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Written by Hadley Poss Aug 8, 2019

Which Hand Washing System is Right for My Facility?

Commercial faucets, soap dispensers, and hand drying systems are all built for high traffic use. They will all work efficiently for excessive use, but with the endless options available, how does one decide which systems to implement in their facility? In this week’s post, we have created a guide that will break down the pros and cons of the system styles available to help you decide for yourself which will be the best fit for your facility.

Sink Systems
Sensor Faucets

  • Pros: Sensor faucets prevent risk of hot water burns because they control and limit the temperature options. These systems also save water in general, lowering your facility’s water bill.
  • Cons: These systems are pricier because of the sensor features and tend to experience more glitches.

Manual Faucets

  • Pros: The faucets are more affordable because they don’t require the sensor technology. These systems also tend to me more reliable than sensor systems that experience more glitches.
  • Cons: The spread of germs can be increased by the use of manual faucet handles. 

Soap Dispensing Systems

Sensor Soap Dispensers

  • Pros: This system’s main pro is that it limits waste and keeps the soap dispensing process a little tidier than a manual system. 
  • Cons: Sometimes it can be harder to monitor if they are operating efficiently and if they are fully stocked with Batteries can become weak or go bad causing poor performance or no soap. Keeping individuals assigned to keep up with this can alleviate this risk.

*Here's a look at the latest in sensor soap dispenser technology. For more information click here

Manual Soap Dispensers

  • Pros: More affordable investment and maintenance / refills.
  • Cons: There is a risk of vandalism with manual soap dispensers, they are typically more accessible than sensor soap dispensers making them more susceptible for risk of the soap being contaminated.


Hand Drying Systems

Sensor Paper Towel Dispensers

  • Pros: Sensor paper towel dispensers limit waste by slowing the individual down. Most people would grab a handful of paper towels when they only need one or two. The sensor system dispenses one at a time, limiting the consumer unless they want to wait for more.
  • Cons: Sensor systems cost more and can be more prone to expensive fixes if their sensors have errors. They also require battery maintenance.

*Here's a look at the latest in sensor paper towel dispenser technology.

Manual Paper Towel Dispensers

  • Pros: 75% of individuals prefer paper towels over the use of hand dryers because of the risk of germs and the convenience in general.
  • Cons: Manual paper towel dispensers biggest con are the over use that occur when they are utilized. Facility’s experience much higher product cost for refilling paper towels in a manual dispensing system versus an automatic dispensing system that limits the speed at which one has access to more towels.

Hand Dryers

  • Pros: They are much more cost efficient than paper towels. They only cost about .20 cents per dry versus paper towels which cost .01 cent per sheet (and we know people use much more than one sheet). This also creates less waste, which appeals to the environmentally friendly.
  • Cons: Hand dryers are much less hygienic than its paper towel competitor. According to one study, dryers had almost 1,300 more tested viruses than paper towels.

Each product and system has it’s pros and cons. These could all support a facility of any size – utilizing sensor systems or opting not to. We hope that you now have a better understanding of these systems and know exactly which ones would be best for your facility. For more information on products and equipment contact Action Unlimited Resources. Your source for hand washing systems.

Topics: General Cleaning

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