My kitchen faucet broke. Time to shop for new kitchen faucet.
Single handle faucets for both hot and cold water are convenient. But
apparently people still buy two separate faucets. Why? What is the pros and
<chuckle> Reminds me of the old two-handed LED watches where you had
to push a button to tell the time. Now you have to use your hand and
foot to get water... presumably because those hand valves are just too
I'm a one-handle man in the kitchen, two in the bath, and only 8"
You've obviously never used one and you haven't given the idea much
thought to make a comment like that. Do I really need to point out
the hygienic factor? Silly people who like to waste time, like
medical personnel, have been using them for years. They have also
been standard in parts of Europe for years - notably public
restrooms. I'd also hazard a guess that you're not the one who washes
dishes in your house. Being able to turn the water on and off while
your hands are full is obviously an advantage. Unless, of course, you
miss the days of hand brakes in cars...
You don't need to touch the faucet with foot operated pedals unless
you want to adjust the water temperature, and some of them let you
adjust temperature with your feet as well. Considering that 90% of
the time I like the water at a specific temperature anyway, what's the
Yeah, I guess you do. Unless we are to presume everybody most often
wishes for the same water temperature. What I consider hot Ms. gpsman
considers too hot.
Medical personnel can set their hot water heater/s to a lower
temperature than the average homeowner and use straight hot, and more
often than not outside the operating room use extended handles that
can be operated with elbows, for a hell of a lot less money, and with
far fewer complication/s.
Well that's a slam-dunk selling point. Whatever is standard in
Yurropeein public restrooms is what I want in my home.
Here in the gpsmanland we suffer the ultimate inconvenience of setting
the dishes down before turning on the water. When I think of what I
might accomplished with my life using the saved time...
I most often want to adjust the water temperature, and pressure, and I
don't need additional steps (pardon), nor the option to do so with my
I don't know. Can you set the specific water temperature, or is
Seriously though, I have considered it. Considered adapting and/or
marketing the hospital-type units for home use, a couple decades ago.
After considerable thought I dismissed the idea as impractical, on
Actually, I could see it being useful when rinsing dishes, filling large
pots, or washing hands after handling raw meat.
However, it costs several hundred bucks for the cheap one, and over $500
for the fancy version.
Too rich for my blood.
Hey, Chris, I was just posting the first one that popped up in my
search - I wasn't doing your shopping for you!
Here's one that's ~ $250. and has more features.
Does it stay on only when your foot is on the pedal, or does the pedal
turn it on and then off?
Eitehr way has advantages and disadvantages, and all in all, I'm happy
with the typical single handle faucet.
Two handles for the bath, just like the other guy said.
Cool idea, frees up both hands
but I would expect much resistance from most folks...."too clinical"
No temperature adjustment by foot pedal.....just on / off.
Still I could have water with a lot less effort while shaving
however I doubt I could get "interior design" approval for
installation on a pedestal sink. :)
That's the way construction is - and for good reason. If you're an
early adopter, you're the test subject. When it's your house, or your
customers complaining, that's no fun. The foot pedals are old
technology in Europe and hospitals, so there's nothing really new
The second link I posted had a more involved operator. Electronically
controlled with separate hot and cold switches - hit both for warm.
I really wish they'd put them in public bathrooms everywhere and have
sensor doors so I wouldn't have to touch the skivy door handles.
Tell 'er it's the new code. I'll back you up. ;)
I have the motion sensing (battery operated) add on unit to the existing
faucet. It only takes a minute to install but require to change the
batteries every 6 months. A hard wired motion sensing unit would be even
better, like in the public bathrooms, but require a new motion sensing
faucet and a 120V outlet under the sink. Most kitchen already have 120V
outlets under the sinks. Short kids and people in wheelchairs may have a
problem operating the pedalvalve.
Anyway, when I come out of my shop or garden both of my hands are usually
dirty so a touchless faucet is nice. The only problem is the preset pressure
and temperature, I'll guess the next generation is voice command to adjust
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