Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets 2018 : Reviews and Buying Guide

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Technology, a boon or a curse, may seem to be an age old debate but when it comes to technological interventions in our daily lives, it seems that life has become a lot simpler and smarter with the advent of new inventions making way into our lives. Touchless kitchen faucet is one such invention that is carefully making its way through most household kitchens and is not only making lives easier but also adding their bit to the environment.

Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets Reviews 2018

Now let’s have a look at the best touchless kitchen faucets available in the market.

1

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Touchless Kitchen Faucet

Moen has a high reputation for producing quality, durable and reliable products while making use of the latest in innovation and technology and the Moen 7594ESRS Arbor is no exception.

The Moen Arbor is a sleek well designed touchless kitchen faucet available in three spot resist finishes viz. the chrome, stainless and oil rubbed bronze. The best part of this finish is that it resists fingerprints and waterspots and calls for less/ almost no cleaning.

The faucet boasts of a Duralock Quick Connect Installation System which fecilitates easy installation of the faucet in a single step without the use of specialised tools. It can be installed in a pre-drilled sink with one or three holes and comes with an escutcheon plate, so you do not have to invest on an additional deck-plate.

The Moen Arbor has two advanced motion sensors, one at the top and the other at the base of the faucet. The top sensor responds to hand movement while the base sensor reacts to movements of objects. They can be turned on and off by simple hand movements and is easy to learn even if you are using a touchless faucet for the first time.

It has a high arc spout with a spout height of 15.5” and a spout reach of 7.87”. The spout can be swivelled to about 100degrees for easy operation is equipped with a pull-down Reflex spray head. The pull down spray has a hose length of 68” and due to its exceptional Reflex system retracts back automatically to the spout dock once the job is done.

The faucet has two spray modes, one that has a steady water-flow and is for everyday use while the other features Moen’s Power Clean technology used for removing powerful stains.

It has a manual one handle lever on the right hand side of the faucet unit which helps in adjustment of water pressure and temperature. The Moen Arbor is powered by six AA batteries, is ADA compliant and has a 5 year warranty on digital components and a limited lifetime trim warranty. Overall an extremely stylish faucet that is tailored to perfection to suit almost all kitchen set-ups with a touch of innovation that makes your everyday chores look easy and interesting.

Positive:
  • Spot resist finish
  • Duralock easy installation system
  • 68” hose with reflex system
  • Dual Motor sensors
  • Two spray patterns

Negatives
  • Moderate to low water flow
  • Extremely Sensitive Sensors may even turn on with the slightest of noticeable movement.
  • Expensive

2

KOHLER K-72218-VS : Best Pull Down Touchless Faucet

Kohler claims to take you to a whole new level of convenience with the Kohler K-72218-VS touchless kitchen faucet. Though it comes with a hefty price tag it is one of the best selling and sought after models in the market. The model has a minimalist design with an adorable curve and smooth lines with a bell-bottom high-arc spout that can complement both modern as well as traditional homes. It comes in four attractive finishes viz. polished chrome, polished chrome with black accents, vibrant stainless and vibrant stainless with black accents. The signature black bonnet from Sensate adds an intriguing detail to the design and the finishes are said to resist corrosion and tarnishing. Adding to the design is a small LED display at the base of the touchless faucet that glows to tell you that the faucet is ready for operation.

The Kohler K-72218-VS has a solid brass body and ceramic valves and hence you can vouch for the durability of the faucet. All the parts of this best touchless kitchen faucet is made in Germany and assembled in the USA. The faucet can be easily installed in a pre-drilled sink with one or three holes. The faucet comes with a deck-plate to fecilitate installation in a three hole unit.

Kohler provides a state-of-the-art sensor with Sensate’s intuitive Response technology that responds even to the slightest hand movement in as less as 20 miliseconds. It is precision designed to provide reliable operation everytime and prevents the false activation while you are doing other activities near the sink. The sensor window begins just below the spout and extends to 6” towards the base.

The touchless faucet sensor is powered by an AC adaptor that can be directly plugged into a socket below the sink. It’s advisable not to include a switch in this socket for easy and hassle-free operations. So it does not require batteries and hence there is no need of replacement or you do not have to worry if the sensor is powered. Alternatively it has a manual option so your operations are not restricted even in case of a power cut. There is a simple lever handle on the side of the faucet that can even be used to adjust temperature of the water flow. It has an automatic shut off feature for added convenience.

The Kohler K-72218-VS touchless faucet has a high arc goose-neck spout with a spout height of 9.5” and a reach of 8.4”. The spout swivels to 290 degrees for greater sink access. The spout is equipped with a two function pull down spray head with touch control to change from stream to sweep spray. The sweep spray is an unique feature of this faucet that makes use of specially angled nozzles to provide a wide powerful blade of water for easy cleaning. The MasterClean spray face features an easy to clean surface that resists mineral build-up.

The pull down spout is connected by ProMotion technology’s light, braided, nylon hose and ball joint for a smooth tangle-free pull out and has a hose length of 26”. The DockNekit magnetic docking system ensures that hose pipe returns to the original position automatically after use smoothly.

The  Kohler K-72218-VS is ADA compliant and Kohler provides a limited lifetime warranty on this product for residential use. Overall, an extremely durable faucet with the exception of the solenoid parts that may malfunction sometimes, this one can actually serve you a lifetime with a little expense here and there, if you can afford it.

Positives:
  • Finish is corrosion resistant
  • Ultra sensitive motion sensor with precision activation
  • Resistant to mineral build-up
  • Manual operations available
  • Body and spout parts except the electronic components are extremely durable

Negatives
  • Solenoid malfunction is a common problem reported by users
  • Very Expensive

3

Boharers Sensor Kitchen Faucets : Best Budget Touchless Kitchen Faucet

This is the 3rd model to be featured in our list of the best touchless kitchen faucets in the market. This is readily available in the market unlike the Pfister model and has been well reviewed by users all over. The Boharers Sensor Kitchen faucet has a simple design like the others mentioned in this list but has a taller spout. This may add to its credibility in terms of larger utensils and vessels can be easily washed beneath it but also accounts for water splashing. Due to the tall spout it may not be ideal for shallow sinks.

The touchless kitchen faucet has a solid brass body with ceramic disc valves and is available in attractive chrome and brushed nickel finishes. The faucet has an easy installation system and comes with a deck-plate for installation in three hole units.

The best budget touchless faucets motion sensor is located at the base of the faucet and is pretty accurate. So every time you move your hand near the faucet it turns on. The sensor is powered by 4AA batteries which have to be replaced after 18-24 months. The faucet has an additional manual override in case of problems related to the sensor. It also has an automatic shut off if the sensor can’t detect any movement for three minutes.

The spout can swivel 360 degrees and hence offers a greater working space. The pull out spray head has two functional spray patterns to choose from. The spray head along with the braided hose retracts easily and smoothly due to the SmartLatch retract technology.

The faucet is NSF certified and comes with the Boharers Lifetime warranty.

Positives:
  • Brass Body and ceramic disc valves
  • 360 degree swiveling spout
  • Retractable hose with two function spray patterns
  • Boharers Lifetime warranty
  • Inexpensive and affordable

Negative:
  • Tall spout can cause splashing in shallow tanks

4

Pfister GT529-ELS (Lita Touchfree kitchen faucet with React)

This one belongs to the house of Pfitzer, a reputed brand in the manufacturing of kitchen and bathroom access since 1910. The Pfister GT529-ELS comes with a sleek,minimalistic design to compete with the variants available in the market. It comes in polished chrome and stainless steel finish. Both the finishes are spot resistant and resists the development of water spots and finger prints on the faucet surface.

The faucet has a solid brass construction with ceramic disc valves. The valves account for the never leak guarantee offered by the manufacturer (Pforever Seal). The faucet can be easily installed in 1,2,3 or 4 hole applications and all the installation hardware is included in the kit. The installation is made easy by the Pfast Connect,which includes easy push-in and lock connectors, the Tite seal that eliminates the need for putty or silicone and the Flexible supply lines included in the kit.

The faucet features a React technology that activates touch-free operations within 4” range of the sensor. This limited range reduces the chances of your faucet getting turned on accidentally while you are doing something else in the sink. The sensors are powered by an AC adaptor with a battery back up feature as well. There is an indicator that glows in case of a low battery. Alternatively there is a manual override handle that is forward movement enabled and also controls the water temperature. In case of the Sensor mode there is a temperature adjust wherein you can just adjust the temperature once and for all and forget about it completely.The faucet also features a Smart stop that automatically stops the water flow after two minutes. You can also set the faucet sensor to hibernate mode wherein the sensor can be temporarily disabled for cleaning purposes.

The Lita has a extra-long pullout spray head. The spray head retracts automatically and has stream, spray and pause functionality. The spot swivels 360 degrees for maximum maneuverability. The advanced spray head docking system or AccuDock ensures a secured tight connection to the faucet spout. You can toggle between the spray and stream modes with the simple push of a button for added functionability. The EZ clean resists hardwater stain build-up at the spray head.

The Lita is powered by the Pfister Pforever lifetime warranty which covers the finish and function for life. So the manufacturer will take care of everything once you have bought the product, unless the damage is caused by misuse.

The faucet is ADA and NSF compliant and meets the standards set by CAL Green for water conservation.

Positives:
  • Spot resistant finish and EZ clean
  • Brass body and ceramic disc valves
  • Accurate sensors
  • Easy installation
  • Pfister Pforever warranty
  • ADA, NSF and Cal Green certified

Negatives:
  • Expensive
  • The auto stop can pose problems sometimes
  • Difficult to adjust water flow to low pressure

5

Moen Brantford 7185 one handle High Arc Motion Sense Kitchen faucet

Another powerful player in this category of touchless kitchen faucets from the reputed brand Moen, the Moen Brantford 7185 One handle High Arc Motion Sense Kitchen faucet definitely stands for quality, durability and reliability that the brand epitomizes.

To start off, it has an elegant and classy style. The sleek single line structures of regular faucets have been given away to a retro favoured shape with curvatures at the base and the spout of the faucet. This hand free kitchen faucet is available in chrome, oil rubbed bronze and spot resistant stainless finishes.The SRS or spot resist stainless finish has a spot resistant and corrosion resistant coating that resists water marks and fingerprints and also prevents rust formation. The chrome finish provides a highly reflective mirror like surface while the oil rubbed bronze finish gives an antiqued look to the faucet.The little or no maintenance is the call for the day in case of this faucet. Moen LifeShine finishes are guaranteed not to tarnish, corrode or flake off for life.

The Moen Brant ford 7185 faucet has a metal construction. The metal construction though not as durable as its brass counterparts can last a lifetime. It also features a Duralast 1255 cartridge which provides smooth handle movement and precise temperature and water-flow control and endures rigorous usage.

It has an easy Duralock Quick Connect snap-in installation system and can be done without professional help on a single or three holes sink applications.

Like the Moen Arbor, Moen Brantford too features two Motion Sense Sensors, one at the top of the faucet and one at the base. The touchless sensor is accurate and precise and can detect even the slightest movement but limited coverage area account for prevention of accidental operation. The sensor is simple uncomplicated and you do not need to get used to it. You can use it even without the slightest knowledge and learning. Just move your hand towards the faucet and the water-flow starts and it stops at the stop of any movement. You can turn off the motion sensors and use the faucet manually if there are some members who prefer the old fashioned way. A single handle can be of use then which is also used to control the water temperature. The sensors are powered by 6 AA batteries.

The stainless Steel touchless kitchen faucet has a high arc spout with a height of 15.72” and a Reflex pullout spray head. The Reflex accounts for its maximum flexibility and maneuverability and it retract back to the original position with ease. This is achieved by a highly flexible 68” hose and a great docking system. The faucet has a Power Clean feature that provides 50 percent more power in the spray when turned on.The spray head can be adjusted to two different spray patterns with a simple switch and you can easily toggle between an aerated stream, a steady flow and also pause the water flow if you wish. The water flow is limited to a maximum of 1.5 GPM which can pose a difficulty when you are in a hurry of filling vessels.

Moen offers a limited lifetime warranty against drips, leaks and finish or other manufacturing defects while a 5 year limited warranty on the digital components. It is ADA compliant.

Positives
  • Spot resistant finish and EZ clean
  • Brass body and ceramic disc valves
  • Accurate sensors
  • Easy installation
  • Pfister Pforever warranty
  • ADA, NSF and Cal Green certified

Negatives
  • Expensive
  • The auto stop can pose problems sometimes
  • Difficult to adjust water flow to low pressure

Advantages of Touchless Kitchen Faucet

Touchless faucets use motion sensors to detect the presence or absence of your hand and starts or stops the water flow through the spout accordingly. They not only bring innovation and style to your kitchen but has a host of other advantages as well.

  1. No arm strain:

With the advent of touchless kitchen faucets, you do not need to strain your arm to reach out for the faucet handle any more while both your hands are full and not free to operate the faucet. You just need to lower your hands so that the sensor can sense them and control the automatic flow of water and you can just concentrate on your job at hand.

2. Hygienic:

Touchless faucets are definitely more hygienic options as you no longer need to operate the faucet with your stained hands which may carry bacteria and germs along with it. Thus it prevents cross contamination wherein deadly germs and bacteria like salmonella from handling poultry and meat can be left to grow on the faucet handle and can turn to be dangerous. Preventing the use of messy hands on the faucet will also leave the faucet and the counter top clean and dry.

3. Eco-friendly:

Saving our natural resources or preventing their wastage is an important factor and touchless faucets add to the conservation of water by limiting their flow. As soon as your hands are removed, the flow stops and it also prevents leakage due to improper handle operations.

4. Durable:

Lastly, these are more durable and will last you much longer than your regular faucets. Though they may seem to be expensive but most of them come with lifelong warranties and will give you every penny worth the service.

Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets 2018 Buying Guide

While we have had a glimpse of the best touchless kitchen faucets available in the market, choosing the faucet that is perfect for your kitchen may seem to be a little bit confusing and you need to know a few things to make the choice easier for yourself.

The touchless kitchen faucet works on a simple principle wherein a sensor detects the presence and/or absence of an object in front of it, sends a signal to the solenoid which in turn opens and/or closes a diaphragm valve that operates the flow of water. The sensor and the solenoid are powered by a pair of batteries or are connected directly to an AC source.

So keeping this in mind let’s have a look at the factors that we need to consider while going for a best touchless kitchen faucet.

  • Budget:

Considering the fact that these units are expensive, you need to buy a model that would suit your needs and would satisfy the other necessary factors in the list while being affordable for you. But while choosing the model in your budget you need to be extra cautious about the fact that which elements in the faucet should be given priorities over the others.

  • Durability:

Once you have decided on a budget the first thing that you need to consider is the durability of the product. You would not generally look for a unit that would have to be replaced often, and hence choosing a solid brass model is the best option available. Plastic models and the ones with chrome finish give way to damage easily and should be avoided.

Also a lifetime warranty is going to take care of the product. You need to read the warranty documents carefully so that even the electronics part of the unit is taken care of. If there is a limited period warranty on the product it’s always advisable to go for an extended warranty with a little extra from your pocket.

  • Sensor Accuracy:

The most essential operational part of the touchless faucet is the sensor and hence the sensor accuracy is of utmost importance. Choosing a faucet which doesn’t have an accurate sensor can be very annoying and it may also lead to water wastage and also waste a lot of time. An accurate sensor on the other hand will start the water flow as soon as your hands close in to the base or the top of the faucet and will stop the water flow when there isn’t any movement for a particular amount of time. Choosing an accurate sensor will also prevent the kids from fiddling with the faucet, as most of them would not be able to reach the sensor limit and hence would be unable to operate the faucet.

  • Battery Consumption:

Most of the popular touchless kitchen faucets use batteries as a power source for their operation. Some may need four AA batteries while some may even require six. Though they can be easily replaced, most of us would prefer a model that consumes less power and last longer. There are some models wherein you do not need to replace the batteries at all, while some will need you to replace them every two or three years while in some others they may last for just three months.

  • Docking Method:

Most of the touchless kitchen faucets have a pull down spray head. Once pulled out the spray head can be put back to its original position manually or it may automatically go back into the spout. Manual docking is not a very easy thing to do and hence the automatic option is preferred as well as recommended. A pull down faucet is useful when you are cleaning your utensils and hence if you have a dishwasher handy then you may not opt for a pull down faucet which may add to the price of the faucet unit.

  • Size:

The dimensions as well as the faucet height are extremely important and have to be considered in accordance with your kitchen sink and decor. In fact if you are adding a faucet to an existing sink then you have to be extra careful so that the specifications match and the new model complements your old sink.

  • Finish:

The last thing that has to be kept in mind while investing in a faucet is the finish. The finish not only determines the style and adds on to the kitchen decor, but if you are not one of those who have a fetish for cleaning every now and then, the correct finish can save you a lot of trouble. You can now choose from spot resistant finishes which come in popular colors but will give you lesser stains while using and you need not worry to clean them often. But if you want your kitchen faucet to act as a centerpiece, you can choose from matte black and Venetian bronze finishes that will let your faucet stand out.

  • Certifications:

You need to check with your local authority regarding the certifications that are required for your faucet. Most of the places ask for a ADA compliant and a NSF certified faucet while in California they can also ask you for a CAL Green certification.

CONCLUSION:

Most of the models that we have discussed in the article of best touchless kitchen faucets reviews are expensive owing to the make of the products and the features that specify them. There are low budget touchless kitchen faucets available in the market too but you need to look out for the construction wherein cheap plastic and alloy parts replace the brass ones and will result in less durable products. So choose wisely and invest in a product that will go with your kitchen decor and last you a lifetime.

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