Though liquid soap remains popular as the original form of dispensed soap, foam soap has become a common and sometimes preferred choice for facilities such as offices, medical, schools, retail and other commercial facilities.

High-traffic facilities such as those can benefit from using foam soap, as it uses less product per dispensation and therefore, cartridges do not need to be replaced as often. Also, foam soap does not typically make much of a mess from drippings on floors and countertops. This saves money from both product and labor perspectives. Some dispensers are designed to accommodate more than one type of soap, meaning facilities can switch from liquid to foam soap without having to replace the dispenser.

Users are encouraged to lather hands well by the generous-seeming amount of proportioned soap that feels rich and luxurious. This is especially important in facilities such as schools and medical clinics where proper handwashing is paramount to preventing the spread of illness.