23 New and Notable Kitchen and Bath Problem-Solvers
TOH editors found 23 items that make your life easier in the kitchen and bath
After scouring the market, TOH editors tracked down 23 household helpers for kitchen and bath, from a worth-the-splurge fridge with a hands-free water dispenser to simple fixes for under $25, like a ring that keeps hand towels off the floor.
Look closely: We're even giving some away in The Great TOH Giveaway sweepstakes.
With two sensors, the MotionSense Arbor faucet, from Moen, raises no-touch functionality up a notch. The water turns on with the wave of a hand above or below. It even responds to a pot that needs filling or to mitts that can't quite reach the handle.
From $625; moen.com
At about 25 inches wide and under $300, IKEA's Hemnes vanity with Rättviken sink fits nicely into a budget bath makeover. A cleverly designed water trap allows a full-size drawer up top.
About $279; ikea.com
The early-20th-century-inspired Dunbar porcelain bath-accessory collection runs the gamut: a towel bar and ring, a robe hook, a paper holder—plus a soap dish, a shelf, and a cup holder (not shown). Coordinating light fixtures are also available. In gray, white, or black.
From $27; rejuvenation.com
Formica's 180fx laminate in Bianca Luna impressively mimics white quartzite but won't leave you stone broke. Its realistic pattern repeats every 5 feet, instead of the standard 18 inches, and, with IdealEdge trim in bullnose, the sides look seamless.
From $25 per square foot; formica.com
Do you find shopping for tile a trickier task than laying it? Daltile's new Atmospheres line for The Home Depot aims to help you out, offering six coordinating collections from which to mix and match.
From $1.56 per square foot; homedepot.com
In addition to three speeds, the Broan Elite RME5030SS range hood has a temperature detector that kicks the fan to high when things heat up—and it's among the quietest, most efficient models around.
About $992; broan.com
The Islander Collection by Xylem brings it all together: mirror, hutch, vanity, sink, and cabinet. Add a faucet and sconces and you're done. Prefer another sink style? The legs adjust to raise the top.
About $2,640 as shown; xylem.biz
Most base-cabinet retrofits won't work if there's a drawer on top. Enter SmartCab from Hafele, which fits beneath a drawer and has sturdy wood construction and interchangeable inserts, such as a cutting board and a spice rack.
From $290; hafele.com/us
Brighten kitchen lights with a hit of color. Made of painted steel, these industrial-style shades are dome-, cone-, or disk-shaped to focus light down onto a table or workspace.
From $30; rejuvenation.com
Noteworthy features of the new GE Profile French Door fridge include a hands-free water dispenser with four temperature settings and a filter that removes 98 percent of impurities and five trace pharmaceuticals.
About $3,000; geappliances.com
Broan Ultra exhaust fans won't grate on your nerves or run up your electric bill. Their secrets: super-silent, extra-efficient DC motors and aerodynamic duct design.
About $257; broanultra.com
Make a citrusy splash with orange-hued wallpaper from Three Sisters Studio. Linen Weave evokes a classic grasscloth, while Kitchen Contours has some fun with utensils. Both are water resistant and wipe clean.
From $43 per roll; yorkwall.com
The new contoured shape of the Bellegrove double-bowl cast-iron sink by Kohler provides extra wiggle room for pots, and the rear-set drains are less likely to get blocked. In Ember (shown) and 17 other colors.
From $600; kohler.com
Don't rummage around looking for supplies when you can keep them in one place and wheel them to your prep area. IKEA's retro Raskog cart is small enough to tuck into a pantry and looks good enough to leave out. Also in gray.
About $50; ikea.com
Maytag does away with stinky self-cleaning in its new ovens with AquaLift, which uses temps below 200 degrees F and 2 cups of water to loosen grime in less than an hour. Plus, at 6.2 cubic feet, it can cook for a crowd.
From $799; maytag.com
Put down wood in the kitchen with no fear of wear. Shaw's Hudson Bay engineered hickory planks come in mixed widths and have weathered graining with a warrantied finish.
About $8 per square foot; shawfloors.com
Ever think it'd be nice to press pause on the stream when soaping up in the shower? With the digitally controlled Levaqua FH220, you can. Its 5-inch-wide head has four spray combos and a timer.
ABout $70; levaqua.com
Small but mighty, Cuisinart's Oven Central can roast a meat loaf, steam fish, fry bacon, saute onions, griddle pancakes—and even bake cupcakes, four at a time.
About $129; cuisinart.com