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Soap Dispenser Buying Guide

Soap dispensers have become very common, and are mostly used in public spaces such as washrooms.

In addition to that, the additional number of soap dispensers that have been added since the COVID 19 pandemic has increased.

This is mainly because everyone is required to wash their hands regularly, and to effectively do this without passing on the germs is to use a soap dispenser and not a shared bar soap.

When shopping for a soap dispenser, you not only want to look at how good the soap dispenser is but also look at its ability to do the job that is intended.

Below is a buying guide that will help you settle for the best soap dispenser.

  1. Determine where you want to put the soap dispenser

  2. This is the first step to selecting the best soap dispenser. For instance, if you want a soap dispenser that you use at home with your family then you will go for the smaller dispenser. This is very convenient and efficient.

    Consequently, if you want to use the soap dispenser in a popular facility such as meeting rooms, corridors, and office spaces to increase hygiene, then you can go for the soap dispensers with the ability to use alcohol gel. Using alcohol gel is also effective since it helps in saving more water and keeping the surrounding free from wasted water.

  3. Check the Capacity

  4. Check the soap dispenser capacity before you buy it. Most of the soap dispensers have a carrying capacity from 300ml to around 1.5 litres. If you are thinking of using the soap dispenser in a place where there is high traffic then you probably want to get the one with the largest capacity. On the other hand, if you are just looking for something that is used by a smaller group then go for the soap dispenser with the smaller carrying capacity.

    In addition to that, refillable soap dispensers are the best to have in public places since you can buy your liquid soap in bulk and fill the dispenser up anytime it’s running low on soap. This is a very cost-effective option that you can go for. On the contrary, with a cartridge, you have to wait until all the soap is used before changing. Also, the cartridge is always disposed of which is unhealthy and unsightly to the environment.

  5. Get a 2 in 1 soap dispenser

  6. Many people have had questions as to whether a specific type of soap dispenser can use both liquid soap and alcohol sanitizer gel. Well, some soap dispensers cannot use alcohol gel sanitizer because the alcohol will corrode the valve, which may, in turn, lead to evaporation. This will make the soap dispenser to be ineffective since it cannot serve the needs of the people.

    If you are looking for a soap dispenser that can use either liquid soap or alcohol sanitizer gel then you should go for a 2-in-1 soap dispenser. These are designed to be suitable for both liquid soaps and alcohol gels. If you use any, the dispenser will still be effective and no corrosion will take place.

  7. How to Operate the Soap Dispenser

  8. The most common types of soap dispensers are manual, elbow operates, and automatic. The manual soap dispenser is where you have to press the soap dispenser using your hand for the soap to come out. After that, you wash your hands and you are good to go.

    The elbow-operated soap dispenser is also another form of a manual soap dispenser since you have to touch the soap dispenser using your elbow to press the button for soap to be released. Consequently, there are also lever-operated models, that work more like the elbow-operated soap dispensers, and are mainly used in hospital settings by doctors and nurses for 'scrubbing up' before carrying out any medical procedures.

    Lastly, the automatic soap dispenser is the most hygienic of all the soap dispensers. This is mainly because you do not need to touch the dispenser with your hands or elbows. All you have to do is to put your hand near the soap dispenser, and the dispenser will automatically detect your hand and dispense the soap. Since COVID-19, most facilities are using automatic dispensers, that are filled with alcohol sanitizer gel since it is easy to use and hygienic.

  9. Which soap are you planning to use?

Most of the soap dispensers that are available in the market mainly use liquid soap. There are foaming soap dispensers that are also available in the market and are a great option with various advantages.

For the foaming soap dispensers, an individual tends to use a single press of soap which is very effective and cost-efficient. For the other manual soap dispensers, many people tend to use more than two presses of soap in washing their hands which means that at the end of the day, more soap will have been wasted.

Using foaming soap also helps in saving more water because the soap has already lathered, hence less water is used. With liquid soap, you need to use more water in lathering the soap and in washing your hands.

In the long run, more water will have been used. Therefore, if you are looking for something that is cost-effective, efficient, and saves more water, then foaming soap is your best option. This makes the type of soap to be used, a very important factor to consider when selecting a soap dispenser.


In summary, soap dispensers have become very common since they are an easy way for people to keep their hands clean and stay hygienic.

However, since the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various factors that should be considered before buying a soap dispenser. For instance, the carrying capacity, type of soap to be used, where the soap dispenser will be used, and how to operate the soap dispenser are just some of the few factors that you should consider when selecting a soap dispenser.

Therefore, with the information above, you can make an informed decision in buying your soap dispenser.