Everything You Should Know About Smart Faucets

Justine Harrington
Updated March 24, 2022
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Highlights

  • Smart faucets are automatic, touchless faucets with electronic sensors.

  • Some faucets turn on and off with voice commands. 

  • Consider the faucet’s power source and sensor accuracy.

  • Smart faucets conserve water and keep germs from spreading.

  • The average smart faucet cost is between $300 and $400.

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Picture this: You’re making chocolate chip cookies in your kitchen. Suddenly, the phone rings and you need to wash your dough-covered hands. But, you don’t want to get your faucet caked in cookie goo. This is where a smart faucet comes in. 

Smart faucets are all the rage, and for good reason. With the mere swipe of your hand or even the sound of your voice, you can get the water flowing or turn it off. If you’re considering installing smart faucets in your home, here’s what you need to know first.

What Are Smart Faucets?

Smart faucets are automatic faucets with electronic sensors. These sensors turn the flow of water on (and off) when they detect movement, so you don’t have to turn the faucet knob. Most include hands-free operation via touch or motion. 

In addition, some are even voice-activated, allowing you to do things like fill up containers and adjust the water temperature without touching the faucet. Some smart faucets are battery-powered, while others connect to a power source under the sink.

What Are the Different Features to Consider?

Not all smart faucets are created equal. Here are the main features to consider to select the best possible faucet for your needs.  

Activation Sensor Accuracy

The sensor on your smart faucet should start immediately when you trigger it. You definitely don’t want to have to wave your hand around multiple times just to get the water flowing. Choosing a smart faucet with multiple sensors is a good idea, as this helps increase accuracy.    

Voice Activation and Commands

Some smart faucets turn on and off with voice commands, just like other smart home devices. Look for a faucet that integrates easily with virtual assistants. 

Battery vs. Electrical Outlet

You have two choices when it comes to the power source: battery or electrical outlet. To help save money and time, either get rechargeable batteries or choose a faucet that plugs into an outlet (as long as you have access to power under the sink, that is). 

Style and Finish

Smart faucets come in various finishes and styles, just like traditional faucets do. Whether you opt for stainless steel, chrome, or brushed nickel, just make sure to pick a model that fits in with your decor. 

4 smart faucet features to consider, including voice activation and power source
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The Pros of a Smart Faucet

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You probably use your kitchen and bathroom sinks multiple times a day, so why not make washing dishes and hands that much easier? There are several reasons to consider a touchless faucet

Keeps Bacteria From Spreading

The icky truth is that there’s usually a lot of bacteria on a faucet. Since you don’t have to touch a smart faucet, this helps keep the germs at bay.    

Conserves Water

Because smart faucets only run when you need them to, this cuts down on water consumption. Touchless faucets have a low-flow rate when compared to traditional faucets.

Convenient While Cooking

If your hands are smeared with sauce or dough, it’s pretty convenient to be able to turn your faucet on and off without getting it covered in food.

Sleek and Stylish

Smart faucets are just plain sleek, and you have several attractive models to choose from. 

The Cons of a Smart Faucet 

Of course, a smart faucet may not be the right choice for every homeowner. There are just a couple of drawbacks to keep in mind.

More Expensive

Smart faucets are more expensive than traditional faucets. If your budget is tight, you may want to go with a regular faucet.

For most homeowners, DIY installation isn’t recommended. Touchless faucets have a more challenging installation process than traditional faucets. 

What Should I Know About Smart Faucet Installation?

You’ll likely need to hire a licensed plumber to get the job done. Installation can be tricky, and your local codes may even require you to use a plumber. To find out more, contact a faucet installer near you

What Is the Average Cost of Smart Faucets?

According to HomeAdvisor, smart faucets average between $300 and $400. Since they generally require professional installation, you’ll also have to factor in labor costs. Assuming you don’t need any upgrades (like new plumbing), the cost to install a kitchen faucet ranges from $260 to $480.

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