A water dispenser provides water at 3 different temperatures:

  • chilled water
  • ambient water
  • hot water

What is a suitable and short translation for "ambient water"? This water is served at room temperature.

Correct translations would be "Wasser bei Raum-/Umgebungstemperatur", but that seems a little too long. "Ungekühltes Wasser" is the best solution that I have found so far. Do you have any better ideas?

  • 3
    gekühlt / ungekühlt / heiß
    – Ingmar
    Aug 8 '16 at 15:48
  • 3
    I think "Zimmertemperatur" would do the trick.
    – tofro
    Aug 8 '16 at 15:52
  • 2
    lauwarm oder handwarm, je nachdem, wie warm es wirklich ist
    – Robert
    Aug 8 '16 at 17:50
  • I feel lauwarm and handwarm (maybe 30-35 °C?) are warmer than the typical room temperature (20-22 °C). Aug 8 '16 at 23:23

I think, these translations would be best:

•chilled water = kaltes/gekühltes Wasser (gekühlt sounds a bit better)

•ambient water --> there are multiple possible translations:

  • raumtemperiertes Wasser (this is an official word by producers of water dispensers)
  • ungekühltes Wasser (like you already said)
  • laues Wasser

•hot water = warmes/heisses Wasser

Hope I could help you.

  • Thank you, raumtemperiert seems great. Maybe still a Little Long, but straight to the Point, Part of the lingo and usable in many ways.
    – Matthias
    Aug 11 '16 at 21:08
  • I'm glad I could help!
    – MichelleH
    Aug 17 '16 at 8:11
  • Suggesting lauwarm
    – Jan
    Aug 20 '16 at 0:39

If the dispenser looks similar to the ones typically found in offices, I would get rid of "water" at all, since this is obvious. This leaves you with the labels:

  • kalt
  • normal
  • heiß

It is always tricky to state attractively, that one does nothing. So another approach would be to use a totally different term like frisch, which should work when looking at the other terms in comparison.

A more international symbolic approach would be to use color-coded bullets:

  • blue
  • hollow (i. e. a circle) or grey
  • red

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