Kitchen faucets equipped with motion or proximity sensors make the operation completely hands-free. Such faucets are often referred to as touchless kitchen faucets. They usually have a handle with which you set the desired temperature and pressure of the water. When it is done, you practically don’t need to touch the faucet anymore. It will turn on and off at a wave of your hand.
But why would anyone want a hands-free faucet in their kitchen? Does this feature have some practical benefit or is it only about adding a little fun?
One of the benefits is higher hygiene standard. Touchless kitchen faucet eliminates the need of touching potentially contaminating metal while preparing meals. Depending on the faucet model, all you need to do is move your hand close to the sensor, and the water will run. With the same gesture, you can turn it off.
It also saves time and water because it is so fast and easy to wave the water on when you need it and off when you don’t.
Young children will learn earlier to help themselves for a glass of water. They will leave the water on at rarer occasions since it is easy and fun to turn the water off. And even if they forget the water running, it will turn off automatically after a few minutes.
Some of the best models will come with efficient pull-down function and high precision magnetic spray head docking. The sprayers will usually have two modes – spray and stream.
The hands-free function requires electrical power. Most faucets will connect to the mains power via an AC adapter. Some models offer also batteries, usually four or six AA size batteries, as an alternative power source.
But there are also a few things to be aware of when you decide to upgrade your kitchen with a touchless faucet. Some measures may be required to reduce the risk of unassisted turning on.
It is not that these faucets would be turning on and off all of the time. The modern technology is smart enough. The faucets normally won’t be turning on when you just walk by or position yourself in front of the sink. But they can get activated by some object that enters the area of visibility of the sensor.
It can be a pet or a curtain moved by wind that can trigger the signal. It is also reported that sometimes the steam from hot objects being strained in the sink can activate the faucet. In some cases, it may be wise to disconnect the sensor power when you plan for a longer cleaning in the sink.