Battery-operated, hands-free soap dispensers can be stylish upgrades in kitchens and bathrooms.

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Q: I read your article about kitchen sink soap dispensers. At the time, we were installing granite counters with an undermount sink, and you saved us from drilling a second hole in the counter. In fact, it works so well in the kitchen that I was wondering if I should invest in two more for my bathrooms. Does that sound practical?

A: If something makes your life a little easier and is within your budget, I say it’s practical.

Many homeowners are discovering that these stylish battery-operated, hands-free soap dispensers are great for kitchens and bathrooms.

First, touchless dispensers promote better hygiene, and can be so much fun for kids to use. Also, a lighted timer takes the guesswork out of proper hand-washing lather time.

My favorite feature is that no plumbing labor is necessary. Just place it on the countertop, and wash away any installation headaches.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to