There are ample reasons why people opt for a touchless kitchen faucet, which can be discussed endlessly. However, when I think about this amazing kitchen fixture, the three things I look for in it are the convenience, hygiene, and efficiency.
Touchless kitchen faucets use a motion sensor technology. This motion sensor detects the presence of any objects near it which switches ON the water flow. This means you don’t have to touch any parts of the faucet. This is not only convenient to operate but also prevents any germs from transferring to and fro. They also save water in the long run because these faucets automatically close once you move your hand away from it which keeps water loss minimal.
However, owing to the overflow of these products in the market may lead you to confuse while making a wise choice.
This article is tailored to provide you with all the necessary information that will guide you to make the right choice.
Choose the best touchless kitchen faucet, But how?
Deciding to buy the best touchless kitchen faucet is easy until you start the selection process. Once you start searching, you will be confused between the numerous products in the market each with its unique features and strengths.
So, let me make your efforts a little more simple;
Things to Consider Before Buying a Touchless Kitchen Faucet
First and foremost know the different finishes available in the market. A unit that matches with other kitchen appliances and fixtures adds beauty to your kitchen.
These are some of the finishes available in the market:
- Spot Resist Finish – Companies like Moen Arbor offers this finish. The spot-resist finish resists the water spots and fingerprints. This finish needs less maintenance and is a great choice for those who are out of time and will to clean their faucet often.
- Special Finish – If you place your facet as the centerpiece of the kitchen, this finish is perfect for you. Go for a uniquely finished touchless kitchen faucet like Venetian bronze, matte black, etc. so that it stands out as the eye candy of your kitchen. It makes the kitchen look elegant and appealing to others. Companies like KOHLER Sensate offer some good range of special finishes.
- Sensor Accuracy
The core purpose of buying a touchless kitchen faucet is the hands-free operation. Therefore, the sensor accuracy of the product you intend to buy has to be really good. This one factor hence needs to be your topmost priority. A sensor with poor accuracy will lead you to be grumpy and stressed while working with it. The water flow is also dependent on the sensor; it should start or stop at the intended time by sensing the motion. A poor sensor may not recognize this at all times which may lead to unwanted water loss.
- Battery Consumption
Most touchless faucets’ sensors are battery powered. Most of them need 4 AA batteries, while a few of them are powered by 6 AA batteries.
Therefore having an idea of battery life for each model will help you save some bucks in the long run. The battery life varies with different models, and also depends on how much you use the faucet. Since the latter cannot be changed, going for a model with the lower battery consumption is the right way to move forward.
Some faucets may need a battery change every 1 – 2 years, and some may need it as soon as three months.
Even though the battery replacement is simple and may require just a few minutes, replacing it frequently can challenge your patience and savings. Therefore, try to go for the models which consume batteries slowly and need a replacement after a significant amount of months.
- Docking Method
All touchless faucet have hoses with a spray head which can be pulled out for use and placed back at its place after it serves the intended purpose. Thanks to the advancements in this industry, many manufacturers use an automatic system which ensures that this spray head falls into head perfectly into its position. Some models, however still feature a manual docking which may not suit your likings as you will have to place the spray head into the sprout with your hand which may take time to fit correctly. Manual docking is not much advisable as after a couple of times it might turn out to be stressful and time taking.
So, these are the four things you must consider before buying a touchless kitchen faucet. I hope this helps you while shopping and may you find the best one that suits your needs.