“ Manufacturer: Homebase / Type: Bathroom Accessories „
After having my bathroom completely gutted and redesigned last year I decided to invest in new bathroom furniture, including the smaller items such as the toothbrush holder, towel rail and soap dish. I didn't particularly want a matching set as I find the majority of designs exceedingly twee, my bathroom is large enough for the items to be different from one another without it looking too 'mix and match' in effect.
I chose this Twist 'n' Lock soap dish from Homebase simply because the basic design appealed to me, it wasn't until I got it home that I realised it was actually the perfect solution as I was able to fix it to the tiles above the sink and the dish wouldn't need screwing in. My son in law also thought it was perfect as it meant I wasn't hurrying him over to my house to complete yet another tedious job!
The soap dish is very easy to fit; you simply hold the circular metal 'cone' against the wall, then when you have positioned it correctly just twist the plastic knob until the suction holds the soap dish tight to the tiles. It really is as simple as that, so simple in fact that even I could do it!
There was barely any information by way of the 'information leaflet' that was tucked inside the product, just a vague mention that this soap dish is suitable for most surfaces. The suction is very strong so I would imagine the only surfaces it would struggle with would be perhaps an artexed wall, or a particularly porous plaster-type area. The majority of households will have tiles around the sink and bath anyway so this shouldn't be a problem.
The soap dish has never fallen off the wall in the four or five months it has been fitted in my bathroom. The dish itself is nicely shaped and will hold most shapes and sizes of soap, I had a problem recently with a Lush soap as I had bought a larger block than normal and I found the edges stuck out for a while until I'd used the soap sufficiently for it to shrink to size. Any pre-wrapped commercial soaps will fit comfortably into the dish however, just do bear this in mind if you buy Lush soap exclusively as in this instance the soap dish might not be the right product for you.
I have moved the soap dish once or twice since I purchased it and this has not been a problem. To undo the soap dish is simply a case of reversing the fitting instructions, twisting the knob in the opposite direction will loosen the suction and allow you to pull the soap dish away from the way ready for repositioning. There is no limit to the amount of times you can move the soap dish so this really should last you for a very long time.
Being a wire design it is also very easy to keep this soap dish clean, indeed a brief wipe over every few days will remove all traces of soap scum and my dish still looks as shiny as when it was brand new. Any water your soap has held onto will simply drip away through the wide gaps in the dish, admittedly the scum will then collect on the top of your sink but that is far easier to wipe up than having to scrub a grubby solid soap dish.
I very much recommend this soap dish. It's an attractive addition to my bathroom with an understated appearance that makes it look far more elegant than it appears in the photograph above. The clean crisp design means it will look wonderful whatever decor you have in your bathroom, and it has been made of a water resistant metal so rusting will not be a problem.
Priced at £4.99, this soap dish is slightly more expensive than other individually sold dishes. This is, I suspect, due to the clever suction idea as Homebase themselves sell cheaper soap dishes, albeit those which need screwing into the wall or stand alone dishes.