7 of the best soap dishes

A handy tray for keeping a traditional bar of soap to hand with no mess or puddles in sight

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A soap dish may not be the first thing you think of when kitting out your bathroom, but there’s nothing more annoying than a melting bar of soap on the side of the sink, or constantly losing a bar to the bottom of the shower, which can only lead to a slippery floor. 

Although many of us use liquid soap these days, bars of soap are coming back into fashion (yes, fashion), with many beauty brands introducing funky coloured soaps with fancy shapes and styles that add a touch of uniqueness to your bathroom. If you still use traditional soap bars, then you’ll know the frustration surrounding the mess they can make, and so investing in a soap dish will not only act as a display for your soap, but actually save you some time on frequently wiping down the sides of the sink. 

A soap dish is also much more hygienic than just leaving your soap on the side. Airing holes will allow a wet bar of soap to drain and dry without coming into contact with the sinks surface, and many will usually have a handy bowl section for quick and easy disposal of excess water. If you’re short on space, look out for soap dishes that can be wall mounted, which are ideal for showers, too, and lastly, a soap dish can add a bit of style to your bathroom just like any other accessory. 

We’ve picked out some of the best soap dishes for keeping your bathroom gleaming and your soap clean and dry. Take a look at our round-up for some bathroom inspiration… 

Möve Acacia Soap Dish, solid curved wood with drainage holes

1. Möve Acacia Soap Dish

A natural wooden dish, beautifully handcrafted

Specifications
Best for: Natural materials
Material: Wood
Colour: Brown
Fitting: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+ Drainage holes + Preserved with natural oils 
Reasons to avoid
- Tricky to clean 

This all-natural wooden soap dish is a little different to the traditional china ones you’d expect to see in most bathrooms, and for that reason it is a popular choice in modern bathrooms. The wood is varnished with natural oils which protects the wood from water, so you can expect this soap dish to hold up well. It has drainage holes to dry out the soap, however it can be a little tricky to clean as the base does not come apart. Something for the eco-warriors.  

Tiger Exquisite Soap Holder, chrome-effect with slatted base

2. Tiger Exquisite Soap Holder

A simple yet practical mounted soap dish

Specifications
Best for: Practicality
Material: Stainless steel
Colour: Silver
Fitting: Screws
Reasons to buy
+ For shower use + Easy to drain and clean  
Reasons to avoid
- No frills 

This soap dish boasts no frills but is designed to keep your soap to hand when in the shower. The soap dish screws into the wall so that your soap can be kept at the optimum height for showering and allows the excess water to drip through to the base of the shower, thus creating no mess. It boasts no frills but is practical and is a classic silver chrome colour that is likely to complement most bathroom features.  

Malie Marble Soap Dish

3. Malie Marble Soap Dish

Minimal marble stone for a sleek bathroom style

Specifications
Best for: Luxury
Material: Marble
Colour: White
Fitting: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+ Looks stylish + Matching items available 
Reasons to avoid
- No drainage 

If you’re all about minimalist style, then marble is a popular choice for accessories in 2018. This marble plate can provide a stylish pedestal for your luxury soap bar, and although it doesn’t have drainage holes, it will stop it from melting all over your bathroom side. With matching items available, this could be a great way to bin mismatch accessories in your bathroom.  

Idealworks WaterFall Soap Saver, tilted soap dish with drainage pourer

4. Idealworks WaterFall Soap Saver

A handy and hygienic way to store your soap

Specifications
Best for: Draining excess water
Material: Plastic
Colour: White
Fitting: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+ Drains water easily  + Sits on the side of the sink or bath 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most stylish  

For those who prefer to have baths over showers, this soap dish fits neatly at the end of your bath with a waterfall-style edge that allows your bar of soap to easily drain after use. It’s made from plastic, so it isn’t the fanciest on the market, but users found it to be incredibly practical for keeping their soap clean and dry.  

John Lewis Dune Soap Dish, sandstone effect

5. John Lewis Dune Soap Dish

A neutral coloured stone for cradling your soap

Specifications
Best for: Neutral decor
Material: Polyresin
Colour: Sandstone
Fitting: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+ Sizable dish + Neutral style 
Reasons to avoid
- No drainage holes 

This sandstone coloured dish is popular among those who have neutral coloured bathrooms, and is said to be sizable enough for many types of soap bars. Users love that there are matching items available and the soft, rounded edges keep excess water contained to reduce mess around the sink. There are no drainage holes but this dish is easy to empty and clean as and when necessary. 

Tapcet Shower Soap Dish, chrome with slatted base

6. Tapcet Shower Soap Dish

A shower soap rack for easy access

Specifications
Best for: Showers
Material: Stainless steel
Colour: Silver
Fitting: Suction
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to attach in the shower + Matches most chrome faucets 
Reasons to avoid
- Suction not always strong enough 

This shiny soap dish is ideal for placing inside the shower or at the side of the bath. It doesn’t require any installation as it uses a suction pad to stick to the wall. This design allows the soap to dry and for excess water to simply drip through the bottom, leaving no mess and a clean and dry bar of soap. Users like how simple this item is and that it matches most chrome bathroom features.  

Dado Soap Dish, black base with mirror-finish copper-effect top

7. Dado Soap Dish

A modern, eye-catching accessory for the bathroom

Specifications
Best for: Modern accessory
Material: Iron
Colour: Copper
Fitting: Freestanding
Reasons to buy
+ Adds a contrast of colour  + Minimalist design 
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn’t match all interiors 

The copper trend is now making its way to the bathroom and this soap dish is just part of Made’s industrial-style bathroom accessory collection. The modern dish made from iron features a mirror-effect top with one singular hole for draining your bar of soap. It has a dipped middle to allow the soap to air out and it’s easy to wipe clean with a cloth when needed. For a stand-out accessory, give this soap dish a try.  

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