High-Tech Kitchen Faucet: A Hip, Smart Retrofit

Why not begin some long-needed kitchen improvements by starting on the most-used part of your kitchen: the sink? If you’re looking for a new kitchen faucet, check out the high-tech wonders. The latest-gen kitchen faucets seem to operate with only a wink and a nod, and are a cool way to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling the whole space. Best of all, they aren’t that expensive — you can get some of the latest features for under $200.

Can you do this with your kitchen faucet?

The contortionists: The trouble with a kitchen faucet that only pivots left or right is that you’re limited by the range of motion. Today you can find faucets equipped with multiple articulated joints, folding necks, or spouts on pullout hoses so you can direct water deep into any corner of the sink or fill your tallest flower vase.

Check it out: Five pivoting joints allow the Karbon articulating kitchen faucet an especially flexible range of motion, allowing you to precisely direct the stream or select height. You’ll appreciate the sculptural quality of this faucet as you play with various configurations. The faucet starts at about $900.

Lights fantastic: If you think water and light make an eye-appealing combination, try a kitchen faucet with built-in lighting. Colorful LEDs indicate whether water is hot or cold, while soft white lights elegantly illuminate the water stream.

Check it out: An LED light in the faucet head of the Chrome Centerset LED Sensor Faucet (0599-QH0108F) changes color to indicate water temperature. Green indicates 82 degrees or below. Blue means the water is 82 to 100 degrees. Red says the water is 100 to 118 degrees. When the light turns red and flashes, the water temperature is too hot! The chrome gooseneck faucet sells for about $180.

Touching tribute: Simply lay the back of your hand on the spout or handle of one of these kitchen faucets, and it turns on or off—a real advantage when your hands are full or dirty.

Check it out: Some models also feature touch-sensitive controls that regulate temperature; another faucet pairs with a touchscreen that alerts you if there’s a malfunction, and lets you control water pressure, temperature, and volume so you don’t waste water.

Hands off: Infrared or motion sensors detect the wave of your hand or spatula to turn these kitchen faucets on and off—yet another asset if your hands are otherwise occupied or covered in bread dough.

Check it out: Touch the Pilar single handle kitchen faucet with Touch 20 technology anywhere on the spout or handle to turn it on or off. Prices start around $300.

Dual personalities: If two heads are better than one, then check out models that offers two taps: one for filtered water and the other for non-filtered—all extending from one stem.

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