Touch and touchless technology both are incredibly handy in the kitchen. They make tasks so much easier. Tasks like cleaning up and preparing meals. This brings into question two important topics. One is touch vs. touchless kitchen faucets. And the second is the myths about touch vs.touchless kitchen faucets.
But what I’m concerned with in this post is only the latter. There are many differences you need to know even when it comes to myths.
Touch kitchen faucets demand your touch. As for the touchless kind, it requires only your hand wave. But you know this already, don’t you? What you might probably not know are these myths about touch vs. touchless kitchen faucets.
Myths about Touch vs. Touchless Kitchen Faucets – First Part
Myths about Touch Kitchen Faucets
Touch-sensitive kitchen faucets have earned a crummy reputation over the years. Due to problems like the water running when you accidentally brush the faucet.
However, the touch experience today is not plagued by such issues anymore. So here are the most popular myths about touch kitchen faucets.
They’re Not Easy to Clean
It’s not uncommon to bite your nails when talking about cleaning up. I mean how can you clean the faucet without water turning on and off the entire time? The solution to this is in knowing that touch technology doesn’t react in a similar manner to every touch.
A milliseconds touch activates the flow. On the other hand, prolonged, push, or grip contact doesn’t. So touch kitchen faucets turn on and off only when you briefly touch them.
They Turn Off/On Without Touching
This is an issue you’re more likely to come across when? When you don’t buy the best kitchen faucets! From manufacturers like Kohler, Delta, Danze, Grohe, and the like.
Back in the days, sinks used to act as conductors. Sending signals to the kitchen faucet with every touch! But that doesn’t happen anymore. Thanks to the inclusion of insulation around the touch-sensitive faucet during installation.
Electricity Makes the Experience Dangerous
Faucets are indeed powered by nothing but electricity. But they aren’t connected to the primary power supply. The faucets employ only the DC power, using batteries of 1.5 volts. So the total voltage amount is 9 volts (max.). And this is not enough to harm you.
Plus, electricity connects to the outside and water passes through non-conductive pipes. So there’s no chance of the latter coming in contact with the former.
They’re Not Suitable for Small Children
It goes without saying that technology isn’t perfect. Everything comes with both advantages and disadvantages. After all, it’s only common to stumble upon the pros and cons of touch faucets.
With that in mind, touch-sensitive kitchen faucets cannot tell the difference between a child and an adult. If the former uses the faucet, it’s likely that he/she might not remember to turn off the faucet. However, this doesn’t imply that the faucets are inadequate for toddlers.
At such times, think about the inconvenience your child’s faces when using a traditional faucet. But with a touch kitchen faucet, she/he merely has to figure out the touch part. And not deal with reaching the handles!
Myths about Touch vs. Touchless Kitchen Faucets – Second Part
Myths about Touchless Kitchen Faucets
The touchless technology is more recent than the touch version. This means that it’s more prone to errors. The pros and cons of touchless kitchen faucets are also already out there. And so are the myths!
They Transmit Bacteria
The spread of bacteria through faucets installed in hospitals is pretty common. Whether touch, touchless, or conventional! This is where the myth stems from.
So it’s only logical, and correct, to assume that residential spaces are not packed with so many virulent pathogens. Your kitchen faucet might not be as contaminated as the ones in the hospital, right?
They’re Tricky to Install
Are you a skilled DIY enthusiast? Do you like to carry out tasks related to home repair on your own? If yes, your chances of understanding the installation process are more likely. You might not find the undertaking so tricky then.
The truth of the matter is that newer faucet designs contain plumbing that’s number-coded. This is how you can prevent messing up the many connections during installation.
Plus, there are way too many YouTube videos for proper instructions. Much like Moen (first video) and Kohler (second video).
They’re Not Energy Efficient
Are touchless faucets worth it? Particularly when it comes energy cost!
Now it’s undeniable that AC power or batteries are required. But you need to know this. When operating electronic faucets, the cost incurred is usually offset by water consumption savings. As for battery-equipped units, rechargeable technology offers additional savings.
It’s Not Easy to Control the Faucet Temperature
This stands true only if you’re using an inferior or a very old model. Modern touchless faucets are manufactured by more reputable brands. That has solved the issue!
Keep in mind that faucet technology has grown by leaps and bounds. So the problems of the past have been corrected by trustworthy companies.
What you’ve read in this post are some of the most common concerns and myths about kitchen faucets. Both touch and touchless! So I hope that now you know what to believe and what not to believe.
In that case, does that help in changing your mind about either product?
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About the author:
Jennifer Kessler is an ardent blogger who appreciates the invention of new technology. But what she’s not so fond of is the presence of incorrect information and cheap quality products too. But Kessler transforms this negativity into positive product recommendations and tips and tricks. It’s her journey as a working parent that inspired her to launch this platform. And also to create the many useful posts she writes regularly.