Smart faucet brings voice commands to the kitchen sink
Design and installation
Sensate faucet with voice control ranges from $875 to $1,100 depending on finish. While that is expensive, it’s important to note that Kohler’s standard version of this faucet without any voice control also falls within that price range, so adding smarts doesn’t really cost you more.
sent me the oil-rubbed bronze finish to review, but the Sensate is also available in polished chrome, vibrant stainless and matte black. The single-hole design takes up little space on your countertop and the pull-down nozzle helps the faucet reach every corner of your sink. You can control the faucet with motion by waving your hand beneath the arch to turn it on or off. You can also use the physical handle or a voice assistant.
Installation is similar to most regular kitchen faucets, except for required electrical power. You’ll need a dedicated outlet or a switch that can be on all the time in order to power the motion sensing and smart components. If there isn’t wiring readily available near your sink already, you’ll need to factor that into your budget and installation plan. I suspect most people will want to call a plumber to help install it.
Once your faucet is installed, you’ll need to download the Kohler Konnect app and create an account if you don’t have one already. Instructions differ for each operating system, but the app and corresponding smarts work with both iOS and Android devices. Follow the directions that come in the box to link that account with your voice assistant of choice, and you’re ready to go.
When you’re ready to use voice commands, you’ll need to physically pull the handle into the on position, then stop the water flow with your hand in order for the faucet to work with voice commands. That makes sense from a power standpoint — it’s like how you need to leave your light switch in the on position to control smart bulbs. As with smart lighting, it might be difficult to keep the faucet configured properly in a home where multiple people use the sink every day. That has the potential to take away from the convenience of voice commands.
Kitchen faucets not only complete the look of your sink, but they’re one of the most commonly used fixtures in the home. In order to strike a balance between functionality and style, be sure to first determine your needs. A single-handle faucet with a pull-out sprayer is great for saving space and rinsing out the sink; a high-arc spout finished in bronze will increase water range in rustic style. When shopping for the right kitchen faucet
What type of mount should I choose?
Kitchen sinks and countertops are generally equipped with one to five holes to accommodate faucets in various configurations, including additional side accessories like sprayers or soap dispensers. Different types of units require different amounts of holes: single-handle units require one while double-handle units require three (one for the spout, and two for the handles).
Typically, kitchen faucets can be mounted in one of three ways:
Deckplate: These faucets contain the spout and handles in one mounting plate, and can cover up to three holes in your sink.
Non-deckplate: All faucet components mount individually on the sink or countertop with the non-deckplate option, making this option more customizable.
Wall-mount: If you have an apron or undermount sink with no pre-drilled faucet holes, wall-mounted faucets are a great solution.
Note: If you’re replacing a faucet in an existing sink, you’ll need to choose one that’s compatible with the number and spacing of the existing holes (remember, you can conceal unused holes with sink hole covers if need be). However, if you’re working with a brand new sink, you can customize it to fit your needs
What type of handle is best?
This is largely dependent on the number of holes you’re working with, which mounting option you’ve chosen and what you prefer aesthetically. A single-handle faucet requires one or two holes and is often offered with a mounting plate to cover additional holes, while a double-handle faucet has separate handles for hot and cold water and require three holes
TOUCHLESS & HANDS-FREE FAUCETS
Touch faucets’ most innovative feature is something you can’t even see – but after just one touch you’ll be smitten. They offer you the ability to control the flow of water in your kitchen with nothing more than a touch from your wrist, forearm or the back of your hand, ideal for all busy cooks and their helpers.
Your faucet remains clean and germ free. No matter how many times you use it. Touch faucets react to the slightest touch, letting you turn them on and off without leaving a mark. There is no need to use the lever – just tap the faucet with your wrist or forearm for perfect control every time.
You can turn on Touchless FootControl faucets with a simple tap of your toe on the base unit leaving your hands free and your faucet spotless. This new level of kitchen convenience makes it easier than ever to fill heavy pots and clean the dishes or your hands while also leaving the tap sparkling and germ-free.
THE ULTIMATE CLEAN
Washing hands using a conventional faucet can leave your faucet dirty potentially leaving behind germs, bacteria, and viruses. Automatic faucets controlled by a sensor are therefore a good alternative for making hand washing more hygienic, especially in big, busy households. Since the faucet is controlled using an infrared sensor, you don’t have to touch it at all reducing chances of spreading germs.
automatic taps are not only hygienic, but also extremely convenient. You can easily preselect the water temperature and as the faucet is activated, the water comes out at the desired temperature every time. Also, with the use of highly precise sensors, hand movements are reliably detected. The infrared sensor also detects when you move your hands away from the faucet automatically stopping the flow of water.
Find The Right Faucet For Your Kitchen
Finding the right faucet makes cooking and cleaning much easier, and enhances the look of any décor. We offer a wide range of options to suit your every need; from industrially inspired bridge faucets to streamlined single handle pull outs and pull downs, to our most popular commercial style faucets enhanced with pull down functionality.
Choosing The Right Fit
To accommodate any size of kitchen, we offer a variety of height-optimized faucets designed to fit underneath any cabinet for easy installation anywhere, with high arc spouts that swivel out of the way when you need more room in the sink for large items or stacks of dishes. No more struggling to fill or clean oversized pots or tall containers!
A Faucet For Every Sink
We also have options for any room in the house where you might need a sink, including sleek single handle bar faucets that you can pair with a prep bowl to free up space in the main basin, and impressively tall models that you can team with a laundry or utility sink for maximum impact.
Magnetic Docking: A magnetic lock connects the pull down sprayhead securely to the spout and locks it in place, with no drooping over time.
Dual Function: An easy to reach button located on the sprayhead allows you to switch between spray and stream to handle any task.
Reach™ Technology: Our pull down models hit all the right spots, allowing you to reach every hard to get place inside and outside of the sink with a flexible hose and swiveling sprayhead connector.
QuickDock Installation: Master the art of installation in 5 minutes flat with faucets featuring a drop-in QuickDock base that installs from above the counter – no need to go underneath the sink!
Best Kitchen Faucets For Long-Lasting Use
The average American only spent 37 minutes daily in their kitchen preparing food and cleaning up. Since then, in a nationwide trend to eat out less and create healthy habits, one of the fastest growing industries is kitchen appliances.
When it comes to kitchen faucets, gone are the days of a simple on/off – today’s kitchen faucets have many features that can completely customize your kitchen experience. Read our thorough review here for choosing the best faucets on the market today.
Both pull down and pull out kitchen faucet styles have attached sprayers that can be manipulated per their namesakes. Pull down faucets are taller and can be pulled straight down, a move that is both ergonomically correct and great for filling large pots or pitchers.
Pull out faucets usually have a lower profile and generally, offer longer hoses – a feature that some people prefer to fill pots that are sitting on the counter.
Touchless Vs. Touch
Both touchless and touch faucets were developed to eliminate the transfer of germs and bacteria from your hands to the faucet handles. A motion sensor usually operates touchless kitchen faucets. They are becoming increasingly popular in public restrooms. Place your hands in front of the sensor, and the water will begin.