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AT HOME MAGAZINE

Getting a handle on touchless faucets

Semi-pro faucets are a great choice for serious home chefs.  (Kohler)
Semi-pro faucets are a great choice for serious home chefs. (Kohler)

Q: Hi Ed, I plan to upgrade my kitchen faucet to a touch-less model. I create a lot of in-home meals and this faucet will get a workout. On top of a heavy-duty model, what are some other working features to include in a touch-less kitchen faucet? — Pam, Texas

A: Many new kitchen faucets fall into the “semi-professional” category. Semi-pro faucets are a great choice for serious home chefs. As far as touchless kitchen faucets, I like a faucet that includes operating features like:

• Control. Look for a quick response on/off flow sensor that doesn’t slow down your routine. Also, a faucet that lets you set your desired temperature.

• Hands off. The goal is to install a touchless faucet. Once set you want to have as little contact as possible with the faucet.

• A/C power. Plug in-type faucets do require a code-approved outlet under the sink, but no battery changes are needed. However, in case of a power failure look for a touchless faucet with a manual override, so you can still prepare a nice candlelight dinner!

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