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Amazon's Smart Soap Dispenser is down to $38 (Update: Deal expired)

We tested (and loved) this automatic soap dispenser that eliminates a high-traffic germ zone and reminds you to scrub for 20 seconds.

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A soap dispenser might sound like an odd gift but wait till you get your hands under this one. When I heard about Amazon's $55 smart soap dispenser, I was skeptical. But I recently tried it and have to admit I was impressed. While $55 is a bit steep for the bathroom gadget, even with its sturdy design, fun features and smart connectivity, it's a great buy at $38. That's where it sits right now on sale at Amazon, marked down $17 and at an all-time low price.

What makes this soap dispenser smart? For one, it's automatic, so you never have to touch it, eliminating a high-traffic germ touchpoint during cold and flu season. It also has LED lights that blink in a 20-second countdown while you scrub to keep in line with official recommendations. And it connects with your Amazon smart speaker so you can cue up the day's weather report, stock quotes or even 20 seconds of reminder music in the morning when you first wash your hands (you can set it so it only plays the first time you activate it).

It's a great gift for kids to encourage good hand hygiene or anyone who loves smart home everything. For more, read my review of Amazon's Smart Soap.