Product Type: Dettol gadgets
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Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: oChrisoCo
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: Automatic, can be refilled
Disadvantages: Refills can be expensive. Only takes Dettol refills
Society today seems to be overwhelmed with cleanliness and this is something that companies are cashing in on. Why touch an 'unclean' soap pump to wash your hands when you can do it hands-free. For these reasons I'm still undecided on the benefits of this gadget.
Growing up using a manual soap pump never caused me any harm, but they are now looked upon as unclean. It appears to have reached the point that humanity will do anything to avoid bacteria and if anything can be labelled as anti-bacterial, you can be assured it will be visible and well promoted. Does the age old adage of 'Whatever doesn't kill you make you stronger' not exist anymore? Putting this argument aside let us focus on the device.
The cost of the gadget is high (when compared to a normal soap pump). However, this is a one off initial purchase as the soap comes in refillable cartridges which are sold separately. This is where Dettol seek to maximise their profit. The refillable soaps can be extremely expensive but if you shop around you can also get them at more affordable prices. Also, as far as I have seen only Dettol soaps can be purchased for this product, whether a 'like' product becomes available to increase competition remains to be seen. The cartridges are also made in such a way that they cannot be refilled and reused (like an ink cartridge). Therefore the ongoing cost of this product should be considered before purchase
Personally, I think the amount of soap that is dispensed in a single use is far too much. I feel that only half the amount would be needed. Is this a design fault? Or very crafty design by Dettol, due to the refills they offer? That's up to you the consumer to decide before you buy. A major feature that I feel is missing is no early warning, to indicate when the soap level is low. Meaning you are only alerted to the need for a refill, when the soap is completely empty.
After months of using this device, I still haven't found the best location to place my hands, to get the soap to dispense every time. Each time I use the device I feel like I have to place my hands in a different position, however this could be user error. Also sunlight affects the sensor significantly, that on a bright morning I have had trouble getting soap to dispense. So should be kept in a place where sunlight exposure is minimised.
In this final section I want to cover some uses which I believe this gadget would be ideal for. This could be used as a fun device to encourage kids to wash their hands after the bathroom, making it something fun getting to use a gadget. It also has the potential to reduce mess, as manual soap pumps can be unpredictable. It would also be ideal for individuals who may find manual pumps hard to use. Such as the elderly, or others.
Overall the dispenser works well, but is it a necessity to have in your home? Personally, only if you can make it cost effective or it can provide a real benefit. Otherwise it's just another toy to play with.
Summary: Works satisfactory, but only useful if it aids you. Otherwise manual pumps are probably cheaper
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