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The AC-powered Sensate faucet has sensors embedded on either side of the spout curve. Waving an object — a hand, a dish, a utensil — beneath the curve interrupts a beam between the two sensors and turns the faucet on or off. According to Kohler, this technology is more reliable than an electronic eye, which must detect movement. The faucet shuts off automatically if there’s a power outage, but includes a manual override. It’s available with a polished chrome or stainless finish. A magnetic docking system locks the spray head into place when not in use. Pricing starts at $675.

Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.