Grohe Ladylux³ Plus (33893) Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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The Grohe Ladylux³ Plus kitchen faucet has too complex a name for my taste. That superscript is not just too much trouble to write but impossible to pronounce.
Fortunately, its appearance and function are simple, straightforward and perfect for anyone looking for a contemporary faucet design in the kitchen.
3 Finishes: Chrome – Stainless Steel – SuperSteel
The Ladylux³ Plus resembles the Delta Leland 9178, with its stark European design and single handle, but the finish is quite a bit brighter. The smooth, dull nickle of the Leland is fine, but for those wanting something more chrome looking the Ladylux³ Plus is perfect.
There are, by the way, alternate finishes to the Starlight Chrome (33893 000). The SuperSteel (33893 DC0) – a silver-toned finish over a brass base – or plain Stainless Steel (33893 SD0) versions might be preferred by some.
Locking Dual Spray Control
The Ladylux³ Plus has a 90 degree neck – and therefore a pull-out rather than a pull-down spray wand. The Delta Leland 9178 is a full arch with a pull-down. So, getting big pots in and out without banging against the faucet is a breeze with the Grohe model.
I prefer this Grohe pull-out faucet by a narrow margin for one other reason: the direction and length of the spray wand. The Delta works great but the spray wand is a little too short for my long hands. The Grohe model is about four inches, nearly double the Delta, making it easier to hold onto.
Apart from the length of the spray wand mentioned above, you’ll find it very functional in other regards. The Ladylux³ Plus can be easily switched from spray to stream and back. The button on the top (or at your thumb, when you have the wand pulled out from the neck) takes no effort to push. And, saints be praised, the pull-out does NOT require you to keep the button held in order to continue in either spray or stream mode.
SilkMove – SpeedClean
The full-sized spray wand and straight neck aren’t the only useful features on the Ladylux³ Plus.
The single handle is easy to operate with fingers or an elbow. I often operate my faucet in a fashion you may have seen with surgeons preparing for an operation. It’s a personal quirk maybe, but I like to start and stop the flow sometimes without getting the faucet or handle wet.
This Ladylux³ model lets me do that by offering a handle that’s easy to pull down or push up, thanks to a ceramic cartridge inside. The name the company gave for that feature – SilkMove – may sound like a bit of marketing fluff but it is descriptive and the part works well.
Luckily, similar to Goldilock’s porridge, it’s not too easy nor too hard. Some handles are so easy to move they flop down on their own after a couple of years. Others are so stiff after a period of use you have to yank them and risk damaging the faucet.
That last is often due to lime build-up, which won’t be a problem with this Grohe, and it can affect the spray nozzles as well. Grohe has used a special material and hole design – something they call SpeedClean – to minimize the odds you’re ever being troubled by that. Sure, it’s another marketing buzzword but like the last one also equally descriptive and not bad as buzzwords go. You just wipe off the holes with a finger and lime build-up is non-existent.
Names aside, the thing will last for years. If you take this baby apart you can see how good the material is and how well the parts fit together. Even with modern machining some manufacturers just don’t bother with tight tolerances. Grohe has really done it well here. By the way, if any part should develop a problem – such as the hose leaking – Grohe will send you a replacement via UPS at no charge and with no hassle. That’s what I call a genuine Lifetime Warranty.
Installation of the Ladylux³ Plus isn’t effortless, but neither is it particularly difficult. That’s not a big plus in my view since the same could be said of dozens of faucets. Even so, there are some that are about as hard as replacing a piston in your car’s engine. It’s nice that Grohe gave some thought to this area and made the process simple for people like me with ten thumbs.
One word of warning, though. You do have to have a minimum of three inches between the neck and the wall in order to have enough clearance for everything to work properly. Most kitchens should present no problem but if you plan to put this in the bathroom, laundry room, or other location you should consider that requirement.
One interesting feature of the Grohe design is a spring rather than a weight to counterbalance the hose/wand. No one has reported that it weakens or breaks after a long period of use but it would make me a little concerned.
The Grohe Ladylux³ Plus is stylish, durable, and functions well. Grohe has a good reputation both for manufacturing quality and customer service. If you like the style, you can buy this one with confidence.
The Ladylux³ Plus is not for the frugal. Today the retail price of the Ladylux³ Plus faucet series varies between $529.00 and $839.00 depending on the finish you choose. That may be shocking for some but well worth the dollars spent for others.
The good news is that if you look around online you will definitely find a cheaper price. To find a good deal start your search here. Amazon for example currently sells the Starlight Chrome version for about $240 (!) less. That is a savings of 46%.