Product Type: Dettol gadgets
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Nifty but expensive
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: passion10
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: A great product
Disadvantages: But very expensive
My partner bought this on a whim in the January sales in Waitrose for £7.99, I didn't have the heart to mention that it was available for £6.65 all of the time on Amazon. But I do think she bought a decent product here.
The idea is that the No-Touch Hand Wash System allows you to dispense soap to your hands without putting germs all over the soap dispenser. To some this is just a waste as you wouldn't eat off of your soap dispenser or use it for anything other than it's purpose, but any germs in a kitchen are harmful so anything that can help eradicate them is worth a go in my book. It is also handy for toilet cleaning, the last thing you want to do after unplugging a U-bend or cleaning the toilet is then turn on a tap that you need to clean also, from this perspective it is very smartly produced.
We got one specifically because the idea of touching raw meat and then handling the soap dispenser always seemed a bit dodgy to us, this takes away any such fears and has given my partner much more confidence in using raw meat and fish in the kitchen. It also stops you having to touch a tap, which is sensible.
The product is easy to set up, you have the refill sitting in the top which makes it look like a hi-tech air freshener but nonetheless it is fine, all in white with a nozzle to dispense soap from it looks ok, but not anything amazing. Putting it together is incredibly simple with step by step diagrams, but it is all common sense stuff anyway.
The product comes with 250ml of hand wash dispenser, this is where my big beef with it is, the hand wash refills cost at the least £3.99 from Wilkinsons for a refill and more elsewhere, as much as I want a clean kitchen, this isn't comparable to handwashes available by big names like Palmolive in the shops for 99p. It leaves you as a slave to fortune and while it does the job you buy it for, it's too expensive to keep using.
The product claims to dispense exactly the right amount of soap, this is bluster I think as a child washing their hands probably wouldn't need as much soap as me, if it can read hand sizes it is incredible, but it seems generous with its servings which just makes it more upsetting when you know if you had control yourself you would release much less soap as you know how expensive refills are. The manufacturers obviously had the same idea!
The best thing about this product is that it does sense your hands and releases soap, the soap is clean smelling with a hint of cucumber. It also requires 4 x AA Batteries, so all in all you are looking at around £8-£10 to buy it, up to £4-£5 to refill it, or you could buy 14 or 15 bottles of Palmolive or Radox handwash and pretty much cover a year or two of handwash. The idea is that these should be in the kitchen and bathrooms, but that's quite a hefty investment for most of us.
It is nice but it's a novelty, until they address the pricing it is expensive for what it really does. If you are terrified of germs or really don't want to touch your tap after handling raw ingredients or cleaning the loo's then buy one, otherwise, do what people have been doing for centuries, wash your hands and carry on.
Summary: Recommended if you have the spare money
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