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1/15/2013

Moen MotionSense Faucet Review [Giveaway]



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.

I would love to hear how the Moen Arbor with MotionSense faucet would make your time in the kitchen more convenient. Leave me a comment letting me know what feature would help you out in the kitchen and you will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

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271 comments:

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sparkedcat said...

It would be great to not have to touch the faucet with dirty hands to turn it on.

sparkedcat said...

I tweeted

https://twitter.com/sparkedcat/status/302071992998301698

Amber said...

I love that you don't have to touch it to turn it on....no germs!

Lisa Garner said...

The motion sensor feature would save me time by not having to worry about spreading germs while cooking and having to use antibacterial wipes.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/302102964129107968
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

ewhatley said...

would love not having to touch the faucet with dirty hands; it also looks great

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

Debra said...

i love the no touch feature

Debra said...

i tweeted
https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?source=webclient&text=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bedifferentactnormal.com%2F2013%2F01%2Fmoen-motionsense-faucet-review-100-home.html

channallocks said...

keep the germs down

channallocks said...

keeping the germs down for sure

Jason said...

It would make it easier to wash hands, keep them and the faucet clean and not have to wash my hands as much when preparing food.

MCantu1019 said...

by not having to touch anything with dirty hands
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

ky2here said...

Gotta have that wave sensor

ky2here at msn dot com

ky2here said...

https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/302215567660707840

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Unknown said...

easier to wash dishes

Anonymous said...

Wow - it even has a feature to temporarily disable? That makes it even more awesome. Can I have one for my bathroom too for child and gardening cleanup?

ThriftyAnnabella said...

This faucet would be a great addition to any kitchen
annabella @ centurytel dot net

cman said...
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cman said...

The sensor.

Admin said...

its fantastic! iluv it!!
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07violet said...

it's very convenient that the handle doesn't have to be touched, keeping it cleaner and keeping hands cleaner

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Tracey said...

The Ready Sensor would help me most when both my hands are dirty with food.
traymona[at]aol.com

latanya t said...

not touching the handle while prepping and cooking raw meat

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/302400476501127169

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Crystal F said...

I like that you don't have to touch the handle when you have raw chicken all over your hands. Yuck. Thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

The wave sensor would be a huge help! I am constantly using tricky maneuvers to turn on my faucet without touching it when my hands are messy.

Unknown said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/princessbytch99/status/302430249403166720

Unknown said...

I love that when I have hands that are all gucky and greasy from mixing something like a meatloaf, I will not have to touch the faucet, saving me from having to clean it up after

Unknown said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/2BeFitBy50/status/302432249217961986

Unknown said...

This is such a great idea

Kathy P said...

I love the sensor and that it shuts off when you move your hands I am always getting gunk on my faucet handles

Kathy P said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/302437405196169217

susansmoaks said...

i would love to have the Moen MotionSense Faucet in our kitchen. I am always so busy with my hands full and this would be so helpful to have water without having to turn it on.

susansmoaks at gmail dot com

susansmoaks said...

https://twitter.com/fdp4life/status/302458723010506753
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tlcfromtn said...

I love that you don't have to touch the handle which is really great after handling raw meat. I also love that I wouldn't have to manually turn the water off and on while doing dishes.

braaisjo at gmail dot com

tlcfromtn said...

https://twitter.com/tlcfromtn/status/302466701432328193

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momof5girls said...

I love how high these faucets are so there's plenty of room to get big dishes underneath.

Sonya said...

I love that you can turn off the sensor to clean your sink!

Tabathia B said...

It would help me wash my hands and rinse of raw poultry without touching the handles

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/302478646407471104
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

kelley c said...

I like the no touch feature, less germs!

kelleyc76(at)live(dot)com

Unknown said...

this would help when it came time to cooking, no having to touch faucet with nasty raw meat hands. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Nicole Larsen said...

It would help because I am constantly having to tell my daughter not to turn the water on high blast and not to leave it on so long. It would also be awesome for when cooking with meat in the kitchen so I wouldnt have to actually touch the faucet

pittsy82@hotmail.com

Nicole Larsen said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/302507653685452800

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Ellie Wright said...

With 2 little messy boys in the house my faucet gets a work out. I love that this one is touchless. I always worry about germs.

Ellie Wright said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/302505637881970689

willdebbie said...

I love that you do not have to touch the faucet...great for those meatloaf days
willdebbie97 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Tweet.

https://twitter.com/lizzieboo1961/status/302533118802399232

Liz N.

marcsgirl61 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I just love this faucet. Every time
that I see it in the store I just lust over it. I love the fact that
there is no touching of handles, and so much more easier to use.

Liz N.

marcsgirl61 at gmail dot com

slehan said...

Being able to set the temperature so little hands won't get burned.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

Erica best said...

this would be great for washing dishing like big pots

slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/302555468063178753

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Erica best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/302555037937307648

Unknown said...

The MotionSense would really help when I dont have any free hands.
rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Unknown said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/302567384647098368
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Anonymous said...

The motionsense would be great bc less touching keeps the germs away
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Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/302568125960970240

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richied.becky said...

I would love to have this to replace an old debilitated faucet, that leaks.

classy_mommie@yahoo.com

richied.becky said...

I have tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/cancer_free_me/status/302570943014907904

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vegan4life said...

like that its hands free to turn it on.vivian

/\Heather/\ said...

I'm excited about the MotionSense. I am super-strong, so turning on a faucet always makes me nervous. Who knows when I'm going to just rip the handle right off?!? With this, I won't have that concern any longer!

/\Heather/\ said...

Tweeted - https://twitter.com/ilovetoclap/status/302574179503452160

AEKZ2 said...

This would be great for my daughter because she can barely reach the kitchen facet handle

barblong said...

The Ready Sensor would make things more convenient for me by not having to touch the handle after handling foods such as raw meat.

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Cassandra M said...

great thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

No contact is needed for it to run love the idea
thanks
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Unknown said...

The automatic shut off sounds the best to me.

rjcqh said...

https://twitter.com/joyq74/status/302543164135317504
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rjcqh said...

I really like that it is a hands free faucet.
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Unknown said...

I love the fact that I don't have to touch the handle when I have nasty kitchen hands.

chksngr said...

So, my boys don't wash their hands in the bathroom that is 4 feet from the kitchen. They prefer, instead, to climb on the stool at the kitchen sink...ewwww. So, I imagine sensor being my very best friend in terms of both containing the gross-factor and and curbing some of the considerable mess that can be made trying to get the faucet off.

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