Manual or Automatic Soap Dispensers: Which One is Right for You?
Proper hand hygiene is fundamental to maintaining good health and preventing the spread of illness. Washing our hands is a simple yet effective way to lower the risk of infections, such as respiratory illnesses and foodborne diseases.
If you’re considering installing soap dispensers in your washrooms, you may be wondering whether to choose manual or automatic ones. We understand that you want to make the safest choice for everyone who will be using these bathrooms.
To ensure you make an informed decision, it’s important to know your options.
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Automatic soap dispensers are generally known to be the most hygienic choice when choosing between manual and automatic soap dispensers. The reason, of course, is because you don’t need to touch them at all.
We at Nuwkem completely agree with this statement if you compare automatic with general refillable soap dispensers and even manual sachet systems. The truth is, we also prefer never to touch those.
However, many people are unaware that manual soap dispensers with antimicrobial push levers are available at a much more affordable price while still providing protection.
Manual Soap Dispensers
Since many types of manual soap dispensers are available, the choice is not just between manual and automatic; you should first distinguish between the different types of manual dispensers.
Top Up Dispensers
Refillable bulk or top-up soap dispensers are cheap and easy to use, typically refilled with a jug of soap. However, Zapka, Carrie A., et al. found some pretty damning evidence that these soap dispensers should not be trusted when keeping your bathroom occupants safe.
In their study, ‘Bacterial Hand Contamination and Transfer After Use of Contaminated Bulk-Soap-Refillable Dispensers“, they found that these dispensers are prone to bacterial contamination, which has led to many outbreaks in healthcare settings due to the use of contaminated soap. We’ll discuss this in more detail in the future.
Pouch or Sachet Dispensers
Luckily, there’s an alternative to this issue. Sealed-soap-dispensing systems, or pouch or sachet dispensers, are refilled by inserting a new bag or sachet of soap into the dispenser, usually including a new nozzle.
These sachets are sealed at the manufacturer and placed inside the dispensers without the soap ever being touched or left over in the dispenser. Pouch dispensers are, therefore, much more hygienic and effective at preventing the spread of germs.
However, they still do not protect you from physically touching the dispenser and being exposed to the germs on the lever – bringing us to the final piece of the puzzle.
Antimicrobial Levers in Manual Soap Dispensers
Finally, we know that even if we use sealed sachet dispensers, manual soap dispensers still require physical touch to operate. This exacerbates the preconceived idea that automatic dispensers are better than manual dispensers. However, manual soap dispensers are typically more affordable than automatic dispensers, and great strides have been made to make them even safer to use.
At Nuwkem, all of our manual sachet soap dispensers come with push levers that incorporate Biomaster’s silver ion antimicrobial technology to prevent germs from accumulating on the dispenser, ensuring complete hygiene.
How does Biomaster’s antimicrobial technology work?
When a lever is protected with Biomaster’s antimicrobial technology, bacteria cannot grow, produce energy, or replicate on the surface. This is due to the silver ions in Biomaster, which prevent their growth and cause them to die.
By protecting the manual soap dispenser lever with Biomaster, bacteria growth can be prevented, ensuring a safe and hygienic environment for your customers or employees. The long-lasting and durable nature of Biomaster Protection means that the lever can be used repeatedly without needing constant cleaning or replacement.
These are available in the following of Nuwkem’s manual soap dispensers:
- 400ml Foam Hand and Seat Sanitiser Soap Dispenser
- 500ml Foam Soap Dispenser
- 800ml Foam Soap Dispenser
- 1300ml Foam Soap Dispenser
Our manual sachet-operated soap dispensers have very similar benefits to our automatic dispensers, except, of course, for the fact that automatic dispensers are touch-free.
These benefits include:
- Affordability: Manual soap dispensers are generally affordable to purchase and install.
- User-Friendly: Users are familiar with how manual hand soap dispensers work, resulting in easy operation.
- Low Maintenance: Manual dispensers are less prone to technical malfunctions, leading to low maintenance requirements.
- Hygienic operation: Due to pouch dispensers and antimicrobial levers, manual sachet soap dispensers offer hygienic operation.
- Precise soap dispensing: These dispensers dispense a specific and consistent amount of soap with each use, ensuring adequate handwashing.
- Reduces soap wastage: The controlled dispensing mechanism minimises soap wastage, potentially leading to cost savings in the long run.
One disadvantage of touch-based devices is hygiene concerns in hospitals or food establishments due to the physical contact required to operate them. Automatic soap dispensers are mandatory in these establishments.
Automatic Soap Dispensers
Automatic soap dispensers in public washrooms offer a touchless and convenient way to promote hand hygiene. These dispensers use sensors or infrared technology to detect the presence of a user’s hands and dispense soap automatically.
It’s incredible how automatic soap dispensers work, as you don’t need to touch them, providing you with added protection. However, it’s essential to consider both the potential benefits and drawbacks of installing such dispensers.
The benefits of a touchless soap dispenser
- Hygienic Operation: Automatic soap dispensers are touchless, reducing the risk of cross-contamination and promoting better hand hygiene, especially in public spaces.
- Precise Soap Dispensing: These dispensers are programmed to dispense a specific and consistent amount of soap with each use, ensuring adequate handwashing.
- Reduced Soap Wastage: The controlled dispensing mechanism minimises soap wastage, potentially leading to cost savings in the long run.
- Good user experience: Once users understand how automatic dispensers operate, they provide a great user experience.
The drawback of automatic soap dispensers is that they are more expensive to purchase and install, and since they rely on batteries, operational costs can increase over time.
Nuwkem’s Automatic Soap Dispenser
Our automatic soap dispensers are designed to provide a touch-free experience, reducing the spread of germs. It can be used for soap or hand sanitiser and operates through a sensor. The dispenser requires only four alkaline batteries and has a lifetime warranty on all working parts.
In addition, the dispenser is a low-cost option, as the optimised dosing reduces usage by up to 60%, making it perfect for high-traffic areas.
Each refill comes with its own pump, ensuring it does not clog or break. The dispenser can dispense foaming lotion soap and foaming antibacterial soap, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitiser. The hygienically sealed refill ensures that the soap stays fresh and germ-free, and in the hand sanitiser, the alcohol does not evaporate, ensuring that you are always protected.
The dispenser comes in various colours, including white, black, satin, and stainless steel, as well as precious metal options like copper gloss, brass matt, and matt black steel.
Making an Informed Choice
When picking out a soap dispenser, it’s important to consider what you specifically need and how much you can afford. Both manual and automatic dispensers have their perks and can be great options depending on your situation.
Your budget is also a significant factor in your decision-making process. Manual dispensers are more affordable upfront and don’t require much upkeep. If you’re not working in a hospital or with food establishments requiring automatic dispensers, choosing a stylish, protected manual soap dispenser is completely safe.
However, always conduct thorough research to ensure you select the correct, hygienic option.
Finding the right balance between your needs and budget is key. By knowing what matters most to you, you can make a smart choice that will help keep your users or customers satisfied.
Go With The Experts
Whether you opt for the trusted manual dispenser or embrace the touchless wonder of automatic ones, the choice is yours.
However, choosing the best hygiene product suppliers means not having to worry about the quality, hygiene concerns, or environmental impact of the products you choose, as we consider everything before we ever supply them.
At Nuwkem, the magic happens in the detail inside the product – in the soap you use, the antibacterial technology on the levers, the waste management for environmental impact, and so much more.