Once you’ve tried a “smart” faucet, you won’t want to go back to the old style. Moen recently expanded its line of U by Moen™ Smart Kitchen Faucets with additional design options, giving consumers the best of both hands-free functionality and style at the sink. The U by Moen Smart Faucet offers convenience, precision and intuitive touchless and voice-activation technology to help complete tasks in the kitchen, while also offering a myriad of style options to suit almost any design aesthetic. Five new styles were introduced in 2021: Belfield™, KURV™, Sinema™, Sarai™ and Zyla™.
As our testers discovered, you can ask the Smart Faucet to wash your hands or it can easily fill the dog bowl—something we need to do constantly—or the coffee pot.
Users are able to control their U by Moen Smart Faucet in four ways:
• Voice control allows users to start and stop water flow as well as perform specific tasks on command through their digital voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
• A Wave Sensor positioned at the front of the faucet turns water on or off with a simple hand movement.
• The handle on the side of the faucet offers manual operation, letting users adjust flow and temperature.
• Through the Moen smartphone app, users can set unlimited personalized presets or start and stop water delivery with the push of a button.
One of the seriously cool features is the ability to dispense precise measurements and temperatures. All you have to do is call out “105 degrees” or “dog bowl” and the faucet takes care of the task. As the water temperature changes, the hands-free sensor on the faucet will evolve from blue, purple and red, indicating the system is warming up or cooling down to reach the desired water temperature. When the water is ready, the sensor lights will stop flashing and turn solid.
There is some downside to owning one of these high-tech faucets. Our testers found the voice control feature to be so easy to use it was addictive. They just wanted to stand by the sink and shout commands at it all day, just to watch the faucet do its work.