We feature hundreds of kitchen and bath products in the pages of PRODUCTS magazine each year. With all the innovation happening in these spaces, it’s hard to pick a top 10. But with your help, we’ve compiled a list.
The kitchen and bath are the most heavily utilized rooms in the home, meaning the products in them need to be the most durable, stylish, and functional of any space. You’ve asked us most about these ten products, creating quite a buzz around their innovations and uses.
This top ten list shows that kitchens and baths are going green: several recycled and composite countertop materials are rising to challenge quartz. The list also highlights popular features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, water conservation, and sleek, modern designs.
While we’ve covered plenty of worthy products in all categories (see our MVP list from a panel of experts here and our Readers’ Choice Top Ten Building Products here) these were the ones that stood out to readers for the kitchen and bath. From 10 to one, see the full list of 2017 Readers’ Choice Top Ten K+B Products below.
The newest member of the company’s line of handshowers and showerheads, StyleFlow Air infuses the shower water with air to create fuller droplets without increasing water consumption. Available in multiple flow rates from 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute, it comes in polished chrome as well as 14 artisan finishes.
Cosentino’s Dekton ultra-compact sintered product is the next wave of solid surfacing, the company says. Able to take on the appearance of various materials, the product is durable, heat resistant, and non-porous. Trillium (shown) replicates the look of oxidized steel.
Fabricated with up to 78 percent recycled glass, the company’s solid surfacing can incorporate aggregates such as semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl, seashells, and more. The product is scratch resistant and low maintenance, and can be heat-bent to right angles during fabrication for waterfall edges.
New to the Benchmark Series of products, the 30-inch built-in single-door refrigerator permits design flexibility in a kitchen layout. The custom panel can be installed completely flush or framed and comes with Optiflex hinges so flush-mount doors do not interfere with cabinets. It has seven shelves, a humidity-controlled drawer, and LED lighting.
This new 30-inch microwave/wall oven features Wi-Fi connectivity to the manufacturer’s Culinary Center so users can preheat, check cooking status, and configure the unit through iOS or Android devices. It comes with a 7-inch touch-anywhere digital display, a soft- and auto-close door, and telescoping glide rack.
Professionally inspired, the Tournant faucet is a reimagined classic, the company says. It features a coated hose, a removable coil for easy cleaning, and a three-function pull-down sprayhead. The faucet comes in four finishes.
Ultra Green is a motion-sensing 80-CFM fan with a multi-speed motor and two compact fluorescent lights. Operating at 0.3 sone, it also features UltraQuick technology that makes installation easy.
3. Coverings Etc.
Noir Bio-Glass appears completely opaque until backlit by LEDs, making the 100 percent recycled tinted glass translucent. Also available in white, light green, dark green, blue, and amber, the layered glass material is manufactured into slabs for countertops and other decorative surfaces.
This glass-and-concrete composite countertop features 70 percent recycled glass by weight. Free of petrochemical and plastic resins, the product is scratch and UV resistant, and is available in 16 finish tones, including Alpine White (shown), Forest Fern, Gotham Gray, and Tuscan Sunset. Fabricated slabs are 52½ inches wide by 96½ inches long, with a 1¼-inch nominal thickness. The material is NSF 51 certified, is recyclable, and is Cradle to Cradle Certified.
Designed for retrofit and remodeling situations, the WhisperFit EZ fan offers the Pick-A-Flow speed selector, which allows users to select required airflow (80 or 110 CFM). Installation is easy with the Flex-Z Fast installation bracket and detachable installation adapter. It has a 5 5/8-inch housing depth that fits 2x6 construction.