Sensor & Automatic Faucets Pros & Cons

There are so many benefits to installing a hands-free faucet solution- hygiene, cost savings, and environmental sustainability to name just a few. Whether you’re researching options for application in a home, a medical office, or a restaurant, switching to a hands-free faucet is the responsible choice for a variety of reasons. But for many consumers, the process of choosing between automatic sensor faucets and hands-free faucet controllers can be a confusing one. With so many options available on the market, it can be difficult to decide on the perfect product to suit your needs.

Let’s begin by taking a look at the differences between a sensor faucet, an automatic faucet, and a hands-free faucet controller.

Sensor Faucets

Sensor faucets are equipped with a proximity sensor. When the sensor detects the presence of hands, it uses a mechanism to open a valve and engage the water flow. Sensor faucets typically use batteries or electricity for operation.

Automatic Faucets

Automatic faucets are any type of faucet that allows the user a hands-free experience. They can be either sensor faucets or hands-free faucets that use a button activator as opposed to a typical faucet handle. Similar to sensor faucets, automatic faucets use batteries or electricity to engage water flow.

Hands-Free Faucet Controllers

Unlike sensor faucets and automatic faucets, hands-free faucet controllers such as Tapmaster® can be hooked up to almost any existing faucet, making them extremely versatile. When gentle pressure is applied to the foot or knee activator, Tapmaster® hands-free faucets engage the water flow using existing pressure in the water lines. The Tapmaster®, therefore, does not require the use of batteries or electricity.

Which Faucet is Right for Me?

In order to determine whether a automatic sensor faucet, or hands-free faucet controller is the best solution for your unique needs, let’s examine a few key factors in the decision making process.


Sensor faucets and automatic faucets tend to be quite pricy to purchase and maintain. This has to do largely with the sensor technology, which is complicated to manufacture. Additionally, given that sensor faucets and automatic faucets run on batteries or electricity, the user continues to incur additional costs as time goes on, whether in the form of an extra amount on the electricity bill or replacement batteries.

Hands-free faucet controllers like Tapmaster® run without the use of batteries or electricity, and since the water control mechanism is quite simple and sturdy, they are much more affordable to purchase than sensor faucets or automatic faucets.


Given the complicated nature of sensor faucets and automatic faucets, installation is an involved process that can take a great deal of time- particularly for sensor faucets  that use electricity to run. Hands-free faucet controllers like Tapmaster®, on the other hand, are quick and easy to install due to their simple design.


Sensor faucets and automatic faucets require additional maintenance as the years go by. Proximity sensors can be finicky and often require repairs throughout their lifespan. By contrast, the sturdy, durable construction of Tapmaster®’s hands-free faucet controllers mean that they require virtually no maintenance, making them an excellent long-term solution.

Though sensor faucets and automatic faucets have many benefits, hands-free faucet controllers are by far the most versatile, cost-effective, and durable solution for your sink.

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