If you’ve ever tried to turn on a faucet with wet or dirty hands, you’ll know how awkward it is. It’s a particular pain in the kitchen, where struggling with the faucet can interrupt your carefully timed cooking!
Fortunately, new designs are here to help. Say goodbye to the days of trying to turn on faucets with your elbow! Here we check out seven of the best touchless kitchen faucets available today. And our buying guide will help you select the one that will work for you.
If you want a faucet that can be used in either touch-free or conventional modes, this one from Forious could be for you.
There’s a switch on the control box that allows you to move between the two settings. Select “auto” for the touch-free option. The infra-red sensor can detect motion from about four inches away.
You’ll need to install batteries to power the sensor. It takes four standard AA batteries, so they’re not expensive. And they should last for about two years of normal use.
If you want to direct the spray of water, there’s a handy pull-out sprayer. Pull it down, and the water will automatically start to flow. Push it back into place, and it will turn off. The sprayer can rotate through 360 degrees to give you as much flexibility as you need.
There’s also the option to choose between a solid stream of water and a spray. There’s a handily positioned trigger on the back of the sprayer to move between the two modes. The stream is a great option for washing off dried-on dirt, while the spray works well on more delicate surfaces.
There’s an auto shut-off function after about three minutes. So if you’ve forgotten to turn off the water, your bills won’t go through the roof.
The faucet is fairly tall – 16.54 inches. Check that it will fit comfortably beneath any shelves or wall cupboards above your sink.
It’s made of copper, so it’s durable, but there’s only one choice of finish: brushed nickel. It looks smart, though, and can work well in either contemporary or traditional kitchens.
The control box is waterproof and patented, and it doesn’t require a lot of room. The faucet is able to fit in either one or three-hole counters, so it can be used with any basin. Use the matching deck plate if you have a three-hole version, or discard it if not.
Installation is straightforward. And the whole thing comes with a lifetime warranty. We’ve heard positive reviews of Forious’s customer service too.
So are there any downsides? Hardly any. The head of the faucet is a little lighter than others on the market. And the water leaves the faucet at an angle, rather than perpendicular to the wall, which not everyone will like.
Choice of touchless or conventional operation
Easy installation and lifetime warranty
The faucet head is lighter than some others
The water leaves the head at an angle, which may be off-putting to some.
Moen’s 7565ESRS is an attractive touchless faucet with a clean, contemporary look. It’s available in a wide range of different finishes, so it can match any existing kitchen décor. Choose between chrome, matte black, black or spot-resistant stainless steel, or even brushed gold.
The faucet has not one by two sensors. There’s a “wave” sensor on top, activated when you wave your hand in front of it. Wave once to turn the water on, then again to turn it off.
A second “ready” sensor is positioned on the front of the faucet, at the base. This turns on the water whenever an object is placed in front of it. The flow stops when the object is removed. It’s a great option for filling saucepans or rinsing out vegetables in a colander.
And if you want to, it’s possible to disable either or both of the sensors and operate the kitchen faucet manually instead. There’s no need to fiddle about under the sink to do it. Just hold your hand in front of one sensor for five seconds, or both for ten seconds.
Turning the sensors back on again is just as easy. Simply repeat the process and they’ll be enabled once more.
There’s also a retractable spray head. Pull it down and the water will automatically begin flowing. Choose between a steady aerated setting and a more powerful jet by pressing a button on the back.
And the faucet is equipped with Moen’s “PowerClean” technology to give it more oomph in jet mode. The manufacturers say this generates fifty percent more power than their standard faucets.
When you’ve finished using it, simply release the head and the faucet will retract and dock all by itself.
There are a couple of issues with this model that it’s worth being aware of.
The first is that the sensor isn’t always reliable. We’ve heard reports of customers who’ve experienced the sensor spontaneously switching on the faucet. Or refusing to work at all.
There’s a limited lifetime warranty, and there are good reports of Moen providing replacements. But sometimes the replacements have the same issue.
The other thing to note is that the faucet head is made of plastic, rather than metal. This is rather surprising for a faucet at this price point – it’s far from cheap.
Two sensors for flexible use
Easy switch between manual and automatic modes
PowerClean technology provides plenty of muscle for removing dried-on dirt
The Brantford is the second touchless faucet from Moen to make our list. Twenty percent cheaper than the Align, it has a more traditional style with a flared head and contoured upright. It’s available in three different finishes: spot-resistant stainless steel, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze.
It also uses two sensors, positioned in the same places as the Align. One on top of the faucet allows you to turn the water on and off by waving a hand over it. The second sits in front of the base. This will turn the water on when a pan or other object is placed beneath the head. When it’s removed, the flow will stop.
There are other features that will be familiar from the Align faucet too. The head can be pulled down and rotated through 360 degrees. And it will retract and self-dock when you’ve finished with it.
There are the same two options for the water flow through the head, selected by a button on the back. And PowerClean technology is installed in this faucet too. This will give you a powerful flow to clean off burnt-on food or other stains.
So why the price difference?
Well, the Brantford lacks the ability to disable and enable the sensors by placing your hands over them. And if the batteries die, it won’t work at all – even in manual mode.
This means that dying batteries can be a real pain. An alternative is to fix the tap to an AC source using an adaptor. But Moen charges an enormous amount of money for their branded version. It’s a third the price of the faucet itself.
If this is the faucet you use, consider buying an unbranded AC adaptor. They’re cheap as chips and a faucet at this price point really should include one as standard.
Two sensors allow you to activate the tap by waving your hand over it or placing an object in front of it
PowerClean technology produces a powerful stream of water
Self-retracting spray head
Won’t work at all if the batteries die…
…and the AC adaptor from the same manufacturer is wildly overpriced.
Atalawa’s touchless faucet comes in an oil-rubbed bronze finish and has a single sensor. That’s positioned at the base of the faucet. It’s positioned to switch on the water when a pan or colander is placed beneath the head. Removing the object will turn the water off again.
There’s a pull-down sprayer, and it offers a choice of two different settings. Use the spray for cleaning large surfaces, and the aerated stream for a more concentrated wash.
The water flow will shut off after three minutes to conserve water. So if you’ve mistakenly left a pan in front of the sensor, you won’t be wasting gallons of water.
It will fit basins with either one or three holes. Install the deck plate if you have a basin with three holes or leave it out if there’s only one.
The sensor is powered by four AA batteries which sit inside the control box. A nice touch is that the box can be removed from under the sink when it’s time to change them. That means no need for squatting awkwardly as you fiddle around.
One downside, though, is that it’s possible to position the control box in any direction. That might mean a couple of attempts before you get it the right way up.
The faucet includes a ceramic cartridge designed to prevent leaks. Atalawa says it will ensure a lifespan of half a million turns of the faucet. The whole thing comes with a five-year warranty, and there’s a 90-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
This is one of the shorter faucets on the list, at a height of just over nine inches. If you’ve got limited space between your sink and overhead shelves or cupboards, it could be a good choice. You will, though, need to get fairly close to the sensor for it to work reliably.
Automatic shut-off after three minutes
Ceramic cartridge gives a lifespan of 500,000 uses
Control box can be removed for easy battery changes
The control box will fit when inserted the wrong way around
You’ll need to get close to the sensor for it to work.
Kohler’s K-72218-CP is an attractive touchless faucet, suitable for basins with a single hole. It comes in four different finishes – stainless steel or chrome, both of those with the choice of black accents.
The state-of-the-art sensor here is fast, responding to movement in just 20 milliseconds. And the sensor window is designed to prevent accidental activation. It begins at the base of the faucet and extends six inches upwards on the underside of the spout.
The retractable spray head is guided into place with a magnetic docking system. That means there won’t be any fiddling about to put it back when you’ve finished with it.
The “sweep spray” features angled nozzles to combine a wide spray pattern with a powerful stream of water. It works well to clear debris from plates before loading into the dishwasher, or to clean your sink.
The “BerrySoft” setting is designed to gently wash more delicate surfaces like fruit. You can switch between the two using a button on the rear of the spray head.
And there’s also a pause function. That allows you to cut off the water flow in order to move the spray beyond your sink. If you want to water a pot plant, for example, you won’t have to drench your countertop to do it.
The faucet head is easy to maneuver too – light to pull down and capable of being rotated through 360 degrees. The hose is made of braided nylon to resist kinking.
Unlike many of the faucets on our list, this one has an AC connection rather than relying on batteries. And you can change both the temperature and the volume during use by adjusting the handle. There’s no need to tinker about under the sink.
There are just a couple of things to think about before deciding whether this is the one for you.
The first is that the convenience of the AC connection does come at the price of the faucet not working during a power outage. If you live in an area that’s vulnerable to these, this won’t be the best choice.
And the aerator here is prone to creating a bit of splashing if you have high water pressure.
Attractive, contemporary design
Choice of spray, soft or pause settings
Braided nylon hose to resist kinking
Relies on AC connection, so won’t work during a power outage
Soosi’s touchless faucet offers a range of different options.
It can be installed in basins with either one or three holes. It features a choice of finishes between oil-rubber bronze, chrome, polished chrome, or brushed nickel. And you can choose how many settings you want too.
There’s a two setting model, with a choice of spray or stream. The stream setting increases the flow rate by 30 percent so you can fill kettles and jugs more quickly.
And if you want a third setting, an alternative model offers a pause setting too. That allows you to interrupt the flow of water temporarily. It means you can move the spray head over surfaces you don’t want to get wet.
The sensor is powered by four AA batteries. They’ll last for between 18 months and two years. And you won’t need to worry that your faucet won’t work if the mains power goes off.
The hose is 18 inches long. It’s made of braided nylon so it resists kinking and keeps the water flowing smoothly. And there’s an automatic shut-off which kicks in after three minutes. If you forget to turn off the water, you won’t waste too much.
Installation is simple. Soosi says it can be done within 30 minutes, and you won’t need advanced DIY skills. There’s a 90-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied, and a limited five-year warranty.
For those who prefer a stream setting, this might not be the best option. The default setting is spray, so you’ll need to change it every time.
And there’s only one sensor here. It’s positioned on the base, so will work well if you’re placing a jug or pan beneath the faucet head.
Are you looking for a faucet that can be powered by either mains electricity or batteries? If so, Pfister’s model may be the one for you.
It comes with a plug-in power cable, but a compatible battery pack is also available. If using batteries, expect them to give you about two years of use before needing to be changed. The battery pack is very reasonably priced too.
There’s a choice of manual and automatic operation. Pull out the handle to the side to switch on the sensor and use the faucet in touchless mode. Push it back in again to operate it manually. In touchless mode, the sensor will detect motion within three inches.
The temperature can be adjusted at the handle too. Pull it down for colder water or up for hotter.
The main issue to be aware of with this one is reports of the sensor stopping working. There’s a limited lifetime warranty, though, which does offer some reassurance.
And there’s only one sensor, so you won’t be able to turn on the water by waving above the faucet.
It has a sleek finish that will look particularly good in a modern kitchen. And there’s a choice of finishes that will allow it to blend in with most other fittings. Choose from matte black, stainless steel or polished chrome.
Choice of mains or battery power supply
Change temperature and switch between manual and touchless modes using the handle
Still not sure which is the right touchless kitchen faucet for you? Take a look at our buying guide to see what features to look out for.
One sensor or two?
Consider how you want to be able to operate your faucet. Is the touchless feature mainly important if you’re holding a pan with two handles? If so, a faucet with a single sensor at its base will do the job perfectly well.
But what if you want to be able to turn on the water with a wave of your hand? In that case, a faucet with the sensor on top will work better.
Get maximum flexibility with a two sensor model. Even better, look for options that allow you to disable the sensors individually or together. If you’re washing up a large pan, for example, turning off the lower sensor will avoid accidental activation.
Batteries or mains power?
Any faucet using a sensor needs power, so consider whether you prefer mains or batteries. Both have benefits and disadvantages.
With mains power, you won’t have to fiddle around changing batteries. And you won’t risk not being able to use your faucet if you’ve forgotten to buy spares.
But if you’re in an area which experiences regular power cuts, battery powered options will offer greater reliability.
What kind of settings do you need?
All the faucets on our list offer at least two different settings. In most, but not all cases, the stream setting is more powerful and the spray lighter.
But some faucets also offer a pause function. That can be very helpful if you want to extend the faucet head outside the basin. It will allow you to pause the flow of water and avoid drenching your counter.
If you want to use your faucet to water pot plants or fill coffee makers, this is a good option. Just remember to check the length of the hose to be sure it will reach where you need it to.
Ready to go shopping?
That brings us to the end of our run-down of seven of the best touchless faucets out there today. We hope we’ve given you the information you need to make the right choice for your kitchen.
Our favorite is the Moen 7185ESRS Brantford. It offers two sensors, PowerClean technology and a self-retracting spray head. And it’s less expensive than comparable models.
But whichever faucet you choose, we’re sure you’ll find a touchless model is a great addition to your kitchen. Happy shopping!