Kitchen & Bath
pack all the Btu punch of baseboard heat into a more compact
package, making them a natural for the bathroom, where both
space and a desire for warmth are at a premium. The flat-tube
Omnipanel is designed to double as a towel warmer. Models are
available in hydronic or electric configurations for
adaptability with all types of general heating systems.
Electric panels come in 16- and 24-inch widths and 26-, 35-,
and 44-inch heights. Hydronic models come in five widths and
five heights. Accessories include pull-out drying racks and
color accent strips of solid brass with integral towel bars or
robe knobs. Hydronic panel prices start at $434; electric start
multi-tasker, the Boléro provides 1,250-watt forced
hot air, 750-watt radiant heat, a 2,000-watt combination of
both, or room-temperature circulation to help promote drying.
Adjustable towel bars and robe pegs round out its versatility.
The unit requires a 240-volt hard-wire connection. New features
include a draft detecting, two-stage electronic thermostat that
automatically activates the fan unit for even, uninterrupted
room heat. The Boléro comes in white only. The price
will be announced on the company website toward the end of
Get 'Em While They're Hot.
There's more to towel
warming than mere comfort; there's also more to comfort than
warm towels. Dry towels don't support smelly mold or bacterial
growth and can therefore reduce laundering. With eight heat
settings and seven-day programming, Zehnder's Towel Radiator
allows the bathroom to be heated independently, according to
the occupant's daily needs. The infrared remote controller
requires no direct wiring and eliminates the need for a
programmable thermostat. Radiators can be purchased as 120-volt
plug-in or direct-wire models and in over 100 "designer"
colors, with prices starting at $700.
Zehnder America, 888/778-6701,
ladder-type configurations, the Hinge-It system's serpentine
tubing allows a towel to be easily removed and replaced at any
level on the rack. The all-electric line operates at
150°F to 170°F, intended to make only towels, not
rooms, toasty. For best results, fold towels once across the
length, then again, and fold over the heated bars. This ensures
the most comfortable, center-heated towel, according to a
company spokesperson. A five-towel rack consumes 70 watts; and
the smallest, two-towel unit uses only 35 watts. Unit
configurations include wall-mount, swivel wall-mount,
back-of-door hinge-mount, and an ultra-compact spiral
wall-mount. Finish options include polished or brushed
stainless steel or white epoxy-coated stainless steel. A
stainless-steel outlet cover plate is included for direct
wiring; plug-in units are also available. The most expensive
model costs $130, leaving no excuse for omitting warm towels
from your next bathroom job.
Hinge-It, 800/284-4643, www.hingeit.com.
Remodel the Range.
quick kitchen upgrade: Pull out the old hood and the cabinet it
hangs from, repair the wall, and install a new Rangemaster
RM50000. At 270 cfm, this hood provides a good rate of
evacuation above a 30-inch cooktop, following one recommended
standard of 50 cfm per square foot of cooktop. The hood is
available in 30- and 36-inch widths ($690 and $754,
respectively) and comes with two 40-watt incandescent lamps and
a built-in backdraft damper; finish options include stainless
steel. Now suggest losing the gold-fleck laminate and that 1972
harvest gold stove.
Broan-Nutone, 800/558-1711, www.broan.com.
Blow Your Own Way.
If you're not bothered by virtually
unlimited options, Rangecraft has the vent hood you're looking
for. Specializing in copper, brass, and stainless steel, or any
combination thereof, the company offers an extensive design
line as well as full custom fabrication services. All hoods
include halogen lighting and "micro baffle filters" and can be
ordered in 600-, 900-, or 1,200-cfm internal fan capability.
External fan mounting is also available. How much would you
like to spend?
are home to a cooktop, but, without a capturing wall, cooking
heat and vapors tend to wander. The solution is a wide canopy
and a more powerful motor. The 48x29-inch Axia Isola spreads
more than 9 square feet of aerodynamic-looking stainless steel
over the heat. A 600-cfm motor mounted in the chimney lets the
canopy maintain a slim profile and keeps the view uncluttered.
Four halogen downlights provide the chef with bright
illumination. A noisy motor can discourage exhaust use, but
this manufacturer claims a peaceful 3.5- to 6.5-sone range,
depending on the three-speed blower setting. The 48-inch model
lists for $3,450; a 36-inch-model is also available, listing
Under and Out.
In kitchens as well
as automobiles, it's what's under the hood that really matters.
The Tamburo range hood combines undercabinet utility and style,
housing a variable speed, 400-cfm, 5-sone blower and two
halogen lamps beneath a stylish curved canopy projection. A
clever adjustable panel at the rear incorporates a utensil
hanger and allows the hood to install flush between cabinets 10
inches to 14 3/4 inches deep. Finish options include black,
white, and stainless steel. List prices start at $439 for the