Finding the ideal hands-free soap dispenser isn’t the most glamorous shopping task, but it's a home addition that can really simplify your life. When looking for the best automatic soap dispensers, there are a few key factors to consider.
The first question to ask yourself is whether you prefer a model that's rechargeable or one that uses batteries. Both are manageable, though some rechargeable options last up to three months on one charge while some battery options can last as long as two years. With the latter type, it's important to think about the battery compartment's location and design. If it's located on the base of the dispenser, it should be raised so it's not flush with your counter, and it should have a waterproof seal; this will help prevent battery corrosion.
Another thing to consider is whether you want a foaming dispenser. These typically use less soap per pump, making it last longer. Some people may prefer the texture of foam to liquid when washing their hands, too. The downside is that some models require special soap (though, I've included a pick below that's compatible with any type of soap). Also, if you're worried about the amount that's dispensed, look for options that allow you to adjust the dispensed-soap volume.
One other important aspect for any automatic soap dispenser is the valve. The best dispensers have a valve that seals tightly after use, so you're not constantly mopping up wasted soap. Silicone is a reliable material for this, but not all manufacturers disclose their valve material. In any case, when selecting the picks below, I sifted through hundreds of Amazon reviews to confirm — silicone or not — that the seals were tight and there no complaints of leaking soap.
To help you find the perfect addition to your bathroom essentials, I've compiled a list of the best automatic soap dispenser below.
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