10 Kitchen and Bath Products for Healthy Living
These kitchen and bath products will leave you feeling great.
A new crop of kitchen and bath products promises to help us lead healthier lives—or just look and feel great.
Fountainhead VibrAcoustic Bath from Kohler takes relaxation to a whole new level, using sound therapy and vibrations to help you unwind completely. The tub comes with four pre-designed "experiences" (created in conjunction with a sound therapist) that integrate music, vibration, and lighting meant to slow the body's internal rhythms and to align the bather's breathing rate with the mellow beats. Audio transducers are located both on the backside of the bath and also below the water, allowing the music to be both felt and heard. About $12,750
LG's SteamWashers now feature Allergiene. The allergen-reducing cycle is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and eliminates 95 percent of common allergy triggers, such as dust mites and pet dander, from fabrics. About $1,399-$2,699
For many, being closed in a little pod may not be so relaxing. But if you can get over the look, the futuristic Balance from neoQi offers a smorgasbord of features, including infared and steam saunas, aroma- and chromatherapy, hydromassage, air bubble massage, a hand shower, and a music system. You may never want to come out. About $12,500
According to Coway, its AP-1207BH air filtration system keeps indoor air clean by filtering 99.9 percent of pet dander, dust, germs, cigarette smoke, viruses, and animal odor using a five-stage system. Air is released from all four sides of the unit, keeping all corners of a room fresh. A color-changing display shows various pollution levels. The cute device can also double as a side table.
WarmlyYours is best known for its radiant floor heating, but the company has branched out with a line of towel warmers and defoggers. A special Spa Package, which lets you buy all three at once at a significant discount, allows you to get the relaxing amenities normally found at a resort or day spa for your own home. About $1,000-$1,800
Everpure normally produces water filtration systems for restaurants and coffee shops, but its newest offering is for homes. The H-300 Water Filtration System removes particulate impurities as small as .5 microns in diameter, as well as cloudiness, discoloration, and bad taste. It can fit under virtually any countertop. About $430
Installing a separate steam room is great if you have a sky's-the-limit budget, but if you want to upgrade without going all out, you'll appreciate the new Spa Package from Mr. Steam. It includes a steam generator, aromatic-oil and mood-lighting systems, and in-shower speakers. The very best part: you can retrofit your existing shower for about $3,000.
Ever filled up a warm, inviting bath only to have the phone ring and to return to a lukewarm soak? Well those days are over if you install ThermaSsure. The handy device can be retrofitted on existing tubs and keeps the water temperature at exactly where you set it on an illuminated display. About $1,100
Megasonic from Coway is a kitchen faucet that uses sound waves that form tiny bubbles in the water flow to more effectively remove dirt and chemicals from dishes and produce. The company claims the system allows you to use little to no detergent for washing, is safer, and is more effective than soap.
The SunShower from ProSun is a zany hybrid. The device, which can be installed in any shower, has ultraviolet lamps that tan you while you bathe. If that doesn't sound like a particularly healthy proposition, the new SR Plus version features LEDs at the top that employ near-infrared light to reduce the appearance of aging on your face, all while your body from the neck down gets that sun-kissed glow. About $10,900