Kitchen & Bath
With a total
of 22 body and back jets, the Stamina shower is a
"plug-and-play" system that requires only a water hookup to
install. The system includes a 3/4-inch thermostatic valve,
eight body jets, ten back jets, and handheld and overhead
showerheads. The multi-piece acrylic surrounds come in 48- and
60-inch models. Options include full roof cap, steam unit, and
door, and are offered in standard and non-standard colors.
Suggested list price for a fully equipped 60-inch model is
$6,848 — add $240 for color upgrades.
Made for Upgrade.
body jets incorporated into the valve trim, the Monitor Jetted
Shower XO series makes a remodeling upgrade nearly as
convenient as new construction. The valve also features a third
outlet for an additional showerhead, hand-spray, or body jet,
which does require some rough plumbing behind the surround. A
three-way diverter provides a variety of spray selections or
combinations. The system costs a relatively affordable $406 to
$854, depending on the finish and additional outlets
Delta Faucet, 800/345-3358,
Get Wet With The Jet Set.
wealth-challenged clients can finally stop gazing through the
showroom window at all those highfalutin zillion-dollar custom
shower modules and start enjoying the bathing styles of the
rich and famous. The $400 VertiSpa retrofit shower system
brings spa prices down with a bang — or is it a splat?
Anyway, the fully assembled unit is said to be easy to install
and to "operate seamlessly with existing pressure-balancing
valves." Sliding rails allow the unit to adjust up or down for
bathers short and tall, while a diverter regulates the action
between body jets and overhead spray.
American Standard, 800/899-2614,
generally like to feel they're in command, even while naked in
the shower. Cater to their needs with the ESS - Electronic
Shower System, which gives push-button control of the entire
experience. Switching jets is as easy as channel surfing; an
extra button can even be used to control an external audio
system. What's more, a second module enables selection of
temperature and spray settings as far as 65 feet from the
shower. The price for all that power starts at $2,500 to
$5,000, depending on finish. An optional fiber-optic
chromatherapy showerhead is available for an additional
An optional in-line
600-cfm ventilator is just the beginning of the attributes
boasted for the PMOR30 Over-the-Range Microwave. And why not
boast? This 30-inch-wide oven can not only microwave, but
convection cook too, or even combine both modes to "bake,
broil, brown, and crisp." A sensor mode detects when food is
properly cooked. That plus a special setting that keeps food
warm for 30 minutes more than justify this unit's presence in
the kitchen. The 1.6-cubic-foot oven uses 1100 watts and costs
$676 in white or black, $717 in stainless steel.
Square Meals in a Round World.
Instead of rotating, the "turntable" in this oven uses
back-and-forth motion to distribute the radiation evenly
throughout rectangular dishes measuring up to 12x14 1/2 inches.
The LMVM1955S Over-the-Range Oven includes halogen
down-lighting, cranks up at 1170 watts, and provides 1.9 cubic
feet of oven space. The 4-speed blower is rated at 220 cfm. The
oven lists for $450 to $480, depending on finish.
LG Electronics, 800/942-3786,
Hybrid Wall Oven.
The oven is
typically the least-used major kitchen appliance, but a Profile
Trivection Oven may provide the exception to that rule. A
combination of microwave, thermal, and convection heat cooks
food up to five times faster, according to the maker. The oven
uses standard cookware and fits in existing cabinet openings,
simplifying kitchen upgrades. Note, however, that the oven does
not perform as a conventional, stand-alone microwave cooker.
The single-oven model JT930 retails for approximately $2,350
and the JT980 double-oven model starts at $3,700.
Over-the-Range Microwave emits its cooking energy from beneath
a ceramic surface and needs no turntable. Even better, the
2.1-cubic-foot oven automatically monitors cooking vapors to
determine optimal cooking times, eliminating the need to enter
settings. A removable, two-position rack enables multiple
dishes to be heated simultaneously. Inverter technology
provides true variable power rather than full power at reduced
intervals, preventing unappealing cooking results. The oven
includes a 300-cfm two-speed ventilator and sells for
Sharp Electronics, 800/237-4277,