If your household is like many, then your kitchen faucet is probably one of the most frequently used fixtures in your home. However, when you have food or grime on your hands, putting them all over your faucet is the last thing you want to do since it presents a tough cleaning situation later. Touchless kitchen faucets actually sense your presence and start the flow of water for you.
Benefits for Your Health
When you cook for your family, you know that washing your hands is an important safety protocol, especially after touching raw meat. However, after you have rinsed and stuffed your bird, what do you do? Reach for the faucet to turn on the tap to wash your hands. This creates a situation in which bacteria transfers from your hands to the faucet, and if someone comes behind you (or even if you use your now clean hands to turn off the faucet), you have just defeated the entire purpose of washing them. A touchless faucet eliminates this potential health hazard with its simple technology.
Makes Cleaning Easier
Something else to consider is the importance of keeping your kitchen faucets clean. When you come in from gardening to wash your hands, or even if you have food on them, you will need to wash your hands and then wipe down the faucet. A touchless kitchen faucet makes things simple; you do not have to turn knobs or pull levers to activate the flow of water; the faucet senses the presence of your hands and opens the tap for you.
How the Technology Works
Some of the most popular faucet manufacturers, like Moen, Kohler, and Delta, incorporate touchless technology into their kitchen faucets. While the design differs in each case, the overall technology is relatively the same. These companies utilize strategically placed motion sensors, much like those found in light fixtures and security cameras, to sense the presence of your hand or an object. Thus, with a simple wave of your hand, you can start and stop the flow of water. Some faucets also utilize a technology that opens the tap when they sense an object directly under the spout. When that object moves clear of the sensor, the flow of water stops.
Moen’s MotionSense™ line of products are some of the most technologically advanced available today. There is a wave sensor located at the top of the faucet, which starts the flow with a wave of your hand. To turn it off, simply pass your hand over the sensor again. They also have a “Ready Sensor” that intelligently discovers pots, hands, cups, and other objects beneath the spout to start the flow. When you remove the object from beneath the spout, the faucet turns itself off. If you prefer a decorative vintage look, the Brantford faucet in oil-rubbed bronze is a beautiful choice.
Kohler offers two of their unique Sensate™ faucets, which utilize a single sensor placed strategically under the highest part of the faucet’s arch. Your hand or an object will trigger the flow of water, and it stops as soon as it no longer detects the object. Some of the other features in the Sensate™ faucets include their DockNetik magnetic docking system, which locks the detachable spray head into place after use. The spray head itself has ProMotion technology, which allows it to operate smoothly without much effort. The Sensate™ faucet comes in polished chrome or Vibrant™ stainless, with or without black accents.
A touchless kitchen faucet is ideal in any household since it protects your health and reduces the amount of time you spend cleaning grime and food from your faucet handles. What’s more, thanks to companies like Moen and Kohler, they also offer outstanding visual appeal and a lifetime of functionality.