What’s New in Kitchens and Baths

Recycled countertop. Though granite remains the leader, engineered countertops are catching up. Green products like Cosentino’s Eco, with 75% recycled content, are especially popular.

Wall-hung commode: Though most buyers want a bigger bath, those who can’t have it want products that save space without sacrificing storage, like the Veil toilet by Kohler.

Clawfoot tub. Freestanding tubs — such as this one from Victoria Albert — are hot sellers, making it clear that demand for traditional design in the bathroom has not abated.

Accessible toilet. Products for aging-in-place, like American Standard’s Champion Pro toilet, will continue to proliferate.

Hands-free faucet. Buyers flock to anything that makes life easier. Kohler’s Sensate faucet is activated with a wave of the hand.

Two-oven stove. Thirty-inch ranges with two ovens — like Whirlpool’s Gold Double Oven Freestanding Range — are increasingly popular. The small upper oven heats leftovers and cooks small dishes without using a lot of energy.

Ceiling range hood. Manufacturers have made great strides in vent technology. Broan-Nutone’s Best Sorpresa Cirrus can be mounted in 9-foot ceilings without sacrificing airflow, because air is drawn in through the edges as well as the center.

Sideways oven door. Any product that makes life easier will find a ready audience. This Gaggenau oven has a door that opens sideways so users don’t have to reach as far.

Hot-water dispenser. GE has added hot water to the water dispenser on its Cafe refrigerator.

Versatile LEDs. Today’s LED products offer a lot more design choices than incandescents or halogens: Troy Lighting’s Ginza

Corbitt’s Spellbound

and CSL’s Pro puck show what’s possible

Balancing act. Buyers are trying to balance resale value with customization. They’re choosing white cabinets with custom tile work and islands that can be replaced for relatively low cost.

Space-saving storage. Organizational products like Diamond Cabinets’ pull-down spice rack

and message center are hot sellers among all buyer groups.

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