Product Type: Dettol gadgets
Newest Review: ... do its job properly. everything was going well with it, until one day i came home from work to find the dispenser practically empty with ... more
Squirting Cucumber All Over My Kitchen
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: Andy.mack
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: A decent concept for a modern kitchen
Disadvantages: Expensive ongoing and initial costs for what it is
Following on from Jen's purchase of the Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic spray units for the bathroom her next gadget for the house was a Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System. The principle idea is that there is no need to press a soap pump dispenser as it detects movement and dispenses a small amount of soap ready for you to wash your hands. It seemed like a pretty simple concept, however one with major flaws, which I'll get to shortly. As id been pleasantly surprised by the Air Wick product I was hoping for similar results with this Dettol one.
What Do You Get?
For £6 you get one of the dispensers, a hand wash refill and 4 AA batteries to run the dispenser. Once out of its plastic packaging it was simply a case of inserting the batteries into the slot on the base and removing the tab on the refill and inserting it into the dispenser. Once this was done it was a matter of flicking the on switch once it was in place and it was all set up and ready to go. We opted to position ours in the Kitchen so that it would be useful whilst cooking.
Encountering The First Problem
This is where we encountered the first and perhaps biggest issue I have with the No Touch soap dispensing system. It would be fair to say the Kitchen in our rented house is a little dated and the taps are still the old fashioned turn type taps rather than lever operated. This meaning that even though touching the soap dispenser has been eliminated by this product, those germs will still accumulate on the taps in our Kitchen. This for me made it seem like a bit of a pointless product unless you have lever taps.
Scents and Refills
When we bought our first No touch system the only scented soap we could find for the system was the Cucumber splash and as someone who has a real dislike for Cucumber having the scent of them on my hands really wasn't very pleasant. Never the less I thought it would be fine as once this refill was finished we could get either the Grapefruit or the Tea and Ginger flavour. The initial refill lasted for 2 months and when we came to get a refill the only one we could find again was the Cucumber, which has meant even longer with my hands smelling of something I don't really like the smell of.
Thankfully for the next refill I have found somewhere online with the different scents meaning we will finally get a change. Each refill is in a 250ml plastic container, which retails for around £2.99, which when you consider a 300ml radox pump action soap can be bought for around £1, makes the No Touch system a very expensive way to wash your hands. On the plus side the batteries are lasting well, but when you consider it takes four at a time that's actually a real saving grace.
Problem Number Two
This is the problem that actually prompted me to write this review. Obviously with a sensor on the front it detects movement to enable it to dispense the soap. We've found that this sensor is very hit and miss and you can move your hand in front of it and get no soap, however be walking passed and hear the dispenser squirt soap all over the worktop. The sensor is very hit and miss and has now even started to dispense soap every time we turn the Kitchen light off, which at £2.99 a refill is really a lot of soap to be flowing over the counter top.
Is It Worth It
I'm afraid that in short my answer is going to have to be no, unless of course you have lever taps. I felt that it was a good concept, but unless you have the right taps it is a bit of a waste of money and time. It will cut out the germs on a soap pump, however those germs are likely to still be on your taps when you have to turn them on anyway.
With an rrp of £9.98 for the original dispenser set, although these can be picked up on offer for £4.99, and £2.99 for a refill as well as eventually 4 AA batteries it is a very expensive alternative, which if you haven't got lever taps seems like a pointless outlay. In theory, with the right surroundings it's a good idea and reasonable product, but not really one that I've taken to yet and for that reason I'm giving it 3 stars.
Summary: An interesting idea but not really ideal for our Kitchen
More reviews in the field of Gadget
- TICK TOCK Noisy Clock
- Conserve your energy (Philips 20w ES stick bulb)
- No pocket should go without!
- Can't touch this!
- Hot Potato, Hot Potato
- Easy peasy...
- Wake fresh and alert with sunrise and banish that SAD feeling
- Staple me this, staple me that
- The Secret Services of the Swiss Card
- An absolute bargain!