Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet
How many times has touching a messy, gross kitchen faucet made you recoil with the thought of all those germs?
For me – many times.
With classic faucets, food and other particles that end up on the handle are a common problem.
Not to mention the nasty germs that thrive in those conditions. Having to touch your faucet is not always the most comforting.
But new technologies have happily found their way into the faucet industry. Touchless kitchen faucets are easy to use, and durable.
After winning over medical institutions and public spaces, where they’re becoming a hygienic must, now touchless faucets are winning over personal homes. Yours might be next!
|Product||Activation||Price Range||Check Price|
|1. Moen 7594ESRS Arbor||Touchless sensor||$$$|
|2. Delta 980T-SSSD-DST Pilar||One touch||$$$|
|3. Pfister GT529-ELS Lita||Touchless sensor||$$|
|4. Delta 9959-AR-DST Trinsic||One touch||$$$|
|5. KOHLER K-72218-VS Sensate||Touchless sensor||$$$$|
|6. Moen 7185ESRS Brantford||Touchless sensor||$$$|
|7. BOHARERS||Touchless sensor||$$|
|8. Moen S72308ESRS STo||Touchless sensor||$$$$$$|
|9. BioBidet FLOW||Touchless sensor||$$|
|10. MiKitchen FTHF-02BN||Touchless sensor||$$$|
As one of the strongest players on the market, it’s really hard to pick the best of all of the attractive Moen models of touchless faucets (and same can be said for Delta). Moen 7594ESRS Arbor has proven quite popular, and with a reason.
The faucet itself is very attractive and sleekly designed, plus coming in different colors: spot resist stainless as a classic, chrome, oil rubbed bronze and (my favorite) matte black. Be warned: they’re very hard to choose from, since they’re all beautiful in their own way, and resistant to stains and spots.
Of course, with 7594ESRS Arbor, Moen offers much more than aesthetic pleasure. First of all, MotionSense allows for a simple hand movement to trigger the flow of water through two advanced sensors at the top and base of the faucet. he top sensor reacts to above reacts hand movement and the one below it reacts to objects.
Turning the flow on and off is straightforward and easy to learn, even for beginners. This is a pull down faucet, which means that it includes a detachable spray head that comes with a hose. And in this case, the hose is 68 inches long (wow!). The Reflex system with 360° rotation gives you full control, no matter how much you extend the hose it.
Also, installation is user-friendly, easy and straightforward with Duralock Quick Connect system, which allows for connections to be pushed in place.
All of this doesn’t come at a bargain price, so the high price of this unit is one of it’s downsides. Also, though the water flow is nicely regulated, some users might miss a water flow control option.
Another major player in the faucet market is Delta. Delta 980T-SSSD-DST Pilar is one special faucet. Not only that, it’s really good looking with it’s massive design, but it also has an extra feature. Touch2O Technology allows that when you simply touch the spout or handle, it will start and stop the flow of water.
This is a good solution when you need to react really quickly, so quickly that you don’t have patience to wave in under the sensor. Just tap the tap and it’s done. This smart technology can also sense a difference between a touch and a grab, thereby reducing the chances of unwanted activation.
This is not the only smart technology featured on this Delta. TempSense LED light shows water temperature, changing from blue, to magenta, to red as temperature increases. Also, another LED light will signal blue when touch mode is active, and flash red when batteries are running low.
Delta 980T-SSSD-DST Pilar also shows some fine basic faucet performance: with 2gpm flow rate, special Diamond Technology to ensure your faucet remains leak-free, detachable head with a hose that is more then 30 inches long.
If you’re, like myself, worried about electric power and water pipes in close contact, then you’ll probably be happy to know that this faucet can be battery powered. The 6 AA batteries included offer up to 2 year battery life. If you make an additional investment in 6 C, they would give you up to 5 year battery life.
And the final detail? Delta 980T-SSSD-DST features a matching soap dispenser, making this model one complete package.
All these features put this awesome faucet in the higher price range, but it’s not as pricey as one could expect it might be. Also, be warned that it’s quite large and probably not suitable for every sink.
Pfister’s Lita is a faucet in the middle price range, with a design as elegant as it’s name. The design is modern, stainless steel, sleek and simply beautiful (literally). Lita features React touch-free sensor technology with a very sensitive and nicely synchronized sensor and Accudock Advanced technology for keeping the spray head always precisely in place.
Flow Rate of 1.8 GPM ensures a water flow strong enough to remove stains, but still too strong so it would cause a lot of splashing. Another advantage of Lita is that it’s easy to install and comes with all the hardware needed for mounting the faucet. It also equipped with Smart Stop, which automatically shuts off the faucet after 2 minutes of inactivity. Important feature when water resources are getting scarce.
The drawback of this one is that if your kitchen isn’t set up with an power outlet under, very near the sink, it could be costly to set the faucet up. Some users might find sensors to sensitive. Unnecessary water release contradicts the water saving technology a bit. But you do have an option to disable the sensor when cleaning or not using the faucet for a longer period of time.
Delta 9959-AR-DST is another example of minimalist modern design that comes in four colors, has more features and therefore is at the upper middle or higher end of price range (look out for discounts though). It can come with or without Touch2O Technology, which is a choice that impacts the final price as well.
Delta Faucet 9959-AR-DST Trinsic has many features similar to Delta 980T-SSSD-DST Pilar described above. There’s the Diamond Seal technology which ensures leaks won’t occur and guarantees up to 5 million uses. Delta MagnaTite Docking ensures that spray wand that snaps the faucet head precisely into place. And of course, there is the Touch2O if you desire it, which makes Delta faucets even more interactive and practical to use.
In this model, the pull-down spray wand features a 54-inch hose, providing a 20-inch reach. Speaking of spray heads, remember how easily can perfect spray get bad when the holes fill with calcified mineral build-up. Well, the engineers tough of that. Touch-Clean Spray Holes technology make mineral build-up easy to remove.
Like many faucets these days, be aware that this one is quite large, and it may be bulky for some kitchen setups. Cold water runs when the handle is upward, and as you pull it towards you, you get hot water. This might not be very intuitive if you used a faucet with a different or opposite working principle.
A true touch of European design comes from another major player, Kohler. It is minimalist yet robust, giving it a very professional look. It comes in four colors, therefore directly competing with other higher-priced models of Delta and Moen. And it has some advanced features.
Motion sensor responds within a striking 20 milliseconds, which is the fastest reaction on the market. This might make you worry about false activation, but the guys and girls from Kohler thought of that first – it is prevented with the built-in precision activation window.
That’s not the end of Kohler’s advancements on the touchless faucet market. The spray head itself also responds to sensors, which makes for a true, full touch free experience. Suddenly, it feels more like dancing than washing dishes, right? The head has a magnetic docking system called DockNetik, which glides and secures the spray head in it’s place.
All of this can’t possibly come cheap. The price is almost double of the higher price range you saw in this review so far (chrome model is somewhat cheaper). Not everybody is willing to pay that much for a faucet, even if it’s state-of-the-art like Kohler Sensate.
Also note that Kohler Sensate is AC-powered only. On one hand, there is no need for battery replacement, which might be a plus, but if you don’t like your electric power near your plumbing (or just don’t have the outlet near the sink), this might be a downer for you.
After more modern-looking Arbor, Moen offers a more traditionally elegant faucet in the same price range. It is an all-metal faucet. The elegance and rustic feel is especially obvious in the rubbed-oil bronze version. Like Arbor, Brantford features MotionSense, quality flexible pulldown hose with an expanded range of movement.
Reflex technology is there to ensure it retracts smoothly. Moen continues the tradition of user-friendly installation, with Duralock Quick Connect, which allows for connections to be pushed in place.
If you ever get tired of non-touch sensors (though I don’t see why would you), manual mode is fully operational.
As for the downsides to this model, a box under the sink controls the water temperature when the faucet is in the touchless mode. Going down under the sink to change the water temperature could be a drag.
The water pressure might be lower than what some users are accustomed to. Moen Brantford is AC and battery operated, but there is a general recommendation to use an AC adapter, which you must buy separately. This might be a problem for you if you prefer battery-operated faucets.
As for the design, this is another modern-industrial-mixed-with-good-old-classic-style combination, a bit in line with Moen Arbor and BioBidet FLOW. It comes in colors Brushed Nickel or Polished Chrome.
It offers an easy, 360 degrees rotation of the head, with a hose that can be pulled out. It has a water saving system that ensures that the flow automatically closes after 3 minutes of inactivity, which is nicely balanced. It’s also a power-saver, with 4 AA batteries promised to last 1-2 years.
Bohareres is special in it’s easy installation – it can be DIY and should be done in two hours or less. It has a lifetime guarantee, which of course excludes human-caused malfunctions.
All of this comes at a friendly price, especially if you happen to catch a discount.
BOHARERS is one of those facuets with highly sensitive sensor, which might be to sensitive for some users and prone to turning on accidentally. This is a matter of personal taste but I don’t find it as good looking as some other models.
Another Moen on the list, and this one really stands out. Moen STo offers unmatched bold modern industrial look. It might be surprise your friends to see such a professional looking piece in a home setup! It delivers MotionSense for exceptional touchless experience. As with other Moen’s, Duralock Quick Connect is there for quick and painless installation. The simplicity is especially obvious when it comes to installing electronics.
Overall feeling is that this is one high-quality faucet. All the parts feel really substantial. The pulldown wand blends seamlessly into the faucet neck. Everything that is not aesthetically pleasing is craftily concealed.
Like all Moen models, this one is backed by Moen’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The major problem with it’s model is that it might be overpriced. This is the most expensive faucet on the list, and I’m not really sure if the beautiful design is pulling out extra 300$ when compared to other Moen and of competitor’s models. Some of the wires are a little too delicate, and prone to breaking.
Sometimes not so well known brands can offer equal or even better quality for lower price then the more famous ones. It’s a matter of taste or personal opinion, and I’m not going to give any final judgements, but one has to admit that FLOW by BioBidet is one decent touchless faucet.
It looks quite elegant, mixing modern simplicity with a little bit of classical elegance, sort of like Moen Arbor. It can come in chrome or brushed nickel. It has a motion sensor that is not overly sensitive – which might be interesting to those of you who get annoyed by accidental splashing of other faucets because of their highly sensitive sensor.
With FLOW, you should wave your hand relatively close to the sensor, which is set fairly low. Although you won’t be able to turn it on by those completely effortless movements, this strategy does prevent unwanted water release.
One other special feature of FLOW is that it’s completely battery operated. This might be a downside for some, but no hardwiring means less work, and less things that can go wrong, especially when it comes to possibillity of the infamous electricity-water contact. It can also operate as a classic manual faucet.
Multi-spray faucet head has two spray modes. When you pull the head, and the spray will turn on automatically; when you release, it will stop as the hose and the head go back in in their place.
All of this is available at a really friendly price. FLOW is the most budget-friendly faucet on this list.
The cons to BioBidet’s FLOW are the fact that the shower might be a little too strong – depending on how you use it, splashing may occur. And the fact that it’s designed to run on batteries might be problematic for those of you who prefer not to mess around with batteries and use the AC instead.
One has to admit that MiKitchen’s FTHF-02BN is one nice looking faucet, a true example of modern faucet design, with a curve here and there to make it more elegant. Brushed nickel adds to that elegance.
It has a touchless sensor for turning the faucet on and off, and the pulldown sprayer head sensor, which allows for the sprayer to turn on when you pull it out, and turns of when it retracts. Both sensors can be turned off for a manual experience.
The temperature is adjusted manually. It too automatically turns off after 3 minutes of no action. Installation is fairly easy thanks to the quick connect system.
Drip-Free Ceramic Disk Valves are a good solution against leaks. This is a faucet with a really strong flow of 2.2 GPM, and it’s also tall, so be careful about splashing, especially if you don’t have a deep sink.
MiKitchen’s FTHF-02BN is in the upper-middle price range of Moen Arbor and Delta Pilar.
The cons? It’s a newcomer to the market with a few reviews and still has to pass the test of time. Also, it comes in only one color, so you can’t pick another if you’re not a fan of brushed nickel.
To sum it up:
- Touchless faucets are revolutionizing the way we use faucets – it is more hygienic and more convenient, allowing you to get water with your hands full, and all of that germ-free.
- The lower end of price range is represented by BioBidet’s FLOW, which is a really good deal, nice looking and quality faucet, which does lack some special features of more expensive models.
- At the higher end of price range are KOHLER K-72218-VS Sensate and Moen S72308ESRS STo, which both have some amazing options, and beautiful, minimalist modern design, making them look like they have been taken out of some professional kitchen.
- Two faucets by Delta offer Touch2O Technology that allows you to simply touch the spout or handle to will start and stop the flow of water. Other faucets too offer their special features.
- Some of the faucets have more sensitive sensors prone to unwanted water letdowns, so be careful about that when choosing a right model for you. Reading the reviews might be useful to get a better picture of what you’re buying.
- Ease of installation varies. One more thing to be careful ahead of the purchase.
- No matter what you choose – touchless faucets are sure to become a new standard. They’re hygienic, sleek and smart, and the future is theirs. You don’t have to wait though, and could bring the feel and look of professional kitchens to your home even today.