I love kitchen gadgets. Everything from an immersion blender to an infrared temperature gun have found their way into my home. But if something is going to take up permanent real estate in my kitchen, it needs to be useful. And if I am going to spend money on it, it needs to be better than something I already own.
The best kitchen tools are useful, better than alternatives, and make my life easier. Recently I installed a new kitchen faucet that was all of those things. I replaced my standard faucet with the Moen Arbor with MotionSense.
It is easy to fall in love with the idea of this faucet. MotionSense allows you to turn the faucet on without even touching it. The Ready Sensor is activated anytime you put your hands or an object like a cup or pot in front of the sensor. You can wash your hands, rinse out a bowl, or fill a glass with water without touching the handle. Whatever is on your hands--cookie dough batter, raw chicken, or mud--stays away from your faucet and is easily washed away. No dirty faucet and no spreading of germs. As soon as you remove your hands from under the faucet, it automatically turns itself off.
The Wave Sensor turns the faucet on when you wave your hand over the sensor located on top of the faucet. One wave turns it on and you can fill a pot for cooking or the sink for washing dishes. The water will continue to run until you wave your hand over the top of the faucet again to turn it off. Again, no touching the handle required.
I was excited to see if these features would be as handy in practice as they appeared in the Moen videos. I was impressed with how easy the Moen Arbor with MotionSense was to install. With all of the features, I assumed there would be a lot more to the installation than that of a standard faucet. There are a few more steps, but Moen has made the installation literally a snap with their push-fit connections. And all of the tools you need, including supply lines, are included.
Once it was installed, we set to work giving it a thorough test run. I think my children may have washed their hands more in that one day than they usually do in an entire week. Because you set the temperature for the Ready Sensor and the Wave Sensor on the control box, I never had to worry about my younger kids turning the water on too hot and burning themselves. I also didn't have to worry about them not turning the water off completely, since it was done automatically.
I didn't have to wipe down the handle with disinfecting wipes, something I have been trying to be diligent about with a two-month-old in the house. I also didn't have to wash off any of the mud, paint, and fingerprints that usually accumulate on my faucet with four kids in the house. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Moen comes out with a MotionSense faucet for the bathroom!
At dinnertime the love affair with this faucet continued. The Ready Sensor made it quicker and easier to wash fruits and vegetables and to fill and rinse pots and dishes, and not having to touch the handle reduced the chance of any cross-contamination. It also saved water because the faucet immediately shuts off when I move my hands out from under it. All of this made my time in the kitchen much easier, especially since I spend a lot of my time trying to do things one-handed while holding a newborn.
Before installation, I was worried about the faucet coming on when I didn't want it to, like when I was wiping down the sink and counters around the faucet, but Moen took care of that too. Holding your open hand over the Wave Sensor for five seconds disables the sensors. I could wipe down the kitchen faucet without unintentionally turning the water on. When I finished, the sensors are turned back on in the same way, in just five seconds.
The Moen Arbor with MotionSense faucet definitely fit all three of my criteria: It was useful, better than my previous standard faucet, and made my routines in the kitchen--especially with a new baby--easier. If you're interested, you can learn more about the product features and where to purchase the Moen Arbor with MotionSense by clicking here.
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