Editor's Product Picks from KBIS
Kitchen and Bath Ideas Editor Linda Eggerss shares her favorite products from the latest Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
-Hello I'm Linda Eggerss editor of Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine. It's a big part of my job to keep you informed about what's new in kitchen and bath products. So come on along with me as I tour the annual kitchen and bath industry show. I'll update you on what's the greatest and latest in kitchen and bath products for your project. In the kitchen cabinetry is almost always your single biggest investment. So, it should be beautiful and hardworking. These internal cabinet fittings from Craftmade not only pull out for easy access, but they are magnetized; so awkward items don't get lost in the bottom of the drawer or the back of a closet. And why not apply that same magic in your bathroom. Pull outs work well anywhere. And a spice drawer insert can just as easily organize your nail polish or cosmetics. Probably the next biggest investment you all make is in appliances. So, let's look at those next. A new line of dishwashers from Sears Kenmore brand is more energy and water efficient than ever before. And here's some nifty feature, an attachment perfect for holding knives safely, and by the way this dishwasher was so quiet, I didn't even realized it was running. Here are the refrigerator from Haier with doors that open to the fridge compartment just like french doors do and underneath them a super-sized freezer drawer is big enough to hold your Thanks Giving turkey, plus it can be converted to fridge space when you need to use it for that. And from Dacor here's a cooking appliance configured as a drawer. It doubles as a microwave oven for a warming drawer, which ever you need at any given moment. These new prostyle ranges from Bertazzoni are priced very competitively and are sure to be hit with cooks who not only want great cooking results, but for their range to be a colorful focal point in their kitchen. And while a food waste disposer may not be a sexy as a colorful range, it certainly an appliance that needs to work hard. This new model from InSinkErator not only grinds all kind of tough food waste efficiently, it's also amazingly quiet. Here's how the older model sound. -That's a pretty typical annoying noise. -And here's the new model in action. Hear the difference? I sure did. -Significantly it really---- -Some faucets were also becoming quieter. At the Moen's booth, I listened to faucets with a laminar water flow and they are indeed quieter than those with more aeration of the water. Aeration is a good thing though when you want to give veggies a vigorous spring, as shown here in Moen's pull-out faucet in a handsome matte black finish. Deep rich finishes are gaining in popularity, as our pot filler faucets like this one in oil-rubbed bronze. At the KWC booth, I saw an eye-catching pull-out faucet called the Eve. Incorporating LED technology, this slim gorgeous faucet is rimmed with light. Why not give your kitchen a bit of a spectacular. LED technology is making its presence felt in other ways too. See how the light changes from blue to red as I adjust the temperature on this faucet? Next, let's look at one of the hottest surfaces for today's kitchens, engineered stone, which is made up largely of quartz. Cambria showed me how using their product makes countertops seem nearly invisible. There also now offering quart surfacing in smaller pieces appropriate for many applications including a shower. But if your budget requires more flexibility, take a second look at laminate, a product that's been around for years. Wilsonart makes laminate in every shade and pattern imaginable and if you order custom edges like these, you can achieve a high-end virtually seamless look for a quarter of the cost of stone surfaces. Now, let's look at products design for bathrooms. Sometimes, it's the little things that matter. For instance, this pivoting toilet tissue holder from Baldwin Hardware makes the task of changing the roll just a bit easier and a bowed towel holder accommodates even the biggest bath sheet. And how cool is this, Robern M Series medicine chest stores everything you'd expect it to and then some. The right side is refrigerated; so, you can keep your bottled water, nail polish, or heat sensitive prescriptions chilled. And leave it to the experts at Kohler to come up with this showering experience as custom as this. The DTV II combines water, music, light, and steam. All fully programable with easy controls, just pick your favorites and enjoy. And finally, what product is that it can give instant impact to a kitchen or bath, tile; whether its sparkly, shimmering, matte, glazed; tile adds a touch of class to any project. Walker Zanger has teamed up with designer Michael Berman to put together a tile collection that elegantly combines ceramic and stone. For me, it was a real show stopper. That's it for this year's tour of the kitchen and bath industry show floor, but if you're planning a kitchen or bath project check out our photo gallery to see some of the most beautiful kitchens and bath we photographed recently. Enjoy.