8 Smart Faucets Worth Buying
Get the water flowing from across the room or when fingers are covered with gooey cookie dough. Smart faucets are the wave of the future.
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Buying a Smart Faucet
With all the smart home technology emerging these days, people are always looking for new and innovative ways to control and personalize their living environments. Smart faucets for the kitchen and bath are an easy way to bring your plumbing into the 21st century.
“With so much time being spent at home due to the pandemic, and resulting work-from-home usage along with having children home for the summer, it makes sense that the kitchen and bathroom sinks are seeing more action than ever,” says Joel Worthington, president of Mr. Electric.
Upgrading to a smart faucet has many advantages, and a few disadvantages.
- Convenience and ease: “Hands-free faucets are great for people who may have trouble reaching or manipulating a traditional faucet, including children,” says Doyle James, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing.
- Water savings: That’s due to automatic shut-offs, low-flow rate and increased leakage prevention.
- More hygienic: Hands-free design reduces spread of germs and bacteria.
- Customization: James says some allow users to set their water temperature in advance. They also can be programmed on a timer, so you know how long to brush your teeth or wash your hands.
- Require power source: Some are battery-powered, and some need to be plugged in.
- Cost: More expensive than traditional taps.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a smart faucet, you’ll need to consider the different features available, then decide which ones fit your needs and lifestyle. Most smart faucets include hands-free operation (touch, motion, voice or a combo). Other popular features include:
- Smart home compatibility;
- Digital displays;
- Detection and response to leaks;
- Pre-set water delivery (precise measurements, pre-programmed temperature, etc.);
- Manual overrides to work during power outages;
- Pull-down sprayers (kitchen faucets only).
Command the spout! Here is a collection of smart faucets we love.
Best Smart Faucet for Families With Kids
When your munchkins aren’t tall enough to reach the handle, Delta Faucet Trinsic VoiceIQ ($559) turns the water on and off via a voice-enabled device linked to smart platforms like Alexa and Google Assistant. It also works with an elbow bump when your hands are full or mucky.
Patented seal technology ensures leak-free operation that stands up to tough, family-heavy use. Opt for a coordinating soap dispenser (sold separately) to help keep grubby little fingers clean.
Best Smart Faucet for Gadget Geeks
Control smart faucet pours in exact measurements and at precise temperatures digitally, whether for pasta pots or baby bottles, with the U by Moen Smart Faucet ($399). It’s the next generation of faucet for those who like to be on the cutting edge of smart home tech.
The U dispenses water manually by voice-control, touchless via an infrared sensor or through a smartphone app. Mix and match the methods of activation and pre-program commands for tasks you do every day, like filling the teakettle or replenishing the dog bowl.
Best Smart Faucet for Clean Freaks
Another standout from Moen, the Align MotionSense Wave Chrome Pulldown Kitchen Faucet ($490) offers a water spot- and fingerprint-resistant stainless finish for a tidier looking smart kitchen.
Its Power Clean technology delivers 50 percent more spray force than most pullout faucets for faster after-dinner cleanup. Adjust the aerated stream for light everyday rinsing or heavy-duty power-washing. It provides plenty of clearance for taller pots and pans, too, and comes in various finishes.
Best Smart Bathroom Faucet
The touchless Delta Lahara ($228) bathroom faucet, in a sleek chrome finish, has an elegant curve-shaped body that fits most types of sinks. Neat features include a light at the base that changes colors to indicate rising water temperature, and a patented design that reduces leak points. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Best Smart Faucet Splurge
Kohler Konnect Tone ($1,196) is a hands-free, pull-down kitchen faucet that’s as pricey as it is pretty. With sleek lines and a cool teardrop base, the Tone is a fresh take on mid-century modern style.
It cleverly keeps activation within the household — the WiFi connection is password protected — and it sends notifications to your mobile device when unusual flow of water is detected. Choose from six luxuriously warm finishes, including a two-tone, chic matte black/modern brass or matte black/polished chrome.
Best Budget-Friendly Smart Faucet
Relatively low tech with a “touch-only” function, the iUpcoot Touch Kitchen Faucet ($94) is a straightforward smart faucet you can have for a song. The attractive stainless-steel fixture, in a brushed nickel finish, turns on and off by a simple tap of the hand and shuts off automatically. It’s easy to install yourself in about 30 minutes with only a wrench.
Best Smart Faucet Sensor Adapter
The iTouchless EZ Faucet Automatic Sensor Faucet Adapter ($48) turns any standard American-made kitchen or bathroom faucet into a touchless one at a fraction of the cost of replacing your fixture. It’s an easy install for most DIYers.
The compact stainless-steel attachment saves water and prevents germ spread. A wave of the hand dispenses water when you need it. Best yet, the manufacturer claims it makes a great 24/7 cat fountain!
Best Smart Faucet With Water Purifier
Offering filtered and fresh drinking water straight out of your tap, the ArrowMAX 2.0 UV-LED Water Purifier and Smart Faucet system ($549) eliminates up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and cysts.
The water disinfecting system is activated the moment you turn on the faucet. When the blue light is on, the drinking water is safe. It’s ideal for homes as well as RVs, camper vans and sailboats.