How a Hand Sanitising Fixture Won 50+ Awards

The bursting trophy case confirms what we knew all along — hand sanitizer, while more important than ever before, desperately needed a transformation.

Jon Olsen | Founder

An image showing the awards that Vaask has won

It’s been just over a year since we introduced our touchless hand sanitizing fixture to the world, and already Vaask® has earned more than 50 prestigious awards. How can a hand sanitizing fixture win so many accolades? Because, quite simply, our engineers understand innovation. They know that being successful requires rethinking the status quo. So that’s what we did.

In the case of hand sanitizing, we all can agree that the status quo left much to be desired, from design (flimsy, single-use plastic and uninspired) to technology (so last century) to user experience (messy, smelly and inconsistent).

Vaask’s team of engineers, who had previously disrupted the fan industry at Big Ass Fans®, went to work to change all that. Using a similar approach that had been a $500 million feat at the fan company, we spoke with architects, designers and healthcare industry professionals and reinvented the hand sanitizing experience to fix what didn’t work. The result is a fixture that immediately garnered rave reviews, confirming that a complete makeover had been long overdue.

Built to last, Vaask offers an effective, money-saving hand sanitizing solution. Vaask’s features include:

  • AC/PoE—no batteries required
  • App that tracks sanitizer levels
  • Metal construction; 5-year warranty
  • Refillable, 2L sanitizer tank
  • No drips, no mess
  • Options for custom colors, finishes and graphics

With more than 50 awards, including Most Sustainable Product and Architect’s Choice awards at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo and back-to-back Healthcare Design Product Innovation Awards, as well as the prestigious Red Dot award for product design, Vaask has established itself as the industry leader and authority on the subject of clean hands.

As TIME writer Don Steinberg noted, Vaask gives hand sanitizer:

“The kind of design attention that the rest of a modern workplace gets.”

Summing up Vaask’s innovative design, the Red Dot jury wrote, said:

“Vaask is an exceptional example of how good design can transform an everyday product into an object that has both an aesthetic and an emotional impact on the user.”

And in explaining the decision to honor Vaask with the first of its two Healthcare Design Product Innovation Awards, one judge wrote, “It’s a striking, elegant and inviting design, and it addresses a very critical hygiene issue within healthcare environments.”

Read on for a list of Vaask’s 52 honors, and click here to see Vaask in action.

Architecture and Design:

  • TIME Best Inventions
  • The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Product Awards
  • Interior Design HiP Awards
  • Interior Design Best of Year Awards
  • Red Dot Design Award
  • German Design Council’s ICONIC Award
  • European Product Design Award
  • German Design Awards
  • Work Design Next Work Environment Awards
  • International Furnishings and Design Association Selects
  • Building Design+Construction Top 75 Products
  • International Design Awards
  • Grands Prix du Design Awards (Product — Consumer Goods)
  • Rethinking the Future Architecture, Construction & Design Awards
  • BUILD Design & Build Awards
  • Good Design Awards
  • Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards
  • A’Design Awards
  • Spark Design Award
  • International Interior Design Awards
  • Global Future Design Awards
  • World Design Awards
  • Architecture & Design Collection Awards
  • LUXlife Leading Designer Award
  • Design Journal’s ADEX Award
  • MUSE Design Awards
  • New York Product Design Awards
  • Archframe Design Awards
  • Kyoto Global Design Awards
  • iLuxury Awards


  • Healthcare Design 2022 and 2023 Product Innovation Awards
  • Healthcare Design Nightingale Awards
  • Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo’s Symposium Distinction Awards (Architect’s Choice Product)


  • Green Product Awards
  • Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo’s Symposium Distinction Awards (Most Sustainable Product)
  • Grands Prix du Design Awards (Product + Aluminum)


  • Occupational Health & Safety New Product of the Year
  • FacilitiesNet Vision Awards
  • Occupational Health & Safety Industrial Hygiene Awards
  • New Equipment Digest Innovation Awards


  • Boutique Design’s 2021 and 2022 Best of BDNY Product Design Competition


  • Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards


  • Austin Business Journal Best Places to Work
  • Digiday Future Leader Awards
  • Austin Business Journal Best CEO Awards
  • BIG Awards for Business
  • Best in Biz Awards
  • Titan Business Awards
  • Best Startup Texas Top CleanTech Companies
  • Austin Awards

This article was originally published by Vaask.

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