Solidly Built and Stylish Too!
I have often noticed that it can be hard to please people, especially if you’re asking them to spend their hard-earned money on something. Whether its new shoes you’re looking to buy or you’re doing some kind of home renovation, or if you’re trying to replace your kitchen faucet, you want to know that you’re getting good value for your money.
Some of the faucets on the market can be pretty expensive, so you have to be sure that you’re taking durability into account as well as design. As you know, you’re not likely to change your kitchen faucet very often, so you want to make the right choice. This is why I decided to include the 32 298 SDO from Grohe (also called the Ladylux3) in this set of reviews.
I really feel that Grohe has delivered a highly durable and long-lasting product in this faucet, but it’s not my place to tell you what to do. If you want to find out more information about this kitchen faucet, here are some important considerations that you should think about before you decide whether or not to purchase one.
First, the Most Important Part
Not everyone will agree with me, but as far as I can tell, the first thing most people think about when shopping for a kitchen faucet is how it looks. This may not seem like the most important thing about a faucet, but a fixture like this really can add a lot to the overall look of your kitchen.
Grohe has succeeded in including both style and practicality in this model, so you end up with a faucet featuring clean lines and an attention to ergonomics that make it comfortable to use. The manufacturer calls this a “café” style of faucet. Look at it and you’ll soon understand why.
They’ve also given attention to choices in color and finish. This faucet is available in trademarked RealSteel Stainless, SuperSteel, StarLight chrome, black, and even a combination of black and RealSteel stainless. That’s a lot of different looks to choose from!
How the Faucet Performs
This faucet functions in both normal and spray modes, and uses a distinctive trigger control to switch between them. Just by touching a button, you can go back and forth between spray and flow. Grohe has patented the use of a technology called SilkMove, which allows you to precisely control both temperature and water flow using the lever. This model allows a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, if you want to get technical.
As with a number of other faucets on the market, the spout can swivel in a complete 360 degree circle. This feature adds versatility. A less common feature that this model offers is a system called SpeedClean. Many faucets stop working when they get clogged with mineral buildup from tap water. This Grohe faucet includes anti-scale technology to prevent this buildup from becoming a problem.
Last but definitely not least; this model is among the most durable constructions I’ve ever seen in a kitchen faucet. It’s manufactured from 304-grade stainless steel, known for being among the sturdiest materials available. If you do buy this faucet, you won’t be looking for a new one for a very long time!
There is one tiny potential problem you should know about. Some customers have mentioned that the spray head is almost too solidly built. It moves easily enough that you can fill containers with it on your countertop, but retracting it back to its docking position can be awkward. If you have a smaller sink, this heavy-duty faucet may be a little more than you need, and another faucet such as the 9159-AR-DST from Delta may be a better choice for you.
For more information about this kitchen faucet by Grohe, check it out on Amazon. Don’t delay, though – last time I checked they only had 14 of them left in their stock!
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