Cloth and paper towels have their uses in my kitchen. Paper towels are difficult to use because I often get too much or two little towel, or I make make a mess of the whole roll of paper towel. I have been looking at automatic dispensers and found one that I like.
One of the paper towel dispensers I considered was the enMotion Automated Motion-Activated Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser that has become common in commercial settings in the last few years, including where I work. I’ve had a chance to check them out pretty good and even if I was to ignore it’s looks, I find that the enMotion doesn’t consistently detect a hand in front of the sensor requiring multiple swipes in front the of the sensor for it to work properly.
Several years go the iTouchless Towel-Matic Automatic Sensor Paper Towel Dispenser and a more recent Towel-Matic II Came out that would be more approprate for my kitchen. Neither one has had good reviews with issues about sensing hands and how it dispenses individual towels.
Recently the Clean Cut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser came out and seems to address the problems with the other paper towel dispensers.
Where the enMotion and iTouchless employ a sensor which expects a hand to placed in front of it in a certian place, the Clean Cut employes a break the beam set up. Where the hand must be placed between the sensor and the beam emmiter. This is big advantage for the Clean Cut since it is easy to determine where to put your hand to activate the dispenseor and there’s no guess like the other dispensers.
The Clean Cut does not try to detect where the paper towel perforations are. It has one sensor to dispense the paper towel and another to deploy the cutter. You can make towels however long you want, but it can hold the towels enough that you can reach down and tear off a piece at the perforations if they are exposed. I found myself doing this at first until I got used to using the cutter.
The Clean Cut has one mounting option, it mounts horizontally under a cabinet. I would have prefered to have a vertical wall mount option. To load a roll of paper towel, there is a latch on the front in the middle. When the latch is operated the unit swings down and and the roll of paper is placed on a bar. I find the operation of the Clean Cut’s loading mechanisms to work very well and I like the design but I think it makes the whole unit bulky.
The towel gripper and motorized roller can grip any size or texture of paper towel. It takes no effort to load a new paper towel into the gripper, I have set the end of the paper towel into the gripper haphazardly and it still managed to grab a hold of the paper towel and dispense it.
The Clean Cut is powered by a wall transformer. There is not battery powered option. I wish the transformer was built into the device rather than having a brick attacked to the power outlet.
In conclusion I find the Clean Cut Touchless paper towel dispenser to be well designed, easy to use and I have managed not to break it. It does what it’s supposed to, dispense paper towels and is easy to load. It was expensive and the unit is bulkier and doesn’t have a lot of mounting options.