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Touchless Kitchen Faucet Reviews: 10 Magic Options for 2019
Touchless Kitchen Faucet Reviews

Touchless Kitchen Faucet Reviews: 10 Magic Spouts for 2019

As our world continues to advance technologically, so to do the hardware and appliances in and around our homes. In 2019, kitchen faucets that have to be manually turned on and off are a thing of the past; touchless kitchen faucets make tasks involving your kitchen faucet easier, cleaner and quicker. 

Below, you’ll find the best touchless kitchen faucets currently on the market, listed out briefly in the comparison chart directly below and detailed further in the individual reviews that follow.

Touchless Kitchen Faucet Comparison Chart

NameFlow RateInstallation MethodWarrantyRating
Moen Arbor Touchless Kitchen Faucet (7594ESRS)
Top Pick
1.5 GPM1- or 3-holeLimited Lifetime9.8/10CHECK PRICE
Moen Brantford Touchless Kitchen Faucet (7185EORB)
Runner-Up
1.5 GPM1- or 3-holeLimited Lifetime9.7/10CHECK PRICE
KOHLER Beckon Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (K-99332-SN)1.8 GPM1- or 3-hole5-year limited9.6/10CHECK PRICE
MiKitchen Touchless Kitchen Faucet (FTHF-02BN)2.2 GPM1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-holeLimited Lifetime9.6/10CHECK PRICE

 

1. Moen Arbor Touchless Kitchen Faucet (7594ESRS) – Top Pick

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The Rundown

Moen has been dedicated to high quality, innovative products since Al Moen began the company with a design for the first single-handed faucet in 1937. Eighty-one years later the company still focuses on manufacturing the best bathroom and kitchen tools on the market. As they have continued to innovate in the 21st century, they have increased their dedication to eco-friendly appliances, which help both the planet and your pocket-book.

Our top choice on today’s list, the Moen Arbor Touchless Kitchen Faucet exemplifies Moen’s focus on creating beautiful products that will last you a lifetime. In order to meet their mission goal, they provide a limited lifetime warranty on all of their products. This touchless faucet comes from Moen’s Arbor line, which has a transitional and functional design that will work in both modern and classically decorated spaces. The 7594ESRS comes with a stainless-steel finish, which will match most modern kitchen appliances. It also has a low flow rate and is very affordable, which helps place it as our top pick for touchless kitchen faucets.
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Specifications

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  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 x 15.5 in
  • Installation Method: 1- or 3-hole
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Flow Rate: 1.5 GPM
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Batteries: 6 AA (included)
  • Finish: Spot Resist Stainless

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Pros

  • This faucet comes with two sensors, increasing the ability of the motion triggering
  • Moen Arbor’s Power Clean Spray increases the spray power of the faucet 50% more than those without this technology
  • This particular unit has an extremely flexible design, and can be installed with one or three holes
  • Moen provides six AA batteries with your purchase. They are the only company in this touchless kitchen faucet reviews article to provide batteries with their faucet

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Cons

  • Moen does not provide a manual mode with this faucet. This lack can cause a problem if one of the motion sensors fails—or your power goes out
  • Some users have noted problems with the sensors. However, Moen is always mentioned as replacing the faulty sensors at no cost to the customer

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The Bottom Line

Moen provides a very dependable, affordable, and classy design with this hands-free faucet. The high arc makes it easy to place objects underneath the stream of water. Additionally, the two-sensor design allows for an extremely dependable hands-free experience. Such a quality faucet comes at a very reasonable price, which makes this our top pick.

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2. Moen Brantford Touchless Kitchen Faucet (7185EORB) – Runner-Up

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The Rundown

As mentioned above, Moen has been in the bathroom and kitchen appliance industry since 1937. In fact, they made their name by providing the first single-handed faucet on the market. It is not surprising then that they continue to create high quality faucets. The Moen Brantford Touchless Kitchen Faucet comes in a close second to our first pick, the Moen Arbor Touchless Kitchen Faucet. Both faucets include Moen’s patented MotionSense and Power Clean technology, which helps set them apart from their competition.

There are a few differences that have determined our placement of the Brantford faucet behind the Arbor. One such variance is the difference in design. While it does have the popular high-arc look of the Moen Arbor faucet, the Moen Brantford collection includes a much more traditional design. This collection was designed to fit into more classically styled spaces, and so is much less flexible than the Moen Arbor’s. The lack of provided batteries and the noted heat that the faucet creates while running also combine to make this our second-choice hands-free faucet.

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Specifications

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  • Dimensions: 26.5 x 14.2 x 4.2 in
  • Installation Method: 1- or 3-hole
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Flow Rate: 1.5 GPM
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs
  • Batteries: 6 AA (not included)
  • Finish: Oil-Rubbed Bronze

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Pros

  • Moen provides two sensors in different locations—top and bottom of the faucet—on this faucet. These two sensors provide complete motion capturing coverage
  • The 7185EORB has an extremely flexible design. You can install this faucet with one or three holes
  • The long and flexible pulldown hose has two spray intensity options. The dual option hose allows you to clean small or large messes easily
  • Finally, the faucet comes with a pause function that interrupts the flow of water if you do not turn it off, which could potentially save you money

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Cons

  • Some users have noted sensor issues, especially with the one on the bottom—the hand motion sensor
  • The faucet’s mechanisms tend to create a lot of heat when they run. No reports of the faucet overheating, but the extra heat can be a problem for your sink

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The Bottom Line

Moen’s Brantford Motionsense Touchless faucet comes in a close second to the Arbor. They both have similarly attractive features. Yet, the heavier weight, less versatile design, and slightly higher price make it take second place on our best touchless kitchen faucet list.

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3. KOHLER Beckon Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (K-99332-SN)

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The Rundown

Kohler began in 1873 in the plumbing industry when their founder John Michael Kohler designed the first modern shaped bathtub made out of cast iron. While they continue to make some cast iron products, in the 20th century Kohler moved towards more durable and cost-effective materials like plastic. Since the late 1970s you can find Kohler’s name in the hospitality industry and on power and decorative products. However, plumbing products like bathtubs, sinks, faucets, and pipes continue to comprise a large portion of their business. Having been in the plumbing industry for so long, it is no wonder that their touch-free faucet is included on this list.

Kohler’s mission to provide charm, good taste, and generosity shows itself in their Beckon Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet. Now, you will be paying for Kohler’s brand name and positive reputation, for this faucet is one of the more expensive on our list. But, what you receive in return is an extremely sensitive motion sensor, high quality design and materials, and a faucet that does not require batteries to run—the only faucet with this function on our list.

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Specifications

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  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 3.8 x 15.9 in
  • Installation Method: 1-hole
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
  • Flow Rate: 1.8 GPM
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Batteries: Not required
  • Finish: Vibrant Polished Nickel

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Pros

  • You never have to worry about the sprayer hose coming apart from the Beckon Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet. Kohler provides their patented Docknetik, a magnetic docking system that ensures a secure connection between hose and faucet every time
  • Kohler also provides an optional power supply extension, service part number 1203620, for those people that do not have access to a 120 Volt unswitched power supply below the deck of the faucet
  • Kohler indicates that their extremely sensitive sensor will reliably respond to your hand’s movement within twenty milliseconds

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Cons

  • The K-99332-SN is the least flexible option on this list, for it only mounts in sinks with one hole. If you need a three-hole mounted faucet, this model is not for you
  • Most users note that the spray mode on their extendable hose is quite intense. We recommend keeping that function at only half power to stop water from getting everywhere

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The Bottom Line

Kohler has created an extremely reliable and high-functioning faucet in the K-99332-SN. However, its higher price and power requirements may deter some potential buyers. Yet, if you are looking for a faucet that does not need batteries and has a classic design then this one deserves a long look.

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4. MiKitchen Touchless Kitchen Faucet (FTHF-02BN)

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The Rundown

MiKitchen is a small company based primarily out of Southern California. Because of their size, they specialize in producing only stainless-steel sinks and faucets for the kitchen and bar. You can purchase their products online and by calling their 1-800 number. They currently provide only nine products, two of which are touch-free faucets.

MiKitchen’s Touchless Kitchen Faucet illustrates the high standards they set for their products. It is made of solid brass, and thus is of a quite sturdy material. However, the only available finish is brushed Nickel, which may not work for all spaces. This faucet comes without all the bells-and-whistles of the other faucets listed here. Yet, it has the greatest installation flexibility, for you can install it in sinks with one, two, three, or four holes. MiKitchen also provides a limited lifetime warranty for their faucet, which guarantees your satisfaction. The small, and somewhat untested nature of the company coupled with the pared-down design places this faucet fourth on today’s list.

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Specifications

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  • Dimensions: 10 x 4.8 x 17 in
  • Installation Method: 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-hole
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime
  • Flow Rate: 2.2 GPM
  • Weight: 7.25 lbs
  • Batteries: 4 AA (not included)
  • Finish: Brushed-Nickel

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Pros

  • You will never have to fiddle with the sprayer hose’s water flow, for it turns on when extended and turns off when retracted. The hose also comes with two spray options that will allow you to clean up both large and small messes
  • MiKitchen’s Touchless Kitchen Faucet is the most flexible on this list, for it will install in one, two, three, or four holed sinks
  • The faucet comes with an automatic safety that will shut off water flow after three minutes, which can potentially save you money
  • Unlike many touchless faucets, the FTHF-02BN comes with a manual option. Some users note that this option is not amazingly intuitive, but its inclusion sets MiKitchen’s faucet apart from the competition.

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Cons

  •  Many indicate that the FTHF-02BN is not designed for left-handed people. Thus, we recommend researching another model to left handed people who will be using the faucet on a daily basis.

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The Bottom Line

If you need flexible install options and a touchless faucet with manual option then the MiKitchen Touchless Kitchen Faucet will work perfectly for you. However, while all of the components are good, they lack the finesse of our top three picks.

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Buying Guide for the Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet

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Touchless kitchen faucets are a great way to modernize your kitchen. Instead of turning a faucet handle, touchless kitchen faucets turn on when they sense motion, or when you tap a built-in sensor.

Motion sensor faucets wait to sense movement and turn on and off automatically. Tap-on faucets are ones that respond to you touching the faucet. They usually require a tap to turn on, and another tap to turn off. Although this isn’t entirely touchless, it does reduce the amount of contact you have with your faucet.

Pros and Cons of Touchless Kitchen Faucets

Touchless kitchen faucets can be a convenient addition to your kitchen, but there are also a few drawbacks.

Touchless kitchen faucets can be better than standard faucets for water conservation. Because motion-sensor faucets only turn on when you’re present, you can walk away from your sink for a moment without needing to remember to turn off the faucet. They can also help you be more hygienic since you’ll make less contact with it while cooking or cleaning. Finally, touching your faucet less can keep your faucet shiny and clean for longer.

There are a few downsides of touchless faucets, but they can be easily avoided by checking the model before purchase. Some touchless faucets don’t have a manual mode (like a faucet handle), which sometimes restricts you to one pre-set temperature and water flow.

In addition, some sensors are more sensitive than others. This means you might find yourself waving your hands around to keep the faucet on.

What should you consider before buying?

There are a few key specs to check before purchasing a touchless kitchen faucet.

Finish

The first thing to consider is the faucet’s finish. The finish can affect both the appearance and durability of your faucet. Chrome, stainless steel, and nickel are usually top picks for kitchen faucets. They’re shiny, durable, and are resistant to water spots and stains. For a more stylish choice, look at oil-rubbed bronze. It’s got a dark and vintage feel but will require more delicate care and maintenance.

Sensors

Next, you’ll want to look at the faucet’s sensors. You’ll want to choose between motion-sensor and tap-on, but also take note of how many sensors it has. Having more sensors can make the faucet more accurate and easier to use.

Power Source

Touchless kitchen faucets need a power source to keep their sensors working. Touchless faucets usually need four to six AA batteries. If they’re not battery powered, they might be powered by an AC transformer.

Mounting

The mounting options available vary by make and model. Check the number of holes in your sink to determine which kitchen faucet is best for you. It’s always better to have extra sink holes since decorative plates are available to help you cover up unused holes. On the other hand, having fewer sink holes means needing to replace your sink to match your faucet or drilling in new holes, which can cost extra time and money.

Warranty

Like any other kitchen faucet, touchless faucets should have long and reliable warranties. A good warranty for a touchless kitchen faucet is preferably a lifetime limited warranty. If they don’t have a lifetime warranty, you should look for one with that covers you for at least five years.

Warranties for touchless sinks often don’t cover incorrect installation or product misuse, so be sure that your faucet is installed correctly and that you only wipe it down with gentle cleaners.

Size and Dimensions

Consider the size and dimensions of your sink before choosing a touchless kitchen faucet. For example, if your kitchen faucet pulls down, but you have a shallow sink, you might end up dealing with a lot of splashing. Make sure you have enough room to clean dishes, fill pots, and do other chores in your sink.

Water Flow

According to the EPA’s WaterSense guidelines, a kitchen faucet shouldn’t exceed 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM) or a flow rate of 0.4 gallons to be considered water efficient. If you want a high flow sink, look for a faucet that is at the 2.2 GPM limit. If you can do with less water, a good faucet GPM can be anywhere from 1.5 to 2 GPM.

Design

Outside of being touchless, there are many other design features to consider when choosing a kitchen faucet. For example, you might opt for a touchless soap dispenser to go with your kitchen faucet. There are also faucets that come with a side spray or have a spray function built-in. Finally, you’ll want to decide if you like a pull-down faucet, which can give you more flexibility in where your water is directed.

Temperature

Some touchless kitchen faucets are set at a standard temperature (usually lukewarm) and can’t be changed. If you like to get very hot or cold water from your sink, you’ll want to avoid faucets that don’t allow temperature changes.

Best Brands for Touchless Kitchen Faucets

The top brands for touchless faucets include Moen and Kohler. They’re both household names with a great reputation for design, function, and durability. Even if something goes wrong, they’re also well known for having long and reliable warranties. These brands also offer finishing and accessories for the kitchen, bathroom, and shower.

How to Install a Touchless Kitchen Faucet

To install a touchless kitchen faucet, make sure you first have these items: power drill, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, tape measure, and batteries. The batteries and exact instructions will depend on the make and model of your faucet.

Here are the general steps: First, turn off the water supply to your sink and remove your old faucet. Next, thread the wires, hoses, and base of the new faucet into the sink holes. If you have extra holes, place the decorative plate over the holes to cover them. Next, go under the sink and mount the new faucet.

Once everything is secure, reconnect the hoses and supply lines. Finally, install the sensor control box and battery back. Now, you’re ready to turn on your supply lines and use your convenient new faucet.

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FAQ

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Are touchless faucets better than standard faucets?

Touchless faucets are best for homes that prioritize convenience, hygiene, water conservation, and modern design. At the same time, touchless faucets can be more expensive and more complicated to repair than standard faucets.

How long does the battery last in a touchless faucet?

It depends on the faucet, but some can last up to one or two years on a set of batteries. Some faucets will blink to let you know when your battery is running low, so you have heads up.

If you’re concerned about battery life, you can always opt for a faucet that runs on electricity. However, you’ll want to ensure you have a manual option to turn the faucet on in case the power goes out.

What do I do if my sensor stops working?

Troubleshooting this will depend on your make and model, but there are a few common reasons it might stop working. Some faucets won’t turn on unless the handle is in the ‘open’ or ‘on’ position. You might also need to check that your faucet isn’t connected to a switched outlet. Switched outlets only have the power turned on part of the time.

Finally, if it’s a motion sensor faucet, you should wipe down the sensor to make sure debris isn’t making it read improperly.

If it’s none of these things, it’s best to contact the original manufacturer. Attempting to fix these sensitive electronics yourself puts you at risk of voiding your warranty.

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Conclusion

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Touchless faucets are all the rage in kitchen and bathroom remodeling these days (they might soon be overshadowed by voice controlled faucets, however). They obviously provide a lot of advantages. For example, you don’t have to manually turn on the faucet if your hands are full or dirty. You also have more control over the amount of water used, since most of these faucets come with an automatic shut-off function. As many of the top kitchen and bath appliance companies race to join this lucrative market, the number of options of touchless faucets increases significantly.

The search for a great touchless faucet may seem overwhelming. So, here are a few of our top things to consider when conducting your research.

  1. Color: This may seem like a no-brainer, but, make sure to keep in mind the color of the faucet you are purchasing. Many people may not research this aspect of their faucet, and then be surprised when the faucet arrives and does not match their kitchen. Every faucet on our list has a slightly different color and finish, so the opportunities to match design goals with faucet are infinite.
  2. Size: How big is your sink? How much space do you need under your faucet to move dishes around? These are just two questions you should ask yourself when thinking about the size requirements of your new faucet.
  3. Mounting options: As mentioned in the break-down for each faucet, the mounting options vary from model to model. For example, if your sink requires a faucet that mounts with two holes, then the only faucet in this list that will work for you is the MiKitchen.

In all, choosing a faucet is an extremely personal decision. You will need to balance budget with the requirements of your space and lifestyle. But, following our quick guide and top four list will help you greatly in your remodeling efforts.

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