benjamin. faucet design. February 23rd , 2018.
For modern faucets, the truth is quite opposite though. The touch function is reliable and under normal conditions always works as expected. These faucets cannot be activated by pets, and they are helpful for families with children.
The cleverly engineered touch sensitivity system distinguishes between "touch" and "grip". When you tap it, your hand needs to be removed from the faucet within a fraction of a second. If the hand stays on the faucet, it is identified as a "grip", and the faucet does not respond. So it is practically impossible for pets to activate it.
You may wonder what to do with a touch sensitive faucet when you want to clean it or just push its spout out of the way. What if the faucet keeps turning on and off all the time? A good faucet will distinguish a "touch" from a "grip" or "push". A "touch" from the point of view of the faucet is a short contact. You need to remove your hand in a fraction of a second for the faucet to react. If the hand stays longer, the faucet identifies it as a "grip" and does nothing. Smart touch recognition systems are present in all the touch faucets of acceptable quality. A faucet without the ability to recognize a touch is really not worth having. In my research on the touch faucet supply, I was not able to find a single one without this functionality. I′m sure that even if there are any at all, they would never be able to earn high customer points or positive comments. Knowing that, you don′t even have to dive deep into manuals and descriptions. It is enough to search for a particular faucet on your favorite online vendor site to see how others have rated it. Touch faucets without touch recognition cannot be considered quality products. If there are such for sale, they won′t be able to earn positive feedback.
But do these fears have substance? Haven′t the engineers and designers of the best touch sensitive kitchen faucets anticipated these situations? Do we still have to deny ourselves the liberating feeling of operation with a touch and choose a more basic faucet only because we are not sure it will live up to the expectations?