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Coming in as one of the more expensive items on the list is this high-tech system from Moen that has a lot of people talking about the future of kitchen faucets. It comes in several finishes that resists water spots and finger prints — perfect for a high traffic kitchen. The Reflex system is active for the spray head so you’ll have full control over the mechanics including a secure docking system that secures the spray head with a click and no effort on your part.
Using the patented Hydrolock installation system, buyers can start using their faucets in as little as an hour after unpacking it, one of the quickest installation times in the industry. But the most remarkable feature of this model is the MotionSense hands-free operation that lets you use a simple hand gesture to activate the flow of water. You’ll have the option of installing it through 1 or 3 holes with the included escutcheon, which is a bargain in itself.
There aren’t many faucets of this type on the market that are worth buying, and this comes out on top of a small offering.
There’s a wealth of finishes available for this model, such as spot resist stainless, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black. All of the finishes are ornate and resistant to fingerprints and water spots. These immaculate finishes allow you to spend more time using the faucet and less time cleaning it. With each finish you’ll have the option of choosing whether you want the motion sense model or not, so the technology is purely optional.
For those that choose to include the MotionSense feature, you’ll enjoy hands-free use that you’ll get used to in no time.
The faucet has two sensing zones so there are multiple ways to activate a stream of water. Waving your hand across the top of the faucet triggers it and also stops the flow of water when you’re done. The sensor near the base of the faucet triggers when an object like a cup is placed near it, and automatically shuts off when that object is no longer in view.
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This faucet has an innovative setup that is easy to master with little to no hiccups in full operation. Backsplash is prevented with the 100-degree rotating right spot that also rotates forward, putting you in full control of the single lever. When the spray head is extended it has the functions stream mode or spray mode, with access to a full 68-inch braided hose. Water flow is capped at a nice high 2.0 GPM which is higher than the average 1.8, and something that the power user may be interested in.
The product dimensions are 26.5 x 14.8 x 4.1 inches and the system comes with 6 AA batteries that have a life of 22.25 hours. The warranty is a little different since there are electrical parts, but Moen surprised us by offering a lengthy 5-year warranty on digital components, which is great by electronic standards. Even with the MotionSense being one of the key features, the warranty is probably tied for first place as the biggest benefit of making this purchase.
Things to Know
There has been some confusion with how the temperature is changed when using MotionSense; this can be cleared up by figuring out which control box you have under your sink. If your install comes with a gray box, you can change the temperature for the motion sensor using that. If it comes with a black box, you have to use the handle to change the temperature.
The gray box is considered to be the old discontinued control box, but it did offer the full hands-free experience when using the motion sensor. If the motion sensors become a hassle you can turn it off completely, or just turn off one of the two sensors and continue using the one that works best for you. Problems with the sensors always start and end with dying batteries, so keep that in mind.
There are other gestures to learn besides turning the sensor on and off from the top, and that is the ability to temporarily disable a sensor. By holding your hand in front of a sensor for 5 seconds you can disable it, while repeating the process enables it again. This is helpful if you need the sink for cooking and the water keeps turning on automatically.
If not purchasing the MotionSense model of this faucet then the best comparison is the KOHLER K-99261-CP Artifacts Single-Hole Kitchen Sink Faucet, which is about the same price and comes in similar finishes.
The big benefit of the Kohler model is that it has an extra spray function meant specifically for cleaning fruits and veggies, and it also has a magnetic dock and easy-to-use braided hose. It’s not a totally fair comparison and the two products are neck and neck in terms of quality.
However, if you add the MotionSenese to the Moen model and put it head to head with this product it easily comes out on top. Currently, there really isn’t a great competitor for this MotionSense model as it is in a league of its own.
Although the style without MotionSense has reduced in price, the MotionSense enabled model has stayed steady and likely won’t drop in price due to its popularity. It has sold a lot over the last couple of months because of its convenient features combined with some of the best finishes in Moen’s entire lineup.
The combination of these two aspects makes it a force to be reckoned with and explains why the price is so steady. Stock will stay strong for the holidays, so take your time making your decision.
There really isn’t a better way to use a faucet than in hands-free mode, and since there is a way to easily disable these modes when you don’t need them, it becomes easier to justify splurging on this specific kitchen faucet. There are a few other motion sensor faucets on the market but none of them come close to this product from Moen, the brand leader.
The energy consumption is steady and the included batteries have a good life, and if you have an issue with the installation, customer support is only a phone call away. It’s easy to recommend this not only for the ease of use, but the outstanding overall design and finish. Expect this model to be on many top-10 lists as it gains more popularity for its unrivaled set of features.
It may be tempting to buy the version of this with no MotionSense because the new technology is intimidating, but why cheat yourself? The included manual gives you easy-to-use hand gestures to disable the motion sensing technology if you don’t want it, and to re-enable it within 5 seconds.
The use of motion sense technology may be a bit of a pain for consumers with children in the household, but even they can learn how to fully operate it. This is a must-have kitchen faucet for any type of kitchen.