Best Soap + Sponge Holder: Casabella Sink Sider Solo with Sponge

After trying out several kitchen soap dispensers, here’s our favorite soap plus sponge holder: Casabella’s Sink Sider Solo Sponge.

When comparing soap dispensers, we looked for compact, sturdy dispensers that were easy to load with soap. Casabella’s hit all the right notes—plus it is easy on the wallet. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Sturdy.

• Compact. This caddy is only 3″ wide—so it can fit in narrow spaces.

• Lightweight.

• 2 storage areas for sponges (side and back).

• Easy to fill. It holds about 16 ounces of soap. A few dissenters found it hard to open for refills—but the test unit we tried was easy to open and fill.

• Base comes off for cleaning.

• Also available in black as well as a two-pump version.

• Nice looking. Here’s what the dispenser looks like in real life in our test kitchen (that is, our kitchen):

Best kitchen soap dispenser casabella

What Needs Work

• No non-stick base? It would be nice if this dispender didn’t move around when you pumped soap. We didn’t find this too big of a drawback, however. It mostly stayed in place in our tests.

• Side sponge compartment doesn’t hold larger sponges. But they would fit in the back compartment.

• It’s plastic. Yes, it can crack if dropped on the floor.

Best Decorative Glass: JASAI 18 oz. Clear Glass Soap Dispenser

If you’re prefer a more decorative look for a kitchen soap dispenser, we would recommend this choice: JASAI’s clear glass soap dispenser.

It was the best looking kitchen soap dispenser we tested—the ridged glass nicely disguised dish soap . . . while letting you easily see how much remains.

What We Liked

 Holds 18 ounces of soap. That’s more than most kitchen soap dispensers—and the most among those we tested.

• Stainless steel pump.

• Cute little tag you can write “soap” on.

• Vintage looking, vertically striped glass.

• Narrow, 3.2″ diameter base. 

• Nice gift item.

What Needs Work

• Soap can turn black. Eventually, the spring inside this dispenser rusts—and that can turn the soap black once it is dispensed. Which doesn’t look very pleasant.

• Tag isn’t waterproof. If it gets wet, any markings will run.

Best Soap/Sponge Pump: S&T Soap Pump Dispenser and Holder

Sometimes you see an innovative twist on a product and think . . . how come no one ever thought of this before? We loved this clever soap pump dispenser—the sponge sits on top, then you push down to dispense a small amount of soap . . . right into the sponge. Brilliant!

What We Liked

• Easy on the wallet.

• Grippy, no-slip base.

• Allows for one-handed use.

• Holds 13 ounces of soap.

• Super easy to use.

• Looks modern/sleek.

What Needs Work

• Faux stainless steel (that is, plastic) rim fades/scratches over time. 

• Not great at getting soap for hand washing.

• May have to pump two or three times to get enough soap. 

Best Steel Soap Dispenser: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser

Stainless steel is a favorite classic look for kitchen soap dispensers, the readers of our parenting books confirm. When we tried out several stainless steel soap dispensers, one rose above the pack: OXO’s Good Grips stainless steel soap dispenser.

We generally have found OXO to be a quality, reputable brand—and this dispenser didn’t disappoint.

What We Liked

• One-hand pump.

• No slip base.

• Button is easy to press.

• Stainless steel exterior hides fingerprints.

• Clear bottom lets you see the remaining among of soap.

• Modern/stylish. 

What Needs Work

• Only holds 12 ounces of soap. That’s the least of the dispensers we tested—which means more refilling.

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