It’s amazing how technology has changed the plumbing world. One item that is continuing to gain popularity, particularly in kitchens, is the touch faucet. These faucets or fittings have sensors located along the spout and handle of the faucet. With a quick tap from a finger, forearm or hand, the flow of water is activated. Although these faucets can also operate in manual modes, the touch mode is great for messy hands or full arms.
Cost: Most touch faucets start at around $350, with prices reaching $600 or more. The price can depend on where you shop, and a faucet always comes with a complete installation kit (including battery pack). Today, it’s easy to find touch faucets at major retailers — both online and in stores. If you hunt, you can find these kitchen fixtures for as low as $280 online.
Some of these faucets are more sensitive than others. Some can be activated with a light brush, which can be frustrating.
Also, there’s no way to adjust for temperature or water flow through the touch technology — this has to be done manually. Since the faucet handle controls the water’s on and off switch as well as flow and temperature, adjusting to hot and cold without turning off the water completely can take some time to get used to.