If you’re setting up a smart kitchen, then one area to look at is your faucet. A smart kitchen faucet lets you easily turn on the water, even when your hands are full. Some are even voice-activated!
In many ways, the kitchen faucet is a cornerstone of the kitchen itself. When it’s time to cook, clean, or even make a pitcher of lemonade, you need the kitchen faucet. But you might think there’s no point in getting a smart version of your kitchen faucet—after all, it works well already. But think about all the times your hands were dirty or full and turning the faucet on wasn’t convenient. A smart faucet can help with that, and some can help with cooking duties by pouring a set amount of water when you ask, like a cup of water for instance. But you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before you buy one.
What to Look for in a Smart Faucet
Not every smart faucet is the same, nor do they all offer the same features. The one feature nearly every smart faucet has in common is a pull-out sprayer as opposed to a separate spray hose. For space requirements, you’ll want to keep that and a few other things in mind:
- Activation features: Smart faucets are typically either touch, gesture, or voice-controlled. You don’t have to pull the included handle, but that’s an option, too.
- Power supply: Smart Faucets require either batteries or an outlet for power. Batteries require occasional changing, but an outlet requires convenient plugs that aren’t controlled by a light switch.
- Finish: You want your faucet to look good in your kitchen. We’ve linked to traditional options like brushed nickel or stainless steel, but nearly every smart faucet comes in multiple finish options. You might need to search for a separate listing to find the finish you want.
The Best Overall: Moen 7594EWSRS Arbor Motionsense Kitchen Faucet
Moen’s Motionsense faucet is a good combination of pricing and features. While it’s noticeably more expensive than a standard dumb faucet, it’s far cheaper than voice-activated faucets. Instead of using your voice to control it, you turn the faucet on by waving your hand in front of it.
That’s great if your hands are messy from cooking or you’re holding a pot. As a bonus, since you aren’t touching the faucet, you’ll avoid spreading germs. The Motionsense faucet is powered by six AA batteries, which means you don’t have to worry about finding a convenient outlet.
Moen 7594EWSRS Arbor Motionsense Wave Sensor Touchless One-Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet Featuring Power Clean , Spot Resist Stainless
A great faucet is simple to use and simple to install. This faucet is powered by AA batteries, so you don't need to find an outlet. And turning it on and off is as simple as waving your hand.
A Premium Pick: Delta Trinsic VoiceIQ Smart Faucet
If you want to step things up, you might consider the Delta VoiceIQ Smart Faucet. With this faucet, you get voice controls through Alexa and Google Assistant. You can turn the water on or off by voice, or specify an amount to dispense. That’s handy if you need a cup of water, but all your measuring cups are dirty.
Delta lets you create custom presets, too, such as a pitcher of water. You teach it when to stop pouring water, and it remembers when you call that preset in the future. You don’t have to use voice commands either; you can turn the water on by touching the faucet with the side of your hand. The added features do come with downsides. Delta’s smart faucet is significantly more expensive than any other option on this list, and you have to plug it into an outlet to work. If you don’t have an outlet under your sink, you might need to hire an electrician.
Delta Faucet Trinsic VoiceIQ Single-Handle Touchless Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer, Alexa and Google Assistant Voice Activated, Smart Home, Chrome 9159TV-DST
If you want voice controls, look no further than the Delta VoiceIQ. You can use Alexa or Google Assistant to turn the water on or fill a coffee pot to the exact amount you want. Just expect to pay more for the feature.
Budget Pick: FORIOUS Touch Kitchen Faucet
If you want to spend less, the FORIOUS Touch kitchen faucet is worth considering. While you don’t get voice or gesture controls, you can turn the water on or off by brushing the back of your hand against the faucet, which is helpful when you have messy hands.
Because it runs on four AA batteries, you’ll spend less on batteries and avoid the trouble of running wiring to an outlet. And like our previous picks, this faucet includes a pull-out sprayer.
FORIOUS Touch Kitchen Faucets with Pull Down Sprayer, Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer, Fingerprint Resistant, Single Hole Deck Mount, Single Handle Copper Kitchen Faucet, Brushed Nickel
If you don't need fancy voice or gesture controls, then the FORIOUS faucet is a great pick for less. Press your back of your hand against the faucet to start the water and prevent the spread of germs and mess.
Convert Your Own: iTouchless EZ Faucet PRO
If you don’t want to replace your existing faucet completely, you can use a conversion kit. You attach the iTouchless system to your existing faucet, and then you can wave your hand at it to turn the water on. You should double-check that it properly fits your existing faucet or it might leak when you use it. Having Teflon tape on hand is a good idea anytime you work with a sink and its faucets.
The iTouchless EZ Faucet uses four AA batteries, which should make the install easier. Overall, it’s not the most elegant solution, but it is the cheapest.
iTouchless Automatic Bathroom Sink Faucet, Touchless Faucet Adapter for Bathroom, Kitchen Sink, also use as Cat Fountain and Pet Water Dispenser (Silver)
If you don't want to spend time and money replacing your existing faucets, you could modify them instead. The iTouchless gives you gesture capabilities and uses four AA batteries.