A touchless kitchen faucet can certainly be handy because, well, your hands don't ever need to touch it. Both Kohler and Moen offer touchless kitchen faucets that deliver on their promise to make your everyday tasks that much easier, but there are differences between the two.
Touchless faucets dispense water by waving your hand or a cup or a pot in front of or under sensors that are positioned in either the body of the faucet, on the underside of the neck or both. The sensors were engineered to differentiate between a deliberate move for operation and to avoid the water turning on and off repeatedly while you're working around the sink.
We'll compare the similarities and differences of Kohler's Response Technology and Moen's MotionSense touchless faucets so you can make the best choice for your kitchen.
Less mess is best
Since neither the Kohler nor the Moen touchless faucet requires your touch for operation, you have a better chance at keeping your faucet sparkling even in the face of cleaning up after messy craft projects and intricate culinary masterpieces. More, because the faucets are touchless, germs are less likely to spread through the rest of the kitchen.
Save water and money
Touchless faucets save water, which means they also save you money. Water flows in less than a second after you wave your hand, a cup, utensil or pot under the sensor and shuts off almost immediately with your second wave, eliminating wasted water and bigger water bills.
Both Kohler and Moen offer flow and temperature control through the single handle that can be set to where you want it. The handle is also available for you to manually operate your faucet whenever you need or want.
Both the Kohler and Moen touchless kitchen faucets run on electricity, but the Moen line of MotionSense units can also be powered by batteries. If your power goes out, both lines of faucets can be operated manually, but the MotionSense fixtures using batteries will remain operational with full touchless capability.
Kohler offers their Sensate touchless faucet with the additional feature of voice control through Kohler Konnect, which connects your faucet with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Homekit. You can give your faucet commands to turn the water on and off as well as, "Fill to three-quarters of a cup."
The Beckon line of Kohler touchless faucet is not available with voice control.
Moen does not yet offer a voice-control version of their MotionSense like of faucets.
Kohler's Response Technology faucets include an automatic shut-off if water runs for four minutes, which can help you avoid both larger water bills because of wasted water and a potential flood if your sink fills up quickly. Moen's MotionSense does not include an automatic shut-off capability.
When it comes to touchless faucet style options, Moen has the definite edge over Kohler because of the greater variety of collections into which Moen has integrated its touchless technology; seven compared to just two from Kohler.
Moen's line-up gives you everything from a traditional look to a crisp and clean modern aesthetic. There are popular transitional profiles, which combines traditional and modern, as well as contemporary options.
Kohler's Beckon evokes a more traditional look while the Sensate is definitely more contemporary.
Both Kohler and Moen offer their touchless faucets in three popular finishes; polished chrome, stainless steel that is formulated to resist spotting, and oil-rubbed bronze.
Kohler's Response Technology and Moen's MotionSense have a lot in common:
- Both are super responsive and help you save both water and money;
- They both make meal prep and clean up a snap while keeping your faucet looking like the sparkling jewel it is; and
- Both lines of faucets can run on electricity though Moen also includes a battery option.
The differences are what should help you make up your mind, primarily the integration of voice-activated technology with Kohler's Sensate touchless kitchen faucet. If having a touchless faucet is about as much technology as you can handle, then either brand is a great choice, but Moen gives you a wider assortment of styles from which to choose.
But, if voice control is just the latest piece of Smart Home technology you're adding to your home, then Kohler's Sensate with Kohler Konnect is the faucet for you.