Commercial bathroom towel tech for the kitchen

A mere $140 will get you a automated, touchless paper towel dispenser that will meld seamlessly with your other high-end kitchen appliances.

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CleanCut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser
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There are plenty of those awkward moments in the kitchen when your hands are covered in raw chicken bits or eye-searing chile and you're trying not to touch anything. There's only so much you can do with your elbows.

This is why it makes sense to bring touchless technology into the kitchen. Restaurant and gas station bathrooms have been using touchless paper towel dispensers for years. Now there's a fancy version for the home.

The CleanCut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser uses LEDs as a trigger so you don't have to desperately wave your hand around to activate it. It has two trigger areas. The one on the right makes the towels come out. The one on the left makes the dispenser stop and cut.

This would seem like a golden opportunity for the company to charge for special paper towels to go into the machine, but it will actually work with any roll of paper towels. The self-sharpening cutter lets you ignore the perforations and just use as much as you need.

The CleanCut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser would be a good fit for germaphobes, kitchen gadget fiends, and fans of long product names.

The dispenser comes in white, black, or stainless steel. It costs $140, but the stainless goes for $160. Prestige comes at a price, you know.