Anyone install a foot pedal for their kitchen sink?

sunnyfliesJune 7, 2009

I want to have a foot pedal put in to use along with a regular faucet for my main sink. One like hospitals use, so that I can do messy chores and wash my hands without touching the faucet. I am so tired of having to wash my faucet handles each time I handle raw chicken or meats and need to wash my hands. I have been thinking about it a long time and now that I am about to start work on my new kitchen, I want to put one in.

I saw an article recently about a kitchen a surgeon designed and he had one put in his. He said it only cost an extra $150 or so and he didn't understand why more people didn't do it. I agree. However, my plumber isn't sure how it would be done. Any advice? Thanks.

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What most people here have is a Tapmaster. But it's far more than $150...try $345 for the kickplate, 2-water line model (hot & cold lines) least that's what it was the last time I looked. Other models are a little less or more, depending on functionality...but none are $150. What manufacturer makes a hands-free, kitchen friendly foot pedal for only $150?

(Did that surgeon get a professional discount or purchase through his office or hospital? Or did he use a different manufacturer?)

To find discussions about the Tapmaster, do a search on the site using the bottom search box...

Tapmaster Site: Tapmaster Hands Free Faucet Controller

Conserv-A-Store has it for $296: Tapmaster @

Here is a link that might be useful: Search results for Tapmaster on Kitchens Forums

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 12:23AM
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Delta pilar faucet is cheaper than most tapmaster options if you opt for chrome and shop around.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 12:50AM
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Have you considered one of the hands free faucets? Just asking.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 1:33AM
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If the "hands free" faucets are anything like the ones at our office, no thanks! They have such a small sensor area that's not easily "found" that they're a pain to wash your hands would be a nightmare to try to do anything else with them!

(I've noticed the same in the restrooms at airports & other places that also have "hands free" faucets, so I think it's a technology issue, not a manufacturer-specific issue.)

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 1:43AM
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The pilar is not hands free, but you just tap it turn it on, so you can hit it anywhere on the faucet itself or the separate handle. But you can use a wrist or forearm, so you avoid a lot of the potential cross contamination issues (there's a video on their website, but their flash design makes it hard to do a direct link.)

The hands free faucets I've seen have been even more expensive than a tapmaster.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 8:44AM
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Thanks everyone. I will look into both options. I am trying to design a practical kitchen as this is our forever house. I want to make it easy to use now, and as I get older. I have no idea if the surgeon got a discount, but his kitchen was featured in an upscale magazine not long ago. I've been looking through my heaps of mags to see if I can find the article again. I didn't tear it out because I don't think it gave any further info about the faucet, though I wish it had.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 11:08AM
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This isn't a decision you need to make right now. The Tapmaster can be retrofitted.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 11:41AM
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>This isn't a decision you need to make right now. The Tapmaster can be retrofitted.

Yes, and while the pilar line of faucets are the only consumer grade ones so far with that technology, I would expect that there will be many more coming along in the future in more styles and from other manufacturers, too. I'd love it in something more traditional looking, or at least a single hole faucet setup.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 11:45AM
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Yes, I was thinking something more like the Delta Pilar. The touch-activated faucets are a bit pricey, but if you add up the cost of a top quality faucet, plus adding something like a Tapmaster, plus installation, you have a comparable product without the hassle and IMO a better look. If you're thinking of aging in place, remember that foot controls can be a problem later in life too.

There have been quite a few Tapmaster discussions here on GW. Click here [Tapmaster on] if you think they will help with your decision making process. But, there are no right or wrong answers. Just what works best for you. Good luck on your choice.

p.s. At our office we discovered the the problem with our motion detector faucets was the grime an scale buildup on the sensor. Our building's cleaning staff now keeps up on them and they work much better.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 4:37PM
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