Somewhere deep inside, many people would have loved a t […]
Somewhere deep inside, many people would have loved a touch sensitive faucet in their kitchen. However, the ability of a faucet to turn on with just a light touch may sound too tricky, unbalanced, unpredictable and uncontrollable. What if there are young children or pets in the kitchen that can activate the faucet by accident? The most widespread reason for rejecting touch sensitive faucets is just the fear that it may not be suitable for families with children or pets.
But do these fears have substance? Haven't the engineers and designers of the best touch sensitive kitchen faucets anticipated these situations? Do we still have to deny ourselves the liberating feeling of operation with a touch and choose a more basic faucet only because we are not sure it will live up to the expectations?
The decision may be tough at times. But it does not have to be like buying a pig in a poke. With a little research, you can find a lot of useful feedback from existing users about how the touch sensitivity works in different kitchen faucets. Some faucets have tens, if not hundreds, of reviews on the largest online vendor websites like Amazon. The number of reviews and the ratings given can be a good indication of the quality of the faucet. You can see if there are a lot of people having issues with the touch sensitivity in a particular faucet.
There may be a number of well-grounded reasons for not having touch sensitive faucets in your kitchen. The most widespread one is by far the price that is much higher for touch faucets than for their non-sensitive versions. Some other reasons might be affection for traditional ways, firm determination not to spoil yourself and your family with too effortless ways or plain reluctance to mess with batteries when they need to be changed.
On the other hand, if it is one of the fears described below that stops you from having a touch sensitive kitchen faucet, then think again. You just need to find a good model that has already proved to be reliable in other people's kitchens.
Fear 1. A touch sensitive kitchen faucet will be turning on by itself.
A good touch sensitive kitchen faucet will never turn on by itself. They can be used on any type of sinks including metal ones. In the dawn of touch sensitivity in faucets, they had a number of problems including turning on too often by accident. In modern faucets, these problems are eliminated.
It is wise, however, not to rely on just any touch sensitive faucet out there. There are cheap faucets without even name or brand that offer you a bunch of advanced features. If you buy one of them, it's a gamble.
In my opinion, the safest way to go is finding a brand whose touch sensitive faucets have proved to be reliable. The information available online can help a lot. User ratings, comments and reviews can give you a better idea about the quality.
Be aware though that even the best faucet won't work as expected if installed on a metal sink with insufficient insulation. In this case, the sink itself can become a "continuation" of the faucet, and it will turn on just by touching the sink. The problem will be gone when the faucet is installed with a proper insulation.
Fear 2. Touch sensitive faucets will be turning on and off when you clean them.
You may wonder what to do with a touch sensitive faucet when you want to clean it or just push its spout out of the way. What if the faucet keeps turning on and off all the time?
A good faucet will distinguish a "touch" from a "grip" or "push". A "touch" from the point of view of the faucet is a short contact. You need to remove your hand in a fraction of a second for the faucet to react. If the hand stays longer, the faucet identifies it as a "grip" and does nothing.
Smart touch recognition systems are present in all the touch faucets of acceptable quality. A faucet without the ability to recognize a touch is really not worth having. In my research on the touch faucet supply, I was not able to find a single one without this functionality. I'm sure that even if there are any at all, they would never be able to earn high customer points or positive comments.
Knowing that, you don't even have to dive deep into manuals and descriptions. It is enough to search for a particular faucet on your favorite online vendor site to see how others have rated it. Touch faucets without touch recognition cannot be considered quality products. If there are such for sale, they won't be able to earn positive feedback.
Fear 3. Touch sensitive kitchen faucets are not suitable for families with young children.
The benefits that touch sensitive faucets bring to families with young children can be somewhat counter intuitive. The most common reaction is fear that the faucet will be turned on and left running too often. But in real life, that is seldom the case. For a number of reasons, these faucets have turned out to be much more convenient for use in families with children than the non-sensitive ones.
First and foremost, it is the ease of access to water that touch faucets secure for the children who are just learning how to use a faucet. When they need water, they do not have to reach the handle and operate it. They only need to reach any part of the faucet and touch it to get the water running. This relieves parents and adds fun for the children whilst helping them learn more quickly.
When it comes to leaving the water running, just imagine how much easier it is for the children to turn the water off with just a touch than operating the handle to the off position. It is also a good deal of fun to turn the faucet off by touching it. So it's no wonder that the touch sensitive faucets are left running much less frequently.
Fear 4. Pets can activate a touch sensitive faucet.
If a cat touches your touch sensitive faucet, it will, most likely, be too long a contact for the faucet to turn on. A canary landing on the faucet won't activate it either. Well, how likely is a situation when your kitten would be sitting there and touching the faucet with its paw?
Situations of this kind are extremely unlikely to happen. But even if they do once in a while, a good faucet has a built-in system that turns the water off automatically after a certain period of inactivity. It is usually configured somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes. So even if the faucet gets turned on by some unusual circumstance, the loss from that will be rather insignificant.
Fear 5. Electricity that powers the touch sensitivity in faucets is potentially dangerous.
It is quite obvious that the touch feature is powered by electricity. Sometimes people ask whether the faucets need to be connected to the mains. They think it might be dangerous. Others mistrust the very idea of electricity and water being together in a faucet.
In fact, the touch sensitive faucets are powered by a set of four or six 1.5 V batteries. The voltage reached by such a pack does not exceed 9 volts, which is considered safe voltage even by the strictest regulations.
The electricity, however weak, never comes in contact with water. In a typical touch sensitive faucet, water runs inside pipes made from non-conductive materials. So there is no threat whatsoever that could be attributed to the use of electricity in touch sensitive faucets.