Go hands-free with these automatic soap dispensers
It’s probably not something you’ve put much thought into, but hand soap has evolved a lot over the last 50 years or so. We’ve gone from bars of solid soap to liquid soap in pump dispensers to automatic, hands-free solutions, like our overall pick, the Secura Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser. If you’re looking to upgrade your handwashing experience to a touchless one, these products can help.
Best Overall: Secura Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser
We like the Secura dispenser for its large capacity but relatively small footprint. It can handle an impressive 500 ml of liquid soap, which should last the average household a fair while. When it is getting close to needing a refill, you’ll quickly see thanks to the transparent soap chamber.
You can tailor the amount of soap this gadget dispenses to suit your personal preference. There’s a volume-style dial on the side that you can adjust to give you more or less product, from 0.03 from 0.19 ounces per activation.
Unlike other options, this is not entirely waterproof, but the battery compartment has a silicone seal to protect them. There is also a hole in the back of the unit, so you have the option to wall mount this.
- Large capacity
- Adjustable soap amount
- Good soap visibility
- Not waterproof
Secura Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser
- $25 at Amazon
An impressive 500 ml capacity and easy-to-view soap levels makes this an excellent first choice.
Best for Families: Glamfields Upgrade 2.0 Auto Soap Dispenser
This white option will blend in with most kitchens and bathrooms. It has a decent 400 ml capacity and an opaque front so you can easily keep an eye on the soap levels. It takes just 0.2 seconds to activate from a 0 to 2.36-inch range.
There are two different settings for the amount of soap you want the machine to dispense from 0.02 to 0.1 ounces. Battery-powered, when it’s running low, the Glamfields dispenser will flash a red LED indicator, so you know to change the batteries.
The promise is that this unit will not drip, leak or spill, so if you’re looking for a tidy solution to help keep you and your household’s hands clean, this could well be it.
- 0.2-second activation
- Two soap amount settings
- Comes with a funnel
- Not the biggest capacity
Best for Families
Glamfields Upgrade 2.0 Auto Soap Dispenser
- $26 at Amazon
A competent option, this works fast and gives you good customization options.
Best for Multiple Uses: Elechok Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser
The Elechok option has two infrared sensors, one at the base and one at the top of the unit, for super-sensitive activation. It boasts a two-part base with rubber seals to keep the electronics away from water spills and splashes.
To adjust the amount of product this dispenses, you press the on and off buttons on the top of the dispenser as if they were up and down buttons until you’re happy with the amount.
This does not have the largest capacity — only 280 ml — but it can be used with any kind of soap or disinfectant and can even handle hand or body lotion.
- Stainless steel
- Double waterproof base
- Suitable for all kinds of soap
- 280 ml capacity
Best for Multiple Uses
Elechok Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser
- $24 at Amazon
Double sensors make this a very reliable unit that’s quick to dispense a set amount of soap.
Best Looking: QOSDA Automatic Soap Dispenser
We love the QOSDA soap dispenser’s designer good looks. This would not look out of place in a five-star hotel bathroom, so imagine the touch of chic it would add to your kitchen or bathroom sink.
This has a 300 ml capacity and is activated in a speedy 0.2 seconds. Unfortunately, this has no way to adjust the amount of soap that is dispensed each time, it’s set at 1 ml per activation, but QOSDA suggests just holding your hands back under it if you want more.
It boasts an impressive IP67 waterproof rating, so it won’t matter if this gets knocked into the sink or bath. The soap level viewing function is a little on the small side, but what it lacks in that area it makes up for in good looks.
- IP67 waterproof
- Designer looks
- Only 300ml capacity
- Only one soap amount setting
QOSDA Automatic Soap Dispenser
- $28 at Amazon
An attractive option for design-conscious consumers, this works well and looks even better.
Best Foaming Dispenser: LAOPAO Foaming Soap Dispenser
This dispenser is great to use with foaming soap. But you don’t have to use a specialty soap to get the fun foam. Add a little purified water to regular liquid hand soap, and the LAOPAO touchless soap dispenser will foam it for you. You can also use this dispenser with foaming hand sanitizer.
The soap compartment is clear to make it easy to see when it is time to fill. To fill the dispenser, simply pull out the soap compartment at the bottom. This keeps the LAOPAO dispenser core away from liquids and reduces the risk of the insides of the dispenser getting wet.
This dispenser is over 11 inches tall, and its motion sensor picks up on movement within 1.2 inches from it. There are two settings for light or heavy foam. The LAOPAO dispenser uses three AA batteries. Unfortunately, these must be purchased separately. Also, this dispenser doesn’t support Lithium or rechargeable batteries. This makes the LAOPAO foaming soap dispenser not as cost-effective as others we reviewed.
- Use with regular soap
- Compatible with hand sanitizers
- See-through soap holder
- Batteries not included
Best Foaming Dispenser
LAOPAO Foaming Soap Dispenser
- $30 from Amazon
Begin with bubbles
The LAOPAO touchless dispenser creates foam from the soap or hand sanitizer it is filled with.
Best for Battery Life: SimpleOne Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser
This is another stylish option that we like the look of. Designed by Philippe Taglioni, this dispenser is available in an “arctic white” or “liquid silver” finish.
A silicone valve stops the unit from dripping and helps avoid clogs, while the wide opening promises fast and mess-free refills. The capacity is only 230 ml, but the battery life is good with a claim of up to a year’s use from four AAA alkaline batteries.
There’s a windowed slot built-in to show how much soap is left, and you can use any kind of cleaning solution with this product, including any brand of liquid soap, shampoo, and sanitizer.
- Energy efficient
- Non-drip design
- Only 230 ml
- Can’t adjust the soap amount
Best for Battery Life
SimpleOne Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser
- $25 at Amazon
Another attractive choice, this boasts an impressive year’s use from four small batteries.
Touchless automatic dispensers are the ultimate choice for hygiene conscious consumers. Whether it’s for your kitchen or bathroom, or both, one of these devices will significantly improve your chances of picking up fewer germs.
For larger households and families, we’d recommend the Secura Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser, with the largest 500 ml capacity, you won’t be continually filling it up, and its general performance is more than adequate for home use.
For anyone who values design, the QOSDA option or SimpleOne dispenser are the best-looking choices, bringing some modernist chic to your hand cleaning routine.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Amy-Mae Turner We wouldn’t say Amy-Mae has OCD tendencies, but she is undoubtedly a clean freak when it comes to her digits, making her a great choice to collate this list.