Lisa-Marie with Build.com Reviews the 32 298 Ladylux3 Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet by Grohe
All-brass faucet body construction
SD0 (Stainless Steel finish) constructed of Grade 304 stainless steel
Forward Rotation Lever, does not hit backsplash
Covered under Grohe's limited lifetime warranty
Convenient Dual Spray Trigger - hold and release on/off spray control
Non-metallic pulldown spray head enhances faucet's versatility
Spring vs counterweight to help retract metal hose with little effort
SilkMove ceramic disc cartridge
Spout swivels 360-degrees providing greater access to more areas of the sink
High-arch gooseneck spout design provides optimal room under the faucet for any size task
Low lead compliant - meeting federal and state regulations for lead content
Overall Height: 14-3/4" (measured from counter top to highest point on faucet)
Spout Height: 8-1/8" (measured from counter top to spout outlet)
Spout Reach: 8-1/8" (measured from center of faucet base to center of spout outlet)
Number of Holes Required For Installation: 1
Stainless Steel Braided Flexible Supply Lines
Flow Rate: 1.75 GPM (CAL Green Certified)
Maximum Deck Thickness: 2-3/8"
Designed for use with standard U.S. plumbing connections
All hardware needed for mounting is included with faucet
Product Technologies / Benefits:
Starlight Finish: Continuously improving over the last 70 years Grohe’s unique plating process has been refined to produce and immaculate shiny surface that is recognized as one of the best surface finishes the world over. Grohe plates sub layers of copper and/or nickel to ensure that a completely non-porous, immaculate surface awaits the chrome layer. This deep, even layered chrome surface creates a luminous and mirror like sheen. Grohe finishes are life tested to withstand 60,000 “wipes” with an abrasive cloth.
SilkMove Cartridge: The rich and smooth handling of our single lever faucets conveys pure quality. As you change the temperature from hot to cold, one ceramic disc glides effortlessly across the other with absolute precision. These cartridges are manufactured in a high-tech process and feature discs made from a space-proven ceramic alloy. The SilkMove cartridge is yet another example of design and technology fusing to bring you an enhanced water experience.
SpeedClean: Never letting hard-water or grime stop you from enjoying your showerhead to the fullest. Showerheads with Grohe’s SpeedClean technology have spray nozzles made of high quality silicon material. A simple wipe of a finger ensures a like-new water flow. Yet another way Grohe ensures you make the most of your water experience.
QuickFix Plus: Precision engineering has enabled Grohe to simplify the installation process by reducing the complexity and number of parts required to fit a product. This installer-focused technology can reduce installation times by up to 50%, saving both time and money.
32 298: This model
32 298 E: WaterCare version of this model
At Grohe design goes deeper than just aesthetic trappings. It is a quality feature and is targeted toward the perfect synthesis of form and function. The result is joyous experience you have every time you use one of their products. Grohe subscribes to a straight forward and consumer-centric design philosophy; grounded in the belief that good design must transcend form and function to create an emotional bond with its users. With a reputation built on performance and longevity, Grohe products are sure to surprise and delight users with every interaction for years of unsurpassed performance. With Grohe’s specialist knowledge it is second to none as they continue to push boundaries, challenge pre-conceptions and create new and exciting ways for their customers to enjoy water.
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Grohe 32 298 Reviews
Rated 2 out of
Has some problemsI bought this faucet because I thought it looked great, but it has some serious design flaws. So after 2 months, I'm taking it out and putting in a different faucet. As the other reviewer noted, the pull-out doesn't spring back in very easily. The sprayer does not stay on unless you keep your hand on the faucet-head button. The regular flow is so strong that you end up spraying water everywhere if you don't have your dish at the bottom of the sink (I have a 9" deep sink). And I tend to get my sleeve wet when adjusting the side handle. In my opinion, a top handle faucet with an on/off spray button is a better way to go.
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 4 out of
Very Good ButThe neck of the faucet is a little short so it does not reach into the sink very far. This is a must have faucet however if you have a large sink and the backsplash is granite and reduces the space between faucet handle and wall. This new design allows the handle to move further in the frontward direction rather than back into the backsplash before it can reach maximum water flow. The faucet itself is a quality product.
Would not order the SuperSteel again as the finish retains normal oil from fingers and does not clean well. Buy S.S. or Chrome when possible.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 1 out of
EXTREMELY DisappointedBuyer beware! I have never written a review on anything before, but this faucet has been such a nightmare that I feel compelled to warn. I am back on this site to replace it, even though it has a life time warranty. I bought it 7 years ago and started having problems with it after the first year. Many times when the handle is rotated from cold to hot, the extension portion of the handle disengages from the body. I have to make a conscious effort to rotate in a certain way to avoid it. The actual handle has fallen off so many times that the screw is now stripped. I had a portion of the handle replaced once from the company and we are now having problems with it again. I can't believe I paid $400 for what I consider a sub-standard product. I don't care how high Grohe is rated, I will never buy another one!
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 5 out of
The Perfect FaucetI work as a professional chef doing a lot of in home catering on Chicago's wealthy North Shore. I've seen and used many high-end faucets. When I worked with this one, I knew I had to have it - regardless of price.
Elegant, yet simple. Works perfectly and has a minimal foot print on the counter top. I could not recommend it more.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 2 out of
Spray head is loosethe spring tension device does not firmly pull the hose/faucet head/spray head back into the faucet neck. Really annoying.
Worse, it could have been so easily avoided by a manufacturer who put a little effort into the design.
Date published: 2009-12-25
Rated 4 out of
Very nIce, but not perfectThis faucet was ordered on a Canadian credit card, but shipped to a US residence with a different name than the credit card. This seemed to cause problems with the processing system. Had to call customer service several times to get shipping to go ahead. All customer reps were very helpful and apologetic for the delay.
The faucet looks great - one feature that is missing is that you cannot turn the spray feature on and leave it on - you have to be squeezing the button the whole while. Also the pressure seems significantly reduced from my old tap, but I think I will get used to it and perhaps it is a good thing in order to prevent splashing. All in all, a very good experience.
Date published: 2010-09-12
Rated 5 out of
a good faucetI bought this faucet to replace an aging Delta Waterfall at my own home. I have put a few of these Grohes in for customers. I bought it specifically because it is the best pullout out there. The spring mechanism is simple yet far superior to the counterweight retraction systems.
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 4 out of
Like it!Been using the faucet about 2 months, and have no complaints. The finish is beautiful, it was fairly easy to install - only difficult part was the spring installation (really need two people). Another beautiful thing is you will not need any sink hoses, as this faucet comes with them, but had to do some plumbing to get them to reach. The handle mechanism is beautifully made (as with all the Grohe stuff), and I expect to get years of service out of it!
Difference between valve types -ceramic cartridge and disc
A. Ceramic cartridge and disc are generally synonymous. Both describe a brass sealed ceramic disc cartridge and is the industry standard for quality. Some older or lower grade models will use a seat and seal system with a ball assembly and will generally require minor maintenance every five or so years. The Ceramic disc faucets are generally maintenance free.
Does the forward rotation lever go back past the vertical position towrads the back splash? Is there an option to have the spray on contiuously without having to hold the on/off release
A. This lever rotates forward away from the backsplash. This does have a trigger where you have to hold for spray.
Hello, does this have a "locking" spray button?
A. The Grohe 32 298 does not have a "locking" spray button. You hold the button for spray mode and release to go back to stream
The difference between ceramic disc and cartridge valve type? Also what does dual spray indicate? Thank you
A. The Grohe 32 298 has a dual spray option changing it from stream to spray. The ceramic disk valve utilizes two highly polished and very hard ceramic disks that slide across each other. The movement controls the water flow by opening or restricting the passage of water throuhg the disks. These are very smooth and durable. The cartridge are easy to repair if something goes wrong they utilize a brass and plastic cartridge.
What is the diameter of the base where it contacts the countertop? It seems that none of the Grohe specification sheets give this dimension!
A. The Grohe 32 298 has a Faucet Body Base that is roughly 2" in diameter.
Where is this made?
A. The Grohe 32 298 is engineered in Germany and made in Canada.
Does the dual spray trigger have to remain pressed for the spray to work?
A. The Grohe 32 298 has a hold and release on/off spray control. You can press the button and set the type of stream you would like. When you want to change it you would press the button again. You do not have to hold the control down the whole time you are using the spray.
Does this faucet also come with accessories like a soap dispenser and a mounting plate or is plate included?
A. The Grohe 32 298 LadyLux faucet would pair with the 28 751 soap dispenser and 07 552 escutcheon to cover existing faucet holes.
How would one clean out a "clogged" spray head?
A. A good solution is CLR which will deteriorate Hard Water or Lime Scale build up in faucet spray head.
Are there any issues with clearance? What is the minimum space needed between the backsplash and center of faucet?
A. The Grohe 32 298 can be installed right up to the backsplash, there should not be a clearance issue since the handle moves forward. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Does the faucet control come on the left hand side?
A. The Grohe 32 298 is not offered with the handle on the left side.
Can the spray function be left on all the time if wanted? If not which faucets will?
A. The Grohe 32 298 spray is used by holding down the button
Is the pull down head metal or plastic?
A. The Grohe 32 298 spray head is made of a durable plastic to help prevent scalding and to protect your sink from dents or chips if dropped.
What material is hose made of?
A. The Grohe 32 298 hose has a metal hose.
Does the Grohe Ladylux have a magnetic docking for the pull down nozzle?
A. The Grohe 32 298 does not have magnetic docking. It works on a spring system and locks into place very easily
What soap dispenser coordinates with the Grohe 32 298 LadyLux faucet in Stainless Steel?
A. You might want to consider pairing Grohe 28 751 soap dispensers with the Grohe 32 298 faucet.
Does the Grohe 32 298 faucet swivel or is it stationary?
A. The Grohe 32 298 does swivel. In general most kitchen faucets will swivel
Is there an obvious advantage to a faucet that has a 360 degree swivel verses one with 180 degrees?
A. The Grohe 32 298 can be installed on a island which would not have a back splash and would allow the faucet to be rotated by 360 degrees.
Between the available finish options, what finish would best match brushed nickel?
The Grohe 32 298 in standard stainless steel finish would be the best match for trying to work with brushed nickel items.
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