Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump: Review

Friday, December 18, 2009 Posted by Dina N

I wash my hands a lot - especially in winter. Every time I use one of those automated sinks at a restaurant or elsewhere, I am relieved I do not have to touch any germ-infested soap dispensers and faucets. And I say to myself, wouldn't that be nice to have at home, too? Mess-free, hassle-free, and hygienic!

I came across simplehuman, a company that makes all sorts of smart products for the home. I received one of their sensor soap pumps for review. The first thing that I noticed was the sleek modern design. This pump would look equally well on your stainless steel sink, on a granite countertop, on the white porcelain sink in the powder room, or in your bathroom. I received the pump in black but it is also available in white.

The sensor pump holds 8 oz of soap or lotion, and has a wide opening on top for easy refills. It operates with four AA batteries. The pump has an automatic sensor in the front that detects movement when you place your hand nearby, and it dispenses soap (or lotion). There are four volume settings that determine the quantity of soap coming out. The pump is preset to dispense the largest amount of soap any time new batteries are inserted. It took me some trial and error to figure out that I wanted the pump to work on the lowest setting. It releases a sufficient amount of soap for a normal handwashing, and if you need more, you can just place your hand under the spout again to get another dose.

The sensor pump can be used with lotion, too - or with dishwashing liquid. I found it worked equally well with two different kinds of liquid soap, one thick and another thinner. One thing I would recommend is to use rechargeable batteries to reduce waste - and it would be nice if those were included with the sensor pump.

The sensor pump would make a great gift for just about any adult on your list - even for those people who seem to have everything. Anyone can use a smart product that makes daily life a little cleaner and more convenient and mess-free.

The soap sensor pump retails at $29.99 and can be purchased on the simplehuman site.

Disclaimer: simplehuman provided me with a product to review for free via The opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal experience and are unaffected by the complimentary nature of the product. No other compensation was received or implied. Image courtesy of simplehuman.


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