A guide to hand and pump dispensers: which is right for your needs?

Many businesses have had to invest in hand and pump dispensers since COVID safety measures were introduced and many decisions have been made at speed, with safety in mind. But choosing the right hand and pump dispensers can save you money, improve cleaning efficiency and help you to make sure that soap and sanitizer are always in good supply for staff and customers. Here is a guide to what to consider when purchasing these items…


Choice 1: What kind of product do you wish to dispense?


We have a wide range of dispensers for all kinds of products ranging from PPE such as disposable gloves and aprons, to wet wipes to sunscreens as well as dispensers and pumps for soaps, sanitisers and cleaning products. Click here to see our full range of dispensers


When it comes to hand hygiene, however, your main choices are:

Foam soap or sanitizer

Liquid soap

Liquid sanitiser

Moisturising lotion



In general, while foaming dispensers are widely considered to be more cost-effective because you need less soap or sanitiser to wash your hands, some studies show that liquid products are more effective at cleaning hands, for the same reason.


We have a range available, including this refillable liquid soap dispenser which comes in 400ml or 900ml capacity.







Choice 2: location: surface or wall mount


Considering the location of the dispenser will impact how effective it is and how often it is used. If it’s not right in front of people in a place where they can instinctively find it, they miss a vital opportunity to clean their hands.


Wall mounted dispensers can be put at a convenient height and close to sinks or entrances.


Portable ones can obviously be moved around to suit different environments or times of day. We have some excellent free standing dispensers too, which can be operated by foot pedal and placed in useful. Call our team on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for more details.



Choice 3: Volume


The amount of product a dispenser can hold will depend partly on the product but also on the location and traffic through the area in which it is located.


Smaller 1 litre dispensers are often good for hand washing or bathroom areas which are lower in traffic or where space is limited.


For example, this Deb Hand Sanitiser dispenser is designed to hold one-litre cartridges of the alcohol-based, hypoallergenic InstantFOAM hand wash.


It’s well designed to be easy to clean and simple to use, and the dispenser button is Biocote-protected - a silver-based antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria and moulds.





You might wish to use a different dispenser or a pump for areas where there is going to be a lot of product used regularly.