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July 2014

 

Touch or Touchless Faucets are a great addition to your kitchen to make your day-to-day activities more efficient with this one simple change. Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps us compare the various kitchen faucets with touch technology in this month’s expert blog!

 

 

My friends have said that a touch faucet can have problems, what are the issues that I should be aware of?

Touch-Sensitive Faucets were introduced about 5 years ago and, in the beginning, there were glitches to work out with the technology. Today, in all mainstream quality brands, these glitches are truly a thing of the past but some incorrect ideas about the technology still exist. Firstly, they won’t randomly turn themselves on and off. However, be sure to install with the proper insulation or you may see the activation of the faucet touch technology through your metallic sink.

In addition, some customers believe that a touch faucet would be difficult to clean or be unsafe for children. Again, the high quality manufacturers use technology that can differentiate between a touch and a prolonged push or grip, which you might use while cleaning your faucet. Families with children typically adapt very well to the touch faucets, as many children can reach the neck of a faucet easier than they can regular tap handles – resulting in less water wasted.

However, if you are looking to purchase a faucet with the touch or touchless feature, you will pay a premium Typically, touch faucets are priced $170 above the regular priced version of the same faucet.

 

How do touch faucets actually work?             

Touch faucets are operated by battery to power the touch feature. Each company provides a battery pack that is easy to change from a holder under the sink. Usually, they run off double A batteries that will typically last for a year before they require fresh batteries.

There is no danger with the electrical charge running through the faucet as the electricity is on the outer surface while the water flows through non-conductive pipes within the faucet ensuring it is always insulated from the electrical current.

 

What are my options to purchase a Touch or Touchless Faucets for my kitchen?

 

There are many brands offering touch or touchless faucets but it is very important to purchase a quality brand where the technology is at its best. Through Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre, you can purchase a touch (or touchless) faucet for your kitchen from four different reputable brands – Delta, Grohe, Brizo & Moen. Select touch faucets from these brands are as follows:

 

Moen’s Arbour Faucet with Motion Sense SPECIFICATIONS

  • MotionSense™delivers exceptional hands–free convenience, allowing a simple hand movement to trigger the flow of water
  • Features Duralock™ quick connect system for easy installation
  • Pull-down design offers at–your–fingertips water delivery
  • 5 year warranty on digital components; limited lifetime trim warranty
  • Two sensor beams for easy operation by anyone

 

Grohe Minta Pull-Down kitchen faucet with Touch Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Activation by touch anywhere on the faucet
  • When faucet is ‘off’, it will only flow cold water when touched as a safety pre-caution.
  • GROHE SilkMove® ceramic cartridge & quick installation system
  • Locking Push Button Control - to switch from regular flow to spray
  • A swivel spout for easy use that will swivel a full 360°
  • Limited 5 year Warranty

 

Brizo Vuelo Faucet with SmartTouch Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Exclusive Brizo SmartTouch Technology allows for water activation with a simple touch anywhere to the faucet body, spout or handle.
  • Two-function pull-down wand provides spray and stream; features MagneDock Technology - magnetic wand docking system
  • Brizo Electronic Faucet 5-Year Limited Warranty

 

Delta Trinsic Pull-Down Faucet Featuring Touch2O® Technology SPECIFICATIONS

  • Touch activated faucet featuring Touch2O®Technology, turns on and off with just a touch anywhere on the spout or handle
  • Exclusive MagnaTite®spray head docking ensures a snug fit of the wand. Pull-down wand operates in an aerated or spray mode via ergonomic buttons
  • Delta Electronic Faucet Limited 5 year Warranty

 

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June 2014

 

A bathroom vanity can stand out as the centerpiece in your bathroom space but choosing one for your needs is not always simple! Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres answers your questions about vanities in this month’s expert blog!

 

 

What do I need to consider when looking for a new bathroom vanity?

 

Firstly, as you would expect, you need to work within your space. Not many people have a grand bathroom where a large vanity will fit perfectly, but understanding your space constraints to start is key. Many of our lines, like Ronbow, have modular style systems that allow you to build to your space without the price tag of a fully customized unit.

 

Secondly, watch where your plumbing is in the wall if you don’t have a big budget. If you have to install a vanity where there hasn’t been one before, you need to be sure you don’t have to re-route pipes and drains, which will eat up a lot of your budget.

 

Thirdly, check the materials of the vanity or that it is made for the purpose of a bathroom. We love the antique & chic look of reclaiming a piece of living room furniture into a bathroom vanity but if it hasn’t been treated for the humidity and wear of a bathroom, it will likely not last that long. You don’t want to be looking at MDF or particle board either as it will warp in the humidity over time.

 

Fourth, most bathroom vanities are ultimately purchased to offer you additional storage in the bathroom. Our bathrooms are high traffic areas and require space for our many supplies & products that must be easily accessible. Look at your current space to help you determine what you need so you can look for the best fit for you. You can also buy or build-in medicine cabinets for additional storage too, like some of our options from Robern.

 

 

Bathroom vanities seem to be more about look than function, what are the finishes that are available?

 

Yes, the look of your vanity for your bathroom will be key but many people care about the function just as much. For example, many of our vanities have slow close doors and drawers or even built in night-lights for an overall more pleasant experience. Also, all of our Ronbow bathroom furniture is dove-tail, all wood construction (no particle board or fillers) using Canadian wood and built in Canada, which is a big selling feature for many.

 

The finished vanity comes in many varied options. You can customize your options for size (length, height and depth), for style (traditional, modern, classic, wall-mount), and colour (cherry, cinnamon, white, slate gray, black).

 

 

To finish the top of my vanity, what are my options for the sink top?

 

The majority of our vanities come with a sink top option that allows you to use one built in piece with the sink included or allow you top the piece with granite and a drop-in sink or vessel sink. We have a wide variety of options for you to choose from.

 

 

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Do you find this expert advice helpful?  Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.