Best New Home Products 2010: Kitchen & Bath
A complete cheat sheet to this year's freshest ideas for your kitchen and bath
Pur 3 Stage Horizontal Mount Faucet Water Filter by Procter & Gamble
This water filter wins our vote because, unlike the rest, it clicks onto your faucet without major tools. The filter purifies about 100 gallons of drinking water before it needs changing, and a red light tells you when to do that. The whole thing swivels 360 degrees to fill pots and easily switches over to unfiltered water for washing them.
About $40, filter included; purwater.com
28 Cubic Foot French Door Refrigerator by Samsung
The waist-high drawer in this family-size fridge adapts to your household's ever-changing needs with four temperature settings. You can store meat or fish at a super-chilly 29 degrees F, a week's worth of juice boxes—right at kid height—at 33, a cheese platter at 37, or wine for a party at 42.
About $2,999 in stainless steel (shown); samsung.com
Bedford Kitchen Island by Ballard Designs
It's the crafty design of this island that caught our eye. It offers the substantial, furniture-grade look of a built-in plus modern design conveniences, such as storage on all four sides—and portability. A solid-pine base supports a 57-inch-long maple butcher-block top.
About $899; ballarddesigns.com
Rainshower Icon Showerhead by Grohe
Handshowers aren't new—they're just Euro—but one with a water-saving sliding button that you can work with only one digit deserves a slot on our list. Shift the Icon into low-flow mode and water volume is reduced without diminishing the spray coverage. It comes in six colors, from cheery to elegant.
About $114; groheamerica.com
Meridian Stool by Thos. Moser
We couldn't help but sit up and take notice of Thos. Moser's latest barstool design. With its gracefully arched legs and sculptural back, the handmade solid-cherry perch delivers a wholly original silhouette that's still timeless. Call it a modern heirloom.
About $1,200; thosmoser.com
Integrity Silestone Sink by Cosentino
As fastidious as you may be about cleaning, the joint where your kitchen sink meets your counters always fills up with crud. Cosentino gets the nod here for resolving this issue with an integrated-sink-and-countertop combo made of its popular antimicrobial scratch-and-stain-resistant quartz Silestone—the first of its kind.
Starting at $800; silestone.com
'Inspired by Marcus' Range by Bluestar
This admittedly pricey range packs more commercial-kitchen features into a residential model than we've ever seen. It boasts easy-close French doors and blazing 22,000-Btu burners, comes in a 30-inch and a 36-inch model, and is available in a raft of striking finishes, including matte black, bronze, silver, and copper (shown).
From $6,300; bluestarcooking.com
Grundtal Hanger by Ikea
This nearly 2-foot-long stainless-steel towel rod ingeniously packs in six pegs in alternating directions to boost the usability of each. Bonus: It fits on even the slimmest sliver of wall.
About $7.99; ikea.com
Outreach Centerset Lav Faucet by American Standard
We'll give this a Why Didn't We Think of That? award for adapting the kitchen pull-out to the bath. We also appreciate that it comes in traditional styling at a nice price. Available only from The Home Depot.
About $98 in polished chrome or $118 in satin nickel; americanstandard-us.com