The annual awards program recognizes new and innovative products debuting at KBIS. Winners, selected from more than 100 entries and 50 finalists, were announced in a ceremony on the show’s KBISNeXT Stage on February 21, the last day of the show.
“Every year, the Best of KBIS award winners set the tone for innovation and certainly deserve the industry-wide spotlight that only this show can offer,” says Brian Pagel, senior vice president at Emerald Expositions, the operator of KBIS. “We are proud to play a key role in recognizing the ‘best of the best’ at KBIS.”
The 2019 Best of KBIS judging committee included Laurie Haefele, Assoc. AIA, founder of Haefele Design; Aimee Inouye, AKBD, founder of AID+D; Kelly Morisseau, CMKBD, CID, of MSK Design Build; Nathan Reynolds, CAPS, CLIPP, interior designer at Insperiors, LLC; and Aston Smith, kitchen designer at Bilotta Kitchens.
Best of Show: DXV by American Standard
The Blade 3D Printed Faucet is “designed to surprise and delight the user with a unique water experience.” Blade is printed in stainless steel and finished by hand.
Kitchen Gold: Signature Kitchen Suite
Signature Kitchen Suite’s 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range features the cooking functionality of six appliances, including a built-in sous vide, induction and gas burners, a combi steam oven, and a convection oven.
HydroTap provides instant filtered boiled, chilled, or sparkling water from a single tap. Six faucet designs and 12 colors are available.
Bath Gold: TOTO
Flotation Tub With ZERO DIMENSION simulates zero gravity by using body posture to eliminate the mechanical load on their joints. The tub is constructed of the company’s Galaline man-made marble material. The tub also features a neck spa, massage jets, and a lighted skirt.
Bath Silver: Hansgrohe
PowderRain from Hansgrohe creates microdroplets to provide a warmer and more drenching shower experience with less splashing.
Smart Home Technology: Moen
Moen has partnered with Flo Technologies to introduce Flo by Moen, a water detection system that can prevent leaks and water damage. The system can alert homeowners to slight irregularities via smartphone and turn the water system off in the event of a large leak.
Outdoor Living: Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Kalamazoo Arcadia Series Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets feature a transitional look, with horizontal lines and contrasting materials. Boards covering the cabinets can be specified in oiled ipe wood or powder-coated stainless steel. The cabinets accommodate all company grills, smokers, cooktops, and refrigeration. Matching appliance surrounds and finishing panels are also available.
Impact Award: Fotile
Fotile’s space-saving Sink Dishwasher fits next to the kitchen sink for easy access. The dishwasher can finish dish loads in less than 30 minutes and can also be used clean fruits and vegetables or chill seafood.