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Mercedes Benz of Kitchen Faucets
on November 17, 2005
Grohe Europlus II kitchen faucet
Click on "see customer image" above for photo of the items included in the box. (The spring in the upper part of the photo is shipped in its compressed state.)
- During installation, when tightening the C-shaped brace on the underside of the faucet, if you're not careful, the supplied rubber washer could be set in a position that would bind the chrome hose from sliding in and out of the faucet. Grohe should address this issue to preclude installation problems and subsequent calls to their help desk.
- Like all kitchen faucets, this one is rated at 2.2 gallons per minute at 60 PSI, which is a Federal Standard meant to reduce water consumption. However, some faucets use a metal disc with a small hole in the center, just prior to the aerator, to restrict water flow - simply remove that disc, and full flow is restored. My "beef" with the Grohe, and it's a minor one, is that the aerator itself slows water flow and since it's a sealed unit, it can't be opened-up to let more water through.
To clarify: our kitchen sink has a 2nd faucet (Price Pfister model 72-M1SS), which had the disc. Before removing that disc, the Grohe and Price Pfister both took 28 seconds to fill a gallon jug. After removing the disc, the Price Pfister filled the jug in 21 seconds; at an ideal flow rate.
- There is a lifetime warranty on this faucet, as long as you keep a copy of your receipt.
- First rate design (other than the water flow issue). Faucet is beautiful, has built-in outstanding functionality, and works flawlessly. Examples: handle operates as smooth as silk in all directions with the optimal resistance (to movement) for controlling water volume and temperature; blue and red markers are on the handle to identify hot and cold; two buttons on the faucet head allow choice of normal operation or spray, without turning water off/on; faucet spray pulls out up to 30", and retracts effortlessly back into the faucet body due to the shiny and flexible chrome hose, with a spring assist pulling the hose inward; faucet head is easily "clicked" back into place into the faucet body. Height above the sink and length of the faucet, are just right.
- The spray head is light, so if you accidently drop it or knock it against something, it won't crack or chip what you hit, and your hand won't tire using it. Having a porcelain cast-iron sink, the last thing we wanted was one of those faucets with a heavy metal spray head. Drop one of those and the sink itself, or item in the sink, could be damaged. The hose (rubber, with a chromed metal outer sleeve) is very flexible. The satin nickle model is easy to clean.
- First rate quality. Metal parts are brass or stainless steel (the main faucet body is very heavy solid brass), every part is expertly machined or manufactured -- everything looks great and fits together perfectly. The round business end of the spray head where the water is ejected, is rubber, presumably to prevent lime build-up.
- Other than the C-shaped brace mentioned above, installation couldn't be more logical and easy. The simple "instructions" are wordless - just pictures - yet that's all that's needed. The hot & cold flexible stainless-steel braided water supply hoses are plenty long. The chrome faucet hose connects to the underside of the faucet with a quick release coupling, similar to those used with compressed air systems, making installation of the hose a snap, and if ever needed, will allow easy hose replacement. There were no leaks.
We had purchased and installed a $400 Danze brand faucet. I uninstalled and returned it for a refund after 3 days. It had a stiff nylon hose that wouldn't come out far enough for normal use with our 10" deep double sink - very frustrating. In addition, the 1 lb. weight clamped to that hose (to pull the hose back into the faucet) hung up on the faucet bottom if you pulled the hose out too far - then, you'd have to push the hose back into the faucet with both hands. It was also difficult to get the spray head to stay put in the faucet body, without "dangling" loose. The Danze was also more difficult to install than it should have been, as its input water feeds weren't long enough to clear the sink bottom, and the method to connect the hose to the bottom of the faucet was cheap and poorly conceived. The point is, buying an expensive faucet doesn't automatically mean you get a well designed unit.
My wife loves her Grohe faucet, which is really the bottom line. She thinks it's the ideal faucet choice for a kitchen sink. We renovated a house recently, and this is the faucet we bought for that kitchen.