Pros and cons of touchless kitchen faucets

As a central source of water in the house and in the kitchen, a faucet is used 75 times per day on average. Who is aware of that, will not tolerate any compromises and will aim for quality products with satisfactory design. Because your new faucet should always be fully functional and to satisfy you while you use it. There are several types of faucets, but now we will focus on touchless faucets, because they are something that is becoming common in our homes, like everything else, with everyday innovative development of technology.

Sensor taps are also known as contactless taps. Ideal for equipping bathrooms or kitchens in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, restaurants, public toilets, etc. due to economic consumption and environmental sustainability. But because of their attractiveness and efficiency, they are increasingly finding their way to our homes. These technologically advanced taps are different from classic faucets in that they operate on a sensor and are powered directly from the mains, by batteries, or otherwise.

There are several factors when it comes to a moment to decide which faucet is perfect for your kitchen. If you ask us why it is good to use the touchless faucet, we can tell you, among many reasons – because it’s cool and because it’s useful. If you didn’t know, this technology where you physically don’t touch the faucet is great, because it decreases spreading of microbes and, on the other hand, the faucet stays clean, because you don’t have direct contact with it. It has an in-built sensor, (which can be infrared or ultrasonic field sensors) so there is less water waste because it will work only when it spot movement of your hands or dishes in front of it.

But depending on brand/manufacturer, type, design and of course price, the different faucet has different options and way on which deliver us water in the kitchen sink. The main benefit of the usage of the touchless faucet is the possibility to use it – without hands. When you have “hands-free” faucet in the kitchen, for example, if your hands are dirty or full of dishes, you can see how useful it is. It’s enough to activate the sensor, and that’s it. You don’t need to clean your hands to use it or to clean lever of the faucet (because it doesn’t exist) afterwards.

So hygiene and the possibility to use it without hands and spread germs everywhere is a big plus for users of touchless faucets. Also, touchless kitchen faucets come with an in-built shower, spray head, which makes much easier to clean things or wash dishes. A spray down head with pull-down feature lets you get closer to the cookware and dishes while cleaning. If you’re an environmentally conscious person, you will think about water flow from your kitchen faucet and how much water is wasted. Don’t worry! It doesn’t let any water go to waste, as it will automatically shut down and turn off incoming water when there is nothing in the range of the sensor. Most of them take a few seconds to send a signal and close water flow. In the same time, that will be financially beneficial for you.

Touchless faucets are very convenient to operate with. They are great for kids and/or people who have trouble to reach a classic faucet. These kind of faucets are most comfortable to use for them and safest, because kids don’t need to extend or step over something to get taller and to reach faucet handle. Touchless faucets tend to cost more than other types, traditional or touch faucets. They also need a power source for the sensor and electromagnetic valve. Usually, they use batteries, less direct electric AC outlet but you shouldn’t forget that, and you should count on that kind of costs. Extra costs are also parts, like solenoid or valve, for example. These parts can be expensive and depend on quality. They can tend to get broken less or more often, so from time to time, you need to buy one and change them. And if you are not able to do it alone, you need to calculate in costs of professional who will fix it for you. Same is with installation because installation of touchless faucets can be much more complicated than for classic faucets.

Then you also need to think about the costs of hiring a professional plumber. The crucial thing is temperature. Touchless faucets are designed to deliver only one type of water, so you will not find them very helpful. If you want to buy touchless faucet which offers two temperatures of water, you must be ready to pay much more money because these kind of advanced touchless faucets are very expensive. There is a question of design, of course. While you ask yourself should your faucets match rest of your kitchen hardware, have on your mind that touchless faucets are coming in many shapes, colours, and different designs, so you will probably find one which will match your taste and fit perfectly in your kitchen. You should also think about their quality and durability, so you don’t come to the situation that you have to change parts, which can be expensive like we mentioned earlier. Or, you don’t come in the situation that you need the help of professional if you don’t know how to fix loose kitchen faucet spout or how to change and/or clean pipes under the sink which leaking. One is for sure, with all its advantages and disadvantages use of touchless faucet is a special kitchen experience, and we are sure you will be delighted!

Now that you know all the benefits and disadvantages, you can decide if this is the right choice for you as well as find which is the best touchless kitchen faucet that will meet all your needs.

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