Adding a vending machine to your office or workspace is a great way to ensure employees have access to refreshments throughout the day. Buying a used vending machine is a lot less expensive than buying a new one, and there are plenty of vendors out there offering such appliances. When it comes time to order, however, you will find yourself facing a big choice. Should you opt for a machine that dispenses cans or one that dispenses bottles? Both options have an upside and a downside, so the best choice really depends on your preferences.
Can Vending Machines
Can vending machines typically dispense 12-ounce cans of soda and other beverages. The primary advantage of this type of machine is that the cans are less likely to get stuck than bottles. Their shape is sleeker, and they sort of roll out of their holding place in the machine when they are dispensed. You also tend to make more money off of canned beverages, since you can still easily charge $1 or $1.50 per can, even though it costs you less to buy cans than bottles.
The downside of can vending machines is that there are some drinks that don't come in cans. There's no canned water, so you are stuck only offering soda and other beverages, like lemonade and orange soda. Cans are also only 12 ounces, so employees may not be satisfied if they wanted a larger beverage.
Bottle Vending Machines
Machines that dispense bottles typically dispense the 20 or 24-ounce bottles that are so popular today. The advantage of this option is that employees get a larger beverage, so they might be more likely to actually buy from the vending machine because they feel like they are getting a good deal. You can also find bottled water and a wide array of other beverages in bottles that you cannot get in cans. Health-conscious employees, for example, may appreciate the non-soda choices.
The downside to bottles is that it's harder to make a profit. You can't charge more than $2 for a bottled drink without looking grabby, and the bottles cost a lot more to buy than cans. The empty bottles take up more space in your recycling bin, too! Bottled beverages are also more likely to get stuck in the machine, so make sure you have a strategy for freeing them.
To learn more about the advantages of bottles versus cans, speak to a pre-owned beverage equipment retailer in your area.