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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.