9 Innovations at the Kitchen and Bath Show
Smart home technology isn’t just for high-end remodels. These 9 products from the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Show (KBIS) make everyday life a little easier while improving your space’s function and appearance.
Countertop Refresh New countertops instantly transform a kitchen, but they typically require demolition and disruption to daily life. From Caesarstone comes Transform, the first solid surface coverup that fits over existing countertops and installs in less than a day. These low-maintenance countertops resist stains and scratches and feature a lifetime warranty.
Seamless Marble-Look Tile Love the look of seamless stone but can't afford the high-end price tag? Available in 10x5-foot panels, Daltile's Panoramic Porcelain surfaces feature the beauty of stone and the versatility and performance of tile. The oversize tiles can be used on walls, countertops, tub decks, and floors. The tiles are available in eight colorways and polished or honed finishes.
Two-In-One Showerhead Looking to replace a showerhead but can't decide between standard and rain sprays? The HydroRain showerhead from Delta offers both options (they can operate simultaneously as well as feature settings for shampoo rinsing and massage). The faucet is available in four finishes and is a beginning DIY project-only a wrench required.
Toekick Vacuum Stop kitchen messes before they collect and eliminate the need for dustpan storage with Diamond Cabinet's new built-in vacuum. Located in the cabinet base, the floor-level vacuum activates with the tap of a foot and features a hidden disposable bag.
Connected Appliances If your morning routine starts with A) clicking on the smartphone and B) downing a cup of coffee, Bosch's new smart technology brings those activities together. Connect to the Bosch Home Connect app and select the perfect brew-the appliance will take it from there. Smart appliances also include wall ovens, laundry units, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Appliances also sync with Amazon Alexa and Dash Replacement as well as the Nest thermostat.
Design-It-Yourself Cabinets Custom cabinets are spendy and require long lead times. Welborn Cabinet's new You Draw It features allows homeowners and designers to create custom arrangements and pieces such as shelves, islands, and pantries (at a semicustom price and 6-week timeline). The design options allow for mixing wood species, glass, metals and laminates for a truly one-of-a-kind look.
Fingerprint-Free Kitchen With a style-forward black matte finish, GE's new Cafe Black Slate appliances are designed to elevate kitchen decor while hiding fingerprints and smudges. The line is available in dishwashers, ovens, hoods, and-coming this spring-refrigerators.
Sinks with Style and Substance Think there's nothing new in kitchen sinks? From Elkay, Crosstown stainless sinks are sleek and modern and have amenities to make kitchen cleanup a bit easier. Faucets mount to the sink deck to prevent spray on countertops. Racks allow for dish drying and are customized for wineglasses, cutting boards, and silverware. Crosstown sinks are available in multiple sizes and configurations and can be top-mount or undermount.
Self-Cleaning Toilet With both quick- and deep-cleaning methods, American Standard's new Acticlean toilet makes this household chore a thing of the past. Simply press one of the two buttons at the top of tank and the cleaning solution goes to work. Clean once a week and you'll never need a toilet brush again.