Best Soap Dish Designs: No Puddles. No Melting. No Mess.

Many people are discouraged by the thought of switching to bar soap from their liquid soap pump. Soap dishes make them think of puddles and melting bars of soap. Never fear! These terrific soap dishes are designed to drain, keeping your bar soap dry, and your hands and bathroom counter happy. In addition, they work great for drying sponges and small items like contact lens cases, retainers, toothbrush heads and mouth guards. Read more for the design features of the best soap dishes...

Surprisingly, most soap dishes available in the U.S. are terribly designed. Most are little more than mini saucers and bowls, capturing water and preventing soap from drying.

Although convenient, the huge downside to using liquid hand soaps and body washes are the plastic bottles that package them. Count the number of liquid soap pumps in your home. You may be surprised by the number of plastic bottles you could avoid per year if you switched to bar soaps.

Here are the design features of the best soap dishes:

  • Have large and generous drainage holes. Grooves simply don't work. They quickly fill with water, thereby creating the dreaded soap dish puddle.
  • Come in two parts. The "strainer" part and the "bowl" part.
  • Made of durable, long-lasting materials that can weather constant water exposure without compromising function or beauty.
  • Stays clean. Allows your soap to dry. And ideally, looks beautiful.

The soap dishes featured here are made of eco-friendly long-lasting steel or bamboo.

TOP ROW
1 Alessi Birillo Soap Dish, $32.00 from Alessi
2 Steeltek Basic Stainless-Steel Bath Accessory, $10.00 from Steeltek
3 Stainless Steel Two Piece Soap Dish, $8.99 from DTE
4 Stainless Steel Oval Soap Dish / Sponge Holder, $13.07 from Cuisinox
5 Soap Dish Bamboo, $6.99 from Container Store

BOTTOM ROW
6 Alessi Unicci Soap Dish, $74.00 from Alessi

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