Kitchen & Bath
Standard Vent. This top-of-the-line water
heater includes automatic sediment clearing, a cross-link
polymer dip tube, a factory-installed pressure-relief valve,
and a glass lining that the maker says provides twice the
corrosion resistance of competitive models. The 40- and
50-gallon Conservationist units each deliver 40,000 Btu per
hour using natural gas (an electric model is also available)
and recover 41 to 44 gallons per hour at a 90°F rise.
Standard ventilation is required. The units cost $600 and $700,
respectively. A.O. Smith, 800/527-1953,
Hot on the Spot. Continuous hot water on
demand isn't a new idea — but it's a good one, given the
right application. At a temperature rise of 45°F, the
Pronto! RTG-74 claims a 7.4-gallon-per-minute flow rate, enough
to supply one or two single-head showers without depriving the
next person in line of hot water. The unit measures 24 by 133/4
by 95/8 inches, takes 3/4-inch water and gas (natural or
propane) connections, and requires a 4-inch-diameter vent.
Suggested retail price is $1,149; a smaller, 4.2-gpm unit costs
$889. Rheem Water Heaters, 800/621-5622,
Loop System. The D'Mand Hot Water Delivery
System is a button-activated pump that kicks in to deliver hot
water to an outlet in mere seconds. A point-of-use temperature
sensor deactivates the pump when the hot water arrives. The
system requires a return water line to the cold-water inlet at
the water heater, and it is compatible with the manufacturer's
proprietary cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing. Model 100
serves systems with tubing runs of less than 100 feet and costs
$395; Model 200 handles longer runs and costs $650.
Uponor Wirsbo, 800/321-4739,
www.wirsbo.comA Tankless Job.
Thoughtful clients eager to
conserve natural resources may worry that a tankless heater
won't be up to the task of supplying more than one major outlet
at a time. Fear not: The gas-fired GWH-635-ES heater is more
than capable, says the maker, with a maximum output of 6.35 gpm
at a 45°F temperature rise. It costs $1,200.
Keep Out. EasyLock hardware discreetly
prevents access to cabinets containing household poisons or
prescription medicines. The magnetic card-actuated device is
easy to retrofit or relocate, says the maker, and costs $32.60.
Hettich America, 770/887-3733,
Wired for Efficiency. Drawers are arguably
more efficient than shelves for storage, and drawer organizers
extend that argument to the max. The 5389 and 5390 Series of
heavy-duty chrome wire pull-out cookware and dinnerware baskets
ride on full-extension slides. The wire is coated with a
transparent epoxy to reduce contact noise. Organizers come in
two sizes, for 21- and 33-inch-wide base cabinets, with a
suggested installed cost of $315 to $395 each.
www.rev-a-shelf.com Around the Corner.
Can you use "hypocycloid"
in a sentence? No matter — now you can use it in your
corner cabinets. The Crazy Suzy is a three-cornered shelf with
a unique rotation that allows it to extend out of the cabinet.
This configuration also provides more usable surface area than
a standard carousel. The shelf costs $129 and requires about 20
inches of clearance for installation inside the cabinet.
Turn the Corner
Metal Option. Whether you're making custom
cabinets, ordering them, or just replacing the faces,the AF
Series Aluminum Cabinet Doors are worth a look. The five
tempered-glass options in this collection come with aluminum
frames, which can be ordered in 1/16-inch increments and arrive
fully assembled. Costs are competitive with those of comparably
sized solid-wood doors, says the manufacturer, and there are no
minimum orders. Element Designs, 704/332-3114,