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I Tried a New Smart Faucet—Here’s What Happened.


Smart faucets aren’t cheap, ranging from $500 to $800. At first glance, it seemed like a novelty, but I was intrigued. So I picked up a Kohler Konnect Sensate ($518 on Amazon), a smart faucet that connects to my Google Home, to test it out in my own kitchen.

Same install—
but with wires

Smart faucets install like standard faucets; you connect supply lines to the faucet. After that, as you might expect, there are multiple wires to connect a solenoid valve and other sensors. It looked daunting, but all was easy and 
intuitive, and installation was done in about an hour. Some smart faucets require an electrical outlet underneath the sink. Other faucets are battery-powered; with them, you’ll have the nuisance of periodic battery changes.

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Control with 
voice commands

Voice commands are easy but not always intuitive. For the model I installed, rather than saying “Hey Google, turn on the faucet,” I had to say “Hey Google, ask Kohler 
to turn on the faucet.” Not a big deal, but kind of a mouthful. This model doesn’t offer voice temperature control, but some smart 
faucets do. Smart faucets also have a manual override, so …read more

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