We’ve all experienced touchless technology – faucets and/or soap dispensers that automatically turn on when they sense the presence of our hands – in public restrooms, however it’s still kind of evolving in our homes.
Sensor soap dispensers have far outpaced faucets in the residential market, but manufacturers like Delta, Kohler and Moen continue to introduce new models in hopes of winning over our kitchens and bathrooms. Recent TV commercials demonstrate the convenience of this technology. Messy hands get water without messing up the hardware. Maybe that’s why the soap dispensers caught on first – to get clean hands you need soap and water!
It all comes down to ease of use – stick your hands out for soap then water. Another consideration is the spread of germs - if you have to touch a surface, it can become contaminated. If you don’t have to touch it, the problem can be eliminated.
Currently Delta makes several Touch2O kitchen and bath faucets that allow you tap anywhere on the spout or handle (using your forearm for example instead of a messy hand) in order to start and stop the flow of water.
Kohler’s Sensate touchless kitchen faucet allows you to speed through prep, cooking and cleanup without spreading messes or potentially germs throughout the kitchen. Response technology provides reliable touchless on/off operation in 20 milliseconds and a two function spray head provides a stream or spray with a magnetic docking system to keep it securely locked in place. The water temperature can be adjusted using a handle at the base while the faucet is in use.
The MotionSense kitchen faucet by Moen allows you to conveniently control water in three ways: the wave sensor at the top starts and stops the flow of water with a simple movement, the ready sensor near the base identifies any objet that pace beneath the spout and the handle on the side of the faucet allows for adjustments to temperature and water flow.