Is a Touchless Faucet Right for Your Bathroom?
Touchless or no-touch sink faucets provide a new option for bathrooms, whether completely remodeling a bathroom or just updating the sink vanity. Companies from Delta and American Standard to high-end faucet manufacturer VIGA have released touchless faucets for residential use. other companies have released no-touch faucets for kitchens, but have yet to plunge into the bathroom.
Benefits of touchless sink faucets
Being more hygienic ranks as one of the biggest benefits of touchless faucets, but certainly not the only one.
These motion-activated fixtures feature a sensor at the base of the faucet. Most no-touch faucets can be programmed to a certain temperature and rate of water flow.
Water flows only when a hand moves directly in front of the faucet. Because of this, companies tout the no-touch faucets as both economical and eco-friendly.
“Hands-free faucets are not only hygienic, but also economical in use,” according to Hansgrohe’s website. “The intelligent electronics only allow water to flow when it is needed, which minimizes the consumption of resources.”
Hansgrohe adds its Axor electronics bathroom faucets remain clean longer, since soapy hands don’t touch them constantly.
Lacking knobs or other manual controls, most touchless faucets appear sleek and fit perfectly in a trendy, modern bathroom.
Delta’s Touch2O line doesn’t ditch the handle, but offers multiple methods of turning on the water. Either way, a touchless faucet makes a perfect addition to your smart home’s bathroom.
Who can install a touchless faucet?
First, most touchless faucets require one hole in a sink. However, many sinks come standard with two or three pre-bored holes. So if you plan to retrofit one to your existing sink, you might need to replace the sink basin before thinking about the faucet.
If your sink has the correct number of holes or you’re replacing it anyway, a licensed plumber can install these faucets. When contacting plumbers, ask them if they’ve installed these products before and what line they recommend. Also, make sure they’re properly licensed, bonded and insured, and have good consumer reviews.
Some faucets run on battery. Others plug in to outlets, but feature battery backups. Unless you have an existing outlet that will work, consider a battery-powered faucet. If you have to install an outlet, you will need to call in a licensed electrician, increasing the faucet’s price tag significantly. However, for some homeowners looking to make their home more hygienic, the added expense might be worth it.