The past few years have brought an increased desire and need to ensure things are clean. The old saying goes that things get dirtier while you clean them, but technology has changed all of that. Smart faucets remove the need to even touch the tap while you wash your hands, and that’s a change for the better. Today we look at the ins and outs of Smart Faucets and tell you about some of the best smart kitchen faucets on the market.
What to Know Before You Install a Smart Kitchen Faucet
Before you buy a new faucet and set to work installing it, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration. The first and most important is that installing a new faucet means being comfortable with things like turning your water off at the main and well, knowing a little bit about plumbing. If you’re not up to the task, hire a plumber to install your smart faucet for you.
While we’re talking DIY, the other aspect smart faucets have is a power source. Some faucets use an AC adapter plug, and some have battery packs. Either way, you’ll need to install that and take care while you do it. Water and power are a dangerous combination when not installed correctly. You’ll also need WiFi within range of your kitchen, and you’ll want to consider the look and size of the faucet.
Pros and Cons of a smart faucet
The Pros of a Smart Faucet are immediately apparent. You’ll be able to turn the faucet on and off without touching it, which makes everything in the kitchen a little cleaner, and helps to keep germs and bacteria at bay. Think back to the last time you made hamburgers or bread, and consider that you can now turn the faucet on without having to touch a thing! Many of the models can dispense specific amounts of water, which can help you reduce waste and conserve water.
On the Con side, you’ll be spending more on a faucet than you might otherwise. There’s also the installation as mentioned above to consider. If the power goes out in your home, you might find your model of smart faucet isn’t usable. There can be a delay in the faucet carrying out your instructions with some voice-activated models.
What are the best Smart Faucets?
1. U by Moen Smart Faucet
This faucet ticks all of the boxes. It has a pulldown head that aerates, has a boost rinse setting, a boosted steam setting, and a power rinse feature. It’s voice-activated, you can ask for a specific quantity of water which will be delivered accurately, and it even has presets, so you can fill your favorite water bottle or dog dish to the precise level you want. It also tracks your water usage. Read the full hands-on review of the U by Moen smart faucet.
2. Kohler Konnect Tone
The Kohlen Konnect Tone is a beautiful faucet with voice activation, voice assistant compatibility, and a magnetic docking system for its pull-down head. It has LED lighting built-in and a setting to boost the flow rate by 30%. The pull-down handle is made to easily pivot and stay where it’s put for more comfortable use. The head also has various settings for spray, aeration, and boost.
3. Delta Faucet Trinsic VoiceIQ Touchless
Delta’s Trinsic faucet uses its Voice IQ technology to connect with voice assistants to turn the water on and off, pour precise amounts of water, and even increase temperature. There’s a color-changing LED sensor to warn you when the water is getting hot. You can also control the faucet with an arm or wrist. Delta also includes a hand-wash feature, leaving the water on for proper cleaning for the right amount of time.
4. iTouchless EZ Faucet Pro
The iTouchless EZ Faucet Pro is a budget-style option that might be your choice if the inability to renovate or change your plumbing system is an issue. It threads into your existing faucet and is battery-powered. It offers touchless operation and has a button for manual operation. You’ll need to touch the handle to change the temperature.
5. Tusee Automatic
Best For Bathroom
The Tusee automatic faucet is a great little bathroom faucet that operates either hands-free by placing your hands close to the faucet or can also be operated manually. It has an auto-shutoff after two minutes, which is great for families with forgetful young ones. It also has a color-changing LED that turns red when the water is getting hot.