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Soap dishes are a simply practical and visual upgrade of your bathroom. There is a suitable design for every taste and style. Not only for storing curd soaps, but also as a shelf. Thanks to the simple separate cleaning, the contents can be kept clean without much effort.

With our soap dish test 2021, we want to help you find the perfect soap dish for you. We have taken a look at various products and selected the most important facts for you. We also show you the advantages and disadvantages of soap dishes. Enjoy reading.


  • A soap dish protects your shelf from soap residues. This creates order and cleanliness at the washbasin or in the shower.
  • With the wide range of designs, there is something for every style. Whether wall-mounted or loose, with a soap dish you can give your bathroom a very individual touch for little money.
  • There are soap dishes both with and without a drain, which ensures that there are no standing liquids and residues and makes cleaning easier for you.

The Best Soap Dish: Our Choices

Soap dishes: buying and rating criteria

Based on these factors, you can compare and evaluate soap dishes to find the right soap dish for you. We have formulated the following buying criteria for you:

In the following section, we would like to show you what the individual criteria are in more detail, in order to make your purchase decision easier.


The material is not only an important factor in deciding which soap dish to buy. Factors such as sustainability, colour, durability, hygiene and appearance are also significantly influenced by the material.

In the following, we have compiled some of the most common materials with their most important properties.

Material Description
Wood Most wooden soap dishes are made of either olive wood or bamboo. Both are characterised by robustness and moisture resistance. Olive wood soap dishes may discolour slightly in the beginning. Bamboo is mainly used for sustainable products.
Ceramics The classic accessories for the bathroom are of course made of ceramics or porcelain. Both impress with high-quality and durable material, although they are susceptible to impacts. Both materials are water-repellent and therefore easy to clean, especially against soap residues.
Stone Similar to ceramics or porcelain, stone is very water-repellent and easy to clean. Natural stone is very stable and robust, but causes severe damage if it comes into contact with other fittings made of ceramic or porcelain. We therefore recommend using suction cups, stoppers or rubber mats with stone soap dishes to prevent accidents.
Plastic By far the most flexible and cheapest material for soap dishes is plastic. Most plastic soap dishes are designed for wall mounting with glue or suction cups, as they add little weight. Transparent plastics can discolour over time if not cleaned properly. However, they shine when it comes to safety, as they are difficult to break

Size and weight

The size and shape of a soap dish depends on the size of the soap bars and how they are attached. Soap dishes that are intended for permanent mounting with screws or without mounting at all can be quite heavy. Soap dishes for adhesive mounting or with suction cups tend to be lighter.

The weight of soap dishes depends very much on their material.

In addition, the weight or size is influenced by the shape of the soap dish. Most models offer an oval or rectangular, modern shape. The only thing that counts here is your taste, which style you would like to choose. The size of the shape depends on the size of the soap bar you want to put in it later.

Drainage and cleaning

Most soap dishes for the shower offer a drainage facility in the dish itself, as a lot of water can run into the dish in the shower.

A drain prevents soap suds from settling

Soap dishes for the washbasin shelf are often composed of the actual dish and an insertable drip grid or strainer. There are also dishes without such a device; these usually have groove-shaped engravings to hold the soap easily above any standing water and to avoid annoying stains.

In general, the purpose of such devices is to prevent suds or other liquids from being on the soap, otherwise it will dissolve or become contaminated.

Soap dishes: Frequently asked questions and answers

Before buying a soap dish, there are a few factors you should consider. In the following sections, we have summarised and detailed some of these factors for you.

What is a soap dish and why do I need it?

Soap dishes are used to store curd soap or bars of soap in a hygienic and visually appealing way. As these soaps are exposed to water and dirt residue, it can lead to the formation of annoying soap residue, which can be difficult to clean and can leave unpleasant rims or marks on the sink or in the shower.

For this reason, the soaps are placed in small dishes, usually made of ceramic or wood, which keep them away from these residues by means of engravings or grids. All that remains to be cleaned is the dish.

Thanks to particularly simple designs and seamless shapes, this is much easier than cleaning a washbasin, for example.

A soap dish saves you cleaning the fittings and keeps your soap bar clean.

With more expensive soaps, it is also worthwhile to protect the hygiene of the soap bar as well as its appearance. But using soap bars is not only a matter of taste. It also brings some other advantages. Not only are bars of soap very good to give as gifts and easy to make yourself, they can also spread a pleasant scent when stored openly.

They also offer some advantages from a sustainable perspective. Soap bars are suitable for a more water-saving hand wash, they don't need annoying plastic packaging and they are available in organic quality and made from sustainable materials.


Many bars of soap are infused with special ingredients and fragrances. That's why it's especially worth keeping them clean and dry in a soap dish. (Image source: pixabay / silviarita)

So if you already use bar soap or are now considering switching, a soap dish is essential.

What types of soap dishes are there?

In the following, we will introduce you to the different types of soap dishes. In general, there are four types of soap dishes, which differ from each other in some points.

Type Description
With fastening Soap dishes with fastening are primarily intended for bathtubs or showers. Shower trays are usually equipped with a kind of drain, so that water flowing in can simply run off again. For bathtubs, there are also attached soap dishes, usually by means of non-slip rubber parts or suction cups attached to the floor. In the case of wall mounts, the latter can also be used for lighter soap dishes. Slightly heavier dishes, for example made of stone or ceramic, are usually screwed or glued.
Without fastening Soap dishes without fastening are intended for washbasins in the kitchen or bathroom. These are usually less functional and more design-oriented.

So which of the types is right for you depends very much on where you want to keep the soap dish in the end. For showers and bathtubs, there should be an attachment; for washbasins, dishes without an attachment are also suitable.

What does a soap dish cost?

The price of a soap dish depends on the size, the material and the type. The following table gives you a small overview of the different price categories in relation to the materials that we observed during our research:

Price category Material Description
up to 5 € Plastic, simple woods, ceramics Inexpensive soap dishes are often functional and visually simple.
5 to 15 € Natural materials, stone, high-quality woods, ceramics, porcelain Most soap dishes are in this price segment. Above all, the material is decisive here. Sustainable materials can also be found here.
from €15 fine woods, special natural materials, porcelain, clay, marble Higher-quality soap dishes are usually handmade and have special features or designs. The materials used are significantly higher quality and more precious.

How do I clean a soap dish?

The right way to clean a soap dish depends very much on the material. To avoid stubborn dirt and grime, we recommend rinsing the dishes thoroughly every few days and wiping them with a damp cloth.


Stubborn soap residues can be removed gently with a hand brush and a damp cloth. Detergents can attack the material. (Image source: pixabal / Pezibear)

However, if there are stubborn soap residues, you should use a hand brush. This will remove the residue easily and uncomplicatedly. We advise you not to use bathroom cleaners and detergents if the material of the soap dish does not allow it.

High-priced, handmade soap dishes in particular can react very sensitively to aggressive cleaners and become damaged.

What alternatives are there to soap dishes?

In the following, we have compiled and explained the alternatives to soap dishes.

  • Soap cushion or soap holder: As a direct alternative to soap dishes, soap cushions and soap bags are the same in terms of functionality. Here, the soap bar is either placed on a sponge-like cushion, which absorbs the residue, or placed in a soap bag, usually crocheted. However, both need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Magnetic soap: There are also soap bars with an embedded magnet. This is attached to a counterpart fixed to the wall. However, soap residues and liquids can simply drip off this way, which can lead to additional cleaning effort, especially on washstands.


If you use bars of soap instead of liquid soap, soap dishes are a simple, inexpensive and chic way to save yourself a lot of cleaning work in the bathroom. Bar soap is more sustainable and individual than liquid soap, but it leaves a residue that can stubbornly stick to fixtures and ceramics. Soap dishes prevent these residues from running off uncontrollably.

So instead of the washbasin or shower, only the dish needs to be cleaned. Soap dishes are also versatile away from the bathroom. They are inexpensive ways to add an individual touch to your interior. They also make a wonderful classic gift for various occasions.

Image source: pixabay / silviarita

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