The Look for Less: Kitchen and Bath Bargains
In most things, you get what you pay for, but every once in a while you luck out. Here are 10 nifty kitchen and bath products that are truly deals
In most things, you get what you pay for, but every once in a while you luck out. Here are a few nifty products we found that are truly deals, offering the features of higher-end products for less money.
A granite countertop is a staple in high-end kitchens, but don't let the high price tag deter you. Granite tiles are much more affordable than slabs and are easier to install. Now available in 15 new colors, Benissimo's Granite Solutions takes it a step further by offering ½-inch tiles that have a 1½-inch bullnose. The best part: it's about 50 percent less costly than a slab.
The Old World look doesn't come cheap. A custom-made, Tuscan-style stone or cement range hood costs thousands of dollars and often takes a few weeks to install. Euro Cast Design's Cast Travertine Kitchen Hoods are made of pre-cast crushed travertine, meaning they are not only cheaper—they run between $1,100 and $5,800 depending on which of the eight styles you choose, they weigh 70 percent less and can be installed in under half an hour. That means you'll also save a bundle on installation costs and may even be able to put the hood in yourself.
A perfect patina on a tin backsplash adds loads of character to a kitchen, but that look can take decades to achieve and finding one for a remodel is a pricey proposition. Opt instead for ACP's Fasade, which is made of a composite thermoplastic and goes for about $4 per square foot. (Real tin is at least double that and often more.) The backsplash has a faux patina right out of the box so no one will be the wiser.
Towel warmers are one of those little luxuries that cost way more than you expect. Normally pricey Myson is releasing two new budget-minded towel warmers (Pearl and Diamond) that go for between $200 and $400, depending on the finish or style you choose. They aren't the prettiest models the company offers, but they will look great to your wallet.
Bosch's products are normally unattainable for most people, but the new Ascenta dishwasher is a welcome exception. You'll get all the bells and whistles the company is known for (including exceptional energy efficiency, quiet operation, and a stainless-steel tub) for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of about $550 to $800.
The very flexible Arden collection from Grohe runs about $250 to $330, roughly half the price of most of the company's other faucets. It has a transitional look that will fit in both modern and traditional baths. The faucets are WaterSense-certified and available in Grohe's WaterCare line, made up of products that use 30 percent less water.
This stainless steel sink from Sterling has the look of a fabricated sink (with a large X stamped on the bottom, something usually seen only on costlier models) but starts at about only $400. Its rounded corners are easy to clean and prevent debris from piling up.
They say the details are what matter in any design, but those details can get pretty expensive. Mirrorscapes from Moen, which is available only through wholesale dealers, allows you to get the look of a custom frame on any wall-mount, plate-glass mirror you already own (seen here before Mirrorscapes is added).
There are five styles to choose from that range from modern to classic, as well as a variety of metallic (perfect for matching faucets) and wood finishes (if you choose to coordinate with cabinetry). A paintable version is also available from Moen for further customization. A 4-foot-by-8-foot mirror ranges from about $140 to about $190.