With the rise and rise of celebrity chefs and cooks on our screens, more home cooks are getting down and dirty in the kitchen, which (like it or not) may include using hands as mixing utensils. This is all well and good – until hand-washing time - when it is almost impossible to avoid covering the taps with your latest culinary offering. Help may be at hand - Delta has recently released its Pilar kitchen faucet - which can be turned on or off by a simple tap or touch anywhere on the spout or handle.
The Pilar design incorporates a two-function, pull-down spray head that can be switched from stream to spray with a click of the diverter button. The spray head is kept secure by a magnetic closure system that keeps the spray head in a docked position, so it's not able to douse your kitchen. The faucet also incorporates a special seal technology that ensures leak-free water delivery and can eliminate contact with potential metal contaminants.
The trademarked touch-technology includes an automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes, if the water is left running without activity - which could occur while icing a cake or preparing a particularly tricky dish. The water flow is controlled manually with the handle, but if it's operating in touch-mode, the water flow stays at the same pressure as the previous use. Water temperature is controlled manually with the handle, and to turn the water off you can either touch the faucet or turn off at the handle as you would a standard faucet.
Even if you don’t care about dirty taps and faucets, you may still be attracted to the minimalist beauty and design of the Pilar faucet or like the fact the water is turned on or off in an instant. It is available in chrome for US$495 or stainless steel for US$547. See Delta for stockists.