4 Reasons to Consider a Touchless Faucet

Laura Hennigan
Written by Laura Hennigan
Updated October 7, 2021
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Make your life easier and cleaner by switching to touchless faucets in your home

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Touchless faucets can help make the sinks in your bathrooms easier and cleaner to use. They utilize a sensor to start the flow of water, so you never have to touch the faucet. Placing your hand under the spout triggers water to start running, and the water stops when you take your hand away. Here are four reasons to help you decide if an automatic faucet is the right update for your home, as well as what to consider before making the switch.

Benefits of a Touchless Sink Faucet

1. Saves Water

Because touchless faucets only run when you need them to, water consumption is cut dramatically compared to a traditional faucet. Gallons of water go down the drain when we leave the faucet on to wash our hands or brush our teeth, using about 2 gallons of water per minute.  

A touchless faucet eliminates this waste. Hands-free faucets are designed to have a much lower flow rate because air is mixed with the water, giving the same feeling as using a larger quantity of water. This will add up over time to equal big savings on your water bills.

2. Fights Germs

Bathrooms can harbor all sorts of bacteria, much of which ends up on standard touch faucets. Equipping your sinks with automatic faucets keeps the germs at bay and helps reduce the risk of spreading germs to everyone else who uses the same sink.

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3. Convenient

Kids (and, let’s be honest, some adults) get distracted easily, especially when making faces in the bathroom mirror. Having a touchless faucet for all their hand-washing and teeth-brushing eliminates the unnecessary water waste that can occur when they aren't paying attention. Touchless faucets also offer fixed temperatures, which helps prevent burns.

4. Easy to Clean

While traditional touch faucets are composed of several elements, automatic faucets are designed as a single unit. This means no handles to clean or replace if they break. Touchless faucets are often made of durable materials, such as ceramic and stainless steel, helping reduce corrosion over time.

Is a Touchless Faucet Right for Your Bathroom?

While touchless faucets offer a myriad of positive benefits, they are not always the right choice for everyone. Some things to consider before making the switch: 

  • Touchless faucets are about 30% more expensive than traditional models

  • Hands-free faucets contain more mechanical parts, making repairs more costly

  • Sensor taps need to be cleaned regularly, as build-up can affect their responsiveness

Touchless Faucet Installation

Experienced DIYers may want to tackle this sink project themselves. However, hands-free faucets have a different, more complicated installation process than traditional faucets. Plus, your local codes may require you to use a licensed plumber. It’s likely that you will need to hire a professional to ensure the install is completed correctly.

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