Keep the germs in your kitchen at bay. Turn on your kitchen faucet equipped with MotionSense™ with the wave of your hand.

Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ Kitchen Faucet, Source: Moen.com

Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ Kitchen Faucet, Source: Moen.com

Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ Kitchen Faucet, Copyright 2013 Will Hull, Windy Pinwheel

Copyright 2013
Will Hull
Windy Pinwheel

Lime Green PinwheelToday, we review the Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ faucet. If you’re a parent like me, you spend a lot of time at home, cooking 8216;n cheese, and beyond. You often find yourself working with meats, vegetables and just about every other type of food in your kitchen. Often, we like to go to Costco and buy meat in bulk. When we do this, we need to separate the meat before freezing it and sometimes get the juices on our hands. Rather than risk contaminating everything that we touch, this faucet works great in keeping germs at bay.

I must say that I’m very impressed with this faucet. The installation was relatively easy (you simply push each water connection into the terminal as far as you can and it locks into place and each of them are numbered so installation is almost foolproof), it functions perfectly, and best of all, it looks great.

Moen Banbury Kitchen Faucet, Source: Moen.com

Moen Banbury Kitchen Faucet
Source: Moen.com

Our kitchen originally came with the Moen Banbury faucet but I couldn’t stand the fact that it would always fail to retract and it would hang there and not do its job properly for me when I was using it. That being said, I grew quickly frustrated when doing the dishes, preparing food, or while washing my hands at the kitchen sink.

I used to sell Cutco cutlery when I was in college (I practically have the entire set at home and yes, I consider myself a knife snob). It didn’t make sense to me until now, when one of our common phrases that we would use in suggesting the sale of the knives (and it worked) is, “Nice people like nice things.” This faucet is one of those “nice things” to buy for yourself.

Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ Kitchen Faucet, Copyright 2013 Will Hull, Windy Pinwheel

Copyright 2013
Will Hull
Windy Pinwheel

The only complaints that I read about online are that the connection points to the terminal where the sensor relay is located for the water hoses, where you connect the faucet, can come undone if not properly and securely pushed in the time of installation. For me, I have had no such problem.

The relay box is battery operated and the batteries come with the assembly. You can order an A/C adapter for the faucet for around $30, but the A/C adapter doesn& and you cannot choose to purchase it as an extra add-on while you are at the store. We picked up our faucet at The Home Depot and we’re sure you can also pick it up at Lowe’s or just about any other home supply store.

Sensor relay junction box, Moen Arbor with MotionSense™ Kitchen Faucet, Copyright 2013 Will Hull, Windy Pinwheel

Copyright 2013
Will Hull
Windy Pinwheel

There are two sensor points on this faucet. One on the top. One on the base. The one on the top turns the faucet on and it will stay on until you wave your hand again over-the-top. The one at the base turns on only while you have something in front of it. There is also a setting on the sensor relay for the temperature that controls the temperature when either of the two sensors on the top or on the base are turned on. This is a great safety feature when little kids around because it will not be too hot nor too cold for little hands that do not understand the impact temperature just yet. You can override the sensors by turning on the handle to any temperature you like.

We picked up our faucet with the Spot Resist™ stainless finish that resists fingerprints and water spots for a cleaner looking kitchen because we all know dirt and kids go hand-in-hand.  The finish is great and we are really glad that we chose it.

Overall, this is one of the best purchases that we’ve made since moving into our new home in November. Now, I am not frustrated when turning on and using my kitchen faucet any more and turning on my faucet with a simple wave of my hand. In fact, sometimes I find myself at a friend’s house waving my hand over their faucet, expecting the water to turn on. We& and trained, as a second nature, on how to use it. It may be a costly investment at first, but it’s well worth the money and I highly recommend it.

Did you purchase this faucet? What do you think? Does it stand up to the hype? If you do not have this faucet, you plan on purchasing in the future? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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  • Wanda Bergman

    Great review! This faucet will be going on my household wish list!!