July 2014

 

Touch or Touchless Faucets are a great addition to your kitchen to make your day-to-day activities more efficient with this one simple change. Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps us compare the various kitchen faucets with touch technology in this month’s expert blog!

 

 

My friends have said that a touch faucet can have problems, what are the issues that I should be aware of?

Touch-Sensitive Faucets were introduced about 5 years ago and, in the beginning, there were glitches to work out with the technology. Today, in all mainstream quality brands, these glitches are truly a thing of the past but some incorrect ideas about the technology still exist. Firstly, they won’t randomly turn themselves on and off. However, be sure to install with the proper insulation or you may see the activation of the faucet touch technology through your metallic sink.

In addition, some customers believe that a touch faucet would be difficult to clean or be unsafe for children. Again, the high quality manufacturers use technology that can differentiate between a touch and a prolonged push or grip, which you might use while cleaning your faucet. Families with children typically adapt very well to the touch faucets, as many children can reach the neck of a faucet easier than they can regular tap handles – resulting in less water wasted.

However, if you are looking to purchase a faucet with the touch or touchless feature, you will pay a premium Typically, touch faucets are priced $170 above the regular priced version of the same faucet.

 

How do touch faucets actually work?             

Touch faucets are operated by battery to power the touch feature. Each company provides a battery pack that is easy to change from a holder under the sink. Usually, they run off double A batteries that will typically last for a year before they require fresh batteries.

There is no danger with the electrical charge running through the faucet as the electricity is on the outer surface while the water flows through non-conductive pipes within the faucet ensuring it is always insulated from the electrical current.

 

What are my options to purchase a Touch or Touchless Faucets for my kitchen?

 

There are many brands offering touch or touchless faucets but it is very important to purchase a quality brand where the technology is at its best. Through Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre, you can purchase a touch (or touchless) faucet for your kitchen from four different reputable brands – Delta, Grohe, Brizo & Moen. Select touch faucets from these brands are as follows:

 

Moen’s Arbour Faucet with Motion Sense SPECIFICATIONS

  • MotionSense™delivers exceptional hands–free convenience, allowing a simple hand movement to trigger the flow of water
  • Features Duralock™ quick connect system for easy installation
  • Pull-down design offers at–your–fingertips water delivery
  • 5 year warranty on digital components; limited lifetime trim warranty
  • Two sensor beams for easy operation by anyone

 

Grohe Minta Pull-Down kitchen faucet with Touch Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Activation by touch anywhere on the faucet
  • When faucet is ‘off’, it will only flow cold water when touched as a safety pre-caution.
  • GROHE SilkMove® ceramic cartridge & quick installation system
  • Locking Push Button Control - to switch from regular flow to spray
  • A swivel spout for easy use that will swivel a full 360°
  • Limited 5 year Warranty

 

Brizo Vuelo Faucet with SmartTouch Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Exclusive Brizo SmartTouch Technology allows for water activation with a simple touch anywhere to the faucet body, spout or handle.
  • Two-function pull-down wand provides spray and stream; features MagneDock Technology - magnetic wand docking system
  • Brizo Electronic Faucet 5-Year Limited Warranty

 

Delta Trinsic Pull-Down Faucet Featuring Touch2O® Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Touch activated faucet featuring Touch2O®Technology, turns on and off with just a touch anywhere on the spout or handle
  • Exclusive MagnaTite®spray head docking ensures a snug fit of the wand. Pull-down wand operates in an aerated or spray mode via ergonomic buttons
  • Delta Electronic Faucet Limited 5 year Warranty

 

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