us – from the products we use in our daily lives and the services we interact with to the buildings we live and work in – they can all be improved through better design. That’s what lies at the heart of these Awards”.

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