Simple solutions from Simplehuman – Sensor Pump & Giveaway


One of my biggest pet peeves in the kitchen is getting my dirty hands all over my soap dispenser. It sounds trivial but when I’ve got BBQ sauce or raw chicken hands I don’t want to be touching anything until my hands are clean and that includes a faucet handle and soap pump.

I haven’t splurged on a fancy touch faucet but I have had an opportunity to use the touch-free sensor pumps from simplehuman and they have instantly made my kitchen area much cleaner.

I started out with one sensor pump for hand soap that instantly dispenses your desired amount of soap without having to touch or pump anything. It’s got a clear reservoir so you can see how much soap you have left and the stainless steel body works with the design of any kitchen.

I loved our sensor pump so much that we grabbed another one to dispense dishwashing soap. With one swipe of the dish brush we’ve got soap on it and can move quickly into scrubbing and cleaning. I’ve used the sponge/handle reservoir type of cleaning products but they never worked that well.

With both pumps we’ve got “twin” cleaning dispensers that match perfectly and take up very little room on our windowsill. We could dump the plastic pumps which are unsightly and add a more upscale look to our sink area which we always need help keeping clean and de-cluttered.

Sensor pumps haven’t always been this perfect. There have been models out there from other manufacturers that drip or are incredibly slow or get clogged easily. During my day touring simplehuman (yes it’s a perk of the job), I spoke to engineers and product designers who obsess about these types of problems and have eliminated them from this unit.

When the simplehuman team first developed the sensor pump it dispensed soap in 1 sec. Everyone thought that was great including the CEO and founder Frank Yang, but the engineers said “we can make this faster.” At first Frank thought that “No one’s even going to notice! Why spend R&D on that?” But then his team got the soap pump down to .25 seconds and now using the old one is a frustrating because it is too damn slow. The new soap pump made him care about dispensing speed. I liken it to internet speed. There was a time when we expected and didn’t care that a simple page took 5 seconds to load. We accepted it. Then high speed came along and now when you even have to wait 2 seconds  for a YouTube video to buffer, you’re all like “Eff this, man!” and you click out. You didn’t realize 56K modems were lame until 6MB came along.

The sensor pump is so fast we did an experiment to see if you could swipe your hand underneath without getting soap on it. Couldn’t be done.


I guess the one drawback to an automated sensor pump is it running out of batteries. We’ve had ours for more than 6 months and only changed the battery once but simplehuman has addressed this by releasing a rechargeable sensor pump. You simply plug it into your computer or smartphone jack and you’ll have a charge that lasts you three months.

For our family the sensor pump is a little piece of heaven and a touch of convenience that you don’t even know how awesome it is until you have it. As a bonus we’ve found that  our son who constantly needs his hands washed really enjoys the “magic” behind the sensor pump and it makes washing his hands more fun.

Simplehuman has offered to extend their gratitude to our readers who are fans of their brand and by simply leaving a comment below about your favorite and most innovative simplehuman product, you’ll be entered in a Giveaway to win that product. If you also tweet about the product and include @simplehuman and @Charles_Hudson you’ll also be entered to win. Check out and start commenting! Leave as many comments as you want but please leave a valid email as that’s the only way we have to notify the winner.

Some of my blogging friends are also offering this same Giveaway so enter on everyone’s site to improve your odds.

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    Love the 50 litre rectangular step can

  • jkozloff

    with counter space at a premium in my house ,,the slim canister set is genius!!

  • Julie Kraiger

    The sensor pump! I think I could use about 5 of them around the house & the garage!

  • Shaina Olmanson

    I am loving their 50-litre wide-step rectangular can.

  • Sylvie Shirazi

    I like their wire frame dishrack, the slots for knives is great.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I love the 55 litre rectangular sensor can.


  • tadpoledrain

    I want that dishrack that Mr. Lady got! My dishrack is a disaster zone.

  • violence + science

    I desperately want the 40-litre touch-free sensor can…or the sensor mirror. I even wrote haikus about them on my twitter! @violencescience

  • Leah Wall

    I had not seen the new retro bin before – I love it! It’s beautiful and sleek and I know they work wonderfully – never pinching a kid’s fingers and the pedal lasts forever. wallest02 at gmail dot com

  • Ashley Bonner

    I would love the Sensor Mirror!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Meghan Finley

    slim canister set is something I love!

  • Meghan Finley

    wall mount grocery bag dispenser would really help me organize

  • Meghan Finley

    sensor pump with caddy is something that would help the little one wash her hands and not make a mess

  • Meghan Finley

    open hamper is beautiful

  • Meghan Finley

    rectangular sensor recycler would be perfect for our recylcing

  • Ivy

    I love the garbage with the locking mechanism.

  • Gayle G

    i love the 30l butterfly can – love that I can prop open the top while prepping instead of having to open and close and open and close it. (i also have the soap dispenser – phenom, and looking at adding the dish rack. love it! huge fan of your products.)

  • Dusty Matys

    50 litre wide-step rectangular can

  • Angella

    I love my rectangular recycler trash can! I was surprised how much it actually holds and my cats can’t get in! It looks fabulous in my kitchen!

    I also love my free standing shower caddy. It keeps my double shower looking clean and organized. I can even adjust the height of the shelves to accommodate any size bottle!

  • Lisa H

    I have 3 precious Pomeranians. They are perfect in every way except they will not pick up their own yard waste….haha. To make things easier for them, I installed a Simplehuman grocery bag dispenser outside. It didn’t help them any, but it certainly makes the task easier for me. The dispenser is not only super handy, but it looks fabulous to boot!

  • Krista Johnston

    I lovethe 55 liter rectangular sensor can, makes life so much easier and germ-free!

  • Julie Doherty Sharkey

    The foot pedal on our SimpleHuman round trash can just broke TODAY, so finding this post was opportune timing. I would LOVE to replace it with the “40 litre semi-round step can fingerprint-proof stainless steel!” (joolzie09 at gmail dot com)

  • Kristi

    Now you’ve got me jonesing for the rechargable pump! >.<

  • Sherry Ayres

    I love the kitchen trashcan with the slow-closing lid!

  • erica best

    i love the

    50 litre
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  • Sleepyheadedmom

    I would love to have the 46 litre
    wide-step rectangular recycler. It would save me from having an extra bin taking up space in my kitchen or having to walk all the way to the garage to dispose of one can.

  • Natalie L.

    I love the 45 litre semi-round sensor can fingerprint-proof stainless steel lid. This is great for kids with sticky fingers.

  • Kelster

    I love so many of the products but I think the sensor mirror is my favorite (tonight..ha).

  • erica best

    30 litre
    retro step can

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    rechargeable sensor pump

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    wall mount pumps

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    adjustable shower caddy is really cute

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    x-frame laundry hamper would be nice for my bathroom

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    wall mount shower mirror
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    steel frame dishrack with wine glass holder would be nice

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