Kitchen and Bath Problem-Solvers and Cool Finds
Inventive new products offer easy ways to upgrade the kitchen and bath. Here are 28 that caught our eye
Pro-style 18-gauge stainless steel gives this bowed apron-front sink a sharp look. It's a pot-accommodating 9 inches deep and comes with a single or double basin.
From $934; moen.com for stores
NOTE: We've included manufacturers' suggested retail prices. As new products become more available, prices will come down, so check around for the best deal.
Finding the juicer, grater, egg separator, and more is no problem when they're right between the funnel and the measuring cup. And it's fun to keep the eye-catching All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set where you can see it.
About $40; momastore.org
The Romans had to piece together their elaborate mural and floor designs bit by bit; this mosaic of honed and polished marble comes on interlocking sheets.
About $42 per square foot; Tile Circle
Give open shelves something to showcase and yourself a hardworking enameled-iron pot. The classic Dutch oven now comes in three matte colors: this Mineral Blue, Cotton, and Sisal.
From $120; Le Creuset
Solid, through-color acrylic, matte or polished, gives the shapely 71-inch Canova tub more heft than hollow-core acrylic tubs, with less risk of permanent scratches.
From $5,503; catalanousa.com for stores
Peeking out from under the matte-black shade of the Chicago pendant is a fashionable lining of unlacquered brass. Matching brass clips complete the elegant-industrial look.
From $200; Rejuvenation
"Tile" a new shower without breaking a sweat or dealing with grout. A set of Subway Tile Walls, in mold-resistant polymer, includes three 36-by-72-inch glue-in-place panels.
From $1,037; swanstone.com for stores
Preheat the Profile wall oven via cell phone and get a text when the roast is done. Its convection fan sits above the racks, so pans won't block fast, even cooking.
From $2,999; ge.com for stores
Sweep those gizmos and their chargers into a drawer equipped with this code-compliant device, which has USB ports and is wired through the back of an existing drawer and cabinet.
About $170; Docking Drawer
Pans and raised- handle lids are easy to grab yet out of sight with this slide-out. The rack, which can handle 100 pounds, comes with heavy-duty hooks and an easy-install mounting bracket; you provide the empty cabinet.
About $200; Glideware
With two separate units below—one with four settings so that it can chill or freeze— French doors up top, plus an ice-and-water dispenser, Samsung's Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator aims to accommodate it all.
About $6,400; samsung.com for stores
These days you can press, pour over, cold-filter, and even steam your coffee, but the handsome, low-tech Bialetti Moka Express, launched in 1933, works just fine. Now in four cheery colors.
About $40; Bialetti
This shelf unit cleverly shares the hinges on a door and closes with the help of a magnet. Use it as an extra medicine cabinet or a bonus pantry on the way to the basement.
From $130; Cabidor
Reclamation porcelain tiles come with molded-concrete mottling (shown) or convincing wood grain, in squares or lengths, in four weathered shades.
From $6.80 per square foot; crossvilleinc.com for stores
With 16 jets built right into prongs on the top rack, this Profile dishwasher finally gets to the bottom of vases, travel mugs, and water bottles. Another 86 jets scour the rest.
About $1,300; GE
Two features turn the Whitehaven Hayridge sink into a focal point: pleasing proportions and unexpected texture. Made of enameled cast iron, it comes in 17 colors and as a single or double basin.
From $1,650; Kohler
The Monolith's sleek opaque-glass tank—in white or black—saves space in small quarters. A dual-flush floor-mount, it connects to existing drainage and water supply lines.
About $1,250; geberit.us for stores
Handmade animal- and bird-theme tiles, designed by Charlie Harper, can hang on a wall or accent a backsplash. The newest additions to Harper's menagerie: a squirrel, a koala, and an owl. To make the ½-inch-thick tiles flush with surrounding tiles, vary the thickness of the backer board. Or let the accent tile protrude; it's finished on all sides.
From $70 each; motawi.com for stores
Keep up to 20 bottles close by but tucked away with the Pullout Wine Organizer. This well-engineered wine rack is so discreet, it even has a soft open and close.
About $630; Rev-A-Shelf
Yes, that's a wireless tablet built into the space-age control panel on the 48-inch dual-fuel Discovery iQ. Use it to call up a recipe, set oven temperatures, or download new apps.
About $12,000; dacor.com for stores