When it comes to restroom and foodservice soap dispensing devices, looks do matter. Whether a facility’s budget calls for a low-cost dispensing solution or an investment in the aesthetics of a room, there are countless options.

Plastic units — particularly manual ones — tend to have a lower starting price point, and are available in a variety of colors to match décor, including metallic shades. However, they are more likely to suffer from wear and tear and incidental damage, and they are more vulnerable to vandalism than a stronger stainless steel or metal dispenser.

Metal wall-mount units can be heavier than their plastic counterparts, and need to be secured strongly to a wall. Maintaining the shiny look of stainless steel requires additional cleaning by janitorial staff. High-end metal counter-top dispensers are engineered to appear as if they are a part of the plumbing fixtures, and are sturdy but expensive to replace.