If you want a faucet for the future, a touchless version is a great choice — hands down.

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Q: I’m happy with my original kitchen, except the faucet needs to be replaced. Since we only need a new faucet, I want to do things right for my mini kitchen upgrade. I don’t plan on any other kitchen work. So, what high-end plumbing features should I include in my kitchen faucet to keep me up to date for years to come?

A: High-end technology is the newest trend in plumbing fixtures. Smart toilets, and showerheads with wireless speakers and electronic mixing valves are just some of the newest innovations.

For the kitchen, I like the new touchless kitchen faucets. A touchless faucet allows you to turn the water on and off electronically without touching the handle. This can help you maintain a cleaner environment while preparing food.

Touchless kitchen faucets now include popular options such as pullout spray heads, single-handle mixing valves and high-arch spouts.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.