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Do you love your kitchen faucet?

I'm shopping for a kitchen faucet for my one and only kitchen sink. I'm unsure of whether to get pull-out or pull-down. Also, I know I want a spray control that will stay on without holding the button. One faucet I'm considering is the Grohe Ladylux Plus -- it's a pull-out, and I really don't know what the advantage or disadvantage is over a pull-down model. Help me with my selection, please. Thanks!

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  1. Hi, Cindy:

    Have you considered induction?

    Seriously, the Ladylux Plus looks nice.

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Is there any difference in functionality between a pull-out and a pull-down faucet? Most of the (gazillions of) kitchen photos I've looked at lately seem to have pull-down, and I wondered why.

      1. re: CindyJ

        I have a pull out, and the one I have severely limits water flow. The spray head must fit inside the pipe.
        I don't know if this is typical or not, but I would make sure that you get full flow.

        1. re: Bigjim68

          Just MOD/remove the restrictor. Every faucet/showerhead in the house has mine removed...

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Kaleo Dude,

            <Have you considered induction?>

            Seriously? You made me snort diet cola out my nose. I hate it when it does that.

            1. re: DuffyH

              The title was just too temptingly similar...

              Hewa Au (My Bad),
              Kaleo

          2. Honestly, I am in love with my Delta Touch2O faucet (link below- you can do much better on price elsewhere so ignore that part). I can have hands full of raw meat or sticky doughs and batters and easily wash my hands without mucking everything up. I've had mine for 3 years and LOVE it. The end of the faucet pulls out and does both spray or stream.

            http://www.lowes.com/pd_89235-72981-9...

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            1. re: mels

              I like that touch on/off feature. Does the spray stay on without having to hold a button?

              1. re: CindyJ

                Yes, it has a button you press that switches it between spray and stream. It doesn't change until you press the button again.

              2. re: mels

                We've had our Delta Touch2O faucet for about 3 years too. Got it on Amazon, fwiw, I recall it was about $275. We LOVE LOVE LOVE it too.

                It took about a week for both of us to start remembering to use the touch. And about a day after that to start touching every other faucet in the house, too, because it just seemed so normal a gesture. Still do that when I'm tired :o)

                I think the pull down spray (I would describe it as down, not out by comparison to most other faucets) is by far the most convenient design, too, far faster to use because it's already aimed the correct direction for in-sink use.

                Living on a septic system we're conscious of wasted water; I would guess that the faucet saves about 5-10% of our water by shortening the time spent moving the hand back/forth from the handle.

                I don't know if the design of the battery pack leads has changed since we got ours, but if I were installing it again I would look for a thin flexible hose that could be slid over the wires, sort of like the split corrugated tubes used as telephone cord keepers, because the faucet occasionally turns on if I bump stuff as I'm rooting around in the cupboard below.

                edit to add: The first set of batteries seemed to last about a year. Second set has been 2 years. We're 2x adult at-homers so it gets quite a lot of use.

                1. re: mels

                  I love mine too and the customer service is excellent.

                  1. re: mels

                    We love our Delta Touch20 as well. We replaced an older grohe at the prep sink, and loved it so much we also replaced the grohe main sink faucet with it. Bathrooms next!

                  2. I got a Price-Pfister "elephant trunk" faucet for my kitchen in my old house. Having a faucet head high enough to clear tall stock pots was the key for me. Turns out I really like the reduced clutter of having the spray head in the faucet neck/spout.

                    Today, I would get one without a soap or lotion dispenser and the spray head in the spout so I have less clutter and an easier clean up. Who uses the lotion and soap dispensers anyway?

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                    1. re: Sid Post

                      I use the soap dispenser -- every day, several times a day -- whenever I wash dishes. Why WOULDN'T you use it if you had it? A bottle of liquid dish detergent next to the sink is clutter I can do without.

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        For our soap dispenser, I installed the Never-MT is less than 15 minutes, and with a bottle of Dawn from Costco, I can go about a year without changing the bottle. Awesome!!

                        http://custominserts-store.stores.yah...

                      2. re: Sid Post

                        I had that faucet and loved it. When I replaced my pull-out faucet last year, it wasn't available, and similar faucets by reliable brands were out of my budget. I've settled in with a high arc and a separate sprayer. Not ideal, but it gets the job done. And when I let go of the sprayer, the spray stops.

                        1. re: Sid Post

                          I have this one. It replaced my Kohler that I loved but always leaked. This one does have spray button that stays on. More lightweight than I expected and I was glad to rid myself of the separate sprayer.

                          http://www.pfisterfaucets.com/Kitchen...

                          1. re: Sid Post

                            I have one of these. I like the design, but the thing is really a piece of garbage. The clip that holds the head in falls out. It is held in by a small (less than 1/8 inch) plastic lug which failed the first week. After a couple of years the soap dispenser no longer works (loses its prime) and all the hard pumping to overcome that broke the bottle mount assembly . From now on I will avoid the lowes/Home Depot cheap or substandard models and buy my fixtures fro the local plumbing supply. Yes there is even a difference in SOME of the name brand (delta , moen) models between the big box models and the plumbing supply.

                            1. re: jimn01

                              Yeah soap dispensers are just one more thing to break. I have had mine for over four months now and thankfully nothing is falling out. I will keep an eye on it though.

                              I know cheap is relative but for me $200+ is not cheap.

                          2. This is what we put in: http://www.hansgrohe-usa.com/articled...

                            We like the pull down and the spray stays on until the water is turned off. It has relatively high clearance and we have a deep sink so no problem getting things under it. Seems to be high quality. It is very clutter free and easy to clean around.

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                            1. re: mikie

                              I like that one a lot. Is Hansgrohe related to Grohe?

                              1. re: CindyJ

                                Yes, The two brothers started the company in Germany. One brother left to start a company in the U.S.(Grohe). You find Grohe at most of the big box stores. Cheaper and not near the quality of Hansgrohe still made in Germany.

                            2. CindyJ, I've owned two Ladylux kitchen faucets for about 12 years with nary a complaint. In fact, if anything happened to one, I would replace it with the same thing. They have been great.
                              The spray control does not need to be held during use but will revert to the single stream when you turn the faucet off.

                              NB: we have both Grohe and Hansgrohe products in the house and I have not noticed any difference. None has needed any attention from us; some Kohler products, on the other hand, have needed repairs.

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                              1. re: Sherri

                                I presently have a Grohe faucet that's about 15 years old. It needed a replacement hose a few years ago, but other than that it's performed well. Now with the kitchen re-do, it's time for an updated faucet.

                              2. I have a Blanco Culina.

                                I like it because you can pull the spray is detachable from the faucet.

                                http://www.blancoamerica.com/c3/blanc...

                                1. Couple of mumblings...

                                  The spring/tension on my older Grohe seems smoother than of the recent one I put in our laundry room.

                                  I LOVE the kitcen one, BUT there is 1 design flaw or 2. The diverter button broke a hole after about 4-5 years of service.

                                  2nd. The spray head *similar like a shower* is of rubber. Grime/gunk tends to build up.....It good maintaince to unscrew the head clean undeneath as well as the exterior with that type of sprayer head. GUNK builds up.

                                  I purposly chose a lesser friendlier sprayer head when we did the laundry room due to this design flaw.

                                  YMMV

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                                  1. re: chefwong

                                    I saw a similar video recently about putting a baggie of vinegar around your shower head and leaving it overnight. Supposedly cleans the gunk out.
                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB7JoY...

                                  2. I have a nice German made one but the sprayer doesn't stay on unless you hold the button. If I had known that I would have picked another.

                                    1. http://www.faucetdirect.com/kraus-kpf...

                                      A couple of friends have bought this after using ours. Any small parts that have malfunctioned have been replaced quickly----gratis.

                                      Two thumbs up.

                                      1. Pull down, hands down. Here's why:

                                        You've pulled out your pull-out faucet and turned on the sprayer. Now let go. ok, now go grab a mop and a bunch of towels to clean up all the water. I'll wait.

                                        Alternate scenario:

                                        You've pull down your pull-down faucet, turned on the sprayer, and let it go. One of two things happen. Either the sprayer pops back into the faucet, or it just dangles there. Either way, you don't need to re-style your hair before your guests arrive.

                                        I'll never, ever live with a pull-out faucet again. They are the work of the devil.

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                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                          Maybe it has to do with the water pressure? I have never experienced this with my pull out but admittedly I don't have great pressure.

                                          1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                            I don't think it was the water pressure. I had two of them in different kitchens, one was new, one about 10 years old. With both, when I let go of the blasted thing, it kept right on spraying but didn't retract. Water would spew everywhere.

                                            With the pull-down, even if it doesn't retract, the spray is straight down, so all is well.

                                            Another thing, you can't get a pull-out in a high arc, so pot clearance could be an issue.

                                            1. re: DuffyH

                                              I've had a pull-out for 15+ years and never had that problem.

                                              1. re: CindyJ

                                                When you let go of it, what happens? I don't mean when you slide it back into the neck of the faucet, but when you just let go?

                                                Unless it's got magic properties, there's no way it won't spew water where it's not supposed to.

                                                1. re: DuffyH

                                                  Okay -- here's what I did: (1) Turned the water on full-force; (2) Tapped the button that turns the spray on (the spray stays on until the water is turned off); (3) Pulled the nozzle straight out about 8"; (4) Let go. Here's the result:

                                                   
                                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                                    Good test, and I'm happy for you. Mine has hit the center wall and sprayed water in my face. It once bounced off a pot rim and sprayed water in my face. I'm sure it's because those were real world examples, rather than the test you ran.

                                                    I know, I know. It's my fault for not knowing how to use it. But the house I moved from had a separate sprayer, and when I let go of it, the water flow switched back to the main faucet. There's a learning curve, you know.

                                                    There is no advantage that I can find over a pull-down sprayer, or a separate sprayer. So bottom line, for me - they're the work of the devil.

                                                    1. re: DuffyH

                                                      Duffy you are so funny, the work of the devil.

                                                      I also pulled mine out with the water running but it just lays where I leave it. Doesn't matter if it's on full force or sprayer. I frequently pull it out and leave it in a pot next to the sink to fill for boiling macaroni. The hose is so long I don't have any problems with pot filling access.

                                                      Anyway, everyone has their own preference. Whatever works for the individual is best.

                                                    2. re: CindyJ

                                                      Hi, Cindy:

                                                      I suggest you discreetly slip it a Cialis.

                                                      Aloha,
                                                      Kaleo

                                                      1. re: kaleokahu

                                                        ***LAUGH*** Thanks, Kaleo!!! You've given me my first good laugh of the day!!!

                                          2. KWC Ono. All-metal, very understated so it's not overly intrusive nor does it make you look like you're compensating for something. Available as pull-out or pull-down.

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                                            1. re: wattacetti

                                              LOL -- "compensating for something."

                                              that's something i never would have ever thought of without your post. now, as i get a rental's kitchen renovated -- every faucet i see i'm gonna get a laugh.

                                              1. re: wattacetti

                                                pursuant to my (and your) post, i guess one would be very self-confident to have this faucet! LOL:

                                                 
                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                  Hi, alkapal:

                                                  I have this configuration in my winery sink, and like it a lot. IMO, the only improvement would be a foot- or knee-activated valve.

                                                  Aloha,
                                                  Kaleo

                                              2. I also bought the Hansgrue,and am totally happy with it,I will not buy anything from China so I really checked this company out all parts are made in Germany and assempled in Georgia,at least our workers here are getting some of the benifits,plus I got mine on line at Costco,most all the other one's mentioned are made in China a no no for me.
                                                Look for the sale at Costco,I got mine for $149.00 was selling last for $199.00, so you dont need to get the most costly one. Good Luck.

                                                1. I do love my kitchen faucet, which I've had just about six months now. It's this: http://tinyurl.com/mwswh98

                                                  Although it's called a secondary sink faucet, the scale is perfect for my single sink, which is 18" x 20" and 10" deep (11" with the undermount). I replaced a handled faucet with separate spray, so the control is now in the counter hole where the spray was. I also have a soap dispenser.

                                                  The spray stays on until you press the button back to stream. There's also a Pause button, which interrupts flow in either mode as long as you hold it in.

                                                  I really REALLY like this faucet!

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                                                  1. re: Red Oakley

                                                    I like it, too. Very nice, so simple. I wish now I had chosen a pull-down when I replaced my old pull-out faucet last year.

                                                    I couldn't get my favorite "pro-style" at the time, so settled on a really nice high arc with a separate spray. I like it, but not nearly as much as the one I wanted (and had in another house). I wanted to wait, but our faucet died of a broken neck and we had no choice.

                                                    1. re: Red Oakley

                                                      Interesting -- the very first faucet I really liked, and thought I was going to buy, was the Kohler Simplice, but with the handle integrated in the faucet rather than separate. Then I started questioning the quality of Kohler as compared to some other brands (Grohe, Hansgrohe, etc.). Now I've come almost full-circle back to the Kohler. The Hansgrohe Allegro, which I liked a lot, was just too high; reviewers complained about a lot of splashing. The new Grohe Ladylux Cafe (which now has a locking spray control) has a plastic spray head. The Kohler is also well-priced. Maybe I've been overthinking the whole thing... as I'm very likely to do.

                                                      1. re: CindyJ

                                                        <Maybe I've been overthinking the whole thing... as I'm very likely to do.>

                                                        I know that song. I sing it almost every day. ;)

                                                        1. re: CindyJ

                                                          The Simplice has a limited lifetime warranty.
                                                          >> Kohler Co. warrants its faucets to be leak and drip free during normal residential use for as long as the original purchaser owns his or her home. Kohler Co. also warrants all other aspects of the faucet or accessories (except gold, non-PVD Vibrant, and non-chrome finishes) to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal residential use for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns his or her home. <<

                                                          But of course, I don't know how much hassle it is to claim a problem under their warranty. No problems with mine so far.

                                                          1. re: Red Oakley

                                                            I've Kohler faucets in my master bath, replacement parts under their warranty are but a phone call away. Very prompt and polite customer service. Same with Hansgrohe.

                                                      2. If you get a pull down, which we have and like, make sure that it has a 'ball swivel' at the connection of the hose to spray head. This connection will significantly increase hose life.

                                                        1. Does anyone have any experience with the Hansgrohe Metro™ HighArc Kitchen Faucet with 2-function Pull-out Sprayhead?

                                                          Thank you.

                                                          1. CindyJ,

                                                            If you're still looking, and have any desire for a tall pre-rinse faucet, consider:

                                                            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001...

                                                            We just bought one, it's waiting on our new counters for install so I can't speak about it with authority. I can tell you it appears to be very well built, solid and heavy. Packaging is immaculate and shows great care in that aspect, FWIW.

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                                                            1. re: DuffyH

                                                              Thanks, but that wasn't what I had in mind. Good luck with your new purchase!

                                                            2. I've had two pull-downs in two kitchens. Love them much more than a pull-out or separate sprayer. The tall design allows for clearance for large pots, and flexibility are key for me. The flow is straight down, so I have more control if I need to prevent water from spattering all over. Love them.

                                                              1. Don't know about pull-out vs. pull-down, but we have had several plumbers recommend Delta as the only brand that has ceramic rather than plastic interior fittings, and thus a longer non-leaking lifespan. One guy was working on the bathroom, one guy was working on the kitchen sink, and the last guy was working with the contractor who redid our whole kitchen last winter. Just FYI.

                                                                1. I really like my Blanco Culina. For me it's the best of both worlds, handheld sprayer and spout in the same unit.

                                                                  1. If you haven't yet made your decision, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1oljg...

                                                                    I just saw this commercial and now officially have Faucet Envy. I assume there's a way to keep the stream on, and also turn it to spray. Haven't explored 'cause a new one is not in our future any time soon.

                                                                    But gosh, what a cool feature!

                                                                    If you've already made a selection, what is it??