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Should you bother installing a soap dispenser at your kitchen sink? Well, it may be worth considering since soap in some form is required there anyway. Sure, you could have a tray, or a store-bought disposable bottle, or even a wall-mounted dispenser for your soap of choice; but if it’s a uniform look you’re after, a dispenser installed at the faucet provides convenience with style.

Several manufacturers offer built-in soap dispensers. Prices will vary, but sometimes the extra cost is worth getting a better feature and better quality. Here are a few details to consider before you make a purchase.

Obviously, how the dispenser looks in relationship with the other fixtures will be the first thing anyone notices, so choose a style that complements your faucet design. You don’t want this accessory to draw attention because of an awkward appearance. Since the most popular metallic finishes are usually available, you can not only match the faucet style but its color as well.

A large capacity bottle will require less filling, so in a busy kitchen you might want to look for a larger reservoir. The usual size ranges from 12 to 18 ounces, but with a little ingenuity, an extension hose could be connected to an even larger bottle below the sink.

Most models are designed to be refillable from the top. Make sure you have this feature to avoid constant crawling under the sink to replenish the soap. And note the size of the dispenser’s opening when the head is removed; the wider the better for easy refilling. Some dispensers come with a handy funnel.

Stronger construction means more durability. Look for dispensers made from metals like brass and stainless steel rather than all plastic parts. With gentle pressure, the better models will allow you to control how much soap is dispensed by how far you push the handle.

Keep in mind that this device is not limited to dispensing hand soap, though that is its usual purpose. It could be filled with dishwashing soap, especially if you frequently clean your dishes by hand in the sink. Or, just as easily, a moisturizing lotion could be a press away to soothe dry hands. It’s certainly not required, but an installed soap dispenser is a nice amenity.