Looking to make your home as smart as possible? While you may already have a favorite smart home speaker, as well as a smart appliance or accessory, such as a smart fridge or a smart thermostat, how smart is your sink? It could probably stand to raise its IQ by more than a few points.
What Exactly is a Smart Faucet?
A smart faucet is just like any other smart device in your home; a smart faucet is outfitted with tech that helps it perform its normal tasks in a way that makes your life easier and/or more efficient.
Some smart faucets are smarter than others. Possible features include voice controls so that you can tell your faucet to turn on when your hands are covered in gunk; motion sensors so your faucet turns on with a wave of a hand; temperature controls so the water is never too hot or too cold; and efficiency monitors that help you conserve water and reduce needless waste.
Is a smart faucet right for my family?
A smart faucet can come in handy in a variety of situations. Think of all those times your hands were covered in dough or paint, and you had to turn on the faucet regardless. Now you have to clean the sink, the faucet and its knobs in addition to your hands. Think of how much water you could be wasting while brushing your teeth when you absentmindedly leave the water running. Think of how many times you’ve jerked your hand back in surprise because the water was either far too cold or far too hot.
A smart faucet can help you to avoid all that and more.
However, a smart faucet is on the more expensive side, at least compared to a traditional faucet of the same quality. Additionally, you might just find that you don’t mind cleaning the faucet knobs after you dirty them up or catching the occasional stream of too-hot water.
Whether or not a smart faucet is right for your family will entirely depend on your needs, habits and home improvement budget.
Shopping for a Smart Faucet
You can find smart faucets available for purchase at any home store, as well as online. Home stores will often help you with installation if that’s something you need. Regardless of where you buy your smart faucet, though, there are a few things you should look for when shopping.
Again, just how “smart” your smart faucet can be will vary widely. Do your research ahead of shopping (reading this article is a good start) and nail down a few of the specific features that you’d like to see in your home’s new smart faucet. Then, you can easily eliminate any faucets from your consideration if they don’t offer those features.
The smartest faucet in the world will look horrible in your kitchen if it doesn’t match your overall decor. Look for faucets that will match your sink, appliances and other kitchen accents.
Some smart faucets are battery-powered, while some plug directly into an outlet. If you don’t have an outlet within easy reach of your sink (preferably below it), you’ll need to go with a battery-powered faucet. Don’t worry about a need for constantly changing, charging or replacing your faucet’s batteries, though; the average smart faucet’s batteries can last up to five years. Even if you do run out of juice, though, a battery-powered faucet will still work; it just won’t offer those smart features until you replace the batteries.
Our 8 Favorite Smart Faucets
With all of the above taken into consideration, are you ready to start shopping? Here are our 8 favorite smart faucets.
While this Delta faucet isn’t voice-controlled on its own, right out of the box, it’s still pretty handy when you’re in a messy bind. Instead of needing to manually turn or lift a knob to turn the water on, you can simply touch the faucet in any spot, with any body part, and the water turns on.
However, if you do really want the voice control feature, you can set the faucet up to work with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, after which it’ll be able to not only turn on and off with a spoken voice command, but also do things like pour a specific amount of water and raise or lower the water temperature.
A little more budget-friendly than the above Delta option, the Moen Motionsense kitchen faucet doesn’t offer voice controls in any capacity, but it is smart enough to turn on when you wave your hand or arm in front of it. Additionally, the hands-free faucet runs on your typical AA batteries, with no need for an outlet. That’s about as far as its smart capabilities go, but for some families, it’s more than enough.
The smartest faucet on our list thus far, the U by Moen Smart Pulldown Kitchen Faucet comes with a bevy of fun, touchless features.
An LED light shines to let you know the temperature of the water — red for hot, blue for cold and purple for lukewarm. The faucet connects to the Moen app, from which you can monitor your water usage, change the water temperature, shut off the water or tell the app to shut off the water after so much time has passed. The faucet can also be programmed to move water just a tiny bit during particularly cold weather to prevent your pipes from freezing without wasting any water by letting it drip in the sink.
The Moen Sleek U Kitchen Faucet is voice-powered when you set it up to run in conjunction with your Google device. From there, you can command the Moen smart faucet to turn on or off, set the water temperature or pour certain amounts of water for certain tasks (such as brewing coffee). You can get pretty nitty-gritty with these specifications, asking Alexa to adjust the water temperature to a specific degree or asking her to pour as little as a single teaspoon of water.
Kohler offers a few unique features on this faucet that you won’t find on the faucets above. For example, you can pre-set the spray nozzle to spray in three different fashions, one of which uses nearly half the amount of water as your traditional spray nozzle. If you prefer power over eco-friendliness, though, there’s also a setting that allows for 30% more water flow.
You turn the spout on by waving your hand or arm in front of a sensor at the bottom, and the sensor is fine-tuned to only turn on when you actually need it, not when you’re just moving through the kitchen.
For a budget pick, the FORIOUS Touch Kitchen Faucet is a nice way to go. It doesn’t come with that many smart features, though. Its main capability is an easier turn-on, turn-off mode. Just swipe your hand or arm along the top of the arched faucet, and it turns on. No need to get the knob messy.
One of Delta’s more affordable smart faucet options, the Leland with ShieldSpray Technology variant offers smart features including touch-less turn on and turn off (just wave your hand) and temperature indicators via LED lights.
The ShieldSpray is a separate feature on the faucet’s sprayer that allows you to clean dishes, grimy hands and more, more efficiently.
You can choose to power this smart kitchen faucet through either an under-sink outlet or AA batteries, whichever option makes the most sense for your kitchen setup.
But what if you like your current faucet, you just wish it was a little bit smarter? That’s where the iTouchless EZ Faucet Pro comes in. It takes your current faucet and gives it a smart, DIY upgrade.
Just screw the attachment onto your current faucet head, and you’re suddenly able to turn your faucet on with a wave of the hand.
The Kohler Konnect Tone is a nice option for those who want to carefully monitor their home’s water usage.
The AC-powered, touchless kitchen faucet turns on and off with a wave or via voice control if you connect the faucet to your favorite smart speaker, whether that be an Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple Home device.
Use the faucet’s app to monitor your water usage and ask the faucet to send your phone notifications when unusual water usage is detected. The faucet will also remember your preferred water temperature from your last usage.
But What About the Bathroom?
You’ve probably noticed something pretty glaring with our top picks above — they’re all for the kitchen. In general, smart faucets are designed with kitchen use in mind. But what if you want a smart faucet for your bathroom?
While you won’t enjoy quite the same selection as you would when shopping for a smart faucet for your kitchen, you can still find a few smart bathroom faucets.
The Delta Lahara is Delta’s answer to the bathroom faucet question. Small enough to work with just about any bathroom setup, the curved faucet head easily turns on and off with a tap to the top. Plus, a small light at the bottom of the faucet indicates how hot the water is at any given moment.
If, though, you want a completely touch-free sensor faucet, Delta has you covered there, too. The Touch2o works three ways — via a handle, touch controls or the wave of a hand. The Touch2o line includes a range of faucets in a variety of finishes and designs, so you can pick the option that best fits your current bathroom decor.
FAQs for Smart Faucets
Still have a few questions regarding smart faucets before you take the plunge and make your purchase? Let’s see if we can help answer them.
Do smart faucets also work manually?
Yes! Smart faucets do allow you to still use your faucet manually, so you can still go with the old-fashioned option of simply turning or raising the knob to turn on your faucet.
How do smart faucets work?
Smart faucets are powered through either an outlet or battery pack. They work by using a sensor to detect movement or touch (in front or on the top of the faucet).
These faucets tap into your home’s WiFi to turn the water on and off via messages from an app or other smart device (such as your Alexa-enabled device).
Do smart faucets use electricity?
Yes, smart faucets require some sort of electric source in order to work.
Can you install a smart faucet yourself?
Yes, in most cases, you can install a smart faucet on your own, using average household tools. Most smart faucets can be installed in less than an hour.
Ready to Make Your Home Just a Little Bit Smarter?
Boost your home’s intelligence with a new smart faucet. Whether you’re an avid cook, frequent crafter, messy family or just your average homeowner, a smart faucet can make your life easier, help you conserve water and make your home that much smarter.
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Best Smart Faucets:
- Delta Faucet VoiceIQ Kitchen Sink Faucet
- Moen Arbor Motionsense Kitchen Faucet
- U by Moen Smart Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
- Moen Sleek U Kitchen Faucet
- Kohler Simplice Response Pull Down Faucet
- FORIOUS Touch Kitchen Faucet
- Delta Faucet Leland with ShieldSpray Technology
- iTouchless EZ Faucet Pro
- Kohler Konnect Tone
- Delta Lahara Bathroom Faucet
- Delta Touch2o