Table of Contents
- Best Toothpaste Dispenser Suggestions
- Best Toothpaste Dispenser Wrap Up
Ages ago when I was in college, my roommate was highly critical of the fact that I did not roll my toothpaste tube from the bottom to make sure I got the most out of it. At one point, I walked into the bathroom only to discover that my toothpaste had been rolled for me. Thus was I keenly aware that people dispense their toothpaste differently. Years later, in the home of a friend, I observed the aftermath of small children struggling to put toothpaste on their brushes accurately: a blue, extremely sticky goop was on the counter and sink.
For these reasons among others, a growing number of shoppers have chosen to purchase various types of dispensers for their toothpaste. Toothpaste dispensers offer to solve a number of paste-related problems for customers. They can prevent messes caused by children or, let’s face it, adults spilling or over-squeezing the toothpaste. They can make conditions more sanitary by making sure a toothpaste tube you are sharing does not scrape along the bristles of multiple brushes. They can ensure that less paste is wasted by extracting it fully from the tube. They can even add a new touch to a bathroom’s decor, hiding multicolored brushes and toothpaste tubes in matching cases. Some have whimsical appearances and themes that appeal to children as well.
In an effort to introduce myself to this kind of product, I did some internet research. Though there are dozens of brands offering these dispensers, most of them are quite similar to others in terms of price, setup, and usage. In light of this, I have put all the dispensers I could find into 4 basic categories, and then chosen the bestselling and/or most reviewed example of each one of those categories from Amazon.com. Those 4 categories are: best electric/sanitizing, best head rollers, best trigger-based and best button-based dispensers. Below is the best pick for each along with its review.
|WAYCOM Toothpaste Squeezer|
|EZ Squeeze Dispenser|
|RC Automatic Toothpaste Dispenser|
|GLYBY Automatic Toothpaste Dispenser|
Best Toothpaste Dispenser Suggestions
Best Sanitizing: Waycom Toothpaste Dispenser with Sanitizer
So on the surface, this option looks almost identical to the RC Hands-Free dispenser (see below). It has a rectangular dispenser for the toothpaste and a toothbrush holder with a protective dust flap, both of which are anchored to the wall or mirror with adhesive strips. One difference here is that the dispenser and toothbrush holder are all one piece together as opposed to the RC Hands-Free. But why, you may well ask, does it cost roughly three times as much?
The higher cost is mainly because this Waycom dispenser’s toothbrush holder has an electrical input which powers a sterilizing UV light under its flap. This bulb is meant to use light and heat to sanitize the toothbrushes after use, which is great if someone in the household is sick, and just comforting in general. The UV light is manually turned on and off and also features an automatic shut-off after a few minutes to save power and bulb life.
Waycom advertises that the light kills 99.9 % of germs crawling around in the brush bristles. If the sterilization is that effective, then it also solves the problem of brushes sharing germs when they contact the toothpaste dispenser trigger. The holder has space for 5 brushes.
The WAYCOM Toothpaste Dispenser uses a vacuum pump to extract toothpaste and apply a one inch strip of it to the brush. Again, you actually use your toothbrush to press the trigger device inward. My concerns about the sanitary nature of this method are relieved by the use of the UV light, but then again, you really have no way of knowing if the light has worked to kill germs as well as they have advertised. This dispenser can give the same benefits of the RC Hands-Free (limit waste and clutter and mess) while also combating the spread of germs between brushes. But as you can see above, it is also drastically more expensive.
Best Head-Roler: EZ Squeeze Tube Toothpaste Dispenser
The EZ Squeeze Dispenser predominantly addresses the issues of waste when it comes to toothpaste by maximizing what you get from each tube. It also prevents you from having to take the trouble of rolling or pressing your toothpaste tube to get more out.
The dispensers, which are available in several colors, clamp over the bottom end of a tube of toothpaste. On one end of the clamp there is a knob, which contains a patented breaking device that will not allow the knob to turn backwards. The toothpaste can be squeezed out normally, and then the knob can be turned when needed, pulling the tube backward through a tight slot and pushing any paste inside forward while the tube itself is coiled up inside the dispenser.
The EZ squeeze does not solve the problem of brushes touching the toothpaste tube, and it does not relieve clutter or appearances in a bathroom, since it is just a brightly colored clip attaching to an individual tube. However, it would indeed prevent waste by extracting all the toothpaste inside, and it would make squeezing paste out very easy if dexterity is a problem for a child or arthritis is a problem for an older person.
Best Trigger-Based: The RC Hands-Free Automatic Toothpaste Dispenser
The vast majority of toothpaste dispensers on the internet use the same basic approach as the RC Hands-Free. A toothpaste tube’s nozzle is opened and inserted into a pump (and in some cases screwed in) and then a trigger is depressed using the head of the actual toothbrush. When the trigger is pressed, the vacuum pump extracts a shot of toothpaste onto the brush.
This set includes two main pieces: a toothbrush holder with space for 5 brushes and the actual paste dispenser. Both are meant to be hung on the wall of the bathroom using adhesive strips. The toothpaste holder securely fits 5 brushes in its slots, with the arms of each one hanging vertically. It also has a dust shield that flaps down over the heads of the brushes to keep them relatively clean.
The dispenser uses vacuum suction to extract toothpaste and dispense a uniform amount onto the toothbrush with each pressing of the trigger, meaning you never have to handle the toothpaste tube, or even use both hands to brush your teeth. Since some mess is still possible within the trigger apparatus, and since some toothpaste residue can left in the pump, both parts are easily removable for rinsing and cleaning.
As I said, this model is the most common amongst toothpaste dispensers, but I have some misgivings. As far as eliminating waste, the dispenser extracts the paste fairly effectively. But there is still a strong potential for messiness. Toothpaste can still be spilled inside the dispenser’s trigger, which means, as one reviewer has observed, that the mess is now in a harder spot to clean up than your countertop.
Additionally, if the goal is an overall more sanitary procedure than normal tube-squeezing, I am not convinced that that is accomplished here. If 5 people are sharing the toothbrush holder and the dispenser, than their brushes are all going in and out of their mouths before and after they have touched a couple of the same surfaces: both the toothbrush holder dust flap to push it open, as well as the dispenser trigger to actually get the toothpaste.
It seems that the amount of toothpaste dispensed is not always the same, and often has to ‘primed’, as in, pumped a few times to get it moving. A smaller concern not exactly about the dispenser is its adhesive strips, which I have often found have a tendency to weaken and give way over time, especially if not applied correctly.
Best Button-Based: Touch Automatic Squeeze Toothpaste Dispenser by GLYBY
This Touch dispenser is smaller and includes only one piece (no toothbrush holder accompanying it). it also mounts to the wall or bathroom mirror using an adhesive strip. A tube of toothpaste is then opened and inserted upside down and nozzle-first into the dispenser. When you are ready to brush, you place the head of your toothbrush against a small blue target circle near the bottom of the dispenser (so you know it is in proper position to catch the toothpaste) and then press the blue and white button to pump a dose of toothpaste.
For me, this dispenser seems to solve some problems and not others. First of all, it seems more sanitary to me that you press a button here with your finger rather than using your actual toothbrush to press on the same spot where the previous user’s toothbrush has been. The vacuum pressure should also remove toothpaste with as little waste as the more standard trigger dispensers. The price is, obviously, lower than the other options on this list.
However, there are also some drawbacks. The GLYBY dispenser has no apparatus below your brush to catch any toothpaste, which creates a pretty high probability that there will be spills onto the counter or floor. Several customer reviews expressed frustrations with the dispenser staying on the wall properly or the pump working (though it seems possible that people were forgetting to prime the pump to begin with).
Best Toothpaste Dispenser Wrap Up
It seems to me that your opinion about what kind of toothpaste dispenser is best would basically depend on the reason you wanted one in the first place. If the goal is to eliminate messes, particularly those made by children, then one of the trigger dispenser might contain the mess best, and also be a fun new way of brushing teeth that could help motivate children to brush theirs. I would not say it would eliminate messes altogether.
On the other hand, if the goal is simply to minimize waste and be sure you get the most out of each tube of toothpaste you purchase, then the EZ squeeze or something similar to it will certainly accomplish that at a low cost and be a reliable option.
On a third hand, if the goal is to reduce the potential for illnesses to hop from one person’s mouth to the next, then one would want to choose either a method where the brushes do not touch all the same surfaces, like a dispenser that uses a button, or to use something like the Waycom that will sterilize the brushes between uses.