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Product review: MotionSense faucet

We're always looking for fixtures that are easy to use by people of all ages and abilities. And in Moen's MotionSense faucet, which we first saw at the Pacific Coast Builder Show in June, we think we may have found a kitchen faucet that turns on and off -- without any dexterity or hand strength needed.

Kids are also going to love it -- and when you set the temperature, you don't have to worry a little one will scald himself.

Let's talk accessibility

Unlike other electronic faucets that must be touched to turn water on or off, MotionSense (due out mid-August) is controlled via an electronic eye (or eyes, we should say, since there are two) so a cook with messy hands or carrying a dirty dish can simply wave them under the faucet to turn the water on.

motionsense Remove your hands, or the now-rinsed dish, and the water goes off. If you want the water to remain on, wave a hand over the sensor at the top of the faucet.

The faucet can also be turned on and off manually, at the single-lever handle, which also controls the temperature. Set it and forget it, as they say, of the temperature.

The faucet comes in polished chrome, stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze and, in stainless steel, will retail in the $600 range (similarly to Delta's Fuse and Brizo's Talo faucets that are operated at a touch). Like them, MotionSense runs on si double-A batteries. But unlike the others, the MotionSense can also be hardwired in -- a definite plus for those of us who can't easily get down on hands-and-knees to change batteries located under the sink.

Let us know

This is a new product. We tried it at the PCBC show, but would really like to hear what end users have to say. If you install a MotionSense faucet, let us know how it works for you. Email info@afriendlyhouse.com.