The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) wrapped up last week, and there were plenty of new and innovative products to see. These 11 caught the eye of our editors.
KBIS, which took place in Las Vegas from February 18-21, was filled with education, networking, design ideas, and of course, new products. Trends that dominated the KBIS booths were clean lines, bold colors, and, of course, smart technology. The push for smart products was enthusiastically by appliance manufacturers, who seemed to be debuting new connected abilities everywhere we looked.
KBIS was co-located with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) for the sixth consecutive Design and Construction Week. The combined show drew crowds of more than 100,000 design and construction professionals and more than 2,000 exhibitors.
For a sneak peak of what you missed or a reminder of what you saw, check out these 11 standout kitchen and bath products. And check out our review of IBS here.
In its 100th year, KitchenAid is entering the smart home arena with its Smart Oven+. The oven won an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, and features a 4.5-inch LCD display that pairs with a mobile app, giving users the ability to monitor system status, control operations, and receive alerts. The oven is also compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. Even-Heat technology promotes air flow and circulation for even cooking, and three powered accessories make steaming, grilling, and baking easier.
The cabinetry and hardware manufacturer is introducing three new wine storage solutions, including the space-efficient wine pegs (shown). Wine Posts and Parallel Rods allow bottles to be seen from the front either on the wall or inside a drawer.
Kohler added several more intelligent toilets at KBIS this year, including Eir (shown). Eir features a sleek design with a curving profile. A metal ring around the lid provides a decorative accent. It also features hands-free opening and closing, bidet options, one-click bowl sanitation, and a heated seat with a touchscreen remote.
GE’s newest appliance brand is debuting new smart cooking appliances that pair with the Cafe and Hestan apps for guided cooking. Control Mode allows users to set precise burner temperatures from the app and can select from a number of pre-programmed recipes. The induction cooktop features five burners.
Thor is debuting an affordable outdoor kitchen suite that includes eight modular pieces. The options, all on locking wheels, include the 24-inch indoor/outdoor refrigerator drawer, pizza oven, side burner with a bottom cabinet, grill, grill cabinet, sink cabinet, corner cabinet, and appliance cabinet. Pieces can be mixed or matched to create a variety of configurations.
The appliance maker has introduced the new Minimal Collection, including a handleless oven to achieve clean, seamless lines. Knobs and handles were eliminated in favor of a touch-to-open door and an LCD control display.
Signature Kitchen Suites
LG’s newest appliance brand is debuting a wine column with Wine Cave technology, which eliminates vibrations that are harmful to wine preservation. Three separate temperature zones are available in the 24-inch model, and two in the 18-inch model. An LED display controls product settings.
The maker of affordable bath products entered a new category with the introduction of its Sunfield Lighted Mirrors. Mirrors feature LED lighting that matches daylight and can be controlled via an optional dimmer switch. Four sizes are available, including 23-inch rounds, 20-by-24-inch rectangles, 37-by-24-inch rectangles, or 56-by-24-inch rectangles.
Moen + Nebia
Moen has partnered with shower startup Nebia to distribute it’s shower products that promote water conservation. The Nebia Spa Shower 2.0 provides a hotter, more drenching shower while saving 65 percent of water compared with conventional showers. It is constructed from powder-coated aluminum in matte silver and matte black. It is available now on Kickstarter.
True has introduced Emerald to the color options for its Build Your True refrigeration program. The shade is meant to promote well-being, balance, and harmony. It can be paired with a variety of hardware finishes.
ProfiLine is a new dishwasher that offers a 24-minute ProSpeed wash cycle, a tray for oversized utensils, and a basket system for awkwardly-shaped or fragile items such as wine glasses or serving platters. The door automatically opens when the wash cycle is complete, allowing air to circulate and moisture to dry.