In the case of Amazon products that work with Alexa, we’ve seen smart watches, microwaves, wall plugs and now, a smart soap dispenser.
It’s helpful to a degree, but it’s also a reminder that not everything has to be smart. Let’s break down why.
The latest Alexa gadget
So what does a smart soap distributor do? Okay, it detects motion to deliver hand-free soap, has an LED dot at the top that counts the time and connects to an echo that can remind you how long you should wash your hands for 20 seconds.
Our favorite thing about Amazon’s Smart Soap Dispenser is not the Alexa integration or even the design – it’s like a modern soap bottle – it’s the automatic delivery of soap. You hold your hand under the nozzle and the soap is distributed. It’s about providing the convenience of a public bathroom in the cleanliness of our own apartment. And whether you’re alone or in a busy household restroom, it feels good without having to push down to pump soap.
A small motion detector under the nozzle can detect the palm of your hand and then the device delivers a predetermined amount of soap based on how close your hand is. At first, we held our hand quite close and were surprised at the size of a pea, but holding your hand down would provide plenty of soap.
You’re probably wondering what makes this device smart, and it’s at the very top of its id. It has a ring of round white LED lights that count down to 20 seconds. This is the minimum time recommended by the CDC to wash your hands. When the soap supplier detects motion, an eco-smart speaker can play a song snippet for 20 seconds. It works well with the lights above to make sure you’re getting the right amount of washing. It also has a musical instrument with a line through it, which you can tap to disable the Alexa routine.
Setting up the promised magic of smart soap dispensers – Amazon Echo Integration – has never been so easy. We tried almost three times to successfully find a smart soap dispenser in an apartment filled with Echos (Fourth-General Echoes and Dots, a Show 5, Show 8 and a Show 10). And while the Alexa app lets you follow all the steps and even create routines, it’s an extended setup for a smart device. We also find it hard to trigger that routine, and while it sometimes works and plays a track successfully, it hasn’t happened another time. Fortunately, the countdown LEDs work separately at the top and we haven’t had any problems with them. Every twice, we want to see the lights and then not hear anything from the nearby echo.
The true smart integration is that the smart soap distributor can alert you when you are running low on soap. It can send you a ping via the Alexa app or an email to let you know that it’s nearing completion and you can even order more soap for you from Amazon. You can also factor in the extra amount of soap you have on hand to refill the dispenser before you order more.
This feature is quite convenient and Amazon actually sells dispensers with soap bundles.
- Smart soap dispenser with 34 oz Method Sea Minerals ($ 60.98, originally $ 61.98; amazon.com)
- Mrs. Meyer’s Smart Soap Supplier with 33 Ounces of Geranium ($ 63.38; amazon.com)
- 24 ounces 7th generation smart soap supplier with mandarin orange and grapefruit ($ 73.52, originally $ 78.33; amazon.com)
It quickly became valuable, and these bundles did not include our favorite tea tree hand soap.
You will charge the smart soap dispenser through a port behind a rubber door. The strange thing is that it is a micro USB port – a port that is being phased out. Most of Amazon’s other devices use a proprietary jack or USB-C.
Yes, the Amazon box includes only a micro USB to USB and you don’t have to charge it often, but it seems like a weird port choice for a smart home gadget in 2021. Life is quite long; Amazon says it should last three months. We did this for about a month and saw no loss of power.
Amazon’s Smart Soap Dispenser is a really unique product, but ultimately a niche and expensive – অর্থ 54.99 a lot of money for a soap supplier and it doesn’t even pack a truly unique design. If you’re not an Alexa-obsessed family or don’t want a 20-second physical reminder to wash your hands, we’ll finally pass this gadget.
For those who want a soap dispenser, we will look for one that is automatic and has a refill line inside. You don’t want to be like us and you want to fill it so that it will overflow when you keep it. This $ 28.48 automatic dispenser with a viewing window to see the soap level seems to be an excellent option.