Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets

A touchless faucet or automatic faucet uses a motion sensor and a control unit to open and close water flow in response to the presence of hands or objects near it. Some touchless faucets are equipped with two motion sensors while the majority uses only one sensor.

Touchless faucets are mostly used in household kitchens and public/commercial bathrooms.

The main advantage of using a touchless faucet is it prevents contaminations by touch, especially when it comes to public restrooms. It also helps to save on your water bill.

All motion sensor faucets are powered by either battery or AC power. There are also some models which can work on both. As far as I know, there isn’t much of an advantage for one over another.

Automatic faucets used in kitchens share a many common features; some of them are pulldown spray heads, multiple spray modes, auto retraction of spray heads, temperature control etc. This makes it difficult to choose the right faucet from all available models.

I hope I did a good job in making a list of the best touchless kitchen faucets, here is what I think;

I analyzed 32 touchless kitchen faucets, here are the best of them;

Moen
Arbor

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BioBidet
Flow Motion

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Kohler
Sensate

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Anza
Touchless

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Moen
Align

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Spout height15.5″16 5/8″15.5″14 5/8″22.5″
Spout reach7.87″8 3/8″8 7/16″8″10″
No. of sensors21111
Flow rate (GPM)1.51.81.51.81.5
Power source6 AA batteries and optional power adapter4 AA batteriesPower adapter4 AA batteries6 AA batteries and optional power adapter
Spray modes22222
Pull-down typeYesYesYesYesYes
Auto-retractingYesYes, with magnetic dockingYes, with magnetic dockingYesYes
Available variationsSpot resist stainless, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black and ChromeBrushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronzeChrome & stainless steelChrome and spot finish stainless steelChrome, matte black, spot resist stainless
WarrantyLifetime warranty against drips, leaks, and defects to finish and a 5-year warranty for electronics related defects for household use5 years including labor5 years1 yearLifetime warranty

Here is my detailed review;

1. Moen Arbor Motionsense Kitchen Faucet

Moen is one of the trusted names across the United States. The company has a long and trusted history of making remarkable kitchen fixtures & appliances.

Specifications

  • Spout height: 15.5″
  • Spout reach: 7.87″
  • Installation: single hole deck mounted
  • No. of sensors: 2 nos
  • Flow rate: 1.5 GPM
  • Power source – 6 AA batteries/optional AC adapter.

This touchless faucet by Moen is the most popular one among all others, which is why it is in the top of this list.

To start with, this is a beautiful faucet with is a good fit for a single hole sink. It can also be mounted on a 3-holed one as well, a deck plate to cover the extra holes come with the purchase.

This Arbor Motion Sense faucet comes with a 68-inch long hose. It has a total height of 15.5 inches, and the spout head is at a height of 8.25 inches from the base. This gives ample height for washing large pots and such items.

Sensors

The Moen Arbor touchless kitchen faucet has two sensors; a ‘Wave Sensor’ on the top of the spout and a ‘Ready Sensor’ near the handle.

The ‘Wave Sensor’ turns ON the water flow when you wave your hand near it. You can turn OFF the water flow with another wave. If you are filling pots or working the garbage disposal this sensor is the one to be activated.

The ‘Ready Sensor’ keeps the water flowing as long as it detects any objects within its range. The flow is cut off as soon as the object is removed. This sensor is handy when you are cleaning dishes and other kitchenware.

Also, you can turn OFF the sensors by holding your hands in front of both the sensors. To do this first turn ON the water flow using the handle, then keep your hands in front of BOTH the sensors. If you want to disable both the sensors hold your hands there for 10 seconds. The ‘Ready Sensor’ will flash after 5 seconds and it will flash again. This means both sensors are deactivated. You can reactivate the sensors doing the same. If you want to deactivate only the ‘Ready Sensor’, do the same as above, but hold your hands (you need to cover both sensors in this case too) only for 5 seconds until the sensor flashes once. Do the same to reactivate it.

Spout, handle, spray modes

This faucet has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM which is common for most kitchen faucets. The spout of this touchless faucet can be rotated with ease up to 100 degrees. The faucet has a lever style handle which can be rotated through 100 degrees to control the water temperature. You can also control the water flow, and turn ON/OFF the faucet using this handle. So if you want to run this faucet only manually just turn off the sensors and use this handle like in a normal faucet.

This Moen faucet has two spray modes; stream or spray. In addition, the spout head can be easily pulled down to wash things with ease. The spray mode produces 50% more power than other pull-down faucets to easily wash off caked on food wastes. The hose has a counterweight which retracts the spray head and docks it effortlessly.

Power source

This Moen Arbor touchless kitchen faucet uses 6 AA batteries for its operation. The batteries will last for around 1 year in a regular household.

You also have the option to connect an AC adapter with the control box of the faucet. If you are using an AC adapter it is recommended that the circuit is hardwired to a power supply without using an ON/OFF switch.

Looks, finish and warranty

Moen Arbor touchless kitchen faucet has a smooth and straight forward design which looks great in any settings.

It is available in four finishes; Spot resist stainless, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black and Chrome.

This touchless faucet is meant for household use but can be used in commercial settings as well. However, the warranty period is less if you are using it for commercial purposes.

It comes with a lifetime warranty against drips, leaks, and defects to finish and a 5-year warranty for electronics related defects for household use.

But for commercial installations, it is 5 years against leaks, drips and finish defects and a 1-year warranty against all electronic related defects.

Other notable features

  • MotionSense™ technology of Moen makes sure that the sensors are accurate and responsive minimizing any accidental triggering.
  • Spot Resist™ stainless finish resists water spots and fingerprints.
  • Power Clean™ spray technology by Moen creates a much more powerful spray (50% more) than other competitors.
  • Reflex™ system allows easy movement of spout and spray head.
  • Duralock™ quick connect system makes installation of this faucet much easier and faster.
  • This faucet is made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications

Specificationshttp://www.moen.com/shared/docs/product-specifications/7594esp.pdf

Here is another similar good choice – Moen Brantford Touchless Faucet

2. BioBidet Flow Motion Sensor Kitchen Faucet

BioBidet is popular for its toilet seats. They also make a select number of touchless faucets. Though the number of faucet models they have is very less compared to other brands, one of their faucets made way to my top ten list due to its popularity.

Specifications:

  • Spout height: 16 5/8″
  • Spout reach: 8 3/8″
  • Installation: single hole deck mounted
  • No. of sensors: 1 nos
  • Flow rate: 1.8 GPM
  • Power source – 4 AA batteries

Just like the Moen Arbor above this one is a single hole faucet but can be installed on a 3 hole set up as well using a deck plate. This deck plate is included in the package.

The BioBidet touchless faucet is slightly bigger than the Moen Arbor. It has a height of 16 5/8 inches and the spout can reach up to 8 3/8 inches. Its large reach makes this BioBidet faucet an apt choice for large countertop sinks.

Sensors

Flow Motion touchless faucet comes with only one motion sensor. This sensor is located at the stem of the spout, just below where the handle is. It has a range of up to 2.5 inches, so it won’t detect any movements beyond that distance. This helps to avoid accidental triggering of the sensor.

One thing to note is that this is a ‘wave sensor’ not a ‘ready sensor’ like in the Moen product above. So you need to wave again to shut off the water flow. This means the water will continue to flow when you switch between dishes to wash, this doesn’t help you to save any water.

The kitchen faucet will shut off automatically after 3-minutes.

The sensor can be disabled by turning a knob under the control box in a counter-clockwise direction.

Spout, handle, spray modes

BioBidet motion sensor kitchen faucet has a flow rate of 1.8 GPM. The spout has a swivel mechanism so you can turn it in any direction you want.

The faucet has a handle which is used to control water flow rate as well as temperature. It works like a normal faucet handle, and since the sensor can be switched off you can use it as an ordinary kitchen faucet just in case.

This BioBidet product has a pull-down head which automatically turns ON once pulled out. It also has two spray modes; stream and spray. Once you pull down the faucet head the stream mode is automatically activated, then using the switch on the head you can change it to spray mode. The faucet head retracts automatically once released, this works with the help of a counterweight attached to its hose under the countertop. It also has a magnetic docking mechanism which helps to keep the head in position.

Power source

BioBidet flow motion sensor kitchen faucet is powered by 4 AA batteries. The usually last up to 1 year in a regular household. Unlike the Moen product reviewed above this one doesn’t have an optional AC power source, it operates on batteries alone.

Looks, finish & warranty

This touchless faucet has a simple but impressive design. It is available in 3 finishes: brushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze.

BioBidet provides 100% coverage on all parts and labor (including labor! that’s rare) for 5 years since the date of its purchase.

Other notable features

  • SmartLatch retraction – a technology used for the smooth retraction of the pull-down spray head.

The BioBidet also has a limited edition version of the faucet, the only difference is the shape of its spray head. Feel free to check that one here.

3. Kohler 72218 Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet

KOHLER is one of the most common household name in USA and most of the world. The Sensate touchless faucet is a premium product by this company.

Specifications

  • Spout height: 15.5″
  • Spout reach: 8 7/16″
  • Installation: single hole deck mounted
  • No. of sensors: 1 no
  • Flow rate: 1.5 GPM
  • Power source – AC adapter.

This is another single hole faucet. But if you are replacing a 3 holed one, don’t worry, you can install this one, just cover the extra holes with a deck plate. Unfortunately, unlike the two faucets I reviewed above, this one doesn’t come with a deck plate.

This faucet has exactly the same height as the Moen Arbor but with a little more spout reach which is 8-7/16 inches, almost 1 inch more than the latter.

Sensors

Kohler Sensate faucet has only one touchless sensor but unlike the above two touchless faucets, it is located at the bottom side of its gooseneck spout.

Just like the BioBidet faucet’s sensor this one too is a wave sensor ie, it turns ON with a wave of hands and turns OFF with another wave. Having an additional ready sensor like the one in Moen Arbor would have been nice.

The motion sensor responds within 20 milliseconds. Kohler has added an unnoticeable response window to avoid any false activations. The range of this sensor is restricted to 6 inches towards the base so that it won’t be accidentally triggered while you are washing anything inside the sink.

The motion sensor can be turned off by manually turning a knob on the side of the control box. I find it a little difficult to turn using my fingers, Biobidet does a better job than Kohler here.

Spout, handle, spray modes

Kohler sensate touchless faucet has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM (It is given wrongly on Amazon as 1.8 GPM, feel free to check Kohler’s specification sheet for the right values). Like all other kitchen faucets, this one too comes with a swivel mechanism for easy maneuverability.

As you noticed Kohler Sensate has a handle on its right side. It can be used to control the temperature as well as flow rate. I know that the same is the case for the other two products reviewed above, this may make you think that every faucet has temperature control on its handle but no. I am mentioning this because there are some faucets where the temperature control has to be done via the control box.

Kohler Sensate also has two spray modes along with a pull-down spray head. The spray modes are changed using a small toggle button on the spray head. The dock is magnetic so the spray head is easily attached back in position.

Power source

Kohler Sensate touchless faucet is powered by direct 120 volt AC power. It comes with an adapter so no hard wiring is required. It doesn’t have a battery option.

Looks, finish and warranty

I always believe that looks are subjective so it’s your decision. For me, the Kohler Sensate faucet looks really nice, better than the Moen and BioBidet faucets.

It is available in polished chrome and vibrant stainless steel finishes with two variations for each.

Kohler offers a warranty period of 5 years for all faucet components but labor is not covered. In case you are using this touchless faucet in a commercial setting the warranty period is limited to 1 year.

Other notable features

  • Sweep Spray creates a powerful spray to easily wash off any sticky food particles.
  • DockNetik technology – this magnetic locking system located inside the spout helps to securely lock the sprayhead.
  • ProMotion technology allows easy handling of the faucet in any direction you want.
  • MasterClean sprayface prevents the build-up of any mineral build up and makes cleaning easier.
  • There is an LED light at the base of the faucet that lets you know it is ready for operation.

4. ANZA Touchless Sensor Faucet

I bet ANZA is not a familiar brand name. That’s because it is a Chinese company, they source their products from China to the USA, nothing many other popular brands aren’t doing nowadays.

Being Chinese doesn’t mean this product is any inferior, infact you will be surprised how good it is.

Specifications

  • Spout height: 14 5/8″
  • Spout reach: 8″
  • Installation: single hole deck mounted
  • No. of sensors: 1 no
  • Flow rate: 1.8 GPM
  • Power source – 4 AA batteries

This motion sensor faucet is a little smaller than all the ones I reviewed here. It has a height of 14 5/8 inches and a reach of 8 inches. Its spray head is located at a height of 7.75 inches from its base. This is a medium sized faucet and is good for most household sinks.

The ANZA faucet requires only one countertop hole for installation but since it comes with a deck plate it can be used to hide any extra holes you have.

Sensors

Anza motion sensor sink faucet has only one sensor. Unlike most touchless faucets its sensor is located on the left side of the spout stem. This perhaps makes it easy to avoid any accidental triggering but is definitely inconvenient if you are used to keeping any household objects on that side of the faucet.

You can turn ON water with a wave of your hand and turn it OFF with another wave. The water will shut off in two minutes incase you forget to turn it OFF.

Spout, handle and spray modes

ANZA touchless faucet has a flow rate of 1.8 GPM. The spout can be easily rotated in 360 degrees. The pulldown spray head has a ball joint so in addition to the extended hose the head can be swivelled easily, this is a bit more convenient to use than regular spray heads.

Like every other motion sensor faucets this one too has a handle, and it can be used to control the temperature as well as flow rate. By default it is located on the right hand side but you can also install it on the left side by simply turning the base. Ofcourse this will put the sensor on the right hand side.

It also comes with two spray modes in addition to a pulldown spray head. The pulldown head is self-retracting but the spout is not magnetic, unlike some previous models, however it docks perfectly.

Power source

Anza kitchen faucet is powered by 4 AA batteries. It cannot be used with an AC adaptor. The batteries are likely to last more than a year, so no worries.

Looks, finish and warranty

Again, looks are subjective. That being the case, for some unexplained reason, I am not impressed by the look of this faucet, to be honest, I don’t know why (maybe because it is a lesser version of this Moen faucet)

The faucet is available in two variations; chrome finish and spot finish stainless steel.

ANZA faucet is covered under a warranty of just 1 year, and they currently don’t have a US contact number for support either. However you can contact their support via email and they are pretty responsive.

Also don’t forget to check this good alternative for ANZA;

5. Moen 5923EWC Align touchless kitchen faucet

This is another touchless sink faucet by Moen. I chose this not only for its popularity but also for its unique design.

Specifications

  • Spout height: 22.5″
  • Spout reach: 10″
  • Installation: single hole deck mounted
  • No. of sensors: 1 no
  • Flow rate: 1.5 GPM
  • Power source – 4 AA batteries or AC adapter

Moen Align is a great looking faucet with a high spout. It is a single hole faucet and comes with a suitable deck plate.

It comes with a 68 inch long hose. The most distinguishable part of the faucet is its spring spout which has a height of 22.5 inches, which is a lot more than any other faucets reviewed here. The spout also has a reach of 10 inches so this faucet is suitable for large sinks.

Sensors

Moen Align kitchen faucet has a single sensor which is located on the left side of its base. You can turn water on/off with a simple wave of your hand infront of the motion sensor. The sensor is programed to automatically shutoff water flow after a period of 2 minutes.

The motion sensor can be disabled in case you want to operate the faucet manually. For this hold your hand infront of the sensor while the handle is in the closed position, and rotate the handle fro hot to cold position three times. To turn on the sensor do the same again.

The sensor is pretty responsive and there are no accidental triggering. However I find the position of the sensor bit inconvenient. In my case I sometimes put a glass or cup on that side of the faucet while washing, this causes the faucet to shut off water flow.

Spout, handle and spray modes

Like the Moen Arbor the Align faucet also has a flow rate of 1.5 GPM. The spring spout can be rotated up to 100 degrees. In addition, it can be stretched or pulled down.

Like all other touchless faucets, the handle works as a control for temperature as well as water flow. No surprises here.

Much like the Moen arbor this kitchen sink faucet too has two spray modes; stream and spray. They are selected using a toggle button on the faucet head. The spray mode provides noticable additional power which is very helpful in rinsing of cookware.

As mentioned before this faucet has a pulldown spray head. Once you release the head it is automatically retracted to its spout. It doesn’t have a magnetic docking system like some other models but it does dock perfectly.

Power source

Moen Align faucet is powered by 6 AA batteries. You can also opt for a 120V AC adapter.

Looks, finish and warranty

Needles to say, this is my favorite faucet for its looks. It has an industrial style design which is apt for a modern kitchen or a commercial setting. It is available in 3 finishes; chrome, matte black, spot resist stainless. I really love the looks of the faucet.

Moen offers a lifetime warranty against leaks and other defects. This is for the original homeowner. If it is installed in a multifamily setup, like a rented apartment the warranty is limited to 10 years. If the faucet is used in a commercial setting the warranty is only for 5 years.

Other notable features;

  • ADA complient
  • PowerClean technology offers optimized cleaning force.
  • Reflex pulldown system
  • Duralock technology makes installation easier

Installation manual – http://www.moen.com/shared/docs/instruction-sheets/ins10648a.pdf

Best among the best touchless kitchen faucets

There are many touchless faucets to choose from, and my personal choice for the best of the best is;

Moen Arbor Motionsense kitchen faucet – View Product

Why I think it is the best of the best?

  • It comes with all the top-notch features
  • Moen is a reliable and popular brand.
  • It comes under the longest warranty period

These are enough reasons to buy this faucet without further thoughts. But what I really love, what I really think every other touchless faucet should have is its ‘Ready Sense’ feature.

As you have read each touchless faucet is equipped with a motion sensor which triggers ON/OFF, frankly, they are just replacements for the faucet handle. In both cases you have to open/close them manually (without touching, in the former case), they won’t close automatically the instant cleaning is complete. Since it works just like a faucet handle these touchless faucets won’t be able to save any water, and saving on the water bill is one main reason people prefer to go touchless.

In the case of Moen Arbor, the ‘Ready Sensor’ instantly turns OFF the water once the object in front of it is removed. So if you are switching between pots to wash, the faucet will be OFF for those few seconds. THIS saves water, and this is what every touchless faucet should do.

Best for the value of money

BioBidet flowmotion sensor kitchen faucet – View Product

Why do I think this faucet is the best for the money?

  • It has all the basic features needed for a good touchless faucet
  • BioBidet is a known brand
  • The quality of the faucet is good, and customer reviews are very positive.
  • Decent warranty coverage, including labor charges.
  • Costs much less compared to the competition from popular brands.

Criteria I used for making my list

It is hard to come up with a list of best products without using a benchmark. It helps to eliminate all the bad ones from the good.

So here are the criteria I used to create the list of the best touchless faucets for your kitchen.

1. Popularity

A general belief is that you cannot go wrong with a popular choice. That holds true for touchless faucets. Tried and tested models are more reliable and gives peace of mind than trying a new, untested one.

So I made sure that my list only consists of the most reliable and popular models.

I also avoided listing faucets with very similar features but included their names for easy reference.

This means you will find in my list only the most popular faucets with distinctive features.

2. Features

We all compare the features of one product with another to see which is better. It is no wonder why manufacturers cram their products with new, advanced features and use brandable, technical names to highlight those features. 

But some of these features aside from their technology name are the same across all brands. For example Kohler uses DockNetik technology; a magnetic locking system to dock the spray head, the same is used by many other brands but under different names. Since that’s the case, I prefer to list the features avoiding the technical jargons as much as possible but I have added them at the end of each review under the title ‘other notable features’ so you don’t miss them.

The most common features you can find across all touchless faucets are;

  • Rotatable spout
  • Auto retractable, pull-down spray head with multiple spray modes
  • Motion sensors and a method to deactivate them
  • Handles that can control flow rate and also temperature.

3. Ease of use

Some motion sensor faucets are easier to use than others. That being said the difference is only marginal.

For example for Moen arbor you can disable the sensors you have to follow a procedure which you may not get right the first time. But for some models like BioBidet you just need to turn a knob on the control box. For some may be the first option is more convenient, so it is all about your preferences.

So I included minor details like this in my review in the hope that it will help readers to make a better decision.

4. Warranty and after sale services

Without a doubt having a faucet with a long warranty and reliable after-sales services are golden. My top picks, except one, comes with long warranty periods. I also made sure that they all have a background in providing good customer support.

Conclusion

Selection of a product always comes to your personal choice, this is just a guide to showcase the ones I think are the best. Hope you always choose the best for you.